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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
Starship designed for escort duty and limited independent operations. Destroyers are usually assigned to escort cruisers and battleships, but also accompany unarmed merchantmen.
Ranging in size from 1,000 to 20,000 tons, their main duty is to defend the fleet against fighters and other small craft. Some have been pressed into service for orbital patrols, police operations, garrison duties, diplomatic transport, and even limited strike missions (also known as gunboat diplomacy).
Ref: IMPERIUM, 1100; SUPP-9, 1107; CHALLENGE-25, 1112; MT-SHIPS, 1120,