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first four ships

pl n
1. (Historical Terms) the earliest settlers' ships to arrive in the Canterbury Province
2. (Historical Terms) come with the first four ships to be a founder member of Canterbury
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In October 2010 we finished scrapping the first four ships, but by then we had planned to have finished all of them.
Commissioned over a two-year period between 2013 and 2015, the first four ships in the class, namely the Carlo Bergamini, Virginio Fasan, Carlo Margottini and Carabiniere have all been delivered in the GP configuration discussed above, with the latter three ships, the Alpino, Luigi Rizzo and Federico Martinengo commissioned from December 2015; the latter two of which, due to commission in February 2017 and in the first quarter of 2018, retain the ASW configuration.
The first four ships have already been handed over to Ahrenkiel.
JUST 12 years after the arrival of the first four ships full of Canterbury settlers in 1850, the first public hospital in Christchurch opened.
Homeporting the first four ships in San Diego will enable us to establish synergy between the ships and with local commands," said Vice Adm.
The title poem, "The Bells of Saint Babel's," evokes the arrival of the first four ships from England and blends a local historical event with a well-known biblical narrative from the Western world, thus blurring the differences and revealing that, despite enormous distances, distinctive experiences can paradoxically coincide.
In coming weeks, the service aims to select a team of contractors to complete the design and build the first four ships.
This has already yielded considerable success, with the first four ships of the Spanish F-100 Aegis-class scheduled to enter service between 2002 and 2006.
They are currently docked at its TERRC facility - the first four ships of 13 that Able UK plans to bring to the North-east.
Ferranti has succeeded in displacing Thomson Sintra, whose Eledone sonar is the primary sensor in the first four ships of the class.