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This is a typing short cut for linking to Indian Navy ship articles named in the format "INS Mahé (M-83)". Since ship names are italicized in article text, linking to them in the usual manner means typing everything twice, such as [[INS Mahé (M-83)|INS ''Mahé'' (M-83)]]. This template halves that to {{INS|Mahé|M-83}}.

Formal usage[edit]

  • {{INS|Ship Name}}
  • {{INS|Ship Name|ID}}, where ID can be the hull number, launch year, or pennant number, as specified in the article title.


Template usage Equivalent wikicode Final result
{{INS|Mahé|M 83}} [[INS Mahé (M 83)|INS ''Mahé'' (M 83)]] INS Mahé (M 83)
{{INS|Mahé|1983}} [[INS Mahé (1983)|INS ''Mahé'' (1983)]] INS Mahé (1983)
{{INS|Mahé}} [[INS Mahé|INS ''Mahé'']] INS Mahé

Last example could be used to link to ship index (disambiguation) page


This section:

Basically, the template takes up to three parameters to write the target page, and to format the label shown. General setup is:

[[HMS Illustrious (R06)|HMS Illustrious (R06)]].

Target page[edit]

By default, the wikilink is build like this:

  • {{PREFIX|ship's name|ID}}.
With {{HMS|Illustrious|R06}}, the targetpage is
[[HMS Illustrious (R06)]].
Elements PREFIX and ID can be omitted (if they are not part of the targetpage title).

Formatted label[edit]

Then the template by default adds the formatted label:
[[HMS Illustrious (R06)|HMS ''Illustrious'' (R06)]], showing as:
HMS Illustrious (R06).

The default label can be changed with a simple parameter. The extra third position, unnamed parameter allows setting which changes the elements of the ship's full name. It sets the label in the link: For example, in your article, the hull number (disambiguator) may not be needed to show. In that case, add option |2, and the result is:

  • {{HMS|Illustrious|R06|2}}
[[HMS Illustrious (R06)|''Illustrious'']]

The options are:

Value Will show Example Wikilink [[targetpage|label]] Shows
(default) PREFIX name (ID) {{HMS|Illustrious|R06}} [[HMS Illustrious (R06)|HMS ''Illustrious'' (R06)]] HMS Illustrious (R06)
1 ID {{HMS|Illustrious|R06|1}} [[HMS Illustrious (R06)|R06]] R06
2 name {{HMS|Illustrious|R06|2}} [[HMS Illustrious (R06)|''Illustrious'']] Illustrious
3 name (ID) {{HMS|Illustrious|R06|3}} [[HMS Illustrious (R06)|''Illustrious'' (R06)]] Illustrious (R06)
4 (dflt) PREFIX name (ID) {{HMS|Illustrious|R06|4}} [[HMS Illustrious (R06)|HMS ''Illustrious'' (R06)]] HMS Illustrious (R06)
5 PREFIX ID {{HMS|Illustrious|R06|5}} [[HMS Illustrious (R06)|HMS ''R06'']] HMS R06
6 PREFIX name {{HMS|Illustrious|R06|6}} [[HMS Illustrious (R06)|HMS ''Illustrious'']] HMS Illustrious
Note: options default (=blank), 2 and 6 are mostly used.


This section:
This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for INS

This template provides a wikilink to a ship's page, with label options

Template parameters


Ship's name

Bismarck, Belgrano

Hull number, launch year, or pennant number

H75, 1975

Formats the label (which name parts will show)

1, 2, 3, 5, 6
unlink prefixup

up=yes puts prefix before (outside of) the wikilink


See also[edit]

