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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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strategy to wage regional conflicts in a way that leads to quick, decisive victories with minimal loss of American lives, it will have to exploit the potential of the distributed capital ship and the precision-strike systems architecture described above.
And most of the other Soviet naval developments-the long range aircraft, the cruise missiles-are threats primarily because we have invested so heavily in the capital ships they target.
When the aircraft carrier displaced the battleship as the key type of capital ship, the transition, for all its tactical and operational impact, did not alter the fundamental character of naval warfare.
A capital ship these days commonly means some behemoth aircraft carrier.
The acquisition of a few capital ships would consume all the money and would not keep Canada's shipyards humming, if they could even build them.
The 31,500-tonne German Kriegsmarine battle cruiser, an infamous capital ship in WWII, was lead in her class and named after Prussian general and army reformer Gerhard yon Scharnhorst.
Or, they can simply stay inside their own capital ship and defend it from attacks and enemy fire.
The original capital ship was the ship of the line, a large sailing vessel carrying seventy-four or more guns.
For every additional capital ship started by Germany, the first lord declared, Britain would build two.
The effectiveness of the modern aircraft carrier as a capital ship in an age of nuclear submarines, antiship missiles, space, and cyber has not been tested.
Vanguard a player becomes the captain of a large and powerful interstellar capital ship, playing out an epic 3-D adventure in deep space.