Tiption Class Frigate
Secondary Guns 112
Tertiary Guns 372
Missile Tubes 30
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: 200 dedicated to ships operations
The Tipton class frigate was a product of Proteus Designs. While frigates were not used heavily in the first Sabor War, they did see enough action to prove their benefits in the theatre of battle. At the time of the first Sabor War, the fleet was relying on the ship’s big gun solution to win the war. What the fleet found with reassessment of the first Sabor War was a need for smaller, highly maneuverable escort ships that could lay down a barrage of suppression fire to allow the large ships to concentrate on larger targets without being distracted and blown off course by incoming enemy fire.
Once the benefits of the frigates were realized after the first Sabor conflict, the ships were moved into peacekeeper roles. It was seen that these ships had enough fire power to take on up to 50% of the unrest on the fringe, especially when they worked in their escort formations of between 4-8 ships. These ships were skillfully crewed.
Frigate and Corvette crews were well-practiced in running formation screens. These formations looked very impressive and intimidating when surrounding one or more capital ships, and made for great images. While static formations made for great pictures, they also made for great targets.
Once in battle, the escorts would take up positions in defensive zones around the ship. Then they would maintain random overlying arcs around their ship in their respective zones to concentrate their firepower to maximize protection of the ship they were screening, as well as their own survivability.
When in a peacekeeper role it was very easy for a ship’s crews to adapt their screening tactics to one of a wolf pack in order to randomly surround and orbit their target (usually a pirate or terrorist) and concentrate their fire from many different angles to bring their target to submission.
This wolf pack tactic was a newer method for the fleet and did not replace the need for a big gun ship, but in many cases proved to be as effective as sending in one of the older style Peacekeeper class battleships in times past.