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Name: Ardent-class fast frigate
Type: Kuat Drive Yards Ardent-class fast frigate
Scale: Capital
Length: 400 Meters
Skill: Capital Ship Piloting: Star Destroyer
Crew: 1400, skeleton 180/+20
Passengers/Troops: 200
Crew Skill: Capital Ship Piloting 5D+1, Capital Ship Gunnery 4D+2, Capital Ship Shields 4D+1
Consumables: 1 Year
Cargo Capacity: 2,000 Tons
Hyperdrive Multiplier: X1
Hyperdrive Backup: X12
Nav Computer: Yes
Space: 8
Maneuverability: 1D+1
Hull: 4D
Shields: 2D
Sensors:
            Passive: 50/1D
            Scan: 100/3D
            Search: 200/4D
            Focus: 6/4D+2

Fighters: 12 Predator Class Starfighters
Transports: 3 Nune Class Shuttles

Weapons:
            5 Point Defense Laser Cannon Batteries
                        Scale: StarFighter
                        Fire Arc: 2 Front/Left, 2 Front/Right, 1 Back
                        Fire Control: 2D+2
                        Space: 1-5/15/30
                        Atmosphere Range: 100-500/1.5/3km
                        Damage: 6D
            3 Medium TurboLaser Batteries
                        Scale: Capital
                        Fire Arc: 1 Front/Left, 1 Front/Right, 1 Back
                        Fire Control: 3D+2
                        Space: 3-16/38/80
                        Atmosphere Range: 6-32/76/160km
                        Damage: 4D
            5 Heavy TurboLaser Batteries
                        Scale: Capital
                        Fire Arc: 2 Front/Left, 2 Front/Right, 1 Back
                        Fire Control: 4D
                        Space: 3-15/36/75
                        Atmosphere Range: 6-30/36/150km
                        Damage: 5D
            2 Tractor beam projectors
                        Scale: Capital
                        Fire Arc: 1 Front, 1 Back
                        Fire Control: 3D
                        Space: 1-5/15/30
                        Atmosphere Range: 2-10/30/60km
                        Damage: 5D


Description:
The Ardent-class fast frigate was a Kuat Drive Yards warship of the Fel Empire and Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire.

The Ardent-class frigate was about one-fourth the size of the Pellaeon-class Star Destroyers. They were designed for rapid responses and sacrificed both shielding and armor to increase their speed and weaponry.

The class had a raised bridge section and three ion drives. They carried Nune-class Imperial shuttles. In overall appearance, the arrowhead-shaped vessels were reminiscent of the century-old Acclamator-class.

The frigate's weapons emplacements were reminiscent of past designs, with turbolaser batteries flanking the raised section on each side.

The fast frigates were used as quick-strike vehicles. A common Imperial tactic was to send several Ardent-class frigates into enemy picket lines to exploit weaknesses and open gaps for other warships. They depended on their impressive shields to allow them to survive. Despite them, they still suffered more damage than most ships in the fleet due to their aggressive tactics.

The Ardent-class was built several years before the Sith-Imperial War. They were used for spearheading military actions and many officers gained fame commanding such vessels.

An Ardent-class frigate carried Captain Mingo Bovark of Roan Fel's loyalists to the Wheel in 137 ABY, for a meeting with Admiral Gar Stazi of the Galactic Alliance Core Forces.

At least nine Ardent-class frigates were part of the Outer Rim Third Fleet. Two of these were the Ironstar and the Verpine.

The Ardent-class frigate Steadfast, part of the Coruscant Third Fleet loyal to Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire, was present at the Battle of Ralltiir during the Second Imperial Civil War. Commanded by Captain Vaclen Tor, the frigate would be the only Sith survivor of the battle. However, the ship was taken by the Galactic Alliance Remnant and then given to the Empire-in-exile as a gift to Emperor Roan Fel.

The First Coruscant Task Force, under the command of Admiral Krion Grail, was composed by five Ardent-class frigates. The Marauder was its flagship. The Galactic Alliance Remnant also employed some captured Ardents during the war. These vessels were painted with the Alliance symbol on their dorsal hulls.



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