|Line Combatants (Primary - Capital)||Escort Combatants (Secondary - Subcapital)||Military Auxiliary (Tertiary)|
- They are escort combatants or secondaries.
- The grouping includes most destroyers, escorts, fighters, and security vessels, among others.
- They typically weigh between 100 and 99,999 tons. The term sometimes also refers to armed fighters (which tend to be under 100 tons) based either on a carrier or at some fixed location in a system, especially when those are the only friendly armed ships in the system. However, most ships called "subcapital" are at least 1,000 tons; below that, ships are usually just "ships." 
- They stand in contrast to capital ships.
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The subcapital ships of a navy are its warships of secondary importance; they are generally the smaller ships when compared to other warships in their respective fleet. A subcapital ship is generally not a leading or a primary ship in a naval fleet; if it is a leading ship, it will only lead a small detachment or patrol. 
In the Imperial Navy, subcapital ships account for the vast majority of ships. Hosts of them will escort capital ships, providing missile defense, intercepting enemy fighters, and generally taking care of all secondary tasks so that the capital ships can (via direct fire, launching and coordinating fighter squadrons, or other means) concentrate on dealing damage to the enemy. They are the shields, to the capital ships' swords. 
They also outnumber and protect auxiliary support ships within a fleet. Keeping intact these ships, and the logistical tail they provide, is of primary strategic importance to most military operations, especially offensives ones striking into enemy territory. 
They will also sometimes operate independently, such as in scouting or patrol roles, where no major force projection is expected to be necessary. Law enforcement, when it needs naval assets, is almost always served by a subcapital ship. 
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