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A fleet tender is a generic name used for all tenders who carry combat oriented non-starships (vessels of 100+ tons).

For any given ship tonnage, a ship which is not burdened with jump drives and jump fuel can be better armed and armored than a ship which must carry those jump drives. The concept of fleet tenders takes advantage of this fact. A fleet tender is a large jump drive equipped ship which carries several big craft, each of which is well-armed, well-armored, and usually fitted with high acceleration maneuver drives.

Fleet tenders are usually produced with dispersed structure hulls in order to allow simultaneous launch of all craft carried as the ship arrives in a system. Since the tender cannot skim gas giants for refueling, the ships it carries must contain sufficient fuel tankage to refuel the tender in a reasonable time; often they must be streamlined to allow them to gather fuel from oceans if there is no gas giant in the system they move to. Riders tend to be streamlined, and can perform refueling operations quite nicely.

Another type of ship with a similar mission is the fleet carrier, designed to carry a large number of small (under 100 tons) fighter craft.

There is also a ship tender — a ship intended to maintain and repair stricken ships. Essentially, a floating maintenance and repair yard with all labs, workshops, tools, and a limited quantity of supplies to perform such duty, with more sourced from supply ships attending the fleet. The ship tender and fleet tender terms are often, though mistakenly, used interchangeably.

See also Battle Tender, Cruiser Tender, Interdiction Tender, and Escort Tender.


50 Representative Tenders (VT) Classes
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Arachnae class Third Imperium VTF 14 5,000 1
Arethusa Class Destroyer Tender Third Imperium VT 13 3,300 4
As'ah Class Fleet Tender VTB 11 6,000 2
Aster Class Fleet Tender Plavian League VT 10 18,000 1
Avenger Class VT 12 8,200 3
Beaumonde Class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 13 100,000 4
Daprolix Class Battle Tender Daprolix Juncture of Suns VT 11 9,000 2
Fagad Avalar Class VT 9 1,000 1
Goke Class Fleet Tender Khuur League Fleet VT 12 322,000 3
Gorodish Class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 15 1,000,000 4
Holy Mother Class Fleet Tender VTB 13 178,000 3
Iinen Class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 14 200,000 4
Imperial Standard Class Third Imperium VTB 15 700,000 4
Jacent Capital Class VTB 13 1,000,000 4
Jesel Class Fleet Tender VTB 11 12,800 2
K'Slice Class VTF 8 68 0
K'Thunk Class VTF 8 100 0
Kiev Class Fleet Tender VTA 12 200,000 3
Kliqrv Class Battle Carrier VTB 13 1,000,000 3
Last Armada Fleet Tender Last Armada VTB 11 99,000 2
League Class Fleet Tender Shukikikar League VT 11 90,000 2
Leset Class Fleet Tender Protectorate of Leset VT 12 10,000 2
Liapryrzh Class Battle Carrier VTB 14 750,000 3
Lurenti Class Battle Carrier Third Imperium VTB 15 400,000 4
Merant Class Fleet Tender Rimward Federation VT 10 12,000 1
Mie Class Fleet Tender Taakas Yh'Drak VT 13 10,000 4
Monica Class Battle Tender Kao Republic VT 10 48,000 1
Nexus Bulwark Class Fleet Tender Nexus VTB 12 100,000 2
Nianemiev Class Battle Carrier VTB 14 1,000,000 3
Norland Class Fleet Tender VT 13 80,000 4
Olympica Class Third Imperium VTB 15 300,000 4
Orowani Deep Space Commercial Tender VT 11 3,500 2
Plavis Class Fleet Tender Plavian League VT 10 26,000 1
Revenger Class Third Imperium VTM 10 49,000 1
Rita Class VTA 12 300,000 3
Saeda Class Fleet Tender First Fleet of Dzo VT 10 49,000 1
Senator Class Battle Tender High Senate VT 11 20,000 2
Shinar Class Third Imperium VTB 13 1,000,000 4
S Smee%ppi Class VT 9 400 1
Sshkih Class Carrier Sath Alliance VT 11 8,000 2
Starbelt Class Fleet Tender VTB 11 50,000 2
Stisahsheql Class Battle Carrier VTB 14 550,000 3
Stormbringer Class Fleet Tender VT 10 40,000 1
Sword of Vengeance Class VTM 11 99,000 2
Syndrome Class Fleet Tender Old Worlds Navy VTB 12 200,000 3
Triumphant Honor Class VTB 12 742,000 3
Uurogin Class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 15 1,000,000 4
Varella Class Fleet Tender Varellan Empire VTB 13 1,000,000 4
World Class Battle Tender Third Imperium VTB 15 300,000 4
Yedidah Class Fleet Tender Khan World League VT 9 4,000 1

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