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Old August 30 2013, 04:46 PM   #18
Bad Thoughts
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Re: US. Navy Tug Boat USS. Defiant

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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).
Perhaps it just sounds good......
Perhaps ... but the explanation could take into account the history of vessels named HMS Reliance and the possibility of semantic change.
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