the advent of high-efficiency strike craft drives in both
the Republican and Imperialist fleets, the Heeshk-class
Support Frigate has begun to fade from frontline service.
Originally intended to refuel and repair up to four
corvettes and 10 fighters simultaneously, the Heeshk has
been relegated to rear-area repair duty. The Imperial
variant of this aging design has a reinforced upper hull
deck, achieved by removing the plasma ducting that was used
for refueling fighters and replacing it with an extra layer
of ablative armor and dynamic anti-breaching systems.
fleets have retired this vessel to base repair duty, but
Imperialists often do not have the luxury of pulling even an
obsolete design off the line. Imperialist admirals will
often order a pair of Heeshk-class Frigates to escort a
larger battle group into the thick of combat, repairing
other vessels even as they take fire. Their ability to
repair more powerful capital ships makes them a natural
first target for swirling fighters and corvettes, but the
modern Heeshk's heavier armor allows them to survive far
longer than a smaller repair corvette.
engaging a Heeshk-class Repair Frigate, it is important to
stay out of the firing arc of the frigate's one large
cannon. While this gun packs a serious punch, it is not
accurate against strike craft and is intended to support
more offensive combat vessels, or ward off single attacking
frigates. Heeshks are often deployed in pairs so that one
can repair the other and vice-versa, should the two frigates
need to stall for time until help arrives.