A cruiser is a warship of high speed and medium armament making up the backbone of any starfaring warfleet. Cruisers escort carriers and battleships but can also carry out missions of their own. More maneouverable than a Battleship and more powerful than an Escort, they have the firepower and speed to be used for almost any sort of duty, including patrols, blockades, raids, and straight-up firefights.
Cruisers are divided into many sub-types depending on their size and role. From Light Cruisers that are fast enough to chase off Escorts all the way up to the massive Heavy Cruisers and Battlecruisers that are almost the equal of a Battleship, each Cruiser has its own part to play in achieving victory.
For a list of cruiser classes, see Category:Cruisers.