Rapid Strike vessel
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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. It also includes designs specific to the Space Marines, such as Hunter Destroyers, Gladius Frigates and Nova Frigates.
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.
Notable Rapid Strike Vessels
- 1: http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?catId=cat1290319&categoryId=1100007§ion=&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Battlefleet Gothic Resources: Imperial Fleets (source is no longer active, last accessed 2011.8.10)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|
|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|