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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Other Words from sealift

sealift transitive verb

Examples of sealift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To fulfill its need for strategic sealift, the Navy got congressional permission to buy used ships at one-tenth the cost. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 Recent shipping data shows no recorded vessels around Mayun, suggesting whoever provided the sealift for the latest construction turned off their boats' Automatic Identification System tracking devices to avoid being identified. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 No great naval power in time of conflict has succeeded without a robust sealift and merchant-marine and convoy-escort capability. Jim Talent, National Review, 3 May 2021 China has been working for the past 15 years to overcome its most glaring shortcoming: the lack of adequate sealift to ferry a sufficient invasion force across the 110-mile-wide Taiwan Strait. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 11 Mar. 2021 Taiwan’s military forces have long held a technological edge over Chinese forces, which also lack the air and sealift to mount an invasion across the 80-mile-wide Taiwan Strait. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Oct. 2020 Burlington, like the other ships in the EPF program, will provide our commanders high-speed sealift mobility and agility. Erin Edgemon,, 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, 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, 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sealift

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sealift was in 1948

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“Sealift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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