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bolter

bolter  v.— «The Greyhound, which looks as if it sprang from the womb of Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose, is 50,000 pounds of flying metal that must set itself down on the pitching deck of a ship at 120 knots and come to a complete stop in...

duty watch bar

duty watch bar  n.— «For members of the British Royal Navy on the two warships at the pier, it became something more than just a bar last week. “It’s the ’duty watch bar,’ ” Mark Smith, 41, a petty officer sitting in...

devil doc

devil doc  n.— «Affectionately called “Devil Docs,” Navy hospital corpsmen have been attached to Marine units since the Spanish-American War. The 2nd Marine Division honored the establishment of the Navy Hospital Corps here, June 18...

floggle toggle

floggle toggle  n.— «I’ve been listening to The Navy Lark recently and noticed the writer occasional threw in some obscure but genuine naval slang for comic effect. One I’m a bit puzzled about is “floggle toggle.” It appears to...

Smurf uniform

Smurf uniform  n.— «So officials ran a pilot test at boot camp. All recruits are currently issued blue cotton pants and white T-shirts emblazoned with a Navy emblem. It’s affectionately known as the “Smurf uniform.” In 2005, Carroll said:...

R2-D2

R2-D2  n.— «Since laser defenses are still quite a way off, the Army has looked to an existing system to fill the need. The Navy’s Phalanx CIWS system, an autonomous 20mm gatling gun capable of firing up to 4,500 rounds per minute, has...