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

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Description (Specifications)[edit]

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 & Tactics (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.

Lightcraft Hierarchy[edit]

  1. Smallcraft
  2. Corvette
  3. Close Escort
  4. Frigate
  5. Escort
  6. Destroyer

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Frigates typically serve the following roles:

  1. Commerce Protection Vessel
  2. Frigate
  3. Patrol Skiff
  4. Patrol Vessel

Supraclass Archtypes[edit]

No information yet available.

History & Background (Dossier)[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: 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.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Merchant Ship:

  1. Type A class Free Trader
    1. Beowulf class Free Trader

Ship Summary List[edit]

No information yet available.

Image Repository[edit]

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Representative Types[edit]

63 Representative Frigate (F) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
A-4 Voodi class Strike Bomber Distant Fringe FM 9 20 0
Accel class Light Frigate Darrian Confederation FL 13 1,500 4
Aositaoh class Mercenary Cruiser Aslan FL 14 1,000 3
Aurora class Light Patrol Fighter Bain Defense Squadron FL 10 19 0
Black Rock class Missile Frigate Third Imperium FLM 13 1,500 4
Blade class Frigate Vegan Polity FG 14 2,100 2
Chaiik class Frigate Sath Alliance FG 11 800 2
Constellation class Heavy Fighter Bain Defense Squadron FH 10 61 0
Dead Sun class Frigate Third Imperium FF 9 4,000 1
Draper class Frigate Saldazar Security Squadron FG 11 700 2
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
Gnat class Light Fighter Third Imperium FL 15 9 0
Gruenor Spike class Light Interceptor Langemarck Coalition FF 9 10 0
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
Hornet class Medium Fighter Bain Defense Squadron FM 10 23 0
Hotspur class Sloop of War Unity of Sed FG 12 2,000 2
Hygiea class Frigate Sorority of Hygiea FG 12 2,000 3
Idris class Frigate Bain Defense Squadron FG 10 239 1
Ietlzhdrzhdrkre class Fleet Escort Zhodani FE 14 8,000 4
KE10 Rapacious class Fleet Escort Korsumug Empire FE 10 1,000 1
KE11 Ancestor class Frigate Korsumug Empire FG 10 1,100 1
Kom class Corsair Iltharan Empire FL 12 300 3
Krivak class Frigate Kostov Confederate Republic FG 12 3,300 3
Last Armada class 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
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
Naga class Frigate Sudi Verisian Navy FG 12 600 2
Nevato class Frigate FL 15 2,400 4
Nonsuch class Patrol Frigate Lon Mardos Defense Forces FG 11 2,500 2
Nowa Sol class Frigate Third Imperium FG 9 1,100 1
Oorlog Jacht class Frigate Anubian Trade Coalition FG 12 2,500 3
P-12 Agunda class Snub Fighter Distant Fringe FP 9 20 0
Pilum class Frigate Third Imperium FG 11 1,200 2
Plasma Storm class Frigate The Protectorate FG 12 6,000 3
Retaliator class Heavy Fighter Bain Defense Squadron FH 10 71 0
Revenge War Sloop class Corvette Third Imperium FG 15 400 4
Rr'xighik'ker class Frigate Two Thousand Worlds FF 13 5,000 1
Rrazaghz class Corsair Vargr Extents FL 12 400 2
S-17r class Frigate Talokan Armed Forces FG 13 6,300 4
Sardis class Frigate Federation of Heron FG 14 9,000 2
Shivva class Patrol Frigate Zhodani Consulate FL 13 600 4
Surprise class Light Frigate Darrian Confederation FL 13 1,910 4
Taranil class Patrol Frigate Maujen Defense Bureau FG 10 1,600 1
TC10 Kalsop class Frigate Trooles Confederation FG 11 1,000 2
Type 053H Xiamen class Frigate Sindalian Empire FG 13 4,000 4
Type FC class Fleet Courier Third Imperium FF 15 400 6
Type FH class Heavy Fighter Third Imperium FH
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
Xenon class Heavy Fighter Kingdom of Peladon FH 13 90 0
Yubari class Frigate Third Imperium FG 9 2,000 1
Zuugalish class Fleet Escort Zuugabish Tripartite FG 13 3,300 4

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