Designated or Codeworded

When briefing a piece of equipment, for example Predator, what is the correct way of titling it, for example:

"The RQ-1, designated Predator.."


"The RQ-1, codenamed Predator.."

Or is there another way? Apologies for the basic question, however, it's been bugging me :)

Legs said:
"known as..."
Thanks Legs, quick answer much appreciated.
I'd call it the "RQ-1 Predator" myself, both the designation and the name are equally valid.

Edited to add:

I'd use "known as" for unofficial nicknames, eg:

The A-10 Thunderbolt II, known as Warthog.

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