List of United States Navy ships

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List of United States Navy ships is a comprehensive listing of all ships that have been in service to the United States Navy during the history of that service. The US Navy maintains its official list of ships past and present at the Naval Vessel Register (NVR), [1] although it does not include early vessels. The NVR US Navy Inactive Classification Symbols [2] is a concise list of inactive definitions. The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships [3] includes much detail on historical ships, and was used as the basis for many of Wikipedia's ship articles.


Due to the large number of entries, the list has been divided by the first letter of the ship's name—see the infobox.

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The Naval Vessel Register (NVR) is the official inventory of ships and service craft in custody of or titled by the United States Navy. It contains information on ships and service craft that make up the official inventory of the Navy from the time a vessel is authorized through its life cycle and disposal. It also includes ships that have been removed from the register, but not disposed of by sale, transfer to another government, or other means. Ships and service craft disposed of prior to 1987 are currently not included, but are gradually being added along with other updates.

<i>Puritan</i> (ACM-16)

Puritan (ACM-16/MMA-16) was built for the United States Army as U.S. Army Mine Planter (USAMP) Col. Alfred A. Maybach MP-13. The ship was transferred to the United States Navy and classified as an auxiliary minelayer. Puritan was never commissioned and thus never bore the "United States Ship" (USS) prefix showing status as a commissioned ship of the U.S. Navy.



  1. Naval Vessel Register Index Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "US Navy Inactive Classification Symbols". Naval Vessel Register. NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office. Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  3. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships Index