5 Capitalization

5.16 Ships, aircraft, and vehicles

Capitalize names of ships and vehicles, using italics for individual names but not for types, models, or marques:

the Cutty Sark
HMS Hood
The Spirit of St Louis
a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet
the Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
a Mini Cooper S
the International Space Station
the Curiosity Mars rover

It is worth noting that people serve in not on ships and the definite article is omitted when using the ship prefix (HMS, RRS, SS, etc.):

He went aboard HMS Victory not He went aboard the HMS Victory

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