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A Frigate is a class of ships smaller than a Cruiser and with even lighter armament.

Please see the following AAB articles for more information:


Frigates are smaller than 10,000 tons, with most in the 1,000 to 2,000 ton range. Frigates mount only turret weapons, no spinal or bay mounted weapons. Frigates also lack the drive (acceleration and jump) capabilities of true warships.

Strategy and doctrine[edit]

A Frigate's primary mission is a defensive role. Providing extra security for merchant ships against pirates and light raiders. The frigate generally mounts enough firepower to defeat most armed merchants, but not enough to threaten a Cruiser or similar warship. Unlike an Escort, which is expected to be able to at least assist in combat with larger warships, most frigates are not.

The lack of firepower, drive capability, and generally armor, makes the frigates less expensive to build and maintain than warships, so they can be built and maintained in large numbers. Their ubiquity lends them to being applied to other missions, including piracy suppression, raiding, and ground support missions.

History and Background[edit]

Many interstellar polities outside of the Imperium use Frigates for internal security missions, feeling that full warships are not needed for policing duties. The Imperial Navy uses Escorts for many of these duties.

Major Frigate Classes[edit]

A Frigate in the Royal Caledonian Navy is the equivalent of a "Cruiser" in Imperial parlance, and fills the Cruiser role. They are listed under Cruisers.

Representative Types[edit]

44 Representative Frigate (F) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Accel class Light Frigate Darrian Confederation FL 13 1,500 4
Aositaoh class Mercenary Cruiser Aslan FL 14 1,000 3
Black Rock class Missile Frigate Third Imperium FLM 13 1,500 4
Blade class Frigate Vegan Polity FG 14 2,100 2
Broadsword class Mercenary Cruiser Third Imperium FL 12 800 3
Byrna class Mercenary Cruiser Third Imperium FL 9 800 1
Chaiik class Frigate Sath Alliance FG 11 800 2
Dead Sun class Frigate Third Imperium FF 9 4,000 1
Dredlezhdr class Fleet Escort Zhodani FE 14 10,000 3
Ejdle class Fleet Escort Zhodani FE 14 10,000 2
Eslar class Frigate Unity of Sed FG 12 1,600 2
Gem class Close Escort Mische Conglomerate FF 12 500 2
Ghost class Frigate Katowice Conquest FG 14 1,000 4
Hazard class Frigate Third Imperium FG 15 4,200 4
Hogan class Frigate Enlightened FG 11 2,000 2
Honor class Frigate Rukadukaz Republic FG 15 2,000 4
Ietlzhdrzhdrkre class Fleet Escort Zhodani FE 14 8,000 4
Kom class Corsair Iltharan Empire FL 12 300 3
Krivak class Frigate FG 12 3,300 3
Last Armada Fast Escort Last Armada FG 11 1,200 2
Lawful Means class Corvette FL 14 200 4
Leedos class Frigate Yimin Jiti FG 11 1,200 2
Mangle class Frigate Old Worlds Navy FG 12 1,000 3
Mauler class Mercenary Cruiser Third Imperium FL 10 1,000 1
Maurus class Frigate Council of Leh Perash FG 13 6,000 4
Montgomery class Frigate Third Imperium FG 15 2,800 4
Musuna class Frigate High Senate FG 11 2,000 2
Nevato class Frigate FL 15 2,400 4
Nowa Sol class Frigate Third Imperium FG 9 1,100 1
Oorlog Jacht class Frigate Anubian Trade Coalition FG 12 2,500 3
Pilum class Frigate Third Imperium FG 11 1,200 2
Plasma Storm class Frigate The Protectorate FG 12 6,000 3
Revenge War Sloop class Corvette Third Imperium FG 15 400 4
Rr'xighik'ker class Frigiate K'kree FF 13 5,000 1
Rrazaghz class Corsair Vargr Extents FL 12 400 2
Sardis class Frigate Federation of Heron FG 14 9,000 2
Shivva class Patrol Frigate Zhodani FL 13 600 4
Surprise class Light Frigate Darrian Confederation FL 13 1,910 4
Type 053H Xiamen class Frigate Sindalian Empire FG 13 4,000 4
Type T class Patrol Ship Third Imperium F 12 400 3
Uxkoong class Frigate K'kree FG 13 7,500 3
Viper class Scout Raider Third Imperium FL 9 100 2
Yubari class Frigate Third Imperium FG 9 2,000 1
Zuugalish class Fleet Escort Zuugabish Tripartite FG 13 3,300 4

References and contributors[edit]

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