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E-class Escorts are vessels intended to protect and assist larger vessels.

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Description (Specifications)[edit]

Small starships of up to 20,000 tons intended to be light support craft for larger ships, primarily cruisers. Escorts are also widely used for convoy protection and commerce raiding roles.

Image Repository[edit]

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Strategy & Doctrine (Operations)[edit]

The mainstay of the escort fleet is the ED series. These escort destroyers are typical of Imperial needs. The ED-13, derived from the ED-12, was relatively unsuccessful, and the naval architects returned to the ED-12 for inspiration for the later ED-14. The EF-12 served as the design basis for two divergent ship types: the escort fleet (and later escort strike designs) and the escort missile EM-13/-15.

They often serve on orbital patrols, police operations, garrison duties, and even limited strike missions.

Escort Combatants (Secondary) - The Lightcraft Hierarchy[edit]

A number of smallcraft and ACS combatants exist:

  1. Bigcraft (W or Other)
  2. Smallcraft (F or U)
  3. Corvette (EC)
  4. Close Escort (ECE)
  5. Frigate (EF)
  6. Escort (E)
  7. Destroyer (D)

The basic breakdown is:

  1. TBD

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Escorts typically serve the following roles:

  1. Brig (EB)
  2. Close Escort (ECE)
  3. Corvette (EC)
  4. Destroyer Escort (DE)
  5. Escort (E) (Namesake)
  6. Escort Destroyer (ED)
  7. Fast Escort (EF)
  8. Fast Attack Craft (EFAC)
  9. Fleet Escort (EFE)
  10. Gunned Escort (??)
  11. Gunship (??)
  12. Missile Escort (EM)
  13. Missile Sloop (ESM)
  14. Patrol Cruiser (ET)
  15. Patrol Ship (ET)
  16. Pursuit Ship (ET)
  17. Rider Escort
  18. Sampan (ES)
  19. Schooner (ES)
  20. Sloop (ES)
  21. Strike Escort (ESE)
  22. Torpedo Ship (EM)

Supraclass Archtypes[edit]

Close Escorts (ECE) are very small starships intended for anti-piracy operations in organised squadrons. An example is the Gazelle class Close Escort.

Destroyer Escorts (DE) are the first type capable of accompanying a regular Imperial fleet. They are also used for convoy protection, orbital patrols, police operations, garrison duties, and even limited strike missions. An example is the Chrysanthenum class Destroyer Escort.

Fleet Escorts (EFE) are the largest of the escorts. They are primarily designed to accompany Imperial fleets. However, some classes have often been sent on independent missions - gunboat diplomacy, showing the flag, orbital support of ground operations, transport of diplomats or refugees, fleet courier operations, and even flagship duty for some smaller squadrons. An example is the P. F. Sloan class Fleet Escort.

These are relatively low displacement vessels (1-10,000tons) designed to support larger squadrons of ships. They are typically deployed for support and play a defensive role for the formation. The usually have the jump and maneuver performance to keep pace with the capital ships with which they are assigned. They might be tasked with protecting fleet refueling, assault, or carrier operations from enemy strike elements. They are noted as necessary but not necessarily glamorous fleet assignments for officers. [1]

Supraclass Archtypes for Escorts
Type Size Range Exemplar Remarks
Escort 200 to 5,000 tons Escort is an often used term for any ships whose primary focus is on providing escort duty to either military or civilian vessels. These ship range in the 200 - 5,000 ton category. The classification of "Escort" is usually reserved for larger vessels of this class and is often commingled with that of "Fleet Escort", but they lack the ability to support longer term deployments of the later type.
Missile Escort Escorts of any size whose primary weapon load is missiles. These are not common vessels and they are usually pair up with other types of escort vessels. When that is the situation, they can add an unsuspecting punch to an unwary opponent.
Strike Escort 200 to 5,000 tons Strike escorts share similar characteristics of other ships of the "Strike" designation. They tend to be larger vessels to support an enhanced jump and maneuver capability, but nevertheless still sacrifice weapon loads and armor to achieve those capabilities. They are not a common ship type and are usually deployed with strike fleets. These are one of the smallest vessels carrying a "Strike" designation.
Escort Corvette 200 to 500 tons Escort Corvettes are at the other end of the spectrum from "Fleet Escorts" and only range about 200 - 500 tons. They do not have much in the way of weapons, armor, or crew, but they are usually enough of a deterrent to most pirates, especially smaller ones, that they do fill a valued role in convoy duty.
Close Escort 200 to 500 tons Close escorts tend to be one of the smallest class of escort vessel and are primarily found in the 200 - 500 ton range. They are considered to have low endurance and are tend to be cramped, uncomfortable vessels with small crews. Although they are jump capable, they can conserve their resources by clamping to unoccupied hardpoints on other vessels when not in jump space. This feature is source of their designation.

Originally, the close escort was designed and produced by the Imperium for fleet operations. The small, fast close escorts were committed as the flank screens for cruisers or small fleet task forces. Their speed and size also made them ideal for naval courier and personnel transfer duties. But ultimately, they found their true niche. Many close escorts have been assigned to specific star systems or groups of systems for commerce protection.

