In Greyhound (2020), from Fletcher-class destroyer, Commander Ernest commands Taker & Helmsman to intercept German U-boat, which was following 37 Allied ships, which are making its way to Liverpool:

Taker: Contact bearing 066, range indefinite, sir.

Commander Ernest: Left hard rudder. Ease the rudder.

Helmsman: Easing the turn. Aye, aye, sir.

Commander Ernest: Meet her.

Helmsman: Aye, aye, sir. Holding course.

What does "her" refer to?


It's a naval tradition to refer to ships as female, so the commander is probably ordering the helmsman to meet - i.e. intercept - the U-boat they're pursuing.

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