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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Warships

Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 February 2020

Subject(s):
Flag state — Warfare, sea — Armed conflict, international — Armed forces

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 International law defines a warship as a ship belonging to the armed forces of a nation bearing the external markings distinguishing the character and nationality of such ships, under the command of an officer duly commissioned by the government of that nation, whose name appears in the appropriate service list of officers, and is manned by a crew that is under regular armed forces discipline. 2 In spite of the fact that the flag State principle (Flag of Ships) determines the principal legal status of ships and vessels there is a need for a specific definition...
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