- They are generally considered secondary naval combatants even when they form the first line of defense against enemy fleets. Their inability to conduct primary naval offensive operations is the strategic reason why they are considered secondary naval combatants.
- The class includes the well known System Defense Boat, Monitor, law enforcement craft, police ships, customs vessels, and many more.
- The H-class also includes a range of Bounty Hunter Vessels and Q-ships with specialized police functions and defensive functions versus corsairs, pirates, and/or privateers.
- 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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H-class Vessel's are not intended for offensive operations, they instead defend and secure fixed locations, almost always mainworlds and their associated star systems. These missions are considered paramilitary by the dominant thoughts of naval strategists within Charted Space. Patrol and Surveillance ships largely observe space, keeping track of things that are there and watching for things that aren't supposed to be.
- A Serpent class Police Cutter on an intercept course.
- A Type T or Lurushaar Kilaalum in 3D B&W render.
- A Shivva class Patrol Frigate image from Deck Plans, one of the most common Zhodani Patrol Vessels.
- A Dragon class System Defense Boat in action safeguarding a gas giant from marauders wanting to perform wilderness refueling.
- A heavily armored Arden class SDB.
- A Caryatid class System Defense Boat coming into a spaceyard for routine maintenance..
Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)
H-class Vessels have two major taskings:
- Defensive Warfare
- System Security
They are generally considered secondary naval combatants even when they form the first line of defense against enemy fleets. Their inability to conduct primary naval offensive operations is the strategic reason why they are considered secondary naval combatants.
Security & Defensive Vessels typically serve the following roles:
|H-class Bounty Hunter Vessel Supraclass Archetypes|
|Bounty Hunter Vessel||(HH) (Namesake)|
|H-class Law Enforcement Vessel Supraclass Archetypes|
|Security Vessel||(H) (Namesake)|
|H-class Defender Vessel Supraclass Archetypes|
|Heavy System Defense Boat||(HSDB)|
|Patrol Fighter||(FP: Smallcraft)|
|System Defense Boat||(HSB: Light)|
|System Defense Boat||(HSDB: Heavy)|
Size-Class Roles for Security Vessels
- Utility Craft (U) (1 to 99 tons)
- Very Light Security Vessel (HV) (100 to 2,499 tons)
- Light Security Vessel (HL) (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
- Medium Security Vessel (HE) (100,000 to 249,999 tons)
- Heavy Security Vessel (HA) (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
- Superheavy Security Vessel (HP) (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
- Ultraheavy Security Vessel (HU) (1,000,000 or more tons)
- Battle Rider (BR)
- Combat Barge (WBG)
- Combat Transport Smallcraft (UI)
- Fighters (F)
- Militarized Utility Craft (UQ)
Supraclass Archetypal Roles
These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:
|H-class Defense / Security Vessel Supraclass Archetypes|
|Security Vessel||H (Namesake)||Fazachu class System Defense Boat||H-class security vessels cover a vast variety of vessels from paramilitary policing types, to bounty hunters, to dedicated military defensive types and more...
|Defender||HD||Kaga class System Monitor||While most H-class vessels serve paramilitary functions, HD-Defenders are specifically military vessels with a dedicated defense mission. Most SDBs are considered paramilitary and are attached to planetary fleets, while most defenders are part of subsector or sector fleets and integrated into a larger strategic mission, often with better access to service facilities and jump shuttles for greater strategic mobility.
|Bounty Hunter Vessel||HH||Huntress class Bounty Hunter||Hunter vessels are most often used by bounty hunters, hence their name. They can be characterized as high performance yachts specialized for combat duties in pursuit of high value targets.
|Monitor||HM||Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor||Monitors typically represent non-FTL vessels used for system defense duties. They are often older warships repurposed to this duty rather than being mothballed or cut up for scrap. They can be monstrous combat platforms.
