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aircraft carrier: A warship with a deck from which aircraft can take off and land.

anchor: A device usually of metal that is attached to a boat or ship by a cable and that, when thrown overboard, digs into the earth and holds the boat or ship in place.

anti-aircraft: Anything used to defend against an air attack.

armor: A protective outer layer used to defend someone or something from attack usually made from a heavy and tough material like steel.

boiler: The part of a steam generator in which water is converted into steam. It usually consists of metal shells and tubes.

bow: The forward part of a boat or ship.

bridge: The forward part of a ship's superstructure from which the ship is navigated.

caliber: The diameter or bore of a gun barrel.

catapult: A device for launching an airplane usually from a ship like an aircraft carrier.

crane: A machine with a swinging arm for lifting and carrying heavy objects.

crow's nest: A partly enclosed platform high on a ship's mast for use as a lookout.

destroyer: A small, fast warship armed with guns, depth charges, torpedoes, and, often, guided missiles.

fleet: A number of warships under a single command; in other words, an organization of ships and aircraft under the command of a flag officer.

funnel: A stack or flue for the escape of smoke or ventilation, as on a ship.

hull: The frame or body of a ship or boat exclusive of masts, yards, sails, and rigging.

keel: A timber or plate running lengthwise along the center of the bottom of a ship and usually sticking out from the bottom.

mast: A long pole or spar rising from the keel or deck of a ship that supports the yards, booms, and rigging.

Navy: The complete naval establishment of a nation including yards, stations, ships, and personnel.

porthole: An opening in the side of a ship or aircraft.

port: When looking towards the front of a ship or aircraft, the left side.

propeller: A device consisting of a hub fitted with blades that is made to turn rapidly by an engine and is used especially for propelling airplanes and ships.

range finder: An instrument used to determine the distance of a target.

righting: The act of reversing a capsized vessel.

rudder: A flat movable piece of wood or metal attached to the rear of a ship or aircraft for steering.

sailor: A member of a ship's crew.

shell: A projectile for cannon containing an explosive bursting charge.

ship: A large vessel for travel on water.

spotter: A person that locates targets beyond the visible horizon.

steam engine: An engine that uses steam for power.

stern: The rear end of a boat or ship.

submarine: A naval vessel designed to operate underwater.

tactics: The science and art of disposing and maneuvering forces in combat.

torpedo: A weapon used to destroy ships by rupturing their hulls below the waterline.

turret: A revolving armored structure on a warship that protects one or more guns mounted within.

U-boat: A German submarine.

vessel: A watercraft that is larger than a boat.

waterline: A line marked on the outside of a ship that matches the surface of the water when the ship floats.

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