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Escorts are vessels intended to protect and assist larger vessels. They are capable of independent action, but are usually assigned to support Battleships and Cruisers.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

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Strategy & Doctrine (Operations)[edit]

The mainstay of the escort fleet is the ED series.

These escort destroyers are typical of Imperial needs. The ED-13, derived from the ED-12, was relatively unsuccessful, and the naval architects returned to the ED-12 for inspiration for the later ED-14.

The EF-12 served as the design basis for two divergent ship types: the escort fleet (and later escort strike designs) and the escort missile EM-13/-15.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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Major Escort Classes[edit]

Escort Escort is an often used term for any ships whose primary focus is on providing escort duty to either military or civilian vessels. These ship range in the 200 - 5,000 ton category. The classification of "Escort" is usually reserved for larger vessels of this class and is often commingled with that of "Fleet Escort", but they lack the ability to support longer term deployments of the later type.
Missile Escort Escorts of any size whose primary weapon load is missiles. These are not common vessels and they are usually pair up with other types of escort vessels. When that is the situation, they can add an unsuspecting punch to an unwary opponent.
Strike Escort Strike escorts share similar characteristics of other ships of the "Strike" designation. They tend to be larger vessels to support an enhanced jump and maneuver capability, but nevertheless still sacrifice weapon loads and armor to achieve those capabilities. They are not a common ship type and are usually deployed with strike fleets. These are one of the smallest vessels carrying a "Strike" designation.
Escort Corvette Escort Corvettes are at the other end of the spectrum from "Fleet Escorts" and only range about 200 - 500 tons. They do not have much in the way of weapons, armor, or crew, but they are usually enough of a deterrent to most pirates, especially smaller ones, that they do fill a valued role in convoy duty.
Close Escort Close escorts tend to be one of the smallest class of escort vessel and are primarily found in the 200 - 500 ton range. They are considered to have low endurance and are tend to be cramped, uncomfortable vessels with small crews. Although they are jump capable, they can conserve their resources by clamping to unoccupied hardpoints on other vessels when not in jump space. This feature is source of their designation.

Originally, the close escort was designed and produced by the Imperium for fleet operations. The small, fast close escorts were committed as the flank screens for cruisers or small fleet task forces. Their speed and size also made them ideal for naval courier and personnel transfer duties. But ultimately, they found their true niche. Many close escorts have been assigned to specific star systems or groups of systems for commerce protection.

Close escorts may be encountered in nearly any star system, including in amber and red coded zones, protecting local merchant traffic. Because of this duty, they may be expected to stop much of the local traffic for inspection of cargo and to determine the correctness of ship's papers. Close escorts may also be encountered in nearly any star system in convoy with merchant ships or on naval operations in a task force with larger naval ships.

Fleet Escort Fleet escorts are small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, usually in the 1,000 - 5,000 tonnage range. The main difference between fleet escorts and others of the type of vessel is that they tend to be larger and be equipped with fuel scoops and purification plants. They have the jump and maneuver performance to keep pace with the capital ships with which they are assigned. The goal for these vessels is to be able to support fleet deployments and pose the least burdens on fleet supply capabilities. Typical missions include protecting fleet refueling, assault or carrier operations from enemy strike elements. They are noted as necessary but not necessarily glamorous fleet assignments for officers.
Corvette Corvettes are the smallest class of escort usually massing about 200 tons. Although they do possess jump capability they are more often used as an in system defense asset. Their jump capability gives them a little more flexibility then SDBs and some systems use them as armed couriers.

Representative Types[edit]

26 Representative Escort (E) Classes[edit]

Class Origin Hull
Tonnage Jump
Antarian Class Schooner Vilani EC 11 600 Jump 2
Athune Class Close Escort Yimin Jiti EL 11 400 Jump 2
Barekdoldin Class Darrian Patrol Cruiser Darrian EL 16 500 Jump 4
Belton Class Sampan Solomani EE 13 600 Jump 4
Biter Class Close Escort Sword Worlds EL 11 500 Jump 2
Border Prowler Class Provincial Cruiser Third Imperium EC 14 1,000 Jump 4
C-4 Class Interceptor Chanestin EL 11 300 Jump 1
C-9 Class Missile Corvette Chanestin EEM 11 1,100 Jump 2
Chasseur Class Close Escort Third Imperium EL 11 520 Jump 2
Eitehr Class Frigate Aslan EL 14 800 Jump 2
Ekawsiykua class Escort Aslan EL 14 800 Jump 4
Fringian Light Corvette Distant Fringe EL 11 1000 Jump 2
Fringian Patrol Sloop Distant Fringe EL 11 500 Jump 2
Gazelle class Close Escort Third Imperium EL 14 300/400 Jump 5/4
Glorious Light Class Fleet Escort Third Imperium EE 15 10,000 Jump 4
Grisha Class Corvette Kostov EE 12 1,200 Jump 3
Grummond Class Fleet Escort Protectorate EE 12 1,000 Jump 2
Gunbuster Class Corvette Darrian EE 13 712 Jump 4
Gvurrnakhth class Fleet Escort Vargr EE 12 5000 Jump 2
Harmony Class Corsair Third Imperium EL 12 400 Jump 3
Insanity Class Sloop-of-war Solomani EE 11 1,600 Jump 2
Intrepid Class Escort Darrian EE 15 700 Jump 4
K'Thud Class Warship Akras EL 9 700 Jump 1
Kaashik Class Raider Sath Alliance ES 11 100 Jump 2
Kao Chu class Light Escort Third Imperium EL 14 1000 Jump 2
Kearsarge Class Close Escort Darrian EL 12 400 Jump 3

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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