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Military starships capable of independent operations and of support of the main line of battle. Cruisers are intended to fulfill two diverse missions: Independent operations (Raider CruRons) and Dependent operations (Support CruRons)

Please see the following AAB articles for more information:

Description[edit]

In battle, they support and reinforce capital ships which are present and which form the main line of battle, generally from the flanks. They also perform independent operations, often forming the center of task forces which have no capital ships. Cruisers are also put to use as independent ships.

Strategy and doctrine[edit]

Cruisers are more lightly armored and less heavily armed than battleships. To unarmed, unarmored ships, this difference is negligible since a cruiser can easily attack and destroy any noncombatant ships. Cruisers are assigned to support battleships and carry combat to areas where a battleship is not considered necessary.

History and background[edit]

Even before the advent of spacefaring and later starfaring naval ships, in an era of oars, sails, and maritime navies, cruisers tend to form the backbone of any viable navy. Cruisers are the largest combat ships in an affordable class since battleships are prohibitively expensive and only available to the superpowers of their era.

Major Cruiser Classes[edit]

Major Cruiser Classes
Name Code Remarks
Armored Cruiser CA This class is also referred to as a heavy cruiser or just cruiser in some navies. Armored Cruisers are designed to combine long range, high speed, and heavy weapons. Their spinal mounted armament is the same size or only slightly smaller than that of ships of line, like their larger cousins the battleships and dreadnoughts. It is difficult to strike and perfect balance between mobility, protection and weapons. Imperial armored cruisers typically fall in the 50,000-75,000 ton range, larger cruisers often slip into the battle cruiser range. Armored cruisers usually carry armor and screens sufficient to protect them from any hits from turret mounted weapons. Only the largest missile bays and spinal mounts have any hope of seriously wounding them.

These ships are often called upon for long range patrol and raiding. They might be tasked as a flag ship for a group of smaller ships. They often protect large fleet assets, such as carriers and assault transports. Their copious missile armament means they can provide devastating artillery barrages. Many commanders look upon their heavy cruisers as versatile survivors, ships capable of a wide variety of roles and tasks.

A Heavy Frigate is a Royal Caledonian Navy term for the Imperial Navy equivalent Heavy Cruiser. It is considerably larger and more powerful than most vessels called "Frigates". The term is rooted in Caledonian naval antiquity, and is kept mostly for traditional reasons.

CA-11/-15: The standard cruiser at tech level 11 is the CA-11. It has developed and evolved through the tech levels to the present CA-15. At the same time, several types of variants have been produced which take advantage of the basic CA-11/-15 structures and devote them to specialized uses. These cruisers were developed with the intended targets being other cruisers and smaller vessels in mind.

Battle Cruiser CB Battle cruisers combine the spinal mounted meson or particle accelerator firepower of battleships and the armor and screen protection of cruisers. They tend to be fast with good strategic jump mobility. The trade off is in the realm of heavy armor plating. They are unable to sustain the punishment that battleships can deal out and absorb. Battle Cruisers' operational philosophy is to out run whatever they can not out gun. They are built to destroy and survival is of secondary importance. They often lead deep penetration raids to disrupt "secure" rear areas and terrorize merchant shipping lanes with a few fast escorts.
Light Cruiser CL A light cruiser is typically the smallest fleet combatant with a spinal mount. They as fast as a destroyer with the range of a heavy cruiser. They don't carry as much armor. They are not intended to last on the line of battle versus heavier ships. They are used to escort carriers, troop transports, tankers and logistical ships. They are also used to lead groups of destroyers. They scout ahead of main fleet elements and protect the flanks of large fleets. Imperial light cruisers are from 10,000 tons to just below 50,000 tons. Ships below 10,000 tons are fleet escorts, but some designs in that range are labelled light cruisers.

