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15th Jul '17 10:10:24 AM nombretomado
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A similar system was used for Japanese aircraft during WorldWarII. "Zeke" referred to the Mitsubishi [=A6M=] Reisen fighter more commonly known as the "Zero".[[note]]Unlike most Japanese aircraft, the [=A6M=] series had a Japanese military designation ("Type 0 Carrier Fighter", due to entering service in Imperial Year 2600 or 1940) that was known to the US military. As a result, it ended up with the well-known nickname of "Zero" (incidentally, it had the same nickname among Japanese pilots) and as a result its reporting name was rarely used.[[/note]] (Although when a new version, the [=A6M3=], was issued, the Allies, unaware that it was a new iteration of the Zero, gave it initially the reporting name "Hap." However, [[ExecutiveMeddling General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold wasn't too thrilled with the name]], and it was changed in ''extremely'' short order to "Hamp.") The naming scheme was a mostly simple one, with fighters being given male names (Zeke, Oscar, Rufe), bombers/recon planes given female names (Betty, Dinah), trainers being named after kinds of trees (Maple, Ash), and a rocket-powered kamikaze guided bomb being quite appropriately referred to as "Baka" [[note]]"Idiot" in Japanese language[[/note]]. In case anyone's wondering about the choice of names here, the officer who selected most of these codenames, Captain Frank T. [=McCoy=], was from the DeepSouth and chose the names he was most familiar with.

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A similar system was used for Japanese aircraft during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. "Zeke" referred to the Mitsubishi [=A6M=] Reisen fighter more commonly known as the "Zero".[[note]]Unlike most Japanese aircraft, the [=A6M=] series had a Japanese military designation ("Type 0 Carrier Fighter", due to entering service in Imperial Year 2600 or 1940) that was known to the US military. As a result, it ended up with the well-known nickname of "Zero" (incidentally, it had the same nickname among Japanese pilots) and as a result its reporting name was rarely used.[[/note]] (Although when a new version, the [=A6M3=], was issued, the Allies, unaware that it was a new iteration of the Zero, gave it initially the reporting name "Hap." However, [[ExecutiveMeddling General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold wasn't too thrilled with the name]], and it was changed in ''extremely'' short order to "Hamp.") The naming scheme was a mostly simple one, with fighters being given male names (Zeke, Oscar, Rufe), bombers/recon planes given female names (Betty, Dinah), trainers being named after kinds of trees (Maple, Ash), and a rocket-powered kamikaze guided bomb being quite appropriately referred to as "Baka" [[note]]"Idiot" in Japanese language[[/note]]. In case anyone's wondering about the choice of names here, the officer who selected most of these codenames, Captain Frank T. [=McCoy=], was from the DeepSouth and chose the names he was most familiar with.
8th Jul '17 9:37:14 AM nombretomado
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** According to references in TheOtherWiki, the Russian pilots liked the NATO reporting name so much (they found the [=MiG=]-29 to be rather "pivotal") that they started using the Fulcrum name themselves. This was somewhat common for Soviet aircraft; they didn't have official names, just model numbers, so if the pilots hadn't already come up with their own nickname (see next entry), they'd likely adopt the NATO reporting name.

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** According to references in TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the Russian pilots liked the NATO reporting name so much (they found the [=MiG=]-29 to be rather "pivotal") that they started using the Fulcrum name themselves. This was somewhat common for Soviet aircraft; they didn't have official names, just model numbers, so if the pilots hadn't already come up with their own nickname (see next entry), they'd likely adopt the NATO reporting name.
2nd May '17 10:24:13 PM SAMAS
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** One Clan, Diamond Shark, started using the names themselves when making successor designs for the old Omnimechs. So the heavier variant of the Timber Wolf is the Mad Cat II.
22nd Feb '17 6:42:49 PM LinTaylor
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** The M9E used by the good guys is named "Gernsback" for author Hugo Gernsback, as an in-universe LampshadeHanging on the fact that HumongousMecha are still regarded as "science fiction weapons" even by the people who operate them.

