Decoy ship - definition of decoy ship by The Free Dictionary
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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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Lieutenant Commander Arthur Lockington was decorated as the captain of a decoy ship
used as bait to trap Nazi U-boats.
A decoy ship
could be deployed to lure these rats from their den, followed by a search and destroy mission to eradicate their bases.