A Light Frigate is a Royal Caledonian Navy term for the Imperial Navy equivalent Light Cruiser. It is considerably larger and more powerful than most vessels called "Frigates". The term is rooted in Caledonian naval antiquity, and is kept mostly for traditional reasons.

Strike Cruiser CS All naval architecture involves certain trade offs. Strike cruisers sacrifice all for extreme jump range, they all use the maximum jump drive for their respective tech level of manufacture. As a result they carry so much jump fuel, occasionally drop tanks or dis-mountable fuel tanks, they have less space left over for weapons, maneuver drives, or armor. This is the logical extension of the hit and run design philosophy. The deep strikes behind enemy lines require a special mind set, the captain of these ships act as assassins picking off key targets, vital assets, before sprinting away. Ships of this class may also be known as Fleet Intruders, and Scout Cruisers.
Mercenary Cruiser CY The lawlessness of some regions of the Imperium has long posed a problem to those in authority; they are torn between a need to provide protection and order to all areas under Imperial domain, and a rational understanding that cost is a continuing factor in such actions. One solution is the toleration of hired troop units within especially troublesome subsectors. Such units help maintain a basic semblance of order to the worlds and systems within, and are available (at a nominal additional cost) to those in the region desiring more action or greater attention to their own problems. The Imperial hand in such arrangements is clearly seen in their tacit approval of mercenary actions, including referrals in some cases where calls for help are received.

The Imperial bureaucracy, in its efforts to provide assistance, has also taken the step of commissioning the design of a standard mercenary cruiser to carry such units throughout their areas of responsibility, and has made these ships available through the provision of low cost construction loans. The design itself is well thought out and has been used for innumerable other tasks, including some Imperial and subsector military missions, and as fleet auxiliaries to the Imperial Navy.

There have been numerous arguments that such vessels should not have military designations, but they continue to do so. They constitute a naval reserve with many navies.

Representative Types[edit]

