Guard ship

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A guard ship is a warship stationed at some port or harbour to act as a stationary guard, as opposed to a coastal patrol boat which serves its protective role at sea.

In former times in the Royal Navy a guard ship usually was the flagship of the admiral commanding on the coast.[citation needed]

A guard-boat is a boat which goes the round of a fleet at anchor to see that due watch is kept at night.

In Soviet terminology a guard ship (Storozhevoj Korabl‍ '​) is a small, general purpose patrol and/or escort vessel.[1]


  1. ^ Budzbon, Przemyslaw; Lemachko, Boris (1982). "The Bad Weather Flotilla". Warship (London: Conway Maritime Press) VI (22): 140.