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Star Wars definitely didn't make it easy with the larger vessels....for example the gozanti class cruiser...it's less than 300ft long yet called a cruiser, but acts in a similar way to an LPD or even a  cold war era helicopter cruiser. the only way the gozanti makes since as a cruiser is in the traditional age of sail definition of a ship that can cruise long distances and times alone and unsupported without needed to pull into port, in which case that's a very broad category indeed.

the corvette classes seem to align fairly well with what you'd expect from a corvette in general, but what i've noticed is most of the star destroyers and ships of similar size tend to not really fall well into the battleship or carrier classifications...well i guess the USN in WWII had a carrier with 5 8" guns...but those were swiftly removed...so i'd say most of them fall into either a soviet style heavy aircraft carrying cruiser (aircraft are meant for defending the ship carrying them and the rest of the battle group only while the cruiser itself carries the actual major weapon systems.) or the US cold war battlecarrier concept (iowa class battle ship with an aft flight deck to operate harrier jets in an offensive as well as defensive manner) or the above mentioned helicopter carrier (though there's not really any vessels that relate well to helicopters in star wars.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_cruiser

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24 minutes ago, JohnPJones said:

Star Wars definitely didn't make it easy with the larger vessels....for example the gozanti class cruiser...it's less than 300ft long yet called a cruiser, but acts in a similar way to an LPD or even a  cold war era helicopter cruiser. the only way the gozanti makes since as a cruiser is in the traditional age of sail definition of a ship that can cruise long distances and times alone and unsupported without needed to pull into port, in which case that's a very broad category indeed.

The name of the Gozanti Cruiser is from the original civilian design that didn't have the ability to carry fighters and had an anemic armament (the Assault Carrier is an Imperial refit of the civilian design, much like early carriers were refit cargo vessels). So cruiser as in star cruiser, kinda an oversized bay cruiser or smallish cargo vessel in comparison. Might want to look into coastal defense militia ships or antipiracy equipped sailing ships for a simile instead of military vessels...

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3 minutes ago, Hiemfire said:

The name of the Gozanti Cruiser is from the original civilian design that didn't have the ability to carry fighters and had an anemic armament (the Assault Carrier is an Imperial refit of the civilian design, much like early carriers were refit cargo vessels). So cruiser as in star cruiser, kinda an oversized bay cruiser or smallish cargo vessel in comparison. Might want to look into coastal defense militia ships or antipiracy equipped sailing ships for a simile instead of military vessels...

age of sail you didn't use small vessels for anti-piracy, they used actual cruisers by the definition of the time since the ship would have to spend long periods of time at sea hunting the pirates, naval militia vessels were typically more like poorly armed starfighters being small boats with one or two guns.

privateer, or armed merchantman might be a better age of sail analogy, or maybe Q-ship from WWI or WWII.

 

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