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aircraft carrier

aircraft carrier  

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A large warship equipped to serve as a base for aircraft that can take off from and land on its deck.
antisubmarine warfare forces

antisubmarine warfare forces  

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The forces organized primarily to engage in antisubmarine action. Such a force may be composed of surface ships, aircraft, submarines, or some combination of these, along with their supporting ...
anti-submarine weapons

anti-submarine weapons  

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The object of an anti-submarine (A/S) weapon was (and is) to pierce or rupture a submarine's pressure hull and let the submariner's worst enemy—the sea itself—make the kill. Although only ...
battle of Java Sea

battle of Java Sea  

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Series of naval encounters fought off this Netherlands East Indies island between Japanese and Allied warships. The initial battle, on the afternoon and night of 27 February 1942, was the ...
Battle of Leyte Gulf

Battle of Leyte Gulf  

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(October 1944)A naval battle off the Philippines. In the campaign to recover the Philippines, US forces landed on the island of Leyte. Four Japanese naval forces converged to attack US transports, ...
battle of Tassafaronga

battle of Tassafaronga  

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The last of several fierce naval night encounters between Japanese and US warships off Guadalcanal during the Pacific war. It took place off the island's Tassafaronga Point and was a ...
Battle of the Philippine Sea

Battle of the Philippine Sea  

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The largest carrier battle of World War II, fought off the Mariana Islands between the Japanese Mobile Fleet and the U.S. Fifth Fleet on June 19, 1944. The Japanese lost ...
Bismarck

Bismarck  

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The destruction by British naval forces of this powerful 42,000-ton German battleship, armed with eight 38 cm. (15 in.) guns, took place in the Atlantic on 27 May 1941 after she and ...
blockade

blockade  

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N. an act of sealing off a place to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving.run a blockade (of a ship) manage to enter or leave a blockaded port.[...]
Brigadier David Adie ‘Torpy’ Whitehead

Brigadier David Adie ‘Torpy’ Whitehead  

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(30 September 1896–23 October 1992)was born in Scotland. He graduated from RMC Duntroon in April 1916 and was seconded immediately to the AIF in France. He commanded the 23rd ...
combat effectiveness

combat effectiveness  

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1 the quality of being effective in combat.2 the abilities and fighting qualities of a combat unit.
Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts

Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts  

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The modern destroyer (DD) is a general purpose warship capable of surface, subsurface, and antiair warfare. Destroyers evolved from ships designed to destroy torpedo boats that threatened battleships ...
human torpedoes

human torpedoes  

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Were used primarily by the Italians, who pioneered them, but also by the British, Germans, and Japanese.The 6.7 m. (22 ft.) Italian Maiale (pig) had a detachable explosive nose and a ...
midget submarines

midget submarines  

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Were employed by the Italians, who had pioneered their use during the First World War, and by the British, Germans, and Japanese, with varying degrees of success. They were mostly ...
Navy Combat Branches

Navy Combat Branches  

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Surface ForcesSubmarine ForcesNaval Air ForcesSurface ForcesSubmarine ForcesNaval Air ForcesUntil the twentieth century, surface warfare was naturally the focus of the U.S. Navy. The navy's force ...
New South Wales Naval Forces Ships

New South Wales Naval Forces Ships  

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When it was launched in 1855, New South Wales's wooden gunboat Spitfire became the first ship ordered to be built for defensive purposes by an Australian government, and also the ...
Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor  

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A harbour on the Pacific island of Oahu, in Hawaii, the site of a major US naval base, where a surprise attack on 7 December 1941 by Japanese carrier-borne aircraft, inflicted heavy damage and ...
precision-guided munitions

precision-guided munitions  

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”smart” bombs, artillery projectiles, and missiles which are terminally guided to their targets with a high degree of accuracy by laser or electro-optical guidance systems.
Sea Warfare

Sea Warfare  

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In the history of the American Republic has consisted of two missions—control of sea lanes and projection of power ashore. During the Revolutionary War, a great many American merchant ships ...
steamships

steamships  

N. a ship that is propelled by a steam engine.

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