Frigates are a general purpose military medium range vessel used
primarily for attacking a specific space born enemy vessel or light space
facility. Frigates typically incorporate a small to medium contingent of Marines
or other ground/special combat forces, permanently bivouacked aboard the ship.
Frigates allow for a rapid combat response with a follow-up boarding party or
moderate ground assault when necessary.
Federation Frigates, like all Star Fleet Vessels, do have a moderate science
research capability, and many are used as support vessels while exploring
hostile environment. Frigates also operate a number of specialized onboard
systems that allow them to conduct military operations in more hostile
environments, including double and triple redundancy systems, specialized crew
safety systems and moderate fighter wings.
Frigates operate in a variety of modes, most often being found in conjunction
with other frigates or destroyer escorts. Frigates are most often posted to
Neutral Zones and hostile boarders. Most Frigates are well armed and well
defended, being capable of engaging enemy vessels that are often larger than
them selves. Onboard troop complements range from platoons of 20-50 men onboard
smaller frigates, through company sized forces between 100 and 250 troops (which
is standard on most frigates) to small Battalion sized forces of between 400 and
600 troops associated with the largest of frigates.
Like Heavy Cruisers, Heavy Frigates are larger, more capable versions of
a standard Frigate. Heavy Frigates have a large science capability, and are
often employed during hostile research missions.
Heavy Frigates have a larger troop contingent of standard Marine personnel,
up to a battalion of 400, although a large Company of 250 is standard. Heavy
Frigates also transport troop equipment, including hover tanks, ground weapons
and construction equipment.
Heavy Frigates often operate independently, in comparison with other frigate
designs. Heavy Frigates, like Heavy Cruisers, draw the best crews and command
compliment, further enhancing their reputation.