capital ship

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a warship of the first rank in size and armament

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The second half of the book tracks capital ship design and construction from 1922 to 1946.
In this book, Watts presents readers with an examination of the ongoing prevalence, and growing irrelevance of capital ship theory in a period where the spectrum of conflict is dominated by irregular warfare.
Although of course one is not comparing like with like, the equivalent cost of an item like a capital ship remains roughly constant over time.
From the start, HMS Dreadnought was an iconic vessel, larger and faster than any previous capital ship. Its commissioning rendered all existing battleships obsolete, thus marking the divide between "pre-dreadnoughts" (a retrospective judgment, of course) and all that followed, which were referred to generically as "dreadnoughts." In 2006 the National Maritime Museum (UK) sponsored a conference commemorating the centenary of Dreadnought's launch and completion, the aim of which was to transcend the traditional technological, strategic, and operational foci of naval history.
During the ship's time in the Middle East, Westminster -- known as The Capital Ship - disrupted pirates, seized millions of pounds worth of heroin from smugglers and conducted security patrols in the Gulf.
Attack submarines are the modern capital ship, in that they determine command of the sea.
The United States showed off one its aircraft supercarriers on the turf of former enemy Vietnam, less than a week after China launched its own capital ship.
Saratoga and sister ship USS Lexington (CV 2) were the world's largest aircraft carriers until late in World War II and the "Sara" was the world's fastest capital ship of her era, reaching 34.99 knots.
But despite the firestorm the planes, according to the official report, "were not only able to guide our warships towards the Bismarck, but also to attack a capital ship with torpedoes, disable it and prepare it for the final slaughter".
Back then, every capital ship had a band aboard, and like all sailors we had two duties, first as a man of war and secondly to entertain the crew in times of peace.
HMS Nelson, built by Armstrong Whitworth's Walker Naval Yard, in 1927, was the most heavily armed British capital ship.
By the early days of World War II, the aircraft carrier displaced the battleship as the naval fleet's capital ship.
They adapted well, but one couldn't help but think of the Vincennes disaster, in which another capital ship designed to fight on the open ocean couldn't make the switch.
A Capital Ship: New England Life, a History of America's First Chartered Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1835-1985.