capital ship

noun
one of a class of the largest warships; a battleship, battle cruiser, or aircraft carrier.

Origin:
1680–90

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capital ship
 
n
one of the largest and most heavily armed ships in a naval fleet

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The capital ship was an aircraft carrier stuck on a flat ocean, and their fighters were navy planes in atmosphere.
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