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The Sinking of HMAS Sydney: A Guide to Commonwealth Records


Appendix 4: Contemporary acronyms and abbreviations

ACH
Area Combined Headquarters
ACNB
Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
AWM
Australian War Memorial in Canberra
CAS
Chief of the Air Staff
CGS
Chief of the General Staff
CNS
Chief of the Naval Staff
COIC
Combined Operational Intelligence Centre
CWR
Central War Room
CZM
The Commander in Chief of the Netherlands East Indies Naval Forces
DNI
Director of Naval Intelligence
DNO
District Naval Officer
FOCAS
Flag Officer Commanding the Australian Squadron
FRUMEL
Fleet Radio Unit, Melbourne
G
Golf time – GMT plus 7 hours (the time kept by the Kormoran)
GMT
Greenwich Mean Time (also known as Zulu or Z time) – 8 hours behind local Fremantle time
H
Hotel (Fremantle) time – GMT plus 8 hours
HMA
His Majesty's Australian
HMAS
His Majesty's Australian Ship
HMT
His Majesty's Transport
HSK
Handelstorkreuzer (auxiliary cruiser)
HT
Hired Transport
K
Kilo (Eastern Australian Standard) time – GMT plus 10 hours
NOIC
Naval Officer in Charge
POW
Prisoner of war
RAAF
Royal Australian Air Force
RACAS
Rear Admiral Commanding the Australian Squadron
RAN
Royal Australian Navy
RN
Royal Navy
SFTS
Service Flying Training School
SMS
Seiner Majestat Shiff
SWACH
South West Area Combined Headquarters
VDC
Volunteer Defence Corps
W/T
Wireless Telegraphy
Z
Zulu or Z time (also known as Greenwich Mean Time) – 8 hours behind local Fremantle time


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