The Corvette-class[3] is a light frigate operated by the Martian Congressional Republic Navy (MCRN). This class has multiple roles, including a light-missile platform, boarding party insertion, missile defense, customs enforcement, law enforcement, reconnaissance, surveillance, and anti-capital ship engagements when deployed in numbers. This ship-class is amongst the smallest naval ships of the MCRN, second to the Morrigan-class patrol destroyer.

The most widely known ship of this class was originally called the MCRN Tachi and was carried in the main hangar bay of the MCRN Donnager. Later, after surviving the attack on the Donnager, this same ship was renamed Rocinante by her new captain, James Holden.

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Fast-attack-frigate
  • Torpedo Boat
  • Missile defense platform
  • Law enforcement vessel
  • Reconnaissance vessel
  • Border Patrol vessel

History[edit | edit source]

The Corvette-class was in service with the MCRN during the UN-MCR Cold War. This ship-class was often docked onboard Donnager-class battleships and during Operation Silent Wall two ships of the class were removed from the Donnager so as to fit four Morrigan-class patrol destroyers in their place.

When the Donnager was attacked by stealth ships, the crew evacuated several civilians to the docked Corvette-class the Tachi. None of the Donnager's crew survived so the civilian survivors claimed legitimate salvage and renamed the ship to the Rocinante. This ship was heavily involved with numerous events across known space over the next few decades.

Before the Free Navy Conflict, large numbers of Corvette-class ships were officially decommissioned. These ships were actually stolen by forces under the disloyal Admiral Winston Duarte and given to a radical Belter faction, the Free Navy.

These ships were used in numerous engagements by the Free Navy during the war until the majority were destroyed. At least one ship of Michio Pa's pirate faction the Panshin survived the war although it had received heavy damage to its outer hull at the Battle of Pallas Station.

They are also perfect for wolf-pack style attacks, where they were deployed in small groups as fast-attack or for anti-capital ship engagements either with ships of their own class or with Morrigan-class patrol destroyers.

Modernized variants of the class were still in service during the Laconia-Sol Conflict in which at least one ship was engaged at the Tempest Jovian battle.

The Rocinante was still in service at this time working contracts for the Transport Union. During the Laconian emergence at Medina Station the ship was surrendered to and impounded by the Laconian Empire. Later the ship would be retaken by its crew and flown into the Freehold Ring.

Features and compartments[edit | edit source]

  • Flight deck
  • Ops deck
  • Main airlock
  • Armory
  • Medical bay
  • Galley
  • Machine Shop
  • Cargo bay

Known Ships[edit | edit source]

Designation Notes
MCRN Tachi/
Rocinante
Believed to be destroyed, but actually came under the control of the Canterbury crew survivors and recommissioned as Rocinante by the crew themselves.
MCRN McCabe Part of Operation Silent Wall.
MCRN Valenza
MCRN Tsuchi Decommissioned after Io Campaign, yet reappeared a year later near Europa.
MCRN Karakum Black ops ship destroyed by United Nations Navy over Ganymede.[4]
Pella Stolen from the MCRN for the Free Navy. Later destroyed by Ring-Gate anomaly.
Connaught Stolen from MCRN for the Free Navy. Later when crew defected, the ship fought alongside the Combined Fleet against the Free Navy. Eventually heavily damaged in battle.
Shinakuto Stolen from the MCRN for the Free Navy.
Koto
Solano
Panshin
Serrio Mal
Witch of Endor
Ando
Andreas Hofer
Pau Kant
Dagny Taggart

Designation Photo Notes
MCRN Tachi/
Rocinante
S02e01roci29m59sflipped.jpg Believed to be destroyed, but actually came under the control of the Canterbury crew survivors and recommissioned as Rocinante by the new crew themselves.
MCRN McCabe Part of Operation Silent Wall.
MCRN Valenza Part of Operation Silent Wall.
MCRN Karakum S02e12karakum398m27s.jpg Black ops ship destroyed by United Nations Navy over Ganymede.[5]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Despite only being 46 meters, it has a high concentration of PDC's (Point Defense Cannons) when compared to vessels of similar size, for example, the MCRN Unidentified Heavy Frigate-class or the Amun-Ra-class Stealth frigate. However, because of its high concentration of PDC's it does in turn make it carry less torpedoes (20) than vessels of similar size, sacrificing offensive attacks/counterattacks for more defensive minded countermoves in Long-range battles. Nevertheless it does make it a highly capable combat vessel when engaged in C.Q.B. (Close Quarters Battle) with its mix of high agility, small frame, which in turn makes it a harder target to hit, & a high concentration of PDC's.
  • Despite being named the Corvette-class, it is a light-frigate, as its name might imply that it is a corvette-style ship.

Media[edit | edit source]


References

  1. Spacedock Donnager-class video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFoLbsA5Sx0&t=367s
  2. Spacedock Donnager-class video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFoLbsA5Sx0&t=367s
  3. The Expanse TV Series - Season 1, Episode 6: "Rock Bottom"
  4. The Expanse TV Series - Season 2, Episode 12: "The Monster and the Rocket"
  5. The Expanse TV Series - Season 2, Episode 12: "The Monster and the Rocket"
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