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Philippine Navy hull numbering system

All Philippine Navy ships have a hull number, and all but the smallest ships and most utilitarian service ships will also be named.

The hull number consists of two letters followed by a number, which is anywhere from one to three digits. The two letters indicate the purpose of the ship (the first letter is the broad type of ship, while the second letter shows the specific function), while the subsequent numbers indicate the order in which the ship was commissioned into the Philippine Navy. A ship with "200" in its hull number is therefore the 200th ship commissioned into the Navy under the current numbering system. Philippine ships will have the digits of the hull number painted on their sides, with the two letters omitted. This causes no confusion since each ship always has a unique numerical value to its hull number.

All names are preceded by "BRP," which stands for "Barko/Bapor ng Republika ng Pilipinas," which translates as "Ship of the Republic of the Philippines." "BRP" is therefore analogous to "U.S.S." or "H.M.S." The full name of the ship is usually painted somewhere on the superstructure or fantail. Prior to the end of the regime of Ferdinand Marcos and the subsequent changes in the administration of various parts of the Philippine government and armed forces the Republic of Philippines (RPS) prefix was used. Many ships were also reclassified or renamed or both during the transitional period.

Philippine ships are named as follows:

Type of shipProspective name
Aircraft CarriersOne of the three geographical divisions of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Philippine flag includes a white equilateral triangle on the hoist side; each corner of the triangle contains a small, yellow, five-pointed star, representing the three major geographical Island Group divisions of the country: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Surface CombatantsNational heroes, past leaders, historical figures
SubmarinesNative Philippine fish. The Philippines is among the largest fish producers in the world. In the waters of the Philippines there are more than 2000 different kinds of fish. Locally known as "butanding", whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are the largest fish in the world. Together with Indonesia, the Philippines supplies an estimated 85 percent of the world's saltwater ornamental aquarium fish.
Amphibious shipsPhilippine provinces and home cities of ships. The Philippines has 80 provinces and 120 chartered cities Provinces are: Abra, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Aklan, Albay, Antique, Apayao, Aurora, Basilan, Bataan, Batanes, Batangas, Biliran, Benguet, Bohol, Bukidnon, Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Camiguin, Capiz, Catanduanes, Cavite, Cebu, Compostela, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Islands, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, Isabela, Kalinga, Laguna, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, La Union, Leyte, Maguindanao, Marinduque, Masbate, Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Mountain Province, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, North Cotabato, Northern Samar, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Quirino, Rizal, Romblon, Samar, Sarangani, Siquijor, Sorsogon, South Cotabato, Southern Leyte, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Tarlac, Tawi-Tawi, Zambales, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay
Mine warfare shipsHistorical military sites
Auxiliary shipsPhilippine tribes and ethnic groups. The various ethnic groups in the Philippines identify themselves based on factors such as parental lineage and language. From north to south, the most numerous of these ethnic groups are the Ilocano, the Pangasinan, the Kapampangan, the Tagalog, the Bicolano, and the Visayan. There are 100 or so different sea-based or highland-based tribal groups in the Philippines.
Medical shipsLocal term related to ship's mission
Service shipsPhilippine mountains, rivers and islands not classified as provinces or sub-provinces

As of 2009, the Philippine Navy had no aircraft carriers, submarines, mine warfare ships, or medical ships and was not close to obtaining any.

The first letter in a ship's hull designation (Type Code) and the second letter (Class Code) are chosen as follows:

Type of shipType CodeClass of shipClass code
COMBAT SHIPS
Aircraft Carrier C Rotary wing carrier
Fixed wing carrier
General/other carrier
R
F
G
Surface Combatant P Battleship
Cruiser
Destroyer
Frigate / Des. Esc.
Corvette / PCE
Patrol gunboat
Hydrofoil
Hovercraft
Missile boat
B
C
D
F
S
G
H
V
M
SubmarineU-W
Amphibious ships L Landing ship tank
Landing ship medium
Landing ship infantry
Dock landing ship
Amph. transport ship
Amph. cargo ship
Amph. assault ship
Amph. fire support ship
T
P
I
D
K
C
A
F
Mine warfare shipsM Mine countermeasure ship
Coastal minesweeper
Ocean minesweeper
M
C
O
SMALL COMBAT CRAFT / BOATS
Patrol craftDHydrofoil patrol
ACV patrol
Fast patrol craft
Patrol boat
Yard patrol boat
H
A
F
B
Y
Landing craftBLC Assault
LC Mechanized
LC Personnel, ramped
LC Tank
LC Utility
LC Vehicle / Personnel
Amph. warping tug
Landing vehicle tracked
A
M
R
T
U
V
W
K
Mine warfare craftTMinesweeper, boat
Minesweeper, river
Minesweeper, patrol
Minsweeper, special
B
R
P
S
Riverine/InshoreVAssault Support Patrol
Armor Troop Carrier
Command / Control boat
River Patrol boat
Inshore Patrol craft
Quiet Fast boat
Riverine Utility craft
Strike Assault boat
Light Amph. Riverine craft
S
T
C
R
I
Q
U
A
L
SEAL support craftZ--
Underwater craftS--
AUXILIARY SHIPS
Auxiliary shipsAAmmunition ship
Store ship
Research ship
Hospital ship
Surveying ship
Cargo ship
Transport ship
Repair ship
Salvage ship
Rescue ship
POL ship
Training ship
Radar picket ship
Barracks ship
Tender (all types)
Water tanker
A
S
R
H
M
C
T
D
V
U
F
N
P
B
E
W
SERVICE SHIPS / CRAFT
Major self-propelled shipsYOcean tugQ
Major non self-propelled shipsNFloating / repair drydock
Lighter (all types)
D
L
Minor self-propelled vesselsGFerry boat launch
Harbor utility craft
Harbor tug
F
U
T
Minor non self-propelled vesselsKFloating crane
Lift crane
Barge (POL)
Barge (water)
Floating file driver
Floating workshop
Repair barge
Sludge removal barge
Dredge
C
B
O
W
H
S
R
M
E



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