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  • n. Plural form of mothership.


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  • Thirdly, the taskforce has also been targeting the so-called motherships – the bigger vessels the pirates use to launch smaller skiffs for the attacks.

    Somali pirates struggle against international crackdown

  • It fires warning shots and sometimes intercepts so-called motherships — larger vessels that can provide food, water and fuel to smaller attack skiffs.

    Somali Admiral Fights for Funds to Battle Pirates

  • Then, so-called motherships carry pirates on speedboats out into the water.

    CNN Transcript Apr 9, 2009

  • They are using captured vessels as "motherships" - a mobile base from which to launch small attack skiffs.

    The Seattle Times

  • He said pirates have a longer reach now because more are operating from so-called "motherships," larger vessels that serve as launching pads for smaller ships to carry out attacks.

    Pirates Seize Oil Tanker with $200 Million of Crude

  • Peter Hinchliffe, marine director of the International Chamber of Shipping, tells the Financial Times the group's members feel naval forces should be identifying the "motherships" that launch the attacks and have a legal right to search them and seize weapons.

    Failed State: Pirate's Life

  • Hidden, perhaps, behind the subterfuge of "motherships" that have haunted our skies since at least the 1950s?

    Posthuman Blues

  • As well as holding some ships for ransom, pirates also hijack vessels to use as 'motherships' which ferry the gunmen and their speedboats far out to sea.


  • The diplomat told the AP that large pirate "motherships" and skiffs were heading in the direction of the lifeboat. - RSS

  • The diplomat told the AP that large pirate "motherships" and skiffs were heading in the direction of the lifeboat on which bandits are holding American Richard Phillips, Captain of the Maersk Alabama.

    Minneapolis/St. Paul Breaking News, Weather, Video, Traffic and Sports for Minnesota from WCCO-TV


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