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capital ship

n.
A warship of the largest class, such as a battleship or an aircraft carrier.

capital ship

n
(Military) one of the largest and most heavily armed ships in a naval fleet
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Noun1.capital ship - a warship of the first rank in size and armamentcapital ship - a warship of the first rank in size and armament
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
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Rubel places these debates within a larger framework by raising the issue of whether the idea of the capital ship itself is not becoming obsolescent in an operational environment increasingly dominated by long-range missiles and precision sensors.
The National Interest, an American bimonthly magazine, makes a special case for Brazil, whose fleet coincidentally needs a capital ship to serve as an offshore command center.
Whilst this thesis undoubtedly contains elements of truth, the torpedo did not have the transformative affect upon the nature of the war at sea that the author claims; she neglects to mention the fact that a torpedo sank not a single modern capital ship of either the British or German Fleets for the duration of the War.
During the ship's time in the Middle East, Westminster -- known as The Capital Ship - disrupted pirates, seized millions of pounds worth of heroin from smugglers and conducted security patrols in the Gulf.
Attack submarines are the modern capital ship, in that they determine command of the sea.
The United States showed off one its aircraft supercarriers on the turf of former enemy Vietnam, less than a week after China launched its own capital ship.
Saratoga and sister ship USS Lexington (CV 2) were the world's largest aircraft carriers until late in World War II and the "Sara" was the world's fastest capital ship of her era, reaching 34.
But despite the firestorm the planes, according to the official report, "were not only able to guide our warships towards the Bismarck, but also to attack a capital ship with torpedoes, disable it and prepare it for the final slaughter".
France's deployment of Dassault Rafale F1/F2 fighters (the latter with improved ground-attack capabilities) from the DCNS-built aircraft carrier illustrates an aspect of littoral warfare which is not generally appreciated, especially with the modern surface capital ship.
HMS Nelson, built by Armstrong Whitworth's Walker Naval Yard, in 1927, was the most heavily armed British capital ship.
By the early days of World War II, the aircraft carrier displaced the battleship as the naval fleet's capital ship.
They adapted well, but one couldn't help but think of the Vincennes disaster, in which another capital ship designed to fight on the open ocean couldn't make the switch.