WP:SHIPS class and prefix shortcut templates
type group template ref article example
Ship class
class after member ship {{sclass-}} article hyphenated Valiant-class harbor tug
class after theme {{sclass2-}} article hyphenated Flower-class corvette
Ship prefix
General prefixes (civil, propulsion, utility)
prefix generic {{ship}} any prefix, no prefix
prefix civil {{GTS}} Gas Turbine Ship article GTS Infinity (2001)
prefix civil {{HSC}} High Speed Craft article HSC Tarifa Jet (1997)
prefix civil
Motor ship article
prefix civil
Merchant vessel ("Motor vessel") article
prefix civil
Motor yacht article
prefix civil {{PS}} Paddle steamer article PS Commonwealth (1854)
prefix civil
Research vessel article
prefix civil
Steam Ship article
prefix civil
Sailing vessel article
prefix civil
Sailing vessel article
prefix civil {{TSS}} Twin-screw steamer article TSS Princess Maud (1934)
Commonwealth ship prefixes
prefix UK {{HMS}} Royal Navy ships HMS Illustrious (R06)
prefix UK {{HMT}} Royal Navy trawlers HMT Elk (1902)
prefix UK {{RMS}} Royal Mail Ships RMS Adriatic (1907)
prefix UK {{RFAux}} Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships RFA Fort Austin (A386) (do not use {{RFA}})
prefix Australia {{HMAS}} Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS Bataan (I91)
prefix Australia {{HMQS}} Queensland Maritime Defence Force ships HMQS Gayundah
prefix Australia {{HMVS}} Victorian Naval Forces ships HMVS Victoria (1855)
prefix Bahamas {{HMBS}} Royal Bahamas Defence Force ships HMBS Nassau (P-61)
prefix Bangladesh {{BNS}} Bangladesh Navy ships BNS Surma (2013)
prefix Canada {{HMCS}} Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Bonaventure (CVL 22)
prefix India {{INS}} Indian Navy ships INS Vikrant (R11)
prefix New Zealand {{HMNZS}} Royal New Zealand Navy ships HMNZS Endeavour (A11)
prefix South Africa {{SAS}} South African Navy ships SAS Mendi (F148)
United States ship prefixes
prefix US {{USAT}} United States Army Transport ships USAT Havana (1917)
prefix US {{USCGC}} United States Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Healy (WAGB-20)
prefix US {{USNS}} United States Naval Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19)
prefix US {{USRC}} United States Revenue Cutter Service USRC Harriet Lane (1857)
prefix US {{USS}} United States Navy ship USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
prefix US {{USAV}} United States Army Vessel USAV Spearhead (TSV-X1)
Other navies' ship prefixes
prefix Algeria {{ANS}} Algerian National Navy ships ANS Kalaat Béni Abbès (474)
prefix Denmark {{HDMS}} Royal Danish Navy ships HDMS Lougen (1791)
prefix Egypt {{ENS}} Egyptian Navy ships ENS Gamal Abdel Nasser (L1010)
prefix Finland {{FNS}} Finnish Navy ships FNS Turunmaa (1918)
prefix Greece {{HS}} Hellenic Navy ships HS Georgios Averof (1910)
prefix Germany {{SMS}} Imperial German Navy and Austro-Hungarian Navy ships SMS Novara (1912)
prefix Germany {{SMU}} Imperial German Navy and Austro-Hungarian Navy U-boats SM U-28 (Germany)
prefix Germany {{GS}} German World War II and later U-boats German submarine U-39 (1938)
prefix Indonesia {{KRI}} Indonesian Navy ships KRI Fatahillah (361)
prefix Ireland {{}} Irish Navy ships LÉ Emer (P21)
prefix Japan {{Jsub}} Imperial Japanese Navy submarines Japanese submarine I-15
prefix Japan {{JDS}} older Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships JDS Wakaba (DE-261)
prefix Japan {{JS}} newer Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships JDS Ashigara (DDG-178)
prefix Netherlands {{HNLMS}} Royal Netherlands Navy ships HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (C802)
prefix Nigeria {{NNS}} Nigerian Navy ships NNS Aradu (F89)
prefix Norway {{HNoMS}} Royal Norwegian Navy ships HNoMS Svenner (G03)
prefix Peru {{BAP}} Peruvian Navy ships BAP Montero (FM-53)
prefix Philippines {{RPS}} older Philippine Navy ships RPS Rajah Soliman (D-66)
prefix Philippines {{BRP}} newer Philippine Navy ships BRP Rajah Soliman (D-66)
prefix Poland {{ORP}} Polish Navy ships ORP Orzeł (1938)
prefix South Korea {{ROKS}} Republic of Korea Navy ships ROKS Dokdo (LPH-6111)
prefix Singapore {{RSS}} Republic of Singapore Navy ships RSS Formidable (68)
prefix Sweden {{HSwMS}} Swedish Navy ships HSwMS Sjölejonet (1936)
prefix Thailand {{HTMS}} Royal Thai Navy ships HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CV 911)
prefix Turkey {{TCG}} Turkish Naval Forces ships TCG Gediz (F 495)