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Q-ship, armed combat ship disguised as a merchant or fishing vessel to lure submarines into attack range
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- Mystery Ship redirects here. For the 1917 film serial, see The Mystery Ship.
, also known as Q-boats
, Decoy Vessels
, Special Service Ships
, or Mystery Ships
, were heavily armed merchant ships with concealed weaponry, designed to lure submarines into making surface attacks. This gave Q-ships the chance to open fire and sink them. The basic ethos of every Q-ship was to be a wolf in sheep's clothing.
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