government-owned, contract-operated ships

government-owned, contract-operated ships

Those ships to which the US Government holds title and which the Military Sealift Command operates under a contract (i.e., nongovernment-manned). These ships are designated United States Naval Ships and use the prefix "USNS" with the ship name and the letter "T" as a prefix to the ship classification (e.g., T-AKR). See also Military Sealift Command; United States Naval Ship.
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