58 Representative Heavy Cruiser (CA) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Addaran class Cruiser Addara CA 10 49,900 1
Akrzhdiats class Heavy Cruiser Zhodani CA 14 100,000 3
Alderbaran class Heavy Cruiser Solomani CA 13 30,000 4
Antrim class Heavy Frigate Principality of Caledon CA 12 40,000 3
Atlantic class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 14 75,000 4
Blake class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 65,000 4
Bullard Dempsey class Cruiser Protectorate of Leset CA 12 42,000 2
Canton class Control Cruiser Esaran Cultural Area CA 11 50,000 2
Conquest class Heavy Cruiser Firstworlds CA 11 50,000 2
Dadiat class Heavy Cruiser Zhodani CA 14 75,000 3
Dalet class Asteroid Cruiser Dysprosuk Enclave CAM 12 100,000 3
Dauntless class Heavy Cruiser The Protectorate CA 12 80,000 3
Effendi class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 90,000 4
Elfen Lied class Heavy Cruiser Darrian Confederation CA 12 80,000 3
Eso Ilian class Cruiser Sorority of Hygiea CA 11 40,000 2
Eurisko class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 14 60,900 4
Foghoks class Heavy Cruiser Vargr CA 11 10,000 2
Forfar class Heavy Frigate Principality of Caledon CA 12 40,000 3
Gateway class Heavy Cruiser Galian Federation CA 11 60,000 2
Ghalalk class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 50,000 4
Glenaurian class Heavy Cruiser Glenauran Signatorate CA 13 60,000 4
Gridlow class Heavy Cruiser Distant Fringe CA 12 50,000 2
Halsey Keats class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 60,000 4
Harmal class Missile Cruiser Maujen Defense Bureau CAM 10 22,000 1
Hood class Heavy Cruiser Solomani CA 14 74,000 5
Invincible class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 100,000 6
Kefchenzh class Armoured Cruiser Zhodani CA 14 52,000 3
Kirov class Cruiser Kostov Confederate Republic CA 12 72,000 3
Kwang class Missile Cruiser Varellan Empire CAM 10 40,000 1
Last Armada class Armored Cruiser Terran Confederation CA 11 38,000 2
Azhanti High Lightning class Frontier Cruiser Third Imperium CA 14 60,000 5
MaKwaWo class Heavy Cruiser Iltharan Empire CA 12 45,000 3
Minsk class Heavy Cruiser Solomani CA 13 60,000 3
Mongol Risen class Cruiser Sudi Verisian Navy CA 12 72,000 2
Murian Pride class Missile Cruiser Altarean Confederation CAM 13 80,000 4
Narmo class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 75,000 4
Neivrdlalh class Heavy Cruiser Zhodani CA 13 60,000 3
Nexus Xundar class Heavy Cruiser Distant Fringe CA 12 65,000 2
Nightrim class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 75,000 3
Normandy class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 14 75,000 4
Paladin class Heavy Cruiser Free and Holy Federation of Amil CA 13 68,000 2
Panjiach class Heavy Cruiser Zhodani CA 14 75,000 3
Planet class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 75,000 5
Presidio class Armoured Cruiser Czarate of Delsun CA 13 50,000 4
Pukushik class Cruiser Tenjada Moralitate CA 12 50,000 3
Refined class Heavy Cruiser Old Worlds Navy CA 12 52,000 3
Repulse class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 70,000 4
Scapa class Heavy Frigate Principality of Caledon CA 11 50,000 2
SH70K class Heavy Cruiser Sorority of Hygiea CA 12 70,000 3
Sting class Heavy Cruiser Sword Worlds CA 10 44,000 1
Tash class Heavy Cruiser Plavian League CA 11 60,000 2
Tliabazhdrinzh class Heavy Cruiser Zhodani CA 14 75,000 4
Trend class Support Cruiser Jarnac Pashalic CA 13 80,000 4
Type 095 Shang class Missile Cruiser Sindalian Empire CAM 13 13,800 4
Viatoris class Heavy Cruiser Council of Leh Perash CA 13 90,000 4
Vieblazhdr class Heavy Cruiser Zhodani CA 14 85,000 5
Vonk class Cruiser Third Imperium CA 15 50,000 5
Windhorst class Heavy Cruiser Sword Worlds CA 11 80,000 2
33 Representative Battle Cruiser (CB) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Aek Naz class Battlecruiser Vargr CB 11 30,000 4
Audacious class Battlecruiser Third Imperium CB 15 100,000 4
Bastion class Battle Cruiser Third Imperium CB 15 90,000 3
Cynical Son class Battlecruiser Federation of Alsas CB 12 98,000 3
Dacrows Mire class Battlecruiser Darrian Confederation CB 11 90,000 2
Denirad class Battle Cruiser High Senate CB 11 80,000 2
Duneed class Battle Cruiser Glenauran Signatorate CB 12 100,000 3
