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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_prefix

A ship prefix is a combination of letters, usually abbreviations, used in front of the name of a ... Kriegsmarine nor the Imperial Japanese Navy used ship prefixes though the suffix Maru meaning circle is common for most civilian vessels.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Naval_Ship

United States Naval Ship or USNS is the prefix designation given to non- commissioned ships that are property of the United States Navy.

www.marineinsight.com/types-of-ships/what-are-ship-prefixes-for-naval-and-merchant-vessels

Jul 22, 2016 ... Nowadays only an exclusive ship prefix is used to represent all the warships of the navy of a particular nation. In case of auxiliaries and the ...