- A warship specialised for the carriage of aircraft, and characterised by a flat upper deck for launch and landing while under way. Ships of this vary considerably in role, equipment and size, being usually designed for the operation of a narrow range of aircraft. Seaplane Carriers, which craned aircraft outboard to launch and recover from the sea, may be placed within this category, but not those modern warships and auxiliaries which carry a helicopter as part of a more generalised equipment fit.
- http://reference.data.gov.uk/id/open-government-licence (Maritime Craft Thesaurus (Scotland))
- http://www.rcahms.gov.uk (Maritime Craft Thesaurus (Scotland))
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