Elaezoe class Cruiser Kforuzeng CB 11 75,000 3
Exorcist class Battle Cruiser Protectorate CB 12 120,000 3
Fulcrum class Battlecruiser Katowice Conquest CB 11 90,000 2
Gauntlet class Battlecruiser Sword Worlds CB 11 90,000 2
Gzong!xk class Battlecruiser K'kree CB 15 100,000 1
Honre class Asteroid Battle Cruiser Third Imperium CB 14 90,000 3
Hu Gi Singh class Battlecruiser Talokan Armed Forces CB 13 90,000 4
Huy Braseal class Bombardment Cruiser Third Imperium CB 15 80,000 4
Iridium Vow class Battlecruiser Third Imperium CB 15 80,000 2
Joker class Battle Cruiser Mapepire Cluster CB 12 90,000 3
Ka'sch class Battle Cruiser Sath Alliance CB 11 12,000 2
Kagori class Battlecruiser Iltharan Empire CB 12 90,000 3
Kalradin class Battlecruiser Grand Duchy of Kalradin CB 11 90,000 2
Majestic class Battle Cruiser Third Imperium CB 15 100,000 5
Nexus Umbra class Battle Cruiser Distant Fringe CB 12 72,000 2
Nordica class Battle Cruiser Fjords CB 13 90,000 4
Overlord class Bombardment Cruiser Third Imperium CB 15 80,000 4
Pteron class Battle Cruiser Solomani CB 14 20,000 4
Pugnacious class Battle Cruiser Solomani CB 13 10,000 3
Regal class Battle Cruiser Third Imperium CB 14 75,000 4
Righteous Might class Battle Cruiser Sword Worlds CB 12 100,000 3
SH100K class Battle Cruiser Sorority of Hygiea CB 12 100,000 3
Spider class Battle Cruiser Ushran Navy CB 12 150,000 3
Spul class Raider Grand Duchy of Marlheim CB 11 80,000 2
Vitatus class Battlecruiser Council of Leh Perash CB 13 200,000 4
Vrapkenchkinj class Light Battlecruiser Zhodani CB 14 56,000 3
89 Representative Light Cruiser (CL) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Agidda class Attack Cruiser Vilani CL 11 40,000 2
Amazone class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 20,000 4
Arliliushruu class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 30,000 2
Armageddon class Bombardment Cruiser Solomani CLB 13 10,000 3
Ashigaru class Q-ship Ras Tennol CL 12 7,000 1
Assassin class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 28,000 3
Atsah class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 10,000 4
Basilos class Pocket Cruiser Solomani Confederation CL 13 5,000 4
Berserker class Light Cruiser Sword Worlds CL 12 30,000 3
Blue Ridge class Command Cruiser Third Imperium CLC 15 18,400 4
Blunt Force class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 17,000 3
Chazhdr class Light Cruiser Zhodani CL 14 50,000 4
Death's Head class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 19,900 3
Delightful class Light Cruiser Old Worlds CL 12 13,000 3
Dlevrrk class Light Cruiser Zhodani CL 14 40,000 3
Drag class Screening Cruiser Grand Duchy of Marlheim CL 11 30,000 2
Dunfermline class Light Frigate Principality of Caledon CL 12 22,000 3
Edinburgh class Light Frigate Principality of Caledon CL 12 20,000 2
Fearless class Light Cruiser Protectorate CL 12 25,000 3
Flinder class War Cruiser The Biumvirate CL 10 18,710 1
Galiar class Light Cruiser Unity of Sed CL 12 20,000 2
Gallant class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 30,000 4
Gionetti class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 30,000 5
Grinder class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 11,000 3
Griswold class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 19,900 3
Gvergh class Cruiser Vargr Extents CL 13 5,000 2
Habari class Raider Vargr CL 12 8,000 2
Hamidiye class Light Cruiser Khuur League Fleet CL 12 30,904 3
Harbinger class Cruiser Vegan Polity CL 14 40,000 1
Heng-O class Missile Cruiser Mercantile Concord CL 11 20,000 2
Heng-O class Small Cruiser Mercantile Concord CL 10 30,000 1
Holy Avenger class Pursuit Cruiser Eslyat Magistracy CL 11 13,000 2
Hughes class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 22,000 4
Ikired*Ni class Medium Cruiser I'Sred*Ni CL 13 15,000 2
Imporis class Light Cruiser Sorority of Hygiea CL 10 10,000 1
Intrepid class Cruiser Solomani CL 13 10,000 3
Irloom class Light Cruiser Distant Fringe CL 12 25,000 2
K'shek class Light Cruiser Sath Alliance CL 11 10,000 2
Kargash class Light Cruiser Vilani CL 11 2,000 2
Khiirshag class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 16,000 6
Kilbride class Light Frigate Principality of Caledon CL 12 20,000 2
Kinunir class Vanguard Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 1,200 4
