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  • fallenkezef#4581 fallenkezef Member Posts: 633 Arc User
    edited January 31
    Why do Federation ships use USS?

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  • nikephorusnikephorus Member Posts: 2,730 Arc User
    edited January 31
    Why do Federation ships use USS?

    Flaming/trolling redacted. -- WingedHussar

    I think Kirk said it in a TOS episode -United Space Ship.
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  • fallenkezef#4581 fallenkezef Member Posts: 633 Arc User
    edited January 31
    nikephorus wrote: »
    Why do Federation ships use USS?

    Flaming/trolling redacted. -- WingedHussar

    I think Kirk said it in a TOS episode -United Space Ship.

    That's the rationalisation. The real reason they did it was for the audience. 60's America was fiercely patriotic and a USS designation played well with the viewers.



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  • keepcalmchiveonkeepcalmchiveon Member Posts: 1,957 Arc User
    edited January 31
    nikephorus wrote: »
    Why do Federation ships use USS?

    Flaming/trolling redacted. -- WingedHussar

    I think Kirk said it in a TOS episode -United Space Ship.

    That's the rationalisation. The real reason they did it was for the audience. 60's America was fiercely patriotic and a USS designation played well with the viewers.



    it is a naval tradition not only from USA, but UK, and many many more countries. i think you missed the mark a bit mate.
    Post edited by wingedhussar#7584 on
    meh

  • fallenkezef#4581 fallenkezef Member Posts: 633 Arc User
    edited January 31
    nikephorus wrote: »
    Why do Federation ships use USS?

    Flaming/trolling redacted. -- WingedHussar

    I think Kirk said it in a TOS episode -United Space Ship.

    That's the rationalisation. The real reason they did it was for the audience. 60's America was fiercely patriotic and a USS designation played well with the viewers.



    it is a naval tradition not only from USA, but UK, and many many more countries. i think you missed the mark a bit mate.

    Well, no. Only America uses USS.

    Britain uses HMS.
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  • starswordcstarswordc Member Posts: 10,945 Arc User
    edited January 31
    nikephorus wrote: »
    Why do Federation ships use USS?

    Flaming/trolling redacted. -- WingedHussar

    I think Kirk said it in a TOS episode -United Space Ship.

    That's the rationalisation. The real reason they did it was for the audience. 60's America was fiercely patriotic and a USS designation played well with the viewers.


    No, it was because the Enterprise was an American ship in the first couple of episodes. There was also a bit where they were part of the "United Earth Space Probe Agency". The TOS writers basically made things up as they went along: it wasn't for several episodes before Gene Coon established the concept of the Federation.
    Post edited by wingedhussar#7584 on
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  • spiritbornspiritborn Member Posts: 3,048 Arc User
    edited January 31
    nikephorus wrote: »
    Why do Federation ships use USS?

    Flaming/trolling redacted. -- WingedHussar

    I think Kirk said it in a TOS episode -United Space Ship.

    That's the rationalisation. The real reason they did it was for the audience. 60's America was fiercely patriotic and a USS designation played well with the viewers.



    it is a naval tradition not only from USA, but UK, and many many more countries. i think you missed the mark a bit mate.

    Well, no. Only America uses USS.

    Britain uses HMS.

    Indeed as far as I know USS is USA only on Earth IRL, since it means "United States Ship", HMS stands for His/Her Majesty's Ship (based on the gender of the Monarch, currently "Her Majesty's Ship" due UK having a ruling Queen).
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  • darkwing228darkwing228 Member Posts: 68 Arc User
    edited January 31
    spiritborn wrote: »
    nikephorus wrote: »
    Why do Federation ships use USS?

    Flaming/trolling redacted. -- WingedHussar

    I think Kirk said it in a TOS episode -United Space Ship.

    That's the rationalisation. The real reason they did it was for the audience. 60's America was fiercely patriotic and a USS designation played well with the viewers.



    it is a naval tradition not only from USA, but UK, and many many more countries. i think you missed the mark a bit mate.

    Well, no. Only America uses USS.

    Britain uses HMS.

    Indeed as far as I know USS is USA only on Earth IRL, since it means "United States Ship", HMS stands for His/Her Majesty's Ship (based on the gender of the Monarch, currently "Her Majesty's Ship" due UK having a ruling Queen).

    And most of the old commonwealth countries use various derivatives of HMS for their ships, for example Australia uses HMAS (His/Her Majesty's Australian Ship)
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  • starswordcstarswordc Member Posts: 10,945 Arc User
    edited January 31
    spiritborn wrote: »
    nikephorus wrote: »
    Why do Federation ships use USS?

    Flaming/trolling redacted. -- WingedHussar

    I think Kirk said it in a TOS episode -United Space Ship.

    That's the rationalisation. The real reason they did it was for the audience. 60's America was fiercely patriotic and a USS designation played well with the viewers.



    it is a naval tradition not only from USA, but UK, and many many more countries. i think you missed the mark a bit mate.

    Well, no. Only America uses USS.

    Britain uses HMS.

    Indeed as far as I know USS is USA only on Earth IRL, since it means "United States Ship", HMS stands for His/Her Majesty's Ship (based on the gender of the Monarch, currently "Her Majesty's Ship" due UK having a ruling Queen).

    And most of the old commonwealth countries use various derivatives of HMS for their ships, for example Australia uses HMAS (His/Her Majesty's Australian Ship)

    That's because the British monarch is still legally their head of state, even though for all practical purposes the royal governor-general is a ceremonial position. Australian dollar bills still have Queen Elizabeth II on them.
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  • snowwolf#0563 snowwolf Member Posts: 1,014 Arc User
    United Starfleet Ship?
  • angrytargangrytarg Member Posts: 10,415 Arc User
    United Starfleet Ship?

    Close. The most common (and semi-canonized) version is indeed "United Starship".​​
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  • artan42artan42 Member Posts: 10,450 Bug Hunter
    In the case of the Excelsior, Galaxy, and Intrepid it stands for 'Ugly Space Ship' and works as a warning to Klingons, Romulans, or any other species with a sense of aesthetics to switch their viewscreen to audio only.
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  • mirrorchaosmirrorchaos Member Posts: 9,817 Arc User
    USS - United Space Ship
    IKS - Imperial Klingon Ship
    RRW - Republic Romulan Warbird
    DV - Dominion Vessel/Vehicle
    ISS - Imperial Space Ship
    IRW - Imperial Romulan Warbird
    VSS - Voth Space Ship

    One could do the same for:
    KNS - Kazon Nistrim Ship
    KOS - Kazon Ogla Ship
    LBS - Liberated Borg Ship
    BCV - Borg Collective Vessel

    plenty of ship registries, but they are all generically named.
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