Close escorts may be encountered in nearly any star system, including in amber and red coded zones, protecting local merchant traffic. Because of this duty, they may be expected to stop much of the local traffic for inspection of cargo and to determine the correctness of ship's papers. Close escorts may also be encountered in nearly any star system in convoy with merchant ships or on naval operations in a task force with larger naval ships.

Fleet Escort 1,000 to 5,000 tons Fleet escorts are small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, usually in the 1,000 - 5,000 tonnage range. The main difference between fleet escorts and others of the type of vessel is that they tend to be larger and be equipped with fuel scoops and purification plants. They have the jump and maneuver performance to keep pace with the capital ships with which they are assigned. The goal for these vessels is to be able to support fleet deployments and pose the least burdens on fleet supply capabilities. Typical missions include protecting fleet refueling, assault or carrier operations from enemy strike elements. They are noted as necessary but not necessarily glamorous fleet assignments for officers.
Corvette 200 tons on average Corvettes are the smallest class of escort usually massing about 200 tons. Although they do possess jump capability they are more often used as an in system defense asset. Their jump capability gives them a little more flexibility then SDBs and some systems use them as armed couriers.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Escorts are the smallest, capable warships that are still capable of viable interstellar force projection.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - Patrol Ship:

  1. Type T class Patrol Ship AKA Type ECT class Patrol Corvette
    1. Lurushaar Kilaalum class Corvette
    2. Salient class Patrol Frigate
    3. Sang-O class Patrol Ship
    4. She Zhenɡ Zhe class Patrol Boat
    5. Shivva class Patrol Frigate
    6. Trinity class Patrol Ship
    7. Xadis class Patrol Ship
    8. Yugo class Patrol Ship
  1. Paramilitary Vessel - Type T class Patrol Cruiser AKA Type TP class Patrol Cruiser
    1. Barekdoldin class Patrol Cruiser
    2. Dyaus class Patrol Cruiser
    3. Jaghara class Patrol Cruiser
    4. Kharsis class Patrol Cruiser
    5. Rudra class Patrol Cruiser
    6. TC17 Deckert class Patrol Cruiser
    7. Vayu class Patrol Cruiser

Ship Summary List[edit]