Lenat class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 14 20,900 4
Lon Mardos class Light Cruiser Lon Mardos Defense Forces CL 11 19,000 2
Lord Adrian class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 13 30,000 3
Lydia class Light Cruiser The Last Line CL 11 36,000 2
Montrose class Light Frigate Principality of Caledon CL 12 20,000 2
Moot Point class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 28,000 4
Nara class Light Cruiser Mapepire Cluster CL 12 28,000 2
Nidashiajobr class Light Cruiser Zhodani CL 14 28,000 3
Oumuamua class Light Cruiser Principality of Mavuzo CL 12 20,000 3
Pinq class Scout Cruiser Grand Duchy of Marlheim CL 10 5,000 1
Plizhdrint class Light Cruiser Zhodani CL 14 20,000 2
Rapier class War Cruiser Darrian Confederation CL 13 9,100 4
Resadiye class Light Cruiser Khuur League Fleet CL 12 22,640 3
Riavl class Light Cruiser Zhodani CL 14 14,000 4
Rugiceps class Light Cruiser Council of Leh Perash CL 13 60,000 4
Rull class Light Cruiser Mnemosyne Principality CL 10 49,000 1
Sabre class Light Cruiser Strend Cluster CL 14 12,000 4
Salazar class Light Cruiser Saldazar Security Squadron CL 11 13,100 2
Samuelson class Medium Cruiser Plavian League CL 10 40,000 1
Sanoet class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 20,000 4
SEH class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 30,000 3
SH20K class Light Cruiser Sorority of Hygiea CL 12 20,000 3
Shizhdr class Light Cruiser Zhodani CL 13 20,000 2
Shtiaba class Light Cruiser Zhodani CL 14 50,000 5
Swooping Victory class Defense Cruiser Esaran Cultural Area CL 11 10,000 2
Tacoolu class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 10,000 6
Tal Varisa class Light Cruiser Firstworlds CL 11 35,000 2
Tash class War Cruiser Eiaplial Davr CL 13 10,000 2
TC15 Edhoda class Light Cruiser Trooles Confederation CL 11 1,500 2
Terrible class Light Cruiser Sword Worlds CL 11 20,000 2
Thin Red Line class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 13 31,300 4
Ticonderoga class Light Cruiser Third Imperium CL 15 19,800 4
Tizon class Light Cruiser Sword Worlds CLM 10 30,000 1
Trundi Fringe class Light Cruiser Saldazar Security Squadron CL 11 9,900 2
Type C31 class Cruiser Queendom Remnants CL 10 13,000 1
Tyrian Lordship class Light Cruiser Tyrian Lordships CL 11 28,000 2
Valeria class Light Cruiser Solomani CL 14 10,000 4
Victory Complete class Cruiser Talokan Armed Forces CL 13 30,000 4
Vosh class Security Cruiser Grand Duchy of Marlheim CL 11 10,000 2
Warhound class Light Cruiser Solomani CL 14 3,000 3
Weakhto class Cruiser Aslan Hierate CL 13 10,000 3
Winston class Light Cruiser Winston Democracy CL 10 15,000 1
Xing!kir class Light Cruiser Two Thousand Worlds CL 15 50,000 2
Yesto class Light Cruiser Principality of Mavuzo CL 12 30,000 3
Yiesieltsie class Light Cruiser Zhodani CL 14 30,000 2
Zhdavldlits class Light Cruiser Zhodani CL 14 14,000 4
Zydar class Light Cruiser Zydarian Codominium CL 10 19,900 1
17 Representative Strike Cruiser (CS) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Aenoegrr class Strike Cruiser Vargr CS 13 7,000 2
Arakoine class Strike Cruiser Third Imperium CS 15 50,000 3
Bdaarikhar class Scout Cruiser Marhleim Army Star Forces CS 10 20,000 1
Dzen class Strike Cruiser Vargr CS 14 17,600 5
Fitl class Strike Cruiser Zhodani CS 14 20,000 5
Fulda class Scout Cruiser Third Imperium CS 15 40,000 6
Gauntlet class Strike Cruiser Sword Worlds CS 12 30,000 3
Kas'Drak class Strike Cruiser Taakas Yh'Drak CS 16 90,000 5
Manx class Fleet Intruder Third Imperium CS 15 68,000 6
Nam Pak class Scout Cruiser Third Imperium CS 15 45,000 6
Nibar class Strike Cruiser Jarnac Pashalic CS 13 28,000 4
Ral Ranta class Corsair Ral Ranta CS 13 800 2
Rambler class Strike Cruiser Katowice Conquest CS 14 10,000 5
Sniper class Strike Cruiser Third Imperium CS 15 55,000 6
Titan class Strike Cruiser Vegan Polity CS 14 20,000 5
Vlezhdatl class Strike Cruiser Zhodani Consulate CS 14 2,000 1
Waco class Strike Cruiser Malorn Union CS 14 70,000 5
4 Representative Mercenary Cruiser (CY) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Type C class Mercenary Cruiser Third Imperium CY 12 800 3
Byrna class Mercenary Cruiser Third Imperium CY 9 800 1
Duke Boris class Mercenary Cruiser Third Imperium CY 13 800 3
Type C class Mercenary Cruiser Third Imperium CY 13 800 3

