Destroyers are usually smaller, swift, long-endurance starships utilized to protect larger ships against enemy or hostile threats. They are usually lightly armed.
- An escort may be the same or similar to a destroyer.
Cardassian destroyers were typically smaller than a cruiser but larger and more heavily armed than a frigate. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 2: Starships of the Cardassian Union)
Klingon destroyers were about the size of a frigate but their armaments were comparable to a cruiser. The Klingons also produced heavy destroyers which could have the firepower of a light warship. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 3: Ships of the Klingon Empire)
During the Dominion War, Starfleet found that their heavy frigates were, in terms of capability, were comparable to destroyers used by hostile forces. (Spacedock: The Advanced Starship and Construction Manual)
The Romulan gunship classification was a equivalent to a destroyer. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 5: Starships of the Romulan Star Empire)
Types of destroyers[edit | edit source]
Destroyers by race[edit | edit source]
- Breen destroyers
- Cardassian destroyers
- Federation destroyers
- Hydran destroyers
- Jem'Hadar destroyer
- Klingon destroyers
- Taurhai destroyer