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The term Rapid Strike Vessel refers to the small, Escort-class ships used by the Space Marines to patrol their territory and escort their larger Battle Barges and Strike Cruisers. The number and type of Rapid Strike Vessels varies from Chapter to Chapter, though some common designs include the Sword and Firestorm Frigates and Cobra Destroyers used by the Imperial Navy.[1] It also includes designs specific to the Space Marines, such as Hunter Destroyers, Gladius Frigates and Nova Frigates.[1]

Unlike "normal" Space Marine ships, Rapid Strike Vessels typically have no Space Marines aboard. Only a cadre of Techmarines are on hand to support the serfs manning the craft.[1]

Notable Rapid Strike Vessels


  • 1: http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?catId=cat1290319&categoryId=1100007&section=&aId=4300022 Battlefleet Gothic Resources: Imperial Fleets (source is no longer active, last accessed 2011.8.10)
  • 2: Priests of Mars (Novel), Microcontent 02
  • 3: The Blood Angels Omnibus - Appendix Angelus

Modern Space Marine Fleet
Battleships Battle Barge
Cruisers Strike CruiserVanguard Class
Escorts Gladius ClassNova ClassHunter ClassRapid Strike Vessel
Attack Craft ThunderhawkStormravenStorm Eagle (Fire Raptor) • Storm TalonStormhawkXiphonOverlordNephilimDark TalonStormfangStormwolfCorvus BlackstarCaestus Assault Ram
Transports Thunderhawk TransporterLanding CraftDrop Pod