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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 315
# 20
09-17-2012, 07:44 AM
Ship classifications has always been fairly arbitrary and up to the country owning the ship. The best example is Germany's "pocket battleships" designed to skirt treaty rules over the number of battleships allowed. Likewise, The US calls their largest ship a cruiser, not dreadnought or battleship. And the size and range of escorts (sometimes called patrol ships) vary greatly depending on the owner of the ship.

The turn radius of ships has nothing to do with the naval classification for cruisers. It's more closely associated with displacement or combat role. And comparing a Cardassian "destroyer" (which was likely a made up classification, similar to NATO's classification for soviet ships) to a Federation cruiser based on name conventions alone is absolutely unfair. You need to look at the actual specs and design considerations, not the names.
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