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Old August 28 2013, 04:43 PM   #15
Bad Thoughts
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Re: US. Navy Tug Boat USS. Defiant

J.T.B. wrote: View Post
It's interesting because the primary definition of "reliant" means dependent on something or someone else, not normally high on a list of military virtues. I assume people take it as short for "self-reliant," but it seems that's a fairly recent thing. I blame Lee Iacocca, myself.
Perhaps it's not meant to describe the vessel, but the faith the users have in the vessel (as in they rely upon it).
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