Cruisers stand between battleships and destroyers in terms of armour and firepower.
These ships are able to stand against heavier foes surprisingly well, and indeed they pose as the largest and most powerful space combatant for many organizations. They are the most versatile multi-purpose space faring vessels, capable to serve in almost every strategic and tactical role, as well as armoured merchant vessels and pirate operational centers if the necessary modifications are made.
Description and design Edit
The term cruiser has been in use for several centuries and has had many different meanings since. On Terra, surface naval cruising referred to certain kinds of missions – independent scouting, raiding or commerce protection – fulfilled by smaller vessels, which were the cruising warships of a fleet. Later on the cruiser evolved to be first the naval coastal escort, then battle group air defense escort and finally, from the end of the Second World War - with the emergence of missile technology - it became the biggest class surface naval battle ship.
The cruiser class has been introduced in the space age relatively early; after the completion of the first Martian planetary shipyard in 2040 the first ship built The Ventura (finished in 2049) was indeed classed as a cruiser class explorer - similar in size of a present day frigate. From that time on the biggest space faring explorer vessels were consistently designated as cruisers, until the war with the colonies introduced the need for armoured, combat capable battle ships. The explorer class cruisers were quickly converted to armed space vessels and been in use since then.
Combat cruisers immediately took their right place in combat groups, as the class has proved its worth in the first engagements as fleet support vessels: a lone, well equipped cruiser was capable to wipe out enemy strike forces in high number and the relatively strong armour enabled them to withstand moderately heavy fire even from battle ships.
Cruisers are extremely capable ships, can be equipped with and sustain power feed to all heavy turrets and their powerful shield generators make them suitable for both independent and group roles.
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