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For example, Halle said, a frigate can receive food shipments periodically from a helicopter.
Don’t give up the ship’’ during a losing battle with the British frigate Shannon in the War of 1812.
Tehran is reported to have 33 subs (Israel, 6), and five frigates (Israel is said to have none).
If that wasn’t enough, the USS Midway aircraft carrier anchored offshore with an escort of four frigates and a destroyer, according to the Times.
The French military played a significant role in the strikes, deploying aircraft from bases around France and launching missiles from frigates in the Mediterranean.
Russia currently has 15 warships and vessels in the Mediterranean, including frigates and diesel and nuclear-powered submarines, according to the Kommersant newspaper.
In 1987, 37 American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the US Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf.
The French frigate Aquitaine has also been reported off the coast of Lebanon.
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In the 17th–19th centuries, a frigate was a three-masted, fully rigged sailing ship, often carrying 30–40 guns in all. Smaller and faster than ships of the line (the principal vessels of naval warfare), frigates served as scouts or as escorts protecting merchant convoys; they also cruised the seas as merchant raiders themselves. In World War II, Britain revived the term frigate using it to describe escort ships equipped with sonar and depth charges, and used these ships to guard convoys from submarines. In the postwar decades, the frigate also adopted an antiaircraft role, adding radar and surface-to-air missiles. Modern frigates can sail at a speed of 30 knots and carry a crew of 200.
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: a small and fast military ship
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