Dispatch Boat


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Dispatch Boat

 

(in Russian, avizo), small military craft, relatively fast, used in certain foreign fleets (French, Italian, Spanish) up until the early 20th century for reconnaissance purposes, messenger duty, and miscellaneous missions. Special dispatch boats were not built in the Russian fleet; instead, obsolete torpedo boats, light cruisers, and other vessels were used for these duties.

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Paralleling the War Department's patronage of the national press, one of these ships, the Adolphus, is a dispatch boat containing a group of reporters "brazenly waiting for news" (580), a physical analogue to the Navy's press relations nationally.
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Their speed, great manoeuvrability and ability to navigate in difficult weather conditions give these medium-range dispatch boats greater flexibility in their daily operations.