decoy ship


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decoy ship

A ship camouflaged as a noncombatant ship with its armament and other fighting equipment hidden and with special provisions for unmasking its weapons quickly. Also called Q-ship.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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