"She dove nose-first, as fast as a lightning bolt, shields rippling from those Mantises. We stormed their camp as soon as we touched down, and then it hit me why these Mike Foxtrots were so easy to kill: we caught them during their lunch break!"
Unlike most other ships born from the Post-War Fleet Line Initiative, the Argyre-class was introduced to fulfil a single role - that of large-force deployment on hostile worlds. Outfitted with powerful shields and average armour, this model of landing ship is capable of ferrying all the consumables, assets, and personnel of a Marine Expeditionary Unit down to a planet's surface while under fire from surface-based defences, piggy-backing through slipspace on larger vessels. While poorly-armed when compared to traditional warships of its tonnage, an Argyre-class is capable of unloading its entire complement in a shockingly-short period of time, with the speed necessary to rapidly reach the planet's surface. Although considered a short-range craft, dedicated models outfitted with slipspace drives have emerged with fuel tanks, allowing them to act as refuelling ships in the field.
The first of these ships were commissioned on the 30th September 2557, entering service just before the Anlace-class light frigate which they were intended to operate alongside. They first saw action during pacification operations near Green Hills, deploying HAZOP units onto its surface to destroy a hostile Unggoy breeding camp and testing the ship's general capabilities in a dangerous environment. Satisfying the admiralty, an initial block of 120 ships were ordered; only seventeen would finish construction, as the advent of the Createdcrisis led to the decimation of Aerofabrique's shipyards.