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The Aegis-class frigate, colloquially known as the Aegis-class fleet escort, was a light frigate classification operated by the UNSC Navy during the Galactic Era. Lightly armed, the Aegis-class frigates were largely relegated to anti-fighter and anti-missile roles, acting as escorts to UNSC task forces.
The Aegis-class frigate was the result of a futuristic iteration in UNSC naval doctrine; while its predecessor, the UNSC Frigate of the Human-Covenant War, was a highly armed attack ship, during the Galactic Era, the UNSC Navy would largely sponsor the Mjöllnir-class destroyers and Cyclops-class main battle cruisers in these attack roles. Instead, the Aegis-class frigate would play a supplementary and auxiliary role, providing specialized anti-fighter and anti-missile activities for UNSC task forces.
The frigate was smaller than its predecessor, nearly half the size of the 478-meter-long UNSC Frigate. Its novel primary battery was a Aegis-class free-electron laser turret, a futuristic and high-powered point-defense laser optimized for intercepting enemy missiles and enemy fighters at longer ranges. The free-electron laser is also active against Covenant plasma torpedoes; by superheating the plasma charge, it induces thermal incoherency that leads to disintegration of the torpedo even despite a guiding magnetic field. Furthermore, the frigate bristled with forty Mk. 16 Flurry-class Close-In Weapon Systems against enemy fighters and missiles at closer ranges.
Although optimized for a point-defense role, the Aegis-class frigate also carried secondary armaments against capital ships; these included a single Mark IV Magnetic Accelerator Cannon and twenty SSM-42 Crossbow-class Missile Pods.
Twenty-four starfighters (two full squadrons) were also carried on board to supplement its anti-fighter role; these fighters often consisted of the agile F506 Piranha-class interceptors.
Ships of the Line
Aegis-class frigates were conventionally named after defensive pieces of armor or in remembrance of past battles in UNSC history:
- UNSC Aegis (FEF-001)
- UNSC Cuirass (FEF-002)
- UNSC Memory of Midgard (FEF-003)
- UNSC Memory of Beryl (FEF-004)
- UNSC Memory of Emerald Cove (FEF-005)
- UNSC Memory of Eriandus (FEF-006)
Behind the Scenes
- The Aegis-class frigate classification was named after the Aegis, the legendary shield of Pallas Athena in Greek mythology, reflecting the frigate's largely defensive role in standard fleet doctrine.
|UNSC Navy (Galactic Era)|
|Carriers||Cydonia-class fleet carrier|
|Cruisers||Atlantis-class dreadnought · Cyclops-class main battle cruiser|
|Corvettes||Hermes-class gunship · Oracle-class prowler|
|Interceptors||EF449 Preying Mantis-class interceptor · F506 Piranha-class interceptor · F779 Predator-class interceptor|
|Bombers||BQ3 Specter-class stealth bomber · B82 Tigershark-class bomber|
|Individual Vessels||UNSC Cydonia · UNSC Heimdall · UNSC Heracles · UNSC Meridian Dream · UNSC Melpomène · UNSC Vishnu|
|Commands||UNSC Fifth Fleet · Task Force Phoenix|
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