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D-class Destroyers are fast, maneuverable, long-endurance warships intended to escort larger vessels and defend them against smaller powerful short-range attackers.

  • They are normally the largest of the escort class ships whose primary mission is to provide protection to other vessels.
  • The naval terms destroyer and escort have considerable semantic overlap and it's more than possible for two nearly identical ships with near identical capabilities to alternatively be called a destroyer or an escort.
  • The Supraclass designation is also known as Ship Mission, Ship Mission Code, Mission, or Ship Hull Designation.
  • It is a starship supraclass.
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  • Description (Specifications)[edit]

    Destroyers are starships designed for escort duty and limited independent operations. Destroyers are usually assigned to escort cruisers and battleships, but also accompany unarmed merchantmen. They typically range in size from 1,000 to 20,000 tons.

    Their main duty is to defend the fleet against fighters and other small craft. Some have been pressed into service for orbital patrols, police operations, garrison duties, diplomatic transport, and even limited strike missions (...also known as gunboat diplomacy). Their flexibility gives them great value to naval admirals. They can conduct a vast array of missions, offensive, defensive, and otherwise. Their system defense and security capabilities overlap with H-class vessels.

    Destroyers do not, as a rule, carry a spinal mount. They are thus not considered major combatants by the Imperial Navy, though their armament of bay and turret weapons can be formidable. Sizes typically range from 1,000- to 3,000-tons or larger, with a general emphasis on maneuver rather than defense.

    Image Repository[edit]

    Type DB Strike Destroyer / Battle Destroyer:

    1. No image yet available.

    Type DDL Destroyer Leader:

    1. No image yet available.

    Type DE Destroyer Escort:

    1. A top view of Chrysanthemum class Destroyer Escort.
      Frigate-T5-Core-Rules-Pg-359 25-July-2018a.jpg
    2. An Agrippa class Destroyer Escort on patrol in deep space.
      Agrippa class Destroyer Escort.jpg

    Type DH Heavy Destroyer:

    1. No image yet available.

    Type DL Light Destroyer:

    1. A Midu Agashaam class Destroyer descending into the cloudy layer of an atmosphere near the edge of space.
      Midu-Agashaam-PARTIAL-IMAGE-Fighting-Ships-Pg-16 05-Sept-2018a.jpg

    Type DM Medium Destroyer:

    1. A Keawehei class Destroyer preparing to enter a nebula.
      Keawehai=CT-RESIZE-M-Jackson 28-Oct-2019b.jpg

    Type DS Superheavy Destroyer:

    1. No image yet available.

    Type DVL Very Light Destroyer:

    1. No image yet available.

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

    A number of smallcraft and ACS combatants exist:

    1. Smallcraft (F or U) (0 to 99 tons)
    2. Bigcraft (W or Other) (100 or larger tons)
    3. Escort (E) (100 to 2,499 tons)
      1. Brig (EB) (100 to 2,499 tons)
      2. Close Escort (EC) (100 to 2,499 tons)
      3. Frigate (EF) (100 to 2,499 tons)
      4. Corvette (EG) (100 to 2,499 tons)
      5. Sloop (ES) (100 to 2,499 tons)
    4. Destroyer (D) (2,500 or larger tons)

    Strategy & Doctrine (Operations)[edit]

    Although the Imperial Navy sees destroyer-class vessels as escorts, they are often pressed into service in other roles. Destroyers can thus be encountered operating solo or in squadrons. Missions include guard ship, flag-showing, patrol missions and even strikes against relatively soft targets. A destroyer is more than a match for any civilian vessel, but even squadrons should not take on major combatants.

    Lightcraft Hierarchy[edit]

    1. Smallcraft (F) or (U)
    2. Corvette (E)
    3. Close Escort (E)
    4. Frigate (E)
    5. Escort (E)
    6. Destroyer (D)

    Supraclass Roles[edit]

    Destroyers typically serve the following roles:
    Largecraft & Bigcraft:

    D-class Destroyer Supraclass Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code
    Combat Destroyer (DB)
    Destroyer (D)
    Destroyer Escort (DE)
    Destroyer Leader (DDL)
    Escort Destroyer (DE)
    Fast Destroyer (DL)
    Fleet Destroyer (DD)
    Heavy Destroyer (DH)
    Light Destroyer (DL)
    Military Destroyer (DD)
    Medium Destroyer (DM)
    Missile Destroyer (DDM)
    Multi-role Destroyer (DD)
    Patrol Destroyer (HT)
    Pursuit Destroyer (HT)
    Strike Destroyer (DB)
    Superheavy Destroyer (DS)
    Very Light Destroyer (DVL)

    Size-Class Roles for Lighter Vessels[edit]

    1. Utility Craft (U) (1 to 99 tons)
    2. Escort (E) (100 to 2,499 tons)
    3. Destroyer (D) (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
      1. Very Light Destroyer (DVL) (100 to 2,499 tons)
      2. Destroyer Escort (DE) (100 to 2,499 tons)
      3. Light Destroyer (DL) (2,500 to 4,999 tons)
      4. Medium Destroyer (DM) (5,000 to 7,499 tons)
      5. Heavy Destroyer (DH) (7,500 to 9,999 tons)
      6. Superheavy Destroyer (DS) (10,000 to 99,999 tons)
    4. Capital Ship (Various) (100,000 or larger tons)

