VOTE The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked  

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List Rules Playable ships only, released, WIP or planned OK.

Ranking all playable ships in Chris Roberts (Wing Commander, Freelancer) upcoming space sim "Star Citizen". All these craft are either already playable, available for purchase or scheduled for release via stretch goals. Vote on your favorite, for any reason! ReRank it if you want to list your personal faves.

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"Star Citizen is an upcoming space trading and combat simulator video game for Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux in development by Chris Roberts and Cloud Imperium Games. Star Citizen will consist of two main components: first person space combat and trading in an MMO-style Persistent Universe and modifiable, optionally cooperative private servers including a branching single player campaign known as Squadron 42."

I'll do my best to keep the list updated with variants and images as and when they come out, but if you find anything missing, please feel free to add it!

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Anvil Carrack is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Anvil Carrack The Anvil Carrack has been the vanguard of every UEE exploration effort in recent years. Featuring reinforced fuel tanks for long-duration flight, a highly advanced jump drive array and a dedicated computer core room that allows it to put the maximum processing power into jump charting operations.

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Aegis Sabre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Sabre Part of Aegis Dynamics’ Phase Two of new ship models, the Sabre was designed as a space superiority fighter for those situations where you need to leave a lighter footprint. Designed to be a rapid responder, the Sabre is more than capable of establishing battlefield dominance for any number of combat scenarios.

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Drake Cutlass is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Drake Cutlass Drake Interplanetary claims that the Cutlass is a low-cost, easy-to-maintain solution for local in-system militia units. The larger-than-average cargo hold, RIO seat and dedicated tractor mount are, the company literature insists, for facilitating search and rescue operations. While it’s true that Cutlasses are used throughout known space for such missions, their prime task and immediate association is with high space piracy.

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Anvil F7C-M Super Hornet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Anvil F7C-M Super Hornet If there was ever a question of whether it possible to harness power into a physical form, the Super Hornet would be the answer. The closest to the Military load-out as is legally possible for a Civilian model. The F7C-M Super Hornet reattaches the ball turret and offers near milspec parts under the hood. Proving that two heads are better than one, a second seat has been added to split the logistic and combat duty, making the Super Hornet a truly terrifying mark to engage.[

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RSI Constellation Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
RSI Constellation Andromeda This Constellation variant is a replacement for the base Constellation.

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Banu Merchantman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Banu Merchantman Banu traders are renowned for their merchant prowess, traveling the spacelanes and trading with everyone from humans to the Vanduul! Their sturdy, dedicated trading ships are prized beyond all other transports, sometimes passing from generation to generation of Banu.

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Aegis Avenger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Avenger Avenger is a police patrol ship which is commonly refurbished for bounty hunter use. Avengers will serve as the initial training ship in Squadron 42’s single player campaign.

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Aegis Reclaimer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Reclaimer The Reclaimer, from noted military contractor Aegis, is an industrial-quality salvage ship. Equipped with a reinforced cargo bay, a long-range jump drive and launch pods for unmanned drones, the Reclaimer is an ideal ship for taking advantage of deep space wrecks.

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MISC Freelancer DUR is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
MISC Freelancer DUR The Freelancer DUR is an exploration-oriented variant of the MISC Freelancer. The DUR variant sacrifices 25% of its default cargo capacity for an improved jump drive, a larger fuel tank, and an upgraded scanner.

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Aegis Vanguard Warden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Vanguard Warden A hard-charging bulldog of a fighter which features extensive forward-mounted weaponry designed to tear through the shields and armor of other spacecraft. So-named because their multiple-jump range allows them to form the vanguard of any military expedition, Vanguards have seen extensive service against the Vanduul.

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MISC Freelancer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
MISC Freelancer Freelancers are used as long haul merchant ships by major corporations, but they are just as frequently repurposed as dedicated exploration vessels by independent captains who want to operate on the fringes of the galaxy.

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RSI Constellation Aquila is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
RSI Constellation Aquila The Constellation Aquila is a Constellation variant focused on Exploration.

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Aegis Gladius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Gladius The Aegis Gladius is the UEE’s reigning light short-range patrol fighter. A single-seat ship with no room for expansion, the Gladius is fast, maneuverable and capable of punching far above its weight.

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Aegis Retaliator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Retaliator The Retaliator is the United Earth Empire’s premiere, if aging, jump-capable heavy bomber. Massive formations of these spacecraft running long-range strike missions is not an uncommon sight around the fringes of the empire. With a distinctive elongated silhouette that is dotted with turrets and carrying a massive bomb load, the Retaliator is an effective symbol of Imperial might.