Other Cruiser Classes[edit]

Cruisers fill a wide variety of mission roles and depending on the navy go by a variety of other names. Generally, no matter what the name, they generally fall into one of the groups above. In many cases these names reflect the mission rather then the true classification on the vessel.

Other Cruiser Classes
Name Code Remarks
Patrol Cruiser CAP/CLP/CSP Patrol Cruiser (CAP/CLP/CSP): Fill the role of both frontier and rear area security. Although this role more properly belongs to smaller vessels, occasionally more powerful vessels are assigned. Depending on their size and capability they are usually designated as either a strike, light, or heavy cruiser with a "P" extention.
Command Cruiser CAC/CBC/CLC Command Cruiser (CAC/CBC/CLC): Usually a battle cruiser or armored cruiser. These vessels may have a more extensive command deck and are normally assigned to a force of several vessels, as a flagship.
Various Various War Cruiser: Can be any type of cruiser, except a mercenary or rift cruiser, although they tend to be vessels with heavier armament. They are often known as attack cruisers.
Various Various Frontier Cruiser: These vessels are usually smaller vessels with medium jump capabilities assigned to frontier areas. They fill a variety of roles including frontier security, SAR, intelligence gathering, and force projection. These vessels are also known as provincial cruisers.
Bombardment Cruiser "Siege" CAB/CLB Bombardment Cruiser (CAB/CLB): Usually a heavy or light cruiser type containing armaments focused on providing supporting planetary assault operations.
Missile Cruiser CAM/CAL Missile Cruiser (CAM/CAL): The Missile Cruiser was developed to emphasize the ower benefits of missile armaments. Missile cruiser sacrifice the spinal mount to mount additional missile turrets. They are normally designated as Heavy Missile Cruiser (CAM) or Light Missile Cruiser (CAL).
Cruiser Rider CAR/CLR Cruiser Rider (CAR/CLR): Any cruiser rated vessel which lacks independent jump capability, but instead relies on another vessel to provide jump capability. Such vessels are usually called "Cruiser Tenders." Due to the lack of a jump drive and associated fuel tanks, designers reallocate tonnage to weapons, armor, and in-system maneuverability.
Rift Cruiser CSJ Rift Cruiser (CSJ): Normally Rift Cruisers are designated base on their operational area, stellar rifts. They have longer jump drive capabilities, and often have a priority on the assignment of naval personnel and replacement parts. Personnel assigned to a Rift Cruiser often get "risk" pay for duty in stellar rifts.
Frigates Various In Caledonian navy parlance, cruisers are called "frigates" (heavy and light). This is mostly for historical and traditional reasons.

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