16 definitions by thaks

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1. A fast warship that is usually smaller than a frigate but larger than patrol craft. These ships are generally well-armed and in use mostly by smaller navies that do not need or cannot afford larger warships. Corvettes generally carry enough firepower to sink ships many times its size, and can thus provide navies with a symetrical response to a threat for asymetrical cost. They do not have the endurance of larger ships and are therefore not suited for long-term operations (with the possible exception of Israeli corvettes, which, due to their prohibition from the Suez Canal, must travel all the way around Africa to reach their operating areas in the Red Sea).

NATO standard designations are: FS (corvette), and FSG (guided misslie corvette).

1. Corvettes are the largest ships in most Middle Eastern navies, including Israel, Iran and Oman.
by thaks April 10, 2006
The best friend of the United States, along with the UK and Australia. Its people are generally much more calm, rational and reasonable than their counterparts to the south. Its soldiers fought bravely and in countless cases died with honor side by side with British and American troops in the trenches of the Great War, on the beaches of Normandy, and in the mountains of Korea. Has a history and culture similar to our own, but generally less obsessed with violence and killing. Tends to be more liberal politically, never having had slavery or segragation, and less puritanical when dealing with alcohol and marijuana. Has a large French-speaking population, which, to their credit, has not yet surrendered to Germany in any war. As a nation, tends to be fairly honest and trustworthy, as evidenced by its stable currency and respectable diplomatic standing in the world. To the best of my knowledge, no Canadian citizens or interests have ever been explicitly targeted by international terrorists, and no Canadian army has ever invaded another country unprovoked.
Because of their usually sunny disposition, especially when compared with citizens of the US, Canadians are often seen as naive, gullible and/or not very pugnacious. Any student of history will find ample evidence to refute this stereotype.
Capital: Ottawa
Pop.: 33.1 million (2006)
Independence: July 1st, 1867 and December 11th, 1931 (there is a logical explanation for this)
GDP: $1.08 trillion (11th largest in the world)
Flag: Three vertical bands (red, white, red) with maple leaf centered in white band. Not very offensive, rarely burned by Muslims.
I'd rather have Canada as my neighbor than any other country in the world.
by thaks April 11, 2006
When a German woman categorically resists all sexual advances made toward her.

I tried to get into Helga's lederhosen at the beer garden, but all I got was the Berlin Wall.
by thaks May 23, 2006
1. The culmination of all human achievement. Inevitable. This is how we are going to go, folks. It's just a matter of time...

1. Nuclear war is the orgasm of human existence.
by thaks May 29, 2006

1. Pure, unadulterated stupidity. Daftness of a magnitude that shocks beyond words. Total and complete lack of reason. Utter futile uselessness. Such wanton disregard for logic as to render silent all within earshot of the event.

From the English "bum" (see ass) and "fuck"

1. I won't stand for this bumfuckery, by Jove. I'm going home.
by thaks May 20, 2006

1. A large warship, well armed and equally capable of operating in fleet air defense, anti-submarine, and flagship roles. Larger than a destroyer, it is usually the largest warship in most navies today, short of aircraft carriers. Few navies can afford to build cruisers or buy them second-hand, so a fleet with even a single cruiser is considered respectable. Although very common among navies until the end of the Cold War, cruisers are expensive to operate and are now only found in the navies of the United States (27), Russia (8), Peru (2), and Italy (1).

NATO standard designations for cruisers are: CL (light cruiser, no longer used), CA (heavy cruiser, no longer used), CC (command cruiser, no longer used), CB (battlecruiser, no longer used), CG (guided missile cruiser), and CGN (nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, now only in use in Russia).
The Argentine cruiser General Belgrano was sunk by a British submarine during the Falklands War of 1982. It is the largest warship sunk in combat since the end of World War Two.
by thaks April 10, 2006

1. A medium-sized warship, usually with a displacement of between 3,500 and 6,500 tons. Larger than a Frigate, but smaller than a Cruiser. Primarily tasked with fleet air defense, most modern destroyers are equally capable in ASW (anti-submarine warfare). Not considered large enough to act as a flagship, but sufficiently large to carry out independent operations. The word "destroyer" comes from the ship's original task, to destroy smaller, faster torpedo boats before they could sink capital ships.

2. NATO standard designations for destroyers are: DD (gun destroyer), DDG (guided missile destroyer), and DDGN (nuclear-powered guided missile destroyer, discontinued in July 1975).
Most blue-water navies include at least a few destroyers.
by thaks April 10, 2006

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