Starship capable of independent operations and of support of the main line-of-battle. Cruisers are intended to fulfill two diverse missions. In battle, they support and reinforce capital ships (either battleships or battle rider squadrons) which are present and which form the main line-of-battle. Cruisers generally support the flanks.

Cruisers also perform independent operations, often forming the centre of task forces which have no capital ships. Cruisers are also put to use as independent ships.

Standard armoured cruisers (CA) exhibit a homogenous beam-missile-screen armament. The spinal mount is generally a particle accelerator.
Heavy cruisers (CH) feature an increased beam armament, especially in particle accelerator bay weapons .
Strike cruisers (CS) generally replace the particle accelerator spinal mount with a meson gun.
Missile cruisers (CM) are characterized by high missile factors, lending themselves to a variety of missions, especially planetary bombardment.
Light cruisers (CL) are the smallest of the cruiser-type ships.
Frontier cruisers (CF) and rift cruisers (CJ) feature the high jump capability required for operations in such regions.

Finally, the term battle cruiser has been applied to ships of relatively low displacement (generally less than 5000 tons). The use of the term appears to be more an effort to bolster morale aboard these vessels - which are often required to act independently - rather than to label accurately. The regular Navy refers to such ships as colonial cruisers (CC). One example of this type is the Kinunir-class battle cruiser.

(SUPP-8, 1107; MT-SHIPS, 1120; own, 1120)

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