Capital Ships are large ships that serve various functions like exploration, transportation, military and tourism. These are generally larger than other ships in a fleet and executive controlled rather than direct controlled. These can be split into combat and non-combat capital ships.

Combat Capital Ships Edit

Non-Combat Capital Ships Edit

Currently, the capital ships are piloted by NPCs. Frontier said in their roadmap that they intend to add the "availability of giant ‘executive control’ ships to players" in a future update.[1]

History Edit

Traditionally, capital ship was a term for large and powerful warships. These were the most important ships in a navy and generally larger than other warships in their fleet.[2]

Farragut Battle Cruiser Edit


Farragut Battle Cruiser and a Vulture

The Farragut Battle Cruiser is the mainstay capital ship of the Federation. Heavily armed with classified weaponry, the Farragut stretches over two kilometers long. The backbone of the Federal Navy, it also forms the central core of the Federation Intervention fleet.

The battle cruiser is capable of transporting and operating whole groups of Federal Corvettes, alongside housing multiple F63 Condor squadrons. It cannot be piloted by players.

Majestic Class Interdictor Edit


Majestic Class Interdictor

The Majestic Class Interdictor is a capital ship type of the Empire. It has an array of weaponry including Modular Interceptor Guns and Railguns. It's 1904 meters long.

Megaships Edit


The Gnosis megaship

There are several types of Megaships in the galaxy. These are capital ships of a different class, often station-sized. The main types are Bulk Cruiser, Flight Operations Carrier and Generation Ships. These were added since update v2.3, The Commanders.

Fleet Carrier Edit

Fleet Carrier reveal

Fleet Carrier

The Fleet Carrier is a very large vessel with docking facilities that will act as a mobile base of operations for Squadrons. This will be the first player owned capital ship type. Fleet Carriers will be added in the December 2019 update.

Player owned capital ships Edit

In The Commanders Livestream, a viewer asked "any chance of playing capital ships in the future?", David Braben answered: "it's on the list, but a long way down it, because there's a lot of gameplay to make it work. The issue is what we call the difference between direct control and executive control. Where rather than flying by the seat of your pants you're giving orders to a giant ship. Because you can't expect it to change course very rapidly and that sort of thing. So it's certainly a long-term possibility, but it's long-term."[3]

Capital Ship Dock Edit


Capital Ship Dock - Facece - Topaz

The Capital Ship Dock is where capital ships get serviced for construction, maintenance and repairs.

References Edit

  1. Newsletter #29
  3. Elite Dangerous 2.3 - The Commanders Release Livestream
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