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Cruisers are medium-size warships smaller than Battleships but larger than Escorts. They are the workhorses of any fleet.

Overview

Combining maneuverability, firepower, and endurance, they are used for anything from long patrols, blockades, to raids deep into enemy territory. In fleet actions, they support Escorts in screening the advance of the fleet, then form the gun line once the fighting begins. Cruisers are divided into many sub-types. From the mighty Grand Cruisers that can nearly stand up to a Battleship to the speedy Light Cruisers with the quickness to drive off attacking Escorts, each one fills its role in a fleet.[Needs Citation]

Types

Imperial Navy

Grand Cruisers

Grand Cruisers, also known as "Pocket Battleships"[11], are the heaviest Cruiser class of ship. These are older vessels designed around the concept of cruiser-class vessels wielding Battleship-class firepower. Grand Cruisers were frequently used as raiders, operating on their own as opposed to a larger fleet.[1] They have since largely been replaced in Imperial service by Battlecruisers.[10]

Battle Cruisers

Battlecruisers are faster warships, designed to deliver the firepower of a Battleship with the size and maneuverability of a Cruiser-class vessel. They replaced the older Grand Cruiser-class vessel.[10]

Cruisers

Cruisers are the standard class of Cruiser-class vessel, designed for fleet support, long patrols, raiding, and blockades.[10] Imperial Cruisers are typically 4km to 6km in length.[11]

Light Cruiser

Light Cruisers are the smallest class of Imperial Cruiser, designed for patrols and raids.[10]

Space Marines

Adeptus Mechanicus

Adeptus Arbites

Inquisition

Chaos

Grand Cruisers

Heavy Cruisers

Cruisers

Eldar

Cruisers

Light Cruisers

Dark Eldar

Orks

Necrons

Tyranids

Tau

Allies

Other Notable Cruisers

Imperial Battle Cruisers

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