I wrote this up in an attempt to give the PC's of my campaign some idea of what a ship is by its name.
NaTC - Name Names Ar House Arabani At House Atreus BK Kindori Barbarians (often no name, but rather general location tag) Br Bral Navy GA Gortharia Attack Navy GD Gortharia Defensive Navy Gi Giff Mercenary Navy (often with addendum of employer) GN (Generic) Groundling Nation IE Imperial Elven Navy IG Ironpiece Gnome Fleet KF Korgeshian Rogue Fleet KR K'r'r'r Navy MC Mind Flayer Ceremorphic Fleet MF Mind Flayer(s) Mo House Moune My House Mylyl Ne Ragespace Necromancer's NG Neogi Slavers Or Ragespace Order of Life Pi Pirate Re Reigar Vessel Si Sindaith Line ST Scro Tarantula Fleet SV Scro Vengeance Fleet TH Thri-Kreen Purity Force Ua Unallied VL Valkan's (Mercenary) Legion (often with addendum of employer) Vo Vodoni Enforcer Navy Wa Realmspace fleet of Wa Yu Yuatja Types A Anomaly B Beast C Cargo-barge D Wrecked/Disabled E Enormous Fleet (31+ ships) F Fleet-carrier G Ghost-ship H Hunter L Large Fleet (16 to 30 ships) M Medium Fleet (6 to 15 ships) R Rogue-trader S Squadron (2 to 5 ships) T Trader U Unidentified W Warship Class F Flitter Tiny S Scout Small R Raider Medium G Frigate Large M Man-O-War Huge C Cruiser Gargantuan A Armada Colossal N Unscaled Not-Classified
Here are some samples using the above names:
The first two letters of eachs ships classification is the name of its owner/ground/race/whatever. The next singular letter is the type of ship, such as a cargo only vessel (ie no weapons), a trader (light weapons), a warship (lotsa weapons, enough supplies for normal deep space use), and hunter (stacked to the brim with weapons, and likely no more than a few days air and or food/water. The last is the size, based upon sizes given from Leroy's 3e Ship System, although I gave them names based on the old-style of the concordance/lorebook. I added N as "unscaled" for ships that have not been encountered/magically scryed etc, and some fleet designations for attack groups (such as small fleets etc). Obviously, the name of the ship comes afterwards. You'll note that some of the groups etc arent "core", such as the Illithid Ceremorphic Fleet (for example) - these are campaign specific, but for reference I've included a few standard groups like the IEN, Scro Tarantula Fleet, House Moune, and the Sindaith Line.