holding anchorage

holding anchorage

An anchorage where ships may lie: a. if the assembly or working anchorage, or port, to which they have been assigned is full; b. when delayed by enemy threats or other factors from proceeding immediately on their next voyage; c. when dispersed from a port to avoid the effects of a nuclear attack. See also assembly anchorage; emergency anchorage; working anchorage.
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The Smara had been intercepted and was at the holding anchorage with an eight-man security team from Peterson onboard.