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collective noun for rockets?

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ZZZenAgain Wed 28-Nov-12 10:29:43

Dd asked me and I don't know. Does anyone know the collective noun for rockets. She thinks "a launch of rockets" sounds good. I have no idea.

SillyBeardyDudeyman Wed 28-Nov-12 10:30:39

Salvo I think.

tiggytape Wed 28-Nov-12 10:36:06

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senua Wed 28-Nov-12 10:52:38

What sort of rockets - missiles or spaceships?

CecilyP Wed 28-Nov-12 11:17:27

Or fireworks?

Don't spaceships tend to be built individually?

meditrina Wed 28-Nov-12 11:24:45

Salvo or battery, I think

grovel Wed 28-Nov-12 12:24:41

A salad.

SavoyCabbage Wed 28-Nov-12 12:30:53

Salad! Howling at that.

ZZZenAgain Wed 28-Nov-12 12:31:02

Thanks, she asked about both missiles and spaceships. So a salvo (or battery) of missiles and a fleet of spaceships perhaps.
In fact she told me to go and ask on MN!

joanbyers Wed 28-Nov-12 14:01:15


ZZZenAgain Wed 28-Nov-12 20:28:52

Thanks Joan. Have just googled 'a flurry of rockets' and quite a few newspaper articles came up using it (rockets as missiles obviously).

GrimmaTheNome Wed 28-Nov-12 20:31:12

Spaceships would definitely be a fleet, its what they call them in Star Trek. grin

ZZZenAgain Wed 28-Nov-12 20:34:06

I was thinking that too Grimma! I am sure in Star Wars they attack a 'fleet' too.

vintageviolets Wed 28-Nov-12 20:34:51

La R'ockets.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 28-Nov-12 20:50:52

zzen - of course. With admirals etc - they're spaceships

If you're on the receiving end of a load of the missile types, then they're an 'air-raid'

peteneras Wed 28-Nov-12 21:16:22


propatria Thu 29-Nov-12 09:37:32

A fusillade of rockets.

ZZZenAgain Thu 29-Nov-12 13:19:34

seem to be quite a few collective nouns which apply! Spoilt for choice now.

StephanieMcAlea Sat 08-Apr-17 11:39:30

I'm sure this thread must be dead by now but 'Battery' is the correct term for rockets/missiles/torpedo/guns/dispensed munitions while on board a vessel.
When they are launched collectively, as in multiple munitions/'birds' striking a target, they are known as a barrage. 'Salvo' is restricted to solid munitions such as railgun rounds, mass driver rounds, shells, and flak or point defence rounds. 'Arsenal' is the collective noun for all the weapons on a vessel regardless of their nature, but is mostly used these days to denote ammunition stores on land/planet and even then is most ften called a 'depot'. 'Battery' is also sometimes used to describe multiple guns on board a ship, usually with a location.

For example:
"Ensign, power up the battery."
"Send a barrage of Tomahawk missiles to that airport."
"Fire a salvo at the enemy vessel using our portside mass drivers."

A 'Launch' is never used for munitions as it is the name for a small ship board vessel such as a rescue craft, a captain's shuttle, or an insertion craft for marines.

nb-I create starships for science fiction games and have read extensively on terrestrial naval operations.

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