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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.

Examples[edit]

50 Representative Tenders (VT) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Arachnae class System Defense Boat Tender Third Imperium VTF 14 5,000 1
Arethusa class Destroyer Tender Third Imperium VT 13 3,300 4
As'ah class Fleet Tender Sath Alliance VTB 11 6,000 2
Aster class Fleet Tender Plavian League VT 10 18,000 1
Avenger class Escort Carrier Ushran Navy 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 Tender Avalar Consulate 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 Free and Holy Federation of Amil VTB 13 178,000 3
Iinen class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 14 200,000 4
Imperial Standard class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 15 700,000 4
Jacent Capital class Fleet Tender Darrian Confederation VTB 13 1,000,000 4
Jesel class Fleet Tender The Last Line VTB 11 12,800 2
K'Slice class Attacker Tender Akras VTF 8 68 0
K'Thunk class Raider Tender Akras VTF 8 100 0
Kiev class Fleet Tender Kostov Confederate Republic VTA 12 200,000 3
Kliqrv class Battle Carrier Zhodani 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 Zhodani 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 Distant Fringe VTB 12 100,000 2
Nianemiev class Battle Carrier Zhodani VTB 14 1,000,000 3
Norland class Fleet Tender Langemarck Coalition VT 13 80,000 4
Olympica class Battle Tender Third Imperium VTB 15 300,000 4
Orowani Deep Space class Commercial Tender Solomani VT 11 3,500 2
Plavis class Fleet Tender Plavian League VT 10 26,000 1
Revenger class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTM 10 49,000 1
Rita class Fleet Tender Council of the Wise 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 Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 13 1,000,000 4
Smeeppi class Carrier Akras VT 9 400 1
Sshkih class Carrier Sath Alliance VT 11 8,000 2
Starbelt class Fleet Tender Trindel Confederacy VTB 11 50,000 2
Stisahsheql class Battle Carrier Zhodani VTB 14 550,000 3
Stormbringer class Fleet Tender Winston Democracy VT 10 40,000 1
Sword of Vengence class Battle Tender Sword Worlds VTM 11 99,000 2
Syndrome class Fleet Tender Old Worlds Navy VTB 12 200,000 3
Triumphant Honor class Fleet Tender Federation of Alsas 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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