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It's basically a way of describing a particular design of ship - all ships of a particular design being of the same class.

It is often the name of the first ship (the 'lead ship') of a particular design, but not always. In the case of the River-class, the six ships of the class were named after major Australian rivers - the city of Adelaide, capital of the state of South Australia lies on the River Torrens.

44 posted on 08/24/2006 2:04:19 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

The river Torrens isn't much of a river. Down here we'd call it a creek, but then, Aussies probably think our deserts are just big sand boxes!


47 posted on 08/24/2006 2:19:36 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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