Destroyer type vessels are typically midsize starships with the agility and speed of an Frigate and firepower more closer to an cruiser. With that, they are able to quick hit and run maneuvers even against bigger starships like Heavy cruisers or Dreadnoughts. They are good shielded with Mass Effect Barriers, but they lack heavy armor which why they often need support from Cruisers which can draw the fire upon themself.
The Nelson class is 533 meter in length and the largest Destroyer type vessel the System Alliance own. Commissioned in 2182 to the same time as the Envoy class Diplomatic Escort with which the Nelson share some design elements.
In the Reaper War, Nelson Destroyers were often used for Guerilla tactics to keep the invaders busy and to delay the advance of the troops.
The Nelson class is well known as the first Alliance ship that was equipped in series with ultraviolet antiship GARDIAN lasers, which are more expensive and energy demanding than standard infrared lasers, but more effective in range and power.
Destroyer type vessels in the Systems Alliance are usually named after military leader. The Nelson class is named after Horatio Nelson a British naval commander and national hero, famous for his naval victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars.
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A Battlecruiser concept I'd suggest. Take inspiration from the German version of Battlecruiser. Have a ship with Dreadnought armor & shields but carry tons & tons of cruiser grade weapons and cruiser speed. Basically a more dps focused Dreadnought that doesn't count as a dreadnought by the treaties's definition.
The lore reason for this is as I mentioned, have a dreadnought that doesn't count against the treaty limit.
Forgive my ramblings. This is still a great looking ship.
Thank you for sharing.
Anyway nice work.