picket ship

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Noun1.picket ship - a ship serving as a picketpicket ship - a ship serving as a picket    
picket - a vehicle performing sentinel duty
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After two years of active duty as a commissioned officer on the radar picket ship USS Otterstetter (DER-244), he served many years as a special agent with the FBI.
Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Atlantic aboard the radar picket ship USS WINSLOW (AG-127), and was honorably discharged as a Seaman First Class.
Synopsis: Even as the Civile War sea blockade by the Union Navy slowly strangles the South, the picket ships begin to mysteriously blow up one after another.