mother ship


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mother ship

n
(Nautical Terms) a ship providing facilities and supplies for a number of small vessels
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navire principal
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It must have been carried far below, held to its mother ship by a single rope which finally parted to the enormous strain put upon it.
In another instant she must strike, and then I saw the familiar signal flown that sends the lesser boats in a great flock from the deck of the mother ship.
The AAC concept entails many technological challenges, especially the development of a mechanism to recover the stealth fighter to the backbone of the mother ship in flight.
But it will be January 4 before the mother ship Mars Express can be brought into orbit around the planet to use its powerful communications technology to contact Beagle 2.
The submersible will attempt two more dives and is expected to return to China in mid-July with its oceanographic mother ship Xiangyanghong 09.
Until now, it has flown attached to jet-powered mother ship White Knight Two.
The Iranian Navy also said nothing about arresting any pirates, killing any or disabling any mother ships.
Summary: Another ship has been hijacked by Somali gunmen only hours after Nato announced that 20 hostages were freed from a pirate 'mother ship'.
The pirates typically use speed boats launched from "mother ship".
Launching from a mother ship deployed at sea, pirates can attack in minutes employing several small, light boats.
The pirates used hijacked ships as their mother ship. The vessel destroyed by the Indian Navy was under the control of the pirates at the time it was destroyed.
On November 18, the Indian navy sunk what it said was a "mother ship" (a big vessel piloted by Somali pirates, containing several smaller, faster boats in which the pirates set off to attack ships).