Lead ship

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The lead ship, name ship, or class leader is the first of a series or class of ships all constructed according to the same general design.wikipedia
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The lead ship, name ship, or class leader is the first of a series or class of ships all constructed according to the same general design.
The name of a naval ship class is most commonly the name of the lead ship, the first ship commissioned or built of its design.

Ship

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The lead ship, name ship, or class leader is the first of a series or class of ships all constructed according to the same general design.

Prototype

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Nevertheless, building copies is still more efficient and cost-effective than building prototypes, and the lead ship will usually be followed by copies with some improvements rather than radically different versions.

Retrofitting

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The improvements will sometimes be retrofitted to the lead ship.

Shakedown (testing)

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Occasionally, the lead ship will be launched and commissioned for shakedown testing before following ships are completed, making the lead ship a combination of template and prototype, rather than expending resources on a prototype that will never see actual use.

Royal Navy

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Ship classes are typically named in one of two ways; echoing the name of the lead ship, such as the s, whose lead ship was, or defining a theme by which vessels in the class are named, as in the Royal Navy's s, named after tribes of the world, such as.

Royal Australian Navy

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If a ship class is produced for another fleet, the first active unit will become the lead ship for that fleet; for example, the s are known as the in the Royal Australian Navy.

Flower-class corvette

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The Flower-class corvette (also referred to as the Gladiolus class after the lead ship) was a British class of 294 corvettes used during World War II, specifically with the Allied navies as anti-submarine convoy escorts during the Battle of the Atlantic.

HMS Illustrious (87)

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HMS Illustrious was the lead ship of her class of aircraft carriers built for the Royal Navy before World War II.

USS Tennessee (BB-43)

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USS Tennessee (BB-43) was the lead ship of the of dreadnought battleships built for the United States Navy in the 1910s.

USS South Dakota (BB-57)

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USS South Dakota (BB-57) was the lead vessel of the four fast battleships built for the United States Navy in the 1930s.

USS Barnegat (AVP-10)

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The second USS Barnegat (AVP-10), in commission from 1941 to 1946, was the lead ship of her class of small seaplane tenders built for the United States Navy just before and during World War II.

USS Omaha (CL-4)

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USS Omaha (CL-4) was the lead ship of the light cruiser of the United States Navy.

Japanese battleship Ise

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Ise was the lead ship of her class of two dreadnought battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the 1910s.

USS Portland (CA-33)

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USS Portland (CL/CA–33) was the lead ship of the Portland class of cruiser and the first ship of the United States Navy named after the city of Portland, Maine.

Japanese cruiser Izumo

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Izumo was the lead ship of her class of armored cruisers built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in the late 1890s.

USS Yorktown (PG-1)

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USS Asheville (PG-21)

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21/PG-21)''', the lead ship in her class of two United States Navy gunboats, was the first ship of the United States Navy named for the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

USS Erie (PG-50)

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USS Erie (PG-50) was the lead ship of the s of the United States Navy.

USS Wyoming (BB-32)

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USS Wyoming (BB-32) was the lead ship of her class of dreadnought battleships and was the third ship of the United States Navy named Wyoming, although she was only the second named in honor of the 44th state.

USS Anchorage (LSD-36)

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USS Anchorage (LSD-36) was the lead ship of the of the United States Navy.

SMS Bremen

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SMS Bremen ("His Majesty's Ship Bremen") was the lead ship of the seven-vessel of light cruisers, built for the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy) in the early 1900s.

Japanese battleship Yamato

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Yamato was the lead ship of her class of battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) shortly before World War II.

SMS Kaiser Friedrich III

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SMS Kaiser Friedrich III ("His Majesty's Ship Emperor Frederick III") was the lead ship of the of pre-dreadnought battleships.

SMS Nymphe (1863)

SMS Nymphe was the lead ship of the of steam corvettes, the first ship of that type to be built for the Prussian Navy.