Shark Class Frigate
Secondary Guns 120
Tertiary Guns 360
Missile Tubes 24
Energy Shielding: Primary Shielding
Sublight Propulsion Plasma thrusters, Plasma Main Drive Units
Faster than light drive (FTL drive) Dimensional phase drive
Municipal Shuttle Hanger
Crew Complement: 180 dedicated to ships operations
The Shark class frigate is a lighter version of the Tipton class frigate. Though the Shark class shares the same machinery and basic hull configuration as the Tipton and Intruder class, the Shark was an effort by Proteus Designs to produce a light frigate to come under the tonnage of the Intruder and the Tipton class to save in production cost of ships that some fleet planners considered to be throw-away ships. Proteus did well to produce a fighter of a ship even under the limitations, and had many of the class stockpiled up, waiting for the next inevitably conflict.
One way to come in under fleet standards for the contract was to cut out two of the ventral engine nacelles and part of the ship’s superstructure. It was these eliminations that gives the ship class its distinctive appearance. While the ship class was present in all the major fleet engagements of the Second Sabor War, the class performed without major distinction.
This was a disappointment to fleet planners who had wanted a newer, low cost frigate class going into the war to replace the Intruder and Tipton class frigates. While there were many Shark class frigates that survived the Second Sabor War, there are no plans to produce newer ships of the class. The remaining Shark class frigates have been scheduled for periodic updates based on the projected life expectancy of the ship’s frame.