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MISC Freelancer MAX is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
MISC Freelancer MAX If you’re making so many runs that your regular Freelancer just isn’t cutting it, you need to upgrade to the ultimate in cargo hauling. MAX. It’s the only way to describe this model. It’s not a name ascribed lightly, the Freelancer MAX offers a wider body, adding fifty percent more cargo capacity than the base model.

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MISC Freelancer MIS is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
MISC Freelancer MIS The Freelancer MIS is a limited edition militarized variant of the classic mercantile ship developed by the UEE. These were produced in very small quantity due to some early payload incidents. This version sacrifices the majority of the cargo capacity to make way for missiles.

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Misc Endeavor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Misc Endeavor Musashi Industrial & Starflight Concern is proud to present the Endeavor-class research vessel, a fully modular space platform designed to be adapted for a variety of scientific and medical tasks. Initially developed as a floating laboratory, the MISC Endeavor can be outfitted for everything from spatial telescopy to use as mobile hospital.

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Drake Caterpillar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Drake Caterpillar Drake maintains that the Caterpillar, a sprawling, modular spacecraft which appears at least somewhat like its namesake, is for legitimate commerce and extended search and rescue missions... but at the end of the day, the Caterpillar is truly the evil twin of the Freelancer

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Aegis Redeemer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Redeemer The Aegis Dynamics Redeemer was chosen as the first place winner of The Next Great Starship competition. Its primary focus is as a gunship.

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RSI Bengal Class Carrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
RSI Bengal Class Carrier The Bengal-class is the UEE’s “tip of the spear.” The iconic Bengal is the most powerful warship available to the UEE Navy and its imposing presence has held off raiders and the Vanduul throughout the outer colonies, allowing humanity to spread unchallenged.

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Terrapin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
SteveZapotichny added Terrapin

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Javelin-class Destroyer

BRIDGE


The Javelin’s heavily armored bridge looks out over the rest of the ship’s superstructure. Centered around a fleet-class command-and-control interface, the bridge allows a dozen crewman to have full run of both the destroyer’s facilities and eye-on awareness of its deep space environs. Bridge positions include captain, executive officer, communications, weapons, radar, helm and science positions.

The bridge is surrounded by escape pods designed to allow the entire command team to make a quick egress should the worst happen. These escape pods, which can be found throughout the ship, are designed to carry five crew each. These escape pods are military-spec, oriented for easy retrieval by unladen Argo transport ships.

 Ship TypeNumberGladius1Hornet1Avenger1Gladiator1300 Series1M502Aurora2Cutlass1Mustang1Merlin4


The Javelin’s bottom deck includes six dedicated cargo rooms, two engineering facilities and access to the engine column. From the

TOP DECK


The Javelin’s Top Deck, also known as ‘officer country,’ is home to quarters for the ship’s captain and executive officer, with all the comforts of home. The prime attraction of the Top Deck is six modular rooms and the upper hangar (used for smaller launches or cargo.) Aegis Dynamics produces an array of battle-oriented room modules which can easily be slotted in and out of place while the Javelin is on orbit; a number of other manufacturers are now creating aftermarket modules for civilian roles such like science and cartography. Additional escape pods for officers are present on the top deck.

Javelin isn’t just a name; the ship’s internal layout philosophy is based around long, straight ‘javelin’ corridors. Right angle turns are used almost exclusively to connect to more long, straight corridors, giving the ship an overall cramped but stretched feel.

 

MID DECKS


Mid-Deck aboard a Javelin is where the real work happens. It includes access to two torpedo bays and six turret emplacements, giving the ship both offensive and defensive capabilities. The Javelin’s engine column is located here, and the Navy advises that it be staffed at all times for optimal performance. Onboard communications connects the engine column directly to the command stations on the bridge. Two of the modular component rooms can be slotted on to the mid-deck. The ship’s left flank includes access to the hangar, medical bay and brig, while the right flank includes two sets of crew quarters, showers, toilets and the mess hall. Mid-deck also includes escape pods.

Each deck is given a specific function and in the case of the mid-deck, divided laterally with crew habitation and functions placed on the right and military functions on the left. The sub-decks are reserved for engineering and turret access with their cramped, dimly lit corridors reflecting their utilitarian maintenance purpose.

BOTTOM DECK


 engine column, crew can access two STS turrets and four of the modular component rooms. 
The Javelin’s main hangar is also located in this area. While smaller than a dedicated carrier’s hangar, the Javelin can still accommodate a limited number of individual spacecraft. The Hangar is primarily designed to deploy a single Aegis Redeemer gunship and a crew of marines for boarding operations, but other ship types can also be stored. A chart of existing types is attached.

