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 for merchant marine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  merchant marine \mer"chant ma*rine"\, n.
     The ships owned by nationals of a particular country that are
     engaged in civilian commerce; also, the personnel operating
     those vessels. Distinguished from the navy, which contains
     the vessels of war.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  merchant marine
      n 1: the crew of a merchant vessel
      2: conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or
         industry [syn: shipping, cargo ships, merchant marine,
         merchant vessels]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  30 Moby Thesaurus words for "merchant marine":
     Naval Construction Battalion, RN, Royal Navy, Seabees, USN,
     United States Navy, argosy, armada, bottoms, coast guard, division,
     escadrille, fleet, flotilla, line, marine, merchant fleet,
     merchant navy, mosquito fleet, naval forces, naval militia,
     naval reserve, navy, shipping, ships, squadron, task force,
     task group, tonnage, whaling fleet

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