|Police Ship||HP||Stenka class Security Vessel||Police Ships police a star system. They are meant to uphold the laws of a controlling mainworld, typically a world-state. They patrol the inner and outer systems, but rarely the far system. They conduct patrols to discourage piracy, conduct customs inspections, and numerous other related tasks. Most tend to be boats, as in system craft with jump drives, but a few are equipped with jump drives to chase offenders out of the system. Many of these craft are seconded to subsector navies when need arises. These are considered paramilitary ships.|
|Q-Ship||HQT||Fenris class Q-ship||A HQT-class Q-Ships are spaceships or starships designed to lure Corsair Vessels by giving the appearance of a weak, poorly-armed merchant ship, but having sufficient combat power to defeat them.
|System Defense Boat||HSB||Dragon class System Defense Boat||The first SDBs were of light to medium displacement, often retired hulls that were repurposed to form a plausible line of defense for star systems. They used a type code of SB or HSB.
|System Defense Boat||HSDB||Zhodatl class System Defense Boat||HSDB defenders possess medium to heavy displacement and came after the HSB series as SDBs were increasingly fulfilling the hopes of naval strategists and successfully defending star systems. Many are specialized for gas giant and planetoid belt ambushes.
|Patrol Vessel||HT||Lurushaar Kilaalum class Corvette||Patrol Ships (sometimes AKA Patrol Boats) are usually smaller vessels, lightly armed or unarmed, but generally with plenty of sensors, designed to maintain order in an area of space among people and ships who are inclined to be orderly in the first place. They tend to be used for space-traffic, safety and compliance patrols in areas without a lot of armed threats; a Patrol Boat may have enough firepower to deter minor threats, but isn't usually employed in places where even minor threats are likely.
|Patrol Vessel||HTP||Shivva class Patrol Frigate||Medium to heavy displacement.
|Patrol Fighter||FP||Kirchner class Patrol Fighter||Patrol Fighters are craft designed to operate for long duration over space or atmosphere in patrol roles, in particular combat air patrol (CAP), reconnaissance roles (Recon), anti-ship warfare (AShW), and search and rescue (SAR). A combat air patrol is a patrol provided over an objective area, over the force protected, over the critical area of a combat zone, or over an aero defense area (COACC), for the purpose of intercepting and destroying hostile craft and ships before they reach their target/s.
|Privateer Vessel||PRP||Slade Mark I class Frontier Raider||Privateers are a polity-sanctioned vessel that raids opposing polity vessels with a legal sanction.
|Surveillance Scout / Intelligence Vessel||SI||Gishiash class Stealth Scout||Surveillance Ships generally are focused on monitoring less-friendly areas - border regions, semi-denied and occasionally denied territory. Their primary "weapon" is a comprehensive sensor and computer fit; their primary defense is stealth and passive defense. Surveillance scouts often serve intelligence roles, picket roles, and observation roles, monitoring certain parts of space or certain groups and places of interest.|
|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.|
Military engineering is a constant tug of war conducted over millennia as competing technologies are continually developed, each changing the nature of warfare. The battle rider / carrier concept is only one of many relatively contemporary concepts that has been experimented with.
