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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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The Battleship Holiday explores the history and technical design of capital ships that the five signatories to the 1922 Five-Power Treaty--Great Britain, the United States, Japan, France, and Italy--plus Germany built during and after the "battleship holiday" that the treaty imposed.
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.
Whereas existing fleets center on the carrier as the focus of naval strike capability and devote their resources to defending it, the fleet of the future could distribute its offensive capabilities among a variety of ships networked into a systems architecture, or "system of systems." A constellation of strike platforms within a web of surveillance, reconnaissance, and battle-management systems would comprise the new, distributed capital ship.
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.
The frigate is the capital ship and this is the first in the history of the Navy that we will have a frigate, newly constructed, missile-capable (of engaging targets from) air, surface and undersea,' he said.
Palmer, or five times the cost of the capital ship Mr.
The Big "E" launched the era of the nuclear-powered "Super Carrier" that revolutionized the capital ship's range, speed, and endurance; Ford represents an equally large leap in technology from her predecessors as Enterprise did in 1961.
"She was a capital ship - a vital part," Mr Taylor recalled.
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.
The frigate is the, it's a capital ship and this is the first in the history of the Navy that we will have a frigate newly constructed then missile-capable, air surface, undersea," he added.