SUB DECKS


Finally, the Javelin has a pair of sub-decks with access to additional functionality. Sub-Deck 1 provides access to two modular component rooms, while Sub-Deck 2 features three Class 6 ATAturret emplacements and a maintenance EVA airlock. The Sub-Decks are the area most exposed to space, and are the best place to assign junior organization members.

The ship’s six-total swappable ‘customizable rooms’ make the base Javelin a chassis that can be customized for different roles by switching these rooms. Although first and foremost a combat focused ship, this flexibility has allowed the Javelin to serve well beyond the life expectancy of other ships of its age.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Length345mBeam148mHeight65mNull-Cargo MassTBCCargo Capacity5400 standard cargo units (SCU)Minimum Crew23Max Power Plant2 x Size 8Factory Power PlantTBAMax Engine (Primary Thrust)4 x TR7Factory EngineTBCManeuvering Thrusters12 x TR4Factory Maneuvering ThrustersTBCMax Shield14ShieldTBCWeaponsx13 Size 5 ATA Turrets
x2 Size 7 STS Turrets
x2 9m Desolator Class Anti-Capital Ship Torpedo launchersEscape Pods16 × 5-man 3m x 3m x 4m (Total – 80 )Modular Component Baysx12Modular Roomsx6

 

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Aegis Idris-M is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Idris-M Frigates, though smaller than a cruiser and lacking the heavy armor and the capital weaponry of a larger class, are extremely useful in a combat situation due to their maneuverability and highly configurable upgrade options.

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MISC Starfarer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
MISC Starfarer The MISC Starfarer is the galaxy’s standard fuel transporter. Starfarers are ubiquitous on both sides of the fueling process: their massive tanks allow for both the collection of space borne fuel from gas giants and extrasolar sources as well as the transport of active fuel from refinery stations to the primary market.

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Origin 890 Jump is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Origin 890 Jump The rumors are true: Origin Jumpworks has a larger ship in the works! The Origin 890 JUMP is an interstellar super-yacht with exquisite styling and an array of high quality upgrade options.

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Aegis Idris-P is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Idris-P Frigates, though smaller than a cruiser and lacking the heavy armor and the capital weaponry of a larger class, are extremely useful in a combat situation due to their maneuverability and highly configurable upgrade options.

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Origin M50 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Origin M50 If you want to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible and with as much style as possible then ORIGIN’s M50 is for you. Featuring supercharged engines that counter a tiny weapons loadout, the M50 is a ship for going FAST.

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Drake Cutlass Blue is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Drake Cutlass Blue

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Aegis Vanguard Harbinger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Vanguard Harbinger The Vanguard Harbinger is Earth’s standard fighter-bomber, converting the standard Warden model’s escape pod into a potent bomb bay. The extended range of the Vanguard and the relatively small profile mean that it can go where carrier-based planes or larger strategic bombers don’t… and then strike hard and make it back to frontier bases. The Vanguard Harbinger is a powerful bomber that can operate out of the roughest forward operating bases.

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Anvil Crucible is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Anvil Crucible A so-called “flying toolbox,” the Crucible is Anvil Aerospace’s first dedicated repair ship. Featuring a rotating control bridge and a detachable pressurized workspace, the Crucible is a versatile mobile garage equipped with repair arms, a drone operation center and all the equipment needed to overhaul a damaged craft back into fighting shape.

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RSI Constellation Taurus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
RSI Constellation Taurus The so-called “cargo” Constellation, the Taurus is actually a dedicated freighter for those looking to make their way in the galaxy. If you’re looking to build and expand your ship yourself with credits earned shipping goods on the spacelanes, the Taurus is the choice for you!

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Drake Cutlass Red is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Drake Cutlass Red The Cutlass Red converts the standard cargo hold to a well-equiped medical facility including an Autodoc. This starbound ambulance features the Nav-E7 Echo Transponder, a long range scanner, and a Secure Plus Docking Collar, making it ideal for search and rescue. This model also features a unique Red Crossbones skin.

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Aegis Vanguard Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Vanguard Sentinel The Vanguard Sentinel is a ship that’s designed to fight smart instead of taking enemies head on. The conversion features an AR cockpit, an external e-War pod, decoy missiles and a set of EMP charges. Vanguard Sentinels often provide necessary combat support for combined operations. A lone Sentinel assigned wild weasel tasks is frequently paired with Harbinger bombers and Warden escorts for large attack missions.

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MISC Hull C is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
MISC Hull C Extremely configurable, MISC Hulls can be adapted for most any type of transport job: from standard bulk shipping on the patrolled spacelanes to armored cargo hauling on the frontier. While these pre-configured hulls are primarily used for legitimate purposes, the MISC Hull Cs have recently become the favorite for criminals who modify the ship with advanced sensor shadow technology, quick-decompress holds and a variety of hidden compartments without modifying the ship’s body so it will appear to onlookers as standard everyday transports.

