sea·​lift | \ ˈsē-ˌlift How to pronounce sealift (audio) \

Definition of sealift

: transport of military personnel and especially equipment by ship

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sealift transitive verb

Examples of sealift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Burlington, like the other ships in the EPF program, will provide our commanders high-speed sealift mobility and agility. Erin Edgemon,, "1 killed, 2 injured in Baldwin County crash," 24 Feb. 2018 Some of the largest barge sealifts in North Slope history were underway as Prudhoe Bay oil production ramped up and field facilities were expanded. Frank Baker, Alaska Dispatch News, "40 years of Prudhoe Bay oil: Here’s to the people who made it happen," 31 July 2017 China does not have the sealift, airlift, or sustainment capability to project force to Taiwan - and that's before the US Navy gets involved as lubber points out below. Isaac Stone Fish, Slate Magazine, "A war in North Korea would be devastating. But war in Taiwan could be even worse, and more likely.," 4 Oct. 2017 Any long-term sealift must also contend with the Jones Act. Naureen S Malik,, "A 1920 Law Crimps Puerto Rico's Sea Access When It's Needed Most," 27 Sep. 2017 The civilian sealift, by contrast, has been largely a spontaneous, volunteer affair. Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "Spared Irma’s Worst, Puerto Ricans Sail to Virgin Islanders’ Aid," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sealift

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Sealift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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