    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 Archetypal Roles[edit]

    These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

    D-class Destroyer Supraclass Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
    Destroyer D (Namesake) Elsyel class Light Destroyer Destroyers are large enough to provide a credible threat to larger mainline combatants, yet small and cheap enough to maintain tremendous tactical and strategic flexibility. Many destroyers serve multipurpose functions and roles supplementing other fleet forces where and as needed. Destroyers are almost by definition jack of all trades warships.
    • D = Destroyer
    Strike Destroyer DB Curzon class Destroyer Strike destroyers (DS) are intended for long-range reconnaissance and deep level offensive operations. Their best defense is their stealth, and are not intended to take on offensive operations against ships of similar weight and weapons. They run from serious competition and target under-defended installations and smaller ships. They will try to avoid taking serious damage unless there is a good reason for doing so.
    • D = Destroyer
    • B = Battle, Combat, Strike, etc.
    Destroyer Leader DDL Vuruna class Destroyer Leader Destroyer Leaders (DL) fill a role between that of a destroyer and that of a cruiser. They are basically a destroyer on steroids. Their primary function is that of flotilla leader for a group of destroyers and may be referred to as such.
    • D = Destroyer
    • L = Leader
    Destroyer Escort DE Fer-de-Lance class Destroyer Escort Destroyer escorts (DE) are much smaller ships then the destroyer. Their primary role, as their name implies, is that of an escort. Although they play a variety of other roles convoy duty is where they come into their own. If they can not defeat an enemy, they can slow them down and occupy them long enough for the convoy to attempt an escape. Other names for this class vessel include Light Escort, Close Escort, Sloop, and Corvette.

    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.
    (100 to 2,499 tons)

    • D = Destroyer
    • E = Escort
    Heavy Destroyer DH Jerzhtsie class Destroyer TBD. (7,500 to 9,999 tons)
    • D = Destroyer
    • H = Heavy
    Light Destroyer DL Zhdiak class Light Destroyer Light destroyers are lower tonnage battle platforms carrying armament capable of threatening logistics secondary combatant elements. Their flexibility and numbers are an asset to fleet admirals. (2,500 to 4,999 tons)
    • D = Destroyer
    • L = Light
    Medium Destroyer DM Gormandoacy class Destroyer TBD. (5,000 to 7,499 tons)
    • D = Destroyer
    • M = Medium
    Superheavy Destroyer DS Rapier class Escort Destroyer None. (10,000 to 99,999 tons)
    • D = Destroyer
    • S = Superheavy
    Very Light Destroyer DVL Lomba class Light Destroyer TBD. (100 to 2,499 tons)
    • D = Destroyer
    • VL = Very Light
    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]

    Destroyers have been the backbones of navies since the days of wet navies. While battleships and cruisers hold the line, they are enormous investments of resources and can only ever be in one location at a time. Typically many destroyers can be purchased for the price of just one battleship or cruiser making them far more effective at patrol and related duties where coverage is more important than concentrated combat capability.

    Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

    Military Ship - Warship- Strike Destroyer:

    1. Type DB class Strike Destroyer
      1. Badreapr class Strike Destroyer
      2. Curzon class Strike Destroyer
      3. Fenross class Strike Destroyer

    Military Ship - Warship- Destroyer Leader:

    1. Type DDL class Destroyer Leader
      1. Burke class Destroyer Leader
      2. Grimnismal class Patrol Leader
      3. TC14 Ralmu class Destroyer Leader
      4. Vuruna class Destroyer Leader

    Military Ship - Warship- Destroyer Escort :

    1. Type DE class Destroyer Escort
      1. Agrippa class Destroyer Escort
      2. Aurdesko class Destroyer Escort
      3. Chrysanthemum class Destroyer Escort
      4. Fer-de-Lance class Destroyer Escort
      5. Gable class Destroyer Escort
      6. Ipltsiedle class Destroyer Escort
      7. Isokaze class Destroyer Escort
      8. Lucifer class Destroyer Escort
      9. Moshulu class Destroyer Escort
      10. Mossip class Destroyer Escort
      11. Nederland class Destroyer Escort
      12. Shamshir class Destroyer Escort
      13. Snow class Destroyer Escort
      14. Type D47 class Destroyer Escort
      15. Type HDE class Destroyer Escort
      16. Tyrian Lordship class Destroyer Escort
      17. Velroi class Escort Destroyer
      18. Zdieench class Destroyer Escort
      19. Zhdits class Destroyer Escort
      20. Zhosibadle class Destroyer Escort

    Military Ship - Warship- Heavy Destroyer:

    1. Type DH class Heavy Destroyer
      1. Androct class Destroyer
      2. Clergy class Destroyer
      3. Crusader class Destroyer
      4. Decisive Action class Destroyer
      5. Faker class Fleet Escort
      6. Heng-O Type 24 class Destroyer
      7. Jerzhtsie class Destroyer
      8. Payback class Destroyer
      9. Rhinegold class Destroyer
      10. Spruance class Destroyer

