Mother Ship

A mother ship (or mothership) is a vehicle (e.g. ship, aircraft or spacecraft) that leads, serves or carries other, usually smaller vehicles. Examples include bombers converted to carry experimental aircraft to altitudes where they can conduct their research (such as the B-52 carrying the X-15), or ships that carry small submarines to an area of ocean to be explored (such as the Atlantis II carrying the Alvin). A mother ship may also be used to recover smaller craft, or go its own way after releasing them.
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