And the balance of defensive to offensive combat allocation is another. H-class vessels represent efforts to bolster the demands of security and defensive needs. These vessels and craft specialize in defending the smallest possible unit of value in an interstellar age, the star system. They include all manner of defenders from the smallest police smallcraft to the ubiquitous system defense boat to the mightiest of monitors. They often form the first and last line of defense as well as everything inbetween.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type HD class Defender Vessel
- Type HH class Bounty Hunter Vessel
- Type HM class Monitor
- Archipelago class System Monitor
- Cabon class System Monitor
- Colby class Monitor
- Donnager class Monitor
- Harris class Monitor
- Kaga class System Monitor
- Khaar's Will class System Monitor
- Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor
- MacHeany class Monitor
- Mighty Maelstrom class System Defense Monitor
- Quesha FR-6 class Buffered Asteroid Monitor
- Shiishu class Monitor
- Stormrider class Monitor
- Thaakh class Monitor
- Uffan class Monitor
- Warden class System Monitor
- Vishe class Light Monitor
- Type HMP class Planetoid Monitor
- Defender class Planetoid Monitor
- Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor
- Guardian class Asteroid Monitor
- Hukkert class Monitor
- Methuselah class System Defense Monitor
- Obsidian class Asteroid Monitor
- Peset class Asteroid Monitor
- Porton class Asteroid Monitor
- Sable class Heavy System Defense Monitor
- SH2K Frost G class Medium Asteroid Monitor
- SH7K Fromaag class Heavy Asteroid Monitor
- Temarn class Asteroid Monitor
- Type M2M class Planetoid Battle Station
- Type HP class Police Vessel
- Type HQT class Q-Ship
- Type HS class System Defense Boat
- Able class War Rocket
- Arden class System Defense Boat
- B-46 class Attack Torpedo Boat
- Bandersnatch class System Defense Boat
- Bando class Attack Boat
- Caryatid class System Defense Boat
- Chiang class System Defense Boat
- Cudin class Attack Boat
- Dassa class Attack Boat
- Dragon class System Defense Boat
- Dzegkno class System Defense Boat
- Fazachu class System Defense Boat
- Flash class System Defense Boat
- Fringian System Defense Boat
- Frundsberg class System Defense Boat
- Gundong class System Defense Boat
- Harrier class System Defense Boat
- Holdfast class Heavy System Defense Boat
- Jugendworld class System Defense Boat
- Khanate class System Defense Boat
- Nassin class System Defense Boat
- Oromet class System Defense Boat
- Penner class System Defense Boat
- Roye class System Defense Boat
- Scorpion class System Defense Boat
- Sentry class System Defense Boat
- Sheppard class Patrol Rocket
- Shukugan class System Defense Boat
- Sirocco Converge class Attack Boat
- Stedlas class System Defense Boat
- Temakurm class Attack Boat
- Thele class System Defense Boat
- Tigershark class Patrol Boat
- Tristar class System Defense Boat
- Torch class System Defense Boat
- Val Marin class System Defense Boat
- Wolvesbane class System Defense Boat
- Wyvern class System Defense Boat
- Wyrm class System Defense Boat
- Yunus class System Defense Boat
- Zhodatl class System Defense Boat
- Zhodq class System Defense Boat
- Zydeterranal class System Defense Boat
- Zydpedallion class System Defense Boat
- Zydpharn class System Defense Boat
- Type HT class Patrol Ship
- Barekdoldin class Patrol Cruiser
- Dyaus class Patrol Cruiser
- Jaghara class Patrol Cruiser
- KE5 Cataclysm class Patrol Boat
- Kharsis class Patrol Cruiser
- Lurushaar Kilaalum class Corvette
- Nemesis class Pursuit Ship
- Rudra class Patrol Cruiser
- Salient class Patrol Frigate
- Sang-O class Patrol Ship
- She Zhenɡ Zhe class Patrol Boat
- Shivva class Patrol Frigate
- TC17 Deckert class Patrol Cruiser
- Tiaflfiet class Patrol Frigate
- Tigershark class Patrol Boat
- Trinity class Patrol Ship
- Type T class Patrol Cruiser
- Vayu class Patrol Cruiser
- Voluspa class Patrol Escort
- Xadis class Patrol Ship
- Yugo class Patrol Ship
- Type PRP class Privateer
Ship Summary List
Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role include:
|143 Representative Security Vessel (H) Classes|
|5 Representative Defender (HD) Classes|
|4 Representative Bounty Hunter Vessel (HH) Classes|
|31 Representative Monitor (HM) Classes|
|13 Representative Planetoid Monitor (HMP) Classes|
|11 Representative Police Vessel (HP) Classes|
|10 Representative Q-Ship (HQT) Classes|
|59 Representative System Defense Boat (HS) Classes|
|23 Representative Patrol Ship (HT) Classes|
|4 Representative Privateer Vessel (PRP) Classes|
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