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  • n. Plural form of frigate.


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  • Al had brought up a cruiser and three WarCroc frigates from the Orc fleet and had executed a linked attack.

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  • It got six big patrol frigates from the Saint John Drydocks in the 1990s, and six more when New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna switched to support the Meech Lake Accord.

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  • While a number of British war vessels were lying in Hampton Roads watching for certain French frigates which had taken refuge up

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  • The European Union has also authorized a force of between five and seven frigates, which is expected to arrive in the Gulf of Aden early

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  • The frigates were the scouts, the cavalry, and, having found the enemy, they stayed with her and sent messages back down the long windy links of their chain.

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  • Soon after we made the signal to call the frigates in ...

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  • July 23d, Nelson abandoned the attempt upon the fort, recalling the frigates; and, as the wind did not yet serve to approach the shore, he continued under sail during that day and the next.

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  • As the project grew, and the amount likely to be obtained became manifest, the purpose to which it should be devoted was determined to be the building of a frigate of thirty-two guns; one of the well-recognized, but smaller, classes under which the vessels called frigates were subdivided.

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  • It should be explained to the outsider, perhaps even many professional readers now may not know, that the word was formerly used for a class of so-called frigates which intervened between the frigate-class proper and the sloop-of-war proper, and like all hybrids, such as the armored cruiser, shared more in the defects than in the virtues of either.

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  • Afterwards vessels still called frigates, carrying 24 guns, were also ranked as post-ships.

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