Frigates are light weight ships and agile ships, they perform better in close and medium range combat and their survival depends on avoiding enemy fire and outmanoeuvring them. Most frigates are named after birds.
They possess a moderate firiing arc. They have the highest strafing and rotation speed by default. In mid level and high level battles, upgrading them throught he crafting system grants them massive damage bonus to destroyers and battleships.
Frigates of Mk IV gain an additional special slot, making them the highest capacity cargo haulers in the game aside from Carriers and Flagships.