Privateer Vessel

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Privateer Vessels use vessels to raid the ebony's commerce with legal charter from a polity.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
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Description (Specifications)[edit]

A privateer generally operates under a Letter of Marque. Failure to comply to the articles of the Letter qualifies the vessel as a pirate.

Corsairs are infamous throughout space, especially the dreaded Vargr corsair! Corsair vessels may be purposefully built at rogue shipyard or, as often as not, converted from existing ship types and classes.

  • Piracy is one of the scourges of Interstellar Trade within Charted Space.
  • Some vessels act as privateers with legal imprimatur or commerce raiders under military purview.
  • And even other vessels act as Q-ships in a distinctly anti-piracy mission and role. Q-ships are technically H-class security vessels, but are included in this entry since they interact with Type-Ps by design.

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Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

Raider Vessels are typically ambush ships, hoping to surprise, overcome, and loot unarmed victims. Prize vessels are always desired as well. Most predatory pirate vessels carry boarders not only to overcome enemy crew, but to temporarily crew captured vessels until they can be sold or otherwise disposed of. And Privateer vessels, in turn, ambush corsair vessels along with Q-ships.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Privateer Vessels typically serve the following roles:

  1. Ambush Ship (PR)
  2. Commerce Raider (PR)
  3. Corporate Raider (PR)
  4. Escort Raider (PR)
  5. Frontier Raider (PR)
  6. Pirate Raider (PR)
  7. Privateer (PRP)
  8. Privateer Vessel (PRP)
  9. Raider Escort (PR)
  10. Raider Q-Carrier (PR)
  11. Raider Tender (PR)
  12. Raider Vessel (PR) (Namesake)
  13. Scout Raider (PR)

Military Subcraft[edit]

Military subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

  1. Battle Rider (BR)
  2. Combat Barge (WBG)
  3. Combat Transport Smallcraft (UI)
  4. Fighters (F)
  5. Militarized Utility Craft (UQ)

Supraclass Archetypes[edit]

PR-class Raider Vessel Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Raider Vessel PR Chameleon class Commerce Raider Raider vessels attempt to attack enemy ships and assets in order to degrade their war making capability.
  • R = Raider, Commerce Raider, etc.
Privateer Vessel PRP Slade Mark I class Frontier Raider Privateers are a polity-sanctioned vessel that raids opposing polity vessels with a legal sanction.
  • R = Raider, Commerce Raider, etc.
  • P = Privateer
NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

One role not normally taken by the Imperial Navy is that of privateer. Dating back to the days of sea navies, governments have issued letters of marque and reprisal which allow a ship captain to attack enemy shipping, and seize cargo and goods. Many smaller Imperial Navy ships have been issued such instructions by their faction and sent off to raid the trade lanes of the enemy. [1]

The raided enemy has another word for this activity: piracy. To the raided enemy, pirates are little better than criminals, subject to harsh combat action if discovered and to the death penalty if captured. [2]

Privateers lead a difficult existence. They cruise for months along the trade lanes, raiding shipping for goods and supplies. When successful, they also drive off the very ship traffic they need to survive and attract naval forces to suppress them. Virtually no port of call is safe for them, so small, clandestine bases become essential if their ships are to be hidden and resupplied. Alter a long mission, they return to their own territory for needed maintenance and new orders. [3]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - Privateer Vessels:

  1. Type PRP class Privateer
    1. Jet Wasp class Corsair
    2. Kom class Commerce Raider
    3. Slade Mark I class Frontier Raider
    4. Vengeance class Commerce Raider

Ship Summary List[edit]

Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:

16 Representative Raider Vessel (PR) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Ashtabula class Raider Cruiser PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Chameleon class Commerce Raider PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Habari class Raider PR 8,000 BCS 12 Vargr Extents 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Harrier class Commerce Raider PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jet Wasp class Corsair PRP 200 ACS 15 Mugheen't Sector 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
K'Thunk class Raider Tender PR 100 ACS 8 Akras 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kaashik class Raider PR 100 ACS 11 Sath Alliance 2 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kom class Commerce Raider PRP 300 ACS 12 Iltharan Empire 3 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kranz class Raider Escort PR 5,000 BCS 11 Grand Duchy of Marlheim ? ? No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Shark class Raider PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Slade Mark I class Frontier Raider PRP 400 ACS 14 Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Spul class Raider PR 80,000 BCS 11 Third Imperium 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Thaokik class Raider PR 6,000 BCS 14 Thao Empire X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type PR class Raider PR X ACS ? Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Vengeance class Commerce Raider PRP 400 ACS 13 Third Imperium 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Viper class Scout Raider PR 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


4 Representative Privateer Vessel (PRP) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Jet Wasp class Corsair PRP 200 ACS 15 Mugheen't Sector 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Kom class Commerce Raider PRP 300 ACS 12 Iltharan Empire 3 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Slade Mark I class Frontier Raider PRP 400 ACS 14 Third Imperium X X No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Vengeance class Commerce Raider PRP 400 ACS 13 Third Imperium 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


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