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

159 Representative Escort (E) Classes

Class Superclass Tons TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons TL Origin Jump G Canon
Accel class Light Frigate EF 1,500 13 Darrian Confederation 4 4
Admiral Gorshkov class Missile Corvette ECM 800 15 Third Imperium 5 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Analex class Brig EB 2,400 15 Third Imperium 4 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Antarian class Brig EB 900 11 Antares Imperium 2 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Antarian class Corvette EC 1,200 11 Antares Imperium 2 4
Antarian class Schooner ES 600 11 Antares Imperium 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Athune class Close Escort ECE 400 11 Yimin Jiti 2 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Belton class Sampan ES 600 13 Solomani Confederation 4 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Berghoff class Missile Boat ECM 600 13 Solomani Confederation 3 6 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Berka class Heavy Fleet Corvette EC 800 14 Zhodani Consulate 3 4
Biter class Close Escort EL 500 11 Sword Worlds 2 2
Black Rock class Missile Frigate EFM 1,400 13 Third Imperium 4 5
Blade class Frigate EF 2,100 14 Vegan Polity 2 6
Blass class Brig EB 400 11 Association Naval Command 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
TBD class Attack Boat EC 1,000 14 Third Imperium 4 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Breaker class Corvette EC 300 11 Gamma Republic 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Bunker class Close Escort ECE 300 12 Distant Fringe 2 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
C-4 class Interceptor EL 300 11 Chanestin Kingdom 1 4
C-9 class Missile Corvette ECM 1,100 11 Chanestin Kingdom 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Castle class Sloop ES 1,280 12 Principality of Caledon 3 3
Chaiik class Frigate EF 800 11 Sath Alliance 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Chasseur class Close Escort EL 520 11 Third Imperium 2 6
Chrysanthemum class Destroyer Escort EFT 1,000 15 Third Imperium 4 6 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Cleaver class Close Escort EL 1000 11 Distant Fringe 2 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Convoyer class Close Escort ECE 1,000 12 Anubian Trade Coalition 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cozzi class Corvette EC 200 13 Jarnac Pashalic 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cyclone class War Corvette EWC 1,000 15 Corellian League 4 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dead Sun class Frigate EF 4,000 9 Third Imperium 1 1
Delta Max class Fleet Escort EFE 20,000 15 Third Imperium 4 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dienjzhiae class Fleet Intelligence Corvette EX 800 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Draper class Frigate EF 700 11 Saldazar Security Squadron 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dredlezhdr class Fleet Escort EFE 10,000 14 Zhodani 3 6
Egek'aa class Corvette EC 500 15 I'Sred*Ni 3 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Eitehr class Frigate EL 800 14 Aslan Hierate 2 4
Ejdle class Fleet Escort EFE 10,000 14 Zhodani 2 4
Ekawsiykua class Escort EL 800 14 Aslan Hierate 4 4
Eslar class Frigate EF 1,600 12 Unity of Sed 2 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Fiery class Gunned Escort EL 300/400 14 Third Imperium 5/4 5/4
Flower class Sloop ES 1,200 12 Principality of Caledon 2 2
Foxtrot class Corvette EE 1,200 14 Vegan Polity 4 6
Gazelle class Close Escort EL 300/400 14 Third Imperium 5/4 5/4 Yes. Published, canon design with a Keith illustration.
Gem class Close Escort ECE 500 12 Mische Conglomerate 2 4
Lancer class Light Escort ELM 200 12 Geonee Confederation 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ghost class Frigate EF 1,000 14 Katowice Conquest 4 6
Glorious Light class Fleet Escort EE 10,000 15 Third Imperium 4 3
Grisha class Corvette EC 1,200 12 Kostov Confederate Republic 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Grummond class Fleet Escort EE 1,000 12 Protectorate of Leset 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Gunbuster class Corvette EE 712 13 Darrian Confederation 4 6
Gvurrnakhth class Fleet Escort EE 5000 12 Vargr 2 3
Hatchet class Light Corvette ECE 1000 11 Distant Fringe 2 4 No
Hazard class Frigate EF 4,200 15 Third Imperium 4 6
Hogan class Frigate EF 2,000 11 Association Naval Command 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Honor class Frigate EF 2,000 15 Rukadukaz Republic 4 6
Hotspur class Sloop of War ES 2,000 12 Unity of Sed 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hygiea class Frigate EF 2,000 12 Sorority of Hygiea 3 6
Idris class Frigate EF 239 10 Bain Defense Squadron 1 6
Ietlzhdrzhdrkre class Fleet Escort EFE 8,000 14 Zhodani 4 4
Insanity class Sloop-of-war EE 1,600 11 Solomani 2 6
Intrepid class Escort EE 700 15 [[Darrian Confederation | Darrian]] 4 4
Iron Boot class Fleet Escort EF 9,000 15 Third Imperium 4 4
Iron Fist class Pirate Corsair EL
Jaradin class Corvette EMC 500 12 Unity of Sed 2 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
K'Thud class Warship EL 700 9 [[Akras]] 1 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kalaron class Brig EB 800 11 Union of Garth 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kalaron class Corvette ELM 1,000 11 Union of Garth 2 3
Kalaron class Escort ELM 400 11 Union of Garth 2 2
Kalaron class Lancer ELM 200 9 Union of Garth 1 1
Kalaron class Sloop ELM 600 11 Union of Garth 2 2
Kao Chu class Light Escort EL 1000 14 Third Imperium 2 6
KE10 Rapacious class Fleet Escort EFE 1,000 10 Korsumug Empire 1 1
KE11 Ancestor class Frigate EF 1,100 10 Korsumug Empire 1 6
KE4 Horde class Sloop EE 400 10 Korsumug Empire 1 5
KE5 Cataclysm class Patrol Boat EE 500 10 Korsumug Empire 1 5
KE6 Plague class Brig EB 600 10 Korsumug Empire 1 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE7 Virulent class Corvette EE 700 10 Korsumug Empire 1 6
KE8 Blockade class Lancer EC 800 10 Korsumug Empire 1 5
Kearsarge class Close Escort EL 400 12 Darrian Confederation 3 3
Kite class Escort EE 2,800 15 Third Imperium 3 3
Kodan class Corvette EC 700 15 Third Imperium 4 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Krivak class Frigate EF 3,300 12 Kostov Confederate Republic 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kyle Strum class Missile Corvette ECM 500 12 Protectorate of Leset 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lakr class Corvette EL 1,000 14 Zhodani 4 6
Lancer class Corvette EC 200 12 Senlis Foederate 3 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lancer class Light Escort ELM 200 12 Geonee Confederation 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Last Armada class Fast Escort EF 1,200 11 Last Armada 2 5 Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lawful Means class Corvette EC 200 14 Solomani 4 2
League class Brig EB 400 10 Plavian League 1 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Leedos class Frigate EF 1200 11 Yimin Jiti 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Malcolm class Corvette EC 800 11 Association Naval Command 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Malory Francis class Missile Corvette ECM 400 12 Sudi Verisian Navy 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mangle class Frigate EF 1,000 12 Old Worlds Navy 3 6
Maurus class Frigate EF 6,000 13 Council of Leh Perash 4 5
Menace class Corvette EE 800 12 Old Worlds Navy 3 6
Metlay class Fleet Escort EA 10,000 14 Third Imperium 4 4
Ming class Corvette EE 1,800 15 Third Imperium 4 4
Montgomery class Frigate EF 2,800 15 Third Imperium 4 6
Musuna class Frigate EF 2,000 11 High Senate 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Naga class Frigate EF 600 12 Sudi Verisian Navy 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Nevato class Frigate EF 2,400 15 Solomani 4 6
Nonsuch class Patrol Frigate EF 2,500 11 Lon Mardos Defense Forces 2 6
P. F. Sloan class Fleet Escort EFE 5,000.00 15 Third Imperium 4 6 Yes

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