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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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The frigate is the capital ship and this is the first in the history of the Navy that we will have a frigate, newly constructed, missile-capable (of engaging targets from) air, surface and undersea,' he said.
Moreover, diesel engines would give the ship a maximum range of twenty thousand miles, vastly exceeding that of any cruiser or capital ship.
I noted later in the article that the case is made for a capital ship of some 20,000 tons, full of missiles and guns to be used for strategic purposes.
American Sea Power and the Obsolescence of Capital Ship Theory
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.
Iranian drones are shown downing several American aircraft before sinking the US capital ship.
Although two new aircraft-carriers will probably be built, without planes, there will be a gap of several years when Britain will not have a single capital ship.
From the start, HMS Dreadnought was an iconic vessel, larger and faster than any previous capital ship.
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.