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[[Escort|E-class Escort]]s are vessels intended to protect and assist larger vessels.  
 
[[Escort|E-class Escort]]s are vessels intended to protect and assist larger vessels.  
* ''Escort''s are considered [[ACS]] craft between 100.0 to 2,499 tons in displacement.  
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* The majority of ''Escort''s are considered [[ACS]] craft between 100.0 to 2,499 tons in displacement.  
* Larger ''Escort''s are included in the [[BCS]] category from 2,500 to 249,999 tons in displacement.  
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* A few larger ''Escort''s are included in the [[BCS]] category from 2,500 to 249,999 tons in displacement.  
 
* They are capable of independent action, but are usually assigned to support [[Battleship]]s and [[Cruiser]]s.
 
* They are capable of independent action, but are usually assigned to support [[Battleship]]s and [[Cruiser]]s.
 
* Many call them escorts or secondary combatants.
 
* Many call them escorts or secondary combatants.

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Line Combatants (Primary - Capital) Escort Combatants (Secondary) Military Auxiliary (Tertiary)
B-
Battleship
C-
Cruiser
O-
Ortillery
V-
Carrier
D-
Destroyer
E-
Escort
F-
Fighter
H-
Defense/Security
I-
Combat Transport
Q-
Combat Support
S-
Scout
U-
Utility
X-
Commo
Z-
Special
Mercantile Commercial Ships (Trade & Profit) Non-Mercantile Commercial Ships (Industry & Profit) Non-Commercial Ships (Nonprofit) System Craft (Intrastellar)
A-
Tramp
M-
Freighter
R-
Liner
T-
Transport
G-
Industrial
J-
Prospector
K-
Expedition
P-
Corsair
U-
Utility
L-
Science
N-
Medical
Y-
Private
WB-
Barge
WA-
Satellite
WO-
Space Station

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

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Description (Specifications)

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

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Strategy & Doctrine (Operations)

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

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

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

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)

