A vessel, typically an obsolete or captured warship, used for naval gunnery practice or for weapons testing. The term includes both ships intended to be sunk and ships intended to survive and see repeated use as a target.

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NAVAL TRAWLER

A converted trawler, or boat built in that style, used for naval purposes.

ORDNANCE EXERCISE

Naval firing practice

NAVAL STATION

A naval base; a naval air station is a base for naval aircraft.

LINE ASTERN

In naval warfare, a line of battle formed behind a flagship

JACK DUSTY

The naval stores clerk.

PIM

Points (or plan) of intended movement. The charted course for a naval unit's movements.

CIVIL RED ENSIGN

The British Naval Ensign or Flag of the British Merchant Navy, a red flag with the Union Flag in the upper left corner. Colloquially called the 'red duster'.

ARTICLES OF WAR

Regulations governing the military and naval forces of UK and US; read to every ship's company on commissioning and at specified intervals during the commission.

DEPOT SHIP

A ship which acts as a mobile or fixed base for other ships and submarines or supports a naval base.

MAN THE RAILS

To station the crew of a naval vessel along the rails and superstructure of the vessel as a method of saluting or rendering honors.

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