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*** Later in the novels, Sosuke ends up piloting an old-model Savage for a group of pit fighters. He paints it white and navy and dubs it the "Crossbow" because "It's not as good as an Arbalest", a reference that goes over the heads of his new friends.
** The M9E [=M9E=] used by the good guys is named "Gernsback" for author Hugo Gernsback, as an in-universe LampshadeHanging on the fact that HumongousMecha are still regarded as "science fiction weapons" even by the people who operate them.
19th Jan '17 4:49:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** Similarily, the various [[BugWar Tyranid]] creatures are only ever referred to by their Imperial reporting names due to the fact that the 'Nids don't have any kind of [[StarfishLanguage language that humans or other intelligent life are capable of comprehending]]. The imperial names, gathered from different encounters all over the galaxy, don't really have a common theme, except that many sound vaguely like dinosaur names, and some are Latin names for things from the Romans: Lictors were public bodyguards for Roman magistrates, Carnifexes were executioners for the lower classes, it also means Butcher as in the job description. On the other hand, the Tyranid ''Hive Fleets'' follow a clear ThemeNaming scheme that draws upon the names of monsters and {{eldritch abomination}}s from ancient long-dead mythologies and legends (from in-universe POV, which includes 20th/21st-century fiction), e.g. [[Literature/TheBible Behemoth]], {{Kraken|AndLeviathan}}, [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hydra]], [[Myth/NorseMythology Jormungandr]], and [[CthulhuMythos Dagon]], with some being named after fearsome prehistoric animals, like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalodon Magalodon]] [sic].

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** Similarily, the various [[BugWar Tyranid]] creatures are only ever referred to by their Imperial reporting names due to the fact that the 'Nids don't have any kind of [[StarfishLanguage language that humans or other intelligent life are capable of comprehending]]. The imperial names, gathered from different encounters all over the galaxy, don't really have a common theme, except that many sound vaguely like dinosaur names, and some are Latin names for things from the Romans: Lictors were public bodyguards for Roman magistrates, Carnifexes were executioners for the lower classes, it also means Butcher as in the job description. On the other hand, the Tyranid ''Hive Fleets'' follow a clear ThemeNaming scheme that draws upon the names of monsters and {{eldritch abomination}}s from ancient long-dead mythologies and legends (from in-universe POV, which includes 20th/21st-century fiction), e.g. [[Literature/TheBible Behemoth]], {{Kraken|AndLeviathan}}, [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hydra]], [[Myth/NorseMythology Jormungandr]], and [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Dagon]], with some being named after fearsome prehistoric animals, like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalodon Magalodon]] [sic].
13th Nov '16 5:41:00 AM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': Due to TranslationConvention, the Tau units use Imperial designations (see Warhammer 40K above) in their responses, including XV-22s and the Devilfish stealth transport ("The Devilfish swims silently").
13th Oct '16 10:26:07 PM SSJMagus
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Surface ship classes have a variety of different names. A ship might go from temporary designations, to Russian words beginning with "K" to "first in class" names (rendered in "''italics''" here), which the Soviet Union and Russia don't actually do, tending to use names of birds for their bigger ships. There were also "shipyard first sited" names for more minor vessels, as well as Russian diminutives, bird names...

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Surface ship classes have a variety of different names. A ship might go from temporary designations, to Russian words beginning with "K" to "first in class" names (rendered in "''italics''" here), which the Soviet Union and Russia don't actually do, tending to use names of birds for their bigger ships.ships (and in all cases using a Project number; when a name is also used for the class it's appended after the number). There were also "shipyard first sited" names for more minor vessels, as well as Russian diminutives, bird names...



