The Nova Class Frigate is a type of Imperial ship design used by the Space Marines and Basilikon Astra.
The Nova Class is a Lance boat, much like the Firestorm Class Frigate in the Imperial Navy. It is a much more controversial ship however, because it does not follow the Codex Astartes. It is a pure-breed warship; it cannot land troops, or transport them to other ships. It is ineffective in planetary assault also, but a very capable capital ship hunter. Both the Imperial Navy and Inquisition have taken issue with the class, as it encroaches on the duties of the Imperial Navy, and upsets the balance of power within the Imperium, giving too much to the Adeptus Astartes. Due to this, the Nova remains a rare sight in the fleets of the Space Marines.
It is armed with a single turret-mounted lance in the prow of the ship, able to fire to the sides, and in front of the ship, and two small weapons batteries, also turret mounted. However, its engines are much more powerful than a Firestorm's, making the Nova almost twice as fast as a cruiser of the Imperial Navy. This speed and manoeuvrability allow the Nova class to get to favourable firing positions, deliver the lance armament's bite, and withdraw before the enemy can react to bring their guns to bear on the Nova.
Notable Nova Frigates
- 1: Battlefleet Gothic Armada, pg. 25
- 2: Vessels of Mars: Ships of the Adeptus Mechanicus, by Nate Montes, Robert Henderson and Ray Bell
- 3: Of Honour and Iron (Novel), Chapter Nine
|Modern Space Marine Fleet|
|Cruisers||Strike Cruiser • Vanguard Class|
|Escorts||Gladius Class • Nova Class • Hunter Class • Rapid Strike Vessel|
|Attack Craft||Thunderhawk • Stormraven • Storm Eagle(Fire Raptor) • Storm Talon • Stormhawk • Overlord • Nephilim • Dark Talon • Stormfang • Stormwolf • Corvus Blackstar • Caestus Assault Ram|
|Transports||Thunderhawk Transporter • Landing Craft • Drop Pod|
|Adeptus Mechanius Fleet|
|Battleships||Ark Mechanicus • Emperor • Retribution • Oberon|
|Cruisers||Adeptus Mechanicus Cruiser • Lunar • Tyrant • Gothic • Dictator • War Barge|
|Light Cruisers||Adeptus Mechanicus Light Cruiser • Endeavor • Endurance • Defiant • Secutor • Lathe|
|Escorts||Firestorm • Nova • Gladius • Sword • Falchion • Cobra • Hunter|
|Attack Craft||Fury Interceptor • Starhawk Bomber • Shark Assault Boat|
|Transports/Landing Craft||Macro Transport • Heavy Transport • Lifter Barge • Conquesitus Ark • Coffin Ship • Titan Barque • Knight Transport • Invasion Lander • Drop-Vault • Drop-keep|
|Support Craft||Explorator Vessel • Eradication Ark • Explorator Ark • Goliath Class Factory Ship • Megiron Class Forge Vessel • Goliath Class Forge Tender • Capacitar Ship • Salvator Ark • Scavenger Scow|
|Planetary Aircraft||Avenger Strike Fighter • Lightning Fighter • Thunderbolt Fighter • Storm Eagle Gunship • Vulture Gunship • Archaeopter • Lysander Targeting Craft|