Panther (Patrol Combatant)

Panther (Patrol Combatant)

Yue X.
(Work In Progress) Patrol Combatant: Territorial disputes and border infringements followed Humanity's journey to the stars. So did its response. Forces that mirrored the coast guards of the various Earth nations were soon organized by the major space powers and even the Conglomerates, whose interests are far and wide in the star studded ocean. For the major powers, the "coast guards" were not part of the normal command structure of their respective navies, and thus fielded vessels that were far from warships: Patrol Combatants. Patrol Combatants operated by the major power "coast guards" rarely exceed the displacement of a (standard) light frigate (the norm is roughly 1/3 to 1/2), and are never armed with true antiship weaponry. The Conglomerates impose no such constraints. Oftentime the Conglomerates are chartered to administer certain colonies and are given free reign to do as they see fit, and that is exactly what they do. In no time at all, the Conglomerates have taken full advantage of the leeways granted them and built their own private navies. Panther is one such example. Developed, built, and fielded by New Horizon Logistics, the Panther's displacement is roughly in line with the major power PatComs. This is where the similarities end. The Panther devotes no displacement to humanitarian support nor policing action. It does not field commercial shipping scanners and Commerce Fleet Register uplinks. It is a pure warship, and in its intended role, it excels. #Panther #PatCom #Patrol_Combatant
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