    Military Ship - Warship- Light Destroyer:

    1. Type DL class Light Destroyer
      1. Black Adder class Destroyer
      2. Cadiz class Fast Destroyer
      3. Easter class Destroyer
      4. Felid class Destroyer
      5. Fraydon class Destroyer
      6. Gazulin Guardian class Destroyer
      7. Herrick class Destroyer
      8. Hostel class Destroyer
      9. Kayatenga class Destroyer
      10. Leningrad class Destroyer
      11. Liberte class Destroyer
      12. Longbow class Destroyer
      13. McClaren class Destroyer
      14. Midu Agashaam class Destroyer
      15. Mont-DE class Destroyer Escort
      16. Orpheus class Destroyer
      17. Penedur class Destroyer
      18. Pulmigory class Destroyer
      19. Restrained class Destroyer
      20. Strider class Destroyer
      21. Striker class Destroyer
      22. Tyrian Lordship class Destroyer
      23. War Hound class Destroyer
      24. Xuesen class Destroyer
      25. Zhdiak class Light Destroyer

    Military Ship - Warship- Medium Destroyer:

    1. Type DM class Medium Destroyer
      1. Ancona class Destroyer
      2. Buigoon class Destroyer
      3. Coleridge class Destroyer
      4. Dezhdrle class Destroyer
      5. Enshbasi class Destroyer
      6. Formaine class Destroyer
      7. Fusilier class Destroyer
      8. Gormandoacy class Destroyer
      9. Hall class Destroyer
      10. Heng-O Type 22 class Destroyer
      11. Holdemar class Destroyer
      12. Hopper class Destroyer
      13. Jask class Destroyer
      14. Keawehei class Destroyer
      15. Kendal Craig class Destroyer
      16. Kurrigan class Destroyer
      17. McKenzie class Destroyer
      18. MolTol class Destroyer
      19. Oreo class Destroyer
      20. Pharos class Destroyer
      21. Rajiv class Destroyer
      22. Soaring Wing class Destroyer
      23. Torrel class Destroyer
      24. Type 052D Yulang III class Destroyer
      25. Xianghou class Destroyer
      26. Zhdrbaeliprietl class Destroyer

    Military Ship - Warship- Superheavy Destroyer:

    1. Type DS class Superheavy Destroyer
      1. Crockett class Destroyer
      2. Dulcinae class Destroyer
      3. Heng-O class Destroyer
      4. Mont-DD class Destroyer
      5. Rapier class Escort Destroyer

    Military Ship - Warship- Very Light Destroyer:

    1. Type DVL class Very Light Destroyer
      1. Auldwich class Light Destroyer
      2. Goblin class Destroyer
      3. Grom class Destroyer
      4. Heng-O class Small Escort
      5. KE12 Sarash class Destroyer
      6. Lomba class Light Destroyer
      7. Moisura class Destroyer
      8. Muavenet class Destroyer
      9. Nemesis class Destroyer
      10. Gearing class Destroyer
      11. Sampson class Destroyer
      12. Satvet class Destroyer
      13. Sha'a class Destroyer
      14. TC11 Falbin class Destroyer
      15. TC12 Ivorholm class Destroyer
      16. TC13 Falcon class Destroyer
      17. Tembo class Destroyer

    Ship Summary List[edit]

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

    6 Representative Destroyer (D) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Nexus Gearing class Destroyer DVL 12 2,000 2 5 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. TBD
    KE12c Sarash class Destroyer DVL 12 1,200 3 4 Korsumug Empire DVL-MU43
    Longbow class Destroyer DL 15 3,000 6 3 Third Imperium TBD
    Lucifer class Destroyer Escort DE 15 400 4 6 Third Imperium No TBD
    Spearhead class Corvette D 13 200 2 4 Third Imperium Yes EB-DL42
    War Hound class Destroyer DL 12 3,000 2 6 Sudi Verisian Navy No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. No information yet available.

    0 Representative Strike Destroyer (DB) Classes
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    0 Representative Destroyer Leader (DDL) Classes
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    1 Representative Destroyer Escort (DE) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Lucifer class Destroyer Escort DE 15 400 4 6 Third Imperium No TBD

    0 Representative Heavy Destroyer (DH) Classes
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    2 Representative Light Destroyer (DL) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Longbow class Destroyer DL 15 3,000 6 3 Third Imperium TBD
    War Hound class Destroyer DL 12 3,000 2 6 Sudi Verisian Navy No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. No information yet available.

    0 Representative Medium Destroyer (DM) Classes
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    0 Representative Superheavy Destroyer (DS) Classes
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    2 Representative Very Light Destroyer (DVL) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Nexus Gearing class Destroyer DVL 12 2,000 2 5 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. TBD
    KE12c Sarash class Destroyer DVL 12 1,200 3 4 Korsumug Empire DVL-MU43

    0 Representative Missile Destroyer (CGM) Classes
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