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

Selected Variant Types & Classes

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

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

196 Representative Escort (E) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Accel class Light Frigate EF 1,500 ACS 13 Darrian Confederation 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Admiral Gorshkov class Missile Corvette EEM 800 ACS 15 Third Imperium 5 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Analex class Brig EH 2,400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Antarian class Brig EB 900 ACS 11 Antares Imperium 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Antarian class Corvette EG 1,200 ACS 11 Antares Imperium 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Antarian class Schooner ES 600 ACS 11 Antares Imperium 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Athune class Close Escort ECE 400 ACS 11 Yimin Jiti 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Aurgniv class Brig EB 300 ACS 14 Gniivi Collective 3 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ballista class Solar Sailor EEM 700 ACS 9 Taa Navy 1 0.1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Belton class Sampan ES 600 ACS 13 Solomani Confederation 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Berghoff class Missile Boat EEM 600 ACS 13 Solomani Confederation 3 6 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Berka class Heavy Fleet Corvette EG 800 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 3 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Biter class Close Escort EL 500 ACS 11 Sword Worlds Confederation 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Black Rock class Missile Frigate EEM 1,400 ACS 13 Third Imperium 4 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Blade class Frigate EH 2,100 ACS 14 Vegan Polity 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Blass class Brig EB 400 ACS 11 Association Naval Command 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Border Prowler class Provincial Cruiser EM 1,000 ACS 14 Third Imperium 4 3 No Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Breaker class Corvette EC 300 ACS 11 Gamma Republic 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Bunker class Close Escort ECE 300 ACS 12 Distant Fringe 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
C-4 class Interceptor EL 300 ACS 11 Chanestin Kingdom 1 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
C-9 class Missile Corvette EEM 1,100 ACS 11 Chanestin Kingdom 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Callus Heart class Fleet Escort EF 6,800 BCS 12 Federation of Alsas 3 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Castle class Sloop ES 1,280 ACS 12 Principality of Caledon 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Chaiik class Frigate EF 800 ACS 11 Sath Alliance 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Chasseur class Close Escort EL 520 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Chrysanthemum class Destroyer Escort EM 1,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 6 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Cleaver class Close Escort EL 1000 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Convoyer class Close Escort ECE 1,000 ACS 12 Anubian Trade Coalition 3 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cozzi class Corvette EC 200 ACS 13 Jarnac Pashalic 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cyclone class War Corvette EM 1,000 ACS 15 Corellian League 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dead Sun class Frigate EF 4,000 ACS 9 Third Imperium 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Delta Max class Fleet Escort EFE 20,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Draper class Frigate EF 700 ACS 11 Saldazar Security Squadron 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dredlezhdr class Fleet Escort EFE 10,000 BCS 14 Zhodani Consulate 3 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dunfermline class Light Frigate EL 22,000 BCS 12 Principality of Caledon 3 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Durt class Escort Corvette ECE 800 ACS 11 Yimin Jiti 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Edinburgh class Light Frigate EL 20,000 BCS 12 Principality of Caledon 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Egek'aa class Corvette EC 500 ACS 15 I'Sred*Ni 3 2 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Eitehr class Frigate EL 800 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ejdle class Fleet Escort EFE 10,000 14 Zhodani 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ekawsiykua class Escort EL 800 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 4 4 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Emerald class Escort Corvette ECE 500 ACS 12 Pador Military Forces 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Eradicator class Escort Corvette ECE 500 ACS 12 Geonee Confederation 3 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Eslar class Frigate EH 1,600 ACS 12 Unity of Sed 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Esqua class Escort Corvette ECE 800 ACS 10 Firstworlds 1 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Estalia class Warship EE 700 ACS 10 Caliphate of Estalia 1 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Fiery class Gunned Escort EG 300/400 ACS 14 Third Imperium 5/4 5/4 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
Flare class Gunboat EG 300 ACS 10 Winston Democracy 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Flower class Sloop ES 1,200 ACS 12 Principality of Caledon 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Foxtrot class Corvette EG 1,200 ACS 14 Vegan Polity 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Gazelle class Close Escort ECE 300/400 ACS 14 Third Imperium 5/4 5/4 Yes Yes. Published, canon design with a Keith illustration.
Gem class Close Escort ECE 500 ACS 12 Mische Conglomerate 2 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ghost class Frigate EF 1,000 ACS 14 Katowice Conquest 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Glorious Light class Fleet Escort EE 10,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Grisha class Corvette EC 1,200 ACS 12 Kostov Confederate Republic 3 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Grummond class Fleet Escort EE 1,000 ACS 12 Protectorate of Leset 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Gunbuster class Corvette EG 712 ACS 13 Darrian Confederation 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Gvurrnakhth class Fleet Escort EF 5,000 BCS 12 Vargr Extents 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Halaheike class Pocket Warship EM 1,200 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 3 3 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Hatchet class Light Corvette ECE 1000 ACS 11 Distant Fringe 2 4 No No
Hazard class Frigate EF 4,200 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hogan class Frigate EH 2,000 ACS 11 Association Naval Command 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Honor class Frigate EH 2,000 ACS 15 Rukadukaz Republic 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hopkins class Escort Corvette ECE 400 ACS 13 Third Imperium 4 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hotspur class Sloop of War EH 2,000 ACS 12 Unity of Sed 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hygiea class Frigate EH 2,000 ACS 12 Sorority of Hygiea 3 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Idris class Frigate EF 239 ACS 10 Bain Defense Squadron 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ietlzhdrzhdrkre class Fleet Escort EFE 8,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Insanity class Sloop-of-war EH 1,600 ACS 11 Solomani Confederation 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Intrepid class Escort EE 700 ACS 15 Darrian Confederation 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Iron Boot class Fleet Escort EF 9,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Jaradin class Corvette EEM 500 ACS 12 Unity of Sed 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Javelin class Escort Corvette ECE 345 ACS 10 Bain Defense Squadron 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Jimenez class Escort Corvette ECE 300 ACS 11 Saldazar Security Squadron 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
K'Thud class Warship EL 700 ACS 9 Akras 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kalaron class Brig EB 800 ACS 11 Union of Garth 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kalaron class Corvette EG 1,000 ACS 11 Union of Garth 2 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kalaron class Escort ELM 400 ACS 11 Union of Garth 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kalaron class Lancer ELM 200 ACS 9 Union of Garth 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kalaron class Sloop EEM 600 ACS 11 Union of Garth 2 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kao Chu class Light Escort EM 1,000 ACS 14 Third Imperium 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE10 Rapacious class Fleet Escort EFE 1,000 ACS 10 Korsumug Empire 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE11 Ancestor class Frigate EF 1,100 ACS 10 Korsumug Empire 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE4 Horde class Sloop ES 400 ACS 10 Korsumug Empire 1 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE5 Cataclysm class Patrol Boat EE 500 ACS 10 Korsumug Empire 1 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE6 Plague class Brig EB 600 ACS 10 Korsumug Empire 1 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE7 Virulent class Corvette EG 700 ACS 10 Korsumug Empire 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE8 Blockade class Lancer EC 800 ACS 10 Korsumug Empire 1 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE9 Unleashed class Escort Corvette ECE 900 ACS 10 Korsumug Empire 1 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kearsarge class Close Escort EL 400 ACS 12 Darrian Confederation 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kite class Escort EE 2,800 ACS 15 Third Imperium 3 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kodan class Corvette EG 700 ACS 15 Third Imperium 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kotaka class Escort Corvette ECE 500 ACS 12 Ushran Navy 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Krivak class Frigate EF 3,300 ACS 12 Kostov Confederate Republic 3 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kyle Strum class Missile Corvette EEM 500 ACS 12 Protectorate of Leset 2 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lakr class Corvette EG 1,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lancer class Corvette EC 200 ACS 12 Senlis Foederate 3 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lancer class Light Escort ELM 200 ACS 12 Geonee Confederation 2 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Last Armada class Fast Escort EF 1,200 ACS 11 Last Armada 2 5 No Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Lawful Means class Corvette EG 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 4 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.

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