396 abbreviations
Abbreviation Meaning
PRT Physical Readiness Test
PSNS and IMF Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility
PT Physical Training
PTS Perform to Serve
PWD Public Works Department
QM Quartermaster
RADCON RADiation CONtrol
RADM Rear Admiral
RAG Replacement Air Group, now known as Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS)
RDC Recruit Division Commander
RIMPAC Rim of the Pacific
RIO Radar Intercept Officer
RL Restricted Line Officer
RMD Restricted Maneuvering Doctrine
RPOC Recruit Petty Officer in Charge or Recruit Chief Petty Officer
RT Radiotelephone (voice radio)
RTC Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois
SA Seaman Apprentice
SAG Surface Action Group
SAM Surface-to-air missile[NB 1]
SAPR Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
SAU Search and Attack Unit
SCAT Small Craft Attack Team
SCBA Self-contained breathing apparatus
SCPO Senior Chief Petty Officer
SCW Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist insignia
SE Support Equipment
SEALs United States Navy SEALs (stands for SEa, Air, Land), officially termed Special Warfare Operators.
SECDEF United States Secretary of Defense
SECNAV United States Secretary of the Navy
SICLOS Shift Inspect Clean Lube Oil Strainers
SLBM Submarine-launched ballistic missile
SN Seaman
SNA Student Naval Aviator
SO Special Warfare Operator, aka US Navy SEAL.
SOFA Status of Forces Agreement
SOPA Senior Officer Present Afloat
SOP(A) Senior Officer Present (Ashore)
SPAWAR Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
SPAWARSYSCEN Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
SR Seaman Recruit
SRB Selective Reenlistment Bonus
SRW Shutdown Roving Watch
SS Submarine or submersible ship
SSBN (aka Boomers) Hull classification symbol for ballistic missile submarine. The SS denotes submarine, the B denotes ballistic missiles, and the N denotes nuclear-powered.
SSES Special Signals Exploitation Space. A compartment on a ship where embarked NAVSECGRU personnel, known a Cryptologic Technicians, do their work.
SSES Ships Signal Exploitation Space
SSGN Hull classification symbol for cruise missile submarine. The SS denotes submarine, the G denotes guided missile, and the N denotes nuclear-powered.
SSN Hull classification symbol for general-purpose fast attack submarines. The SS denotes submarine, while N denotes nuclear-powered.
SSTG Ships Service Turbo Generator