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Stellar Navy Frigates by ILJackson Stellar Navy Frigates by ILJackson
In space-faring terms, frigates are small warships that have faster-than-light capabilities and are generally the largest warships capable of regular planetary take-offs and landings. During wartime they are generally escort, patrol and picket vessels. Frigates generally come in five classifications: Destroyers, Destroyer Escorts, Frigates, Escort Frigates and Corvettes. The Terran Protectorate Stellar Navy currently uses destroyers and escort frigates.
Frigates are generally heavily armed, but armor can vary greatly, are fast enough to keep up with most capitol ships and lack command and control functions that would allow them to coordinate fleet actions. Most are commanded by a senior Commander or junior Captain. They are generally deployed in squadrons of six to 12.

Mjolnir-Class Destroyer (top) -- The newest frigate class vessel deployed by the Stellar Navy, it is a multi-role starship designed to escort capitol ships deep into enemy territory. It is highly maneuverable, faster than its predecessors with medium armor. It is also capable of independent operations and a number of them have been assigned to special forces as long-range insertion vessels capable of delivering up to four platoons of special forces teams into enemy territory far beyond the range of pinnaces. But like all destroyers its first mission is to protect carriers, battleships and battlecruisers from enemy fighters and missiles, and to coordinate fire with other ships to put enemy ships out of commission.

Firestorm-Class Escort Frigate (middle) -- put into service several years before the outbreak of hostilities between the Terran Protectorate and the Imperial Consortium that led to the second war, the Firestorm was meant to replace the Rama-Class Destroyer (below). But at the time, the government was optimistic about peace, so the Firestorm is less of a dedicated warship. It is still a very capable combatant, but its weapons are light to medium, meant to protect shipping lanes and take on pirates and raiders, not enemy battleships. It is a highly effective anti-starfighter screening vessel. Its most unique feature is the modular dorsal weapons array, which can be swapped out at any anchorage in less than day. Modules include missile batteries, long-range laser cannons, enhanced sensors and electro countermeasure arrays.

Rama-Class Ballistic Destroyer (bottom) -- No Stellar Navy warship has been in service longer than the Rama destroyers, and only the Holstein-Class pinnace has been produced in greater numbers. The Rama first went into action during the First Protectorate-Consortium Interstellar War more than 60 years ago. They were the first human ships to use gauss cannons as main weapons. Their no-nonsense construction means they are easy to produce and hard to put out of commission. Some battle records report Rama destroyers blown in half still trying to take part in battle, with gun crews firing away due to independent power supplies and triple-redundancy systems. However, these ships are as no-frills as it gets. They completely lack advanced long-range sensors, or any systems other than fighting. The accommodations are spartan, and historians compare serving on a Rama to serving on an early 20th century submarine. All available space is used for weapon systems and ammunition, with bunks for the crew shoved in anywhere possible. It's not unusual for Rama crewmen to draw straws to see who gets the rack over the warhead storage unit. The Rama's have two very telling records. First, no other Terran Protectorate class of ship has been responsible for more enemy kills. However, more Rama-class destroyers have been destroyed in battle than any other Terran Protectorate warship. For three generations, all Stellar Navy capitol ship captains threatened by enemy ships have been trained to ask "where are the Ramas?"

Note: The term "warship" in interstellar warfare refers to any independently operated, crewed vessel designed primarily for combat and capable of faster-than-light travel. This excludes fighters, shuttles and most bombers, which are generally not capable of FTL travel and must rely on carriers or be based out of space stations or planetside facilities.
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mkotcher Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017
This is a great pic, I really like the sharp angles on these ships.  Makes me think that the ships would have to be built in a hurry and thrown into the fight.  Maybe the angles would help with reflecting sensor/radar?  Could I use this for a book cover?  I would absolutely credit you.
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Nicely done article. Really liked the Rama class ships. The comparison to early 20th century subs got me thinking... What would a missile firing version (FFG) would be like. And, would you consider using a updated version with modern weapons and sensors and more powerful drives. This could be used as a adjunct to the Mjolnir class DD's as a dedicated "gunslinger". :) (Smile) Clap
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Missiles are one of the reasons its designated as a ballistic destroyer. Those boxes on the sides of the outriggers, each one carries 12 anti-ship missiles.
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Oops... I keep comparing stuff to their RL sources.=P (Razz)
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I take that as a compliment.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
  The great thing about your designs it is that they look so real.  It is like they could be built right now.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
  So where are the corvettes.?
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The Stellar Navy doesn't have any in fleet service. They rely on pinnaces for most corvette duty and that pic is coming up soon. Corvettes are often used by militia defenses and mercenaries. Here's one: iljackson.deviantart.com/art/C…
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
   Thanks for the link.  Hey did you by any chance remember the PC game I-WAR, or Infinity War.  It was about corvettes.  Not starfighters. I think you would like it.
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That sounds a bit like Independence War and Independence War II. It was supposed to be a destroyer but it was actually something I'd class as a corvette. It had real newtonian physics.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
  Yes and yes.  The specs were t5hat the ship was a corvette.  The hero ship that is.  That is your art, real Newtonian physics.  Plus is so beautifully done.  Hey can you make a soldier wearing armor.  Not power armor.  The armor I am saying is more like the one the marines use in the opening intro of G-Police 2.?
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have something I use as light duty marine armor. I'll try to do a picture of one with marines in it soon.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
  I know if it done by you, the it is going to be great.
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Orange-1 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Excellent work!:-)
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BaronNeutron Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
man your stuff is so good!
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Still love the Rama frigates.
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One of my personal favorites. I've always been a fan of destroyers,  mainly due to the battle of TAFFY-3 in Leyte Gulf during WWII.
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