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capital ship

[′kap·ət·əl ′ship]
(naval architecture)
A surface warship classified as major, for example, a battleship or aircraft carrier.
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Britain could cope with the cost increases involved in the construction of capital ships, or at least it had to do so since its security was exclusively dependent on the superiority of the Royal Navy.
The treaty, however, permitted two capital ships to be converted to aircraft carriers.
She was the only capital ship to finish the job that was not put out of action by kamikazes or Japanese gunfire.
A constellation of strike platforms within a web of surveillance, reconnaissance, and battle-management systems would comprise the new, distributed capital ship.
The measure of a navy was the number of capital ships it could put into the battle line (or, when the attack carrier replaced the battleship as the capital vessel, concentrate at the scene of the decisive battle).
Hagan's a contrarian about the Navy's hallowed theme that its purpose is to command the seas with capital ships designed to engage and defeat those of our enemies.
France's deployment of Dassault Rafale F1/F2 fighters (the latter with improved ground-attack capabilities) from the DCNS-built aircraft carrier illustrates an aspect of littoral warfare which is not generally appreciated, especially with the modern surface capital ship.
21) The capital ship is the main conveyance of naval power.
Whether $26 or $40 billion, the RCN needs to have the combat power of one $5 billion capital ship.
Capital ship numbers and carrier battle groups are endangered by this thin shipbuilding program.
Originally designed to support battleships, the aircraft carrier has become a capital ship in its own right.