* "''Kirov''"- the Orlan (Sea Eagle) class of nuclear-powered heavy missile cruisers (dubbed "battlecruisers" in the west), first one originally called ''Kirov''. Real life examples of the CoolBoat- they are ''seriously'' heavily armed. Four in Russian service, three undergoing refits.
* "''Kiev''"- the Krechyet (Gyrfalcon) class of hybrid cruiser/carriers. As in case of the ''Kirov'' class, this class was known after its first unit, ''Kiev''. This class was equipped with powerful missile armament, a number of antisubmarine helicopters and one of the worst naval fighters in UsefulNotes/ColdWar history, the Yak-38 "Forger".
* "''Admiral Kuznetsov''"- this is actually the Russian name (the final one anyway- going through a few - ''Riga'', ''Tbilisi'' and ''Leonid Brezhnev'') for the class, but it became the NATO reporting name too, since it fit the scheme. It's a one-of-a-kind large aircraft carrier with a heavy anti-ship missile battery, although three brother (Russian ships are generally male) vessels were planned - the incomplete ''Varyag'' was taken by the Chinese Navy and converted into the functional carrier ''Liaoning''. ''Kuznetsov'' has suffered from maintenance and engine problems and once had to be towed home from the Mediterranean by a tug. =
* "''Slava''"- the Project 1164 Atlant cruisers, also a "first-in-class" name. Large and heavily armed, although not nearly as much as the ''Kirov'' class. The reporting name remains the same, although ''Slava'' is now called ''Moskva''- the reporting name of another class.

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* "''Kirov''"- the Project 1144 Orlan (Sea Eagle) class of nuclear-powered heavy missile cruisers (dubbed "battlecruisers" in the west), first one originally called ''Kirov''. Real life examples of the CoolBoat- they are ''seriously'' heavily armed. Four in Russian service, three undergoing refits.
* "''Kiev''"- the Project 1143 Krechyet (Gyrfalcon) class of hybrid cruiser/carriers. As in case of the ''Kirov'' class, this class was known after its first unit, ''Kiev''. This class was equipped with powerful missile armament, a number of antisubmarine helicopters and one of the worst naval fighters in UsefulNotes/ColdWar history, the Yak-38 "Forger".
* "''Admiral Kuznetsov''"- this the Project 1143.5 Orel (Eagle) class of aircraft carriers. This is actually the Russian name (the final one anyway- going through a few - ''Riga'', ''Tbilisi'' and ''Leonid Brezhnev'') for the sole completed ship of the class, but it became the NATO reporting name too, since it fit the scheme. It's a one-of-a-kind large aircraft carrier with a heavy anti-ship missile battery, although three brother (Russian ships are generally male) vessels were planned - the incomplete ''Varyag'' was taken by the Chinese Navy and converted into the functional carrier ''Liaoning''. ''Kuznetsov'' has suffered from maintenance and engine problems and once had to be towed home from the Mediterranean by a tug. =
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* "''Slava''"- the Project 1164 Atlant (Atlas) cruisers, also a "first-in-class" name. Large and heavily armed, although not nearly as much as the ''Kirov'' class. The reporting name remains the same, although ''Slava'' is now called ''Moskva''- the reporting name of another class.
6th Sep '16 2:59:54 AM SilentHunterUK
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Older works may refer to these by letters i.e. T-class for the "Tango", D-class for "Deltas" etc.
6th Sep '16 2:51:56 AM SilentHunterUK
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During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, Western reporting names were one of the main ways to refer to Soviet and Chinese military technology, for the reasons of language differences and because the actual designations (except for most aircraft), especially in the missile field, weren't generally known. Western military technology tends to get public names, often with help from the PR department (the companies make more sales if the item has a catchy name). The Soviet and Chinese technology was (is) secret and sometimes they didn't admit it even existed, never mind the name. Of course, some super secret ("Black") projects in the USA and other nations are given "reporting names" by other nations and the press when their rumored existence is guessed at.

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During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, Western reporting names were one of the main ways to refer to Soviet and Soviet, Chinese and North Korean military technology, for the reasons of language differences and because the actual designations (except for most aircraft), especially in the missile field, weren't generally known. Western military technology tends to get public names, often with help from the PR department (the companies make more sales if the item has a catchy name). The Soviet and Chinese technology was (is) secret and sometimes they didn't admit it even existed, never mind the name. Of course, some super secret ("Black") projects in the USA and other nations are given "reporting names" by other nations and the press when their rumored existence is guessed at.


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North Korean missiles were named after the places where they were first seen (Nodong is not the actual name for the missile, being called Hwaseong or "Mars" by the DPRK); but US designations seem to have moved to a numbering system beginning with KN.
30th Aug '16 1:22:34 PM REV6Pilot
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[[caption-width-right:319:[[TaylorSwift Daddy said to stay away from a "Juliet"]]...]]

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