Capital ship

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The term capital ship or (capship) is something of a misnomer – it should be used only to describe those vessels that are so large and powerful that they are the centre of a whole squadron, such as battleships and dreadnoughts. However, small–ship pilots tend to apply the phrase to any gargantuan super–ship massing tens of thousands of tons.

In common parlance, the term refers to any military starship 100 meters or more in length. These ships tend to have large crews, with multiple weapon placements for deep-space battles. They are heavily armored, with powerful shields and immense power generators. Many capital ships carry squadrons of starfighters or drones within their hangars.