Starship Classes For Phase World / Three Galaxies:


In general ships in the Three Galaxies fall into various class due to their sizes. This list shows the various class of ships and how they are defined by size. These are not hard and fast rules but a general standard that the Major powers use to judge their vessels and compare them to others. Ships of the Line are ships that their main purpose is to engage in Ship to ship battles either by direct fire weapons or by missile launchers. Carriers are ships that use fighters as their main weapon systems. These class do not include ships from Robotech, Mutants in Orbit, Macross, and any of the various conversions from other universes.



AbbreviationClass (Ship of the Line)LengthTonnage
DDL or FFLCorvette100 to 300 feet500 tons to 2,000 tons
DD or FFDestroyer or Frigate300 to 500 feet2,000 tons to 40,000 tons
CLLight Cruiser500 to 800 feet75,000 to 120,000 tons
CAHeavy Cruiser800 to 1,200 feet120,000 to 500,000 tons
BCBattle Cruiser2,000 to 3,000 feet1 million to 10 million tons
BBBattleship3,500 to 6,000 feet12 million to 25 million tons
DNDreadnought10,000 + feet80 million tons +

AbbreviationClass (Carrier)LengthTonnage
CVEEscort Carrier300 to 600 feet40,000 tons to 150,000 tons
CVLLight Fleet Carrier800 to 2,000 feet200,000 to 1 million tons
CVAFleet carrier3,000 to 10,000 feet10 million to 50 million tons


Other Terms:
Assault Carrier: A carrier designed for planetary assault, roughly equivalent to modern amphibious carriers.
Battle Carrier: A carrier with heavy armor and shielding.
Mine Sweeper: Vessel designed to clear mines.
Monitor: Term for non FTL capable medium size starships used for in system defense.
Q-Ship: Vessel that appears to be a merchant vessel but is actually armed.
System Defense Boat: Term for non FTL capable destroyer size starships used for in system defense.


Organizational Units:
Division: About 4 ships
Squadron: About 8 ships
Flotilla: About 16 ships




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