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Axial fire

Axial fire – Fire oriented towards the ends of the ship; the opposite of broadside fire.

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Astern

Astern – towards the stern (rear) of a vessel, behind a vessel.

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Athwartships

Athwartships -At right angles to the fore and aft or centerline of a ship

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ASDIC

ASDIC – A type of sonar used by the Allies for detecting submarines during the Second World War.

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Archboard

Archboard – The plank along the stern where the name of the ship is commonly painted.

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