torpedo boat


Definition of torpedo boat

: a boat designed for launching torpedoes specifically : a small very fast boat with one or more torpedo tubes

Examples of torpedo boat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crew had commenced destroying classified materials and equipment, but the sailors could hold off the five torpedo boats and two aircraft only for so long. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "'It's a mockery': USS Pueblo veteran wants North Korea to give back his ship," 20 Feb. 2020 That’s not news: for decades the PLAN has had hundreds of ships, torpedo boats, missile boats, frigates, and destroyers, all obsolete and lacking the latest technology. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This One Tweet Shows the Fast-Paced Rise of China's Navy," 18 Dec. 2019 Its fleet ranges from torpedo boats to fast-moving patrol vessels and Zodiacs. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Iran has two naval forces with separate missions and commands. This is why.," 14 June 2019 There were a lot of ex-colonials like Allen in the Service, infuriatingly dense regarding aspects of intelligence work that did not involve torpedo boats or sword canes. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018 Sherman, meanwhile, recounted John F. Kennedy’s heroism during World War II as commander of the torpedo boat PT-109. James Sullivan,, "When the Cuban missile crisis almost became war," 17 Apr. 2018 What isn’t disputed is that the ensuing battle saw the lightly armed Pueblo engage enemy torpedo boats and fighter aircraft. Mac William Bishop, NBC News, "North Korean ex-assassin recalls 1968: ‘The year that mattered most’," 26 Jan. 2018 Just two days later, North Korean torpedo boats and submarine chasers successfully surrounded and captured the USS Pueblo, a Navy intelligence ship patrolling international waters that had few weapons with which to defend itself. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Fifty Years Ago, North Korea Captured an American Ship and Nearly Started a Nuclear War," 24 Jan. 2018 During the war, Kennedy commanded a patrol torpedo boat in the South Pacific. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Why JFK Kept a Coconut Shell in the Oval Office," 2 Aug. 2017

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Torpedo boat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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