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RSI Constellation Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
RSI Constellation Phoenix A dedicated luxury spacecraft for the discerning star captain. The Constellation Phoenix can be operated as an organization command ship and features a luxurious redesigned interior. Includes a hidden sensor-dampened area for your most precious cargo.

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RSI Orion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
RSI Orion Roberts Space Industries’ goal has always been to make the stars available to individual Citizens. Now, with the RSI Orion mining platform, RSI is letting individuals take over a process formerly controlled by megacorporations. The Orion’s features include high-grade turret-mounted tractor beam arrays, durable exterior-accessible ‘saddlebags’ for mineral storage and a cabin designed by the team that brought you the Aurora and Constellation!

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Anvil F7C-S Hornet Ghost is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Anvil F7C-S Hornet Ghost The F7C-S is the stealth Civilian version of the Hornet.

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Origin 315p is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Origin 315p The 315p features a more robust power plant and a custom scanning package. A tractor beam is equipped by default. It is the exploration-focused model of the 300 series.

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Anvil Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Anvil Gladiator The T8A Gladiator is the UEE Navy’s premiere carrier-based torpedo-plane and space-to-ground dive bomber. Operating with Hornet escort fighters, Gladiators have seen service with great success in battles across known space. Rugged to a fault, the Gladiator is the most capable bomber chassis ever designed.

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Origin 350r is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Origin 350r The 350r is the racing-oriented model of the 300 series by Origin Jumpworks GmbH. Its fuselage has been re-engineered to hold two HM 4.3 TR3 thrusters.

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Xi’An Khartu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Xi’An Khartu The Khartu is the light attack craft of the Xi’An military. Contrary to Human ship design, the Khartu doesn’t have a traditional main thruster, instead featuring an array of maneuvering thrusters on articulated rigs. This design allows for incredible agility, making them the bane of UEE pilots.

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Origin 325a is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Origin 325a The 325a is the combat-oriented model of the 300 series produced by Origin Jumpworks GmbH. It features an advanced weapon payload and a custom WillsOp targeting system. It's equipped by default with a K&W mass driver cannon.

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MISC Hull B is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
MISC Hull B The Hull B is a more rugged option most often compared to MISC’s own Freelancer. But where the Freelancer is equipped for long range exploration and other roles, the Hull B is a pure cargo transport. Hull B are often used as corporate support ships, and it is not uncommon to spot several in different liveries during a single flight.

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MISC Hull E is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
MISC Hull E The largest specialized freighter available on the market today, the Hull E is generally owned by major corporations and operated with a high degree of planning. The lack of maneuverability inherent in such a large ship means that anyone planning to operate them should be careful about equipping turrets and providing escort. Their potential load (and modularity) is unparalleled, however: no other ship allows as much room to store goods or to modify towards another role!

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Aegis Avenger Stalker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Aegis Avenger Stalker Initially designed as Aegis’ frontline carrier ship for the military, the Avenger Stalker took a different path, ultimately having a long and storied career as the standard patrol craft of the UEE Advocacy. Utilizing its cargo hold for prisoner transport, the Avenger features a sturdy, reliable hull and the capacity for larger-than-expected engine mounts.

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Drake Herald is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Drake Herald Knowledge is power, and one of the most valuable commodities is pure information: the 1s and 0s behind everything from UEC ledgers to Citizenship ratings. Whether it’s colonists struggling to stay in contact with the UEE’s central worlds or criminals trading in illicit data, there will always be a need to securely move data. The Drake Herald, small, armored ship, is designed to fit that need and safely get that information from Point A to Point B.

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Anvil F7A Hornet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Anvil F7A Hornet The Hornet F7A is the UEE Navy's premier carrier-based fighter craft, the F7A is the front-line attack ship for military combat missions.

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MISC Hull D is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
MISC Hull D The Hull D kicks off the larger end of the spectrum with a massive ship build around a rugged frame. The Hull D is affordable enough to be operated by mid-sized organizations and companies. Hull D are often used as flagships for mercantile operations, but their bulk means that they should be operated with escort fighters while not in safe space. The UEE military uses modified Hull D as part of their supply chain, arming and refueling the soldiers on the front line.

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Anvil F7C Hornet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Anvil F7C Hornet To the enemy, the Hornet F7C is a weapon never to be underestimated. To allies, it's a savior. The F7C Hornet is the same dependable and resilient multi-purpose fighter that has become the face of the UEE Navy.

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Kruger P52 Merlin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked
Kruger P52 Merlin Coming standard with the Constellation, the P52 is a versatile short-range fighter designed to offer support in combat situations as well as reconnaissance.