Definition of Q-ship in English:


Line breaks: Q-ship
Pronunciation: /ˈkjuːʃɪp


A merchant ship with concealed weapons, used by the British in the First and Second World Wars in an attempt to destroy submarines.
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  • U-boats were attacked by aircraft, airships, Q-ships, mines, drifters, Naval vessels (including submarines) and merchant ships.
  • The Eastern Sea Frontier, which operated the few Q-ships the US Navy used during the war, was the parent organization.


First World War: from Q as a non-explicit symbol of the type of vessel + ship1.

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