posted on Mar, 6 2007 @ 07:21 AM
Originally posted by Pyros
In the US Navy and most other western navies, the destroyer is larger than the frigate.
Why the confusion?
Cruiser > Destroyer > Frigate > Corvette > Fast Attack/Patrol craft
If you're restricting naval ships to individual roles then basically a Frigate w/o a destroyer(and vice versa) would be open to attack from a foe it
By definition(and obviously by need) a Destroyer is(should be) capable of countering both aerial and sub threats. Same with a Frigate.
The key is that a destroyer is more self-sufficient than a Frigate, and can traverse farther. Also its deliverable weapons payload is more, agility is
less,defenses are more.
So how do you configure a fleet?
Any strategy gamer will be able to tell you that a capital ship (like a carrier) will aid in delivery and recovery of extremely agile assets(air
Destroyers/cruisers will constitute your bulk strike force(i.e. inflict heavy damage on coastal areas,venture to take out capital ships etc etc..)
essentially your sledge hammer.
Frigates are more of a forward expeditionary/recon force that survey the fleet line and patrol outer areas along with air assets. They can hold their
own and bring to bear enough fire power against any enemy force encountered during such recces until the bigger guns arrive.