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A guard ship is a warship stationed at some port or harbour to act as a guard, and in former times in the Royal Navy to receive the men impressed for service. She usually was the flagship of the admiral commanding on the coast.

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]

An example of a guard ship is HMS Clyde (P257) which is stationed in the Falkland Islands.


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

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