all sounds very 'hello sailor' doesnt it!! must say, everyone has always 'known' about what those young fellows in the Navy get up to on the long lonely nights at sea, but I must say that they are being rather open about it these days!
( << have we got that many ships? >> bloody khaki ignorance - snort)
Just about. They used to call it the Grand Fleet. Wouldn't make much of an impression in Scapa Flow now. And I think you'll find the men in blue suits call them "boats". Ships are what P&O used to have.
The submarine navy always says there are two types of warships: submarines and targets. The "skimmers" classify the big, grey, pointy things - frigates and destroyers - plus the Airfix kits masquerading as carriers, as "ships". Anything you could fit into your bath is a boat. Oary or otherwise.