His Majesty's Ship

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His Majesty's Ship abbreviated H.M.S. or H.M. Ship, is the ship prefix used for ships of the Royal Navy when the head of state is a male monarch.


The term Her Majesty's Ship may possibly have been used during the reign of Elizabeth I of England for ships of the Navy Royal. and the term His Majesty's Ship may have been used during the reign of Charles I of England and official sources indicate that it was in use certainly by the time of establishment of Royal Navy in 1660 at the start of the reign of Charles II of England. Other sources indicate that Her Britannic Majesty’s Ship was first used following the Act of Union in 1707 uniting the Kingdom of England with the Kingdom of Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain ruled then by it's first monarch Anne of Great Britain, hence (British, Britannia, or Britannic). The term His Britannic Majesty’s Ship would have first been used at the start of the reign of George I of Great Britain. However by the 1770's Her/His Majesty’s Ship abbreviated H.M.S. or H.M. Ship started to gain prominence, with the first recorded use of the abbreviated form "H.M.S." in 1789, in respect of H.M.S. Phoenix. By the early 19th century the term Her/His Britannic Majesty’s Ship died out and His/Her Majesty's Ship became common.

Former British Empire

  • Australia: His Majesty's Australian Ship (H.M.A.S.)
  • Burma: His Majesty's Burmese Ship (H.M.B.S.)
  • Canada His Majesty's Canadian Ship (H.M.C.S.)
  • Ceylon: His Majesty's Ceylon Ship (H.M.CyS.)
  • Colonial: His Majesty's Colonial Ship (H.M.C.S.)
  • Dominion of Pakistan: His Majesty's Pakistani Ship (H.M.P.S.)
  • India: His Majesty's Indian Ship (H.M.I.S.)
  • New Zealand: His Majesty's New Zealand Ship (H.M.N.Z.S.)
  • South Africa: His Majesty's South African Ship (H.M.S.A.S.)