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- "You hang about captain. I’m sure I can thing of something for your ship to do."
- ―Admiral Rodrigo Grillo before the battle of Orestes
The Durham-class Corvette is a UNSC ship class. Considered a standard in naval technology, the Durham-class Corvette performs a wide number of roles, including fleet auxiliary, patrol, reconnaissance, scouting, picket, courier, messenger, and escort. If there is a role, the Durham-class can likely be pressed into it with the barest modifications.
The Durham-class corvette is a small, lightly armed and armored support vessel. At 117 meters in length, the Durham and its variants are some of the smallest vessels in UNSC service capable of mounting a reliable slipspace drive. Designed as a multipurpose vessel, the Durham is capable of preforming in a variety of roles, including reconnaissance, planetary and system patrol, transportation and resupply, and blockade running. The ship's small, streamlined profile allows it to bypass enemy formations and rapidly resupply friendly forces before exiting the combat zone again. Due to its small size, tiny personnel complement, and cheap production cost, the Durham is able to be produced large quantities and fitted with a variety of payloads.
Due to its small size, the Durham maintains a crew of only ten, though it has extra quarters for any other embarked personnel. It features two connected cargo bays as well as two small shuttle bays on either side of the ship, each capable of carrying one UD-82 Darter utilized in the transport of troops or material to another ship or planetary surface. In addition, it has one large hangar to the rear, which featured a catchment system used to retrieve non-VTOL capable craft. This hangar could carry either a single D-79I Pelican dropship to further augment its transportation capabilities, or an F-41C Broadsword for escort purposes or as a fast pursuit fighter craft.
The Durham-class was most frequently used as a patrol vessel, guarding system and planetary spaces from pirates and other raiders, as well as a maritime law enforcement vessel. In this role, it has been used to combat smuggling operations as well as aid ships in distress, its complement of shuttlecraft allowing it to safely transport personnel off of damaged ships. In addition, the Durham-class has also used for low-level supply missions and the transport of minor VIPs. They are also used for armed reconnaissance and hit-and-run attacks on enemy formations, using their small size, high speed, and manoeuvrability to avoid detection and outrun any pursuit craft.
Due to its small size, the Durham is lightly armed, carrying only six Fury missile pods, twenty four anti-aircraft batteries, and three M37 Rampage Light Naval Guns. While this makes it generally unsuitable for frontline combat, it performs admirably against ships of equivalent size or smaller, using its impressive speed to chase down faster enemy transport vessels. As with its weapons, it boosts equally light hull armor, with just enough to protect it from point defense weaponry and the lightest of anti-ship weapons, but anything larger will have devastating effects, crippling or outright destroying the vessel. Its powerful engines, however, ensures that it is able to rapidly escape most danger.
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Block 4 (Terminus-class)
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