In the Imperial Starfleet, the Arquitens-class is often seen backing up larger Star Destroyers and can take and deal a lot of damage in a battle with its non-phasic shields and reactors as well as its many weapon emplacements. Though retired in the New Republic, the Arquitens-class is among the most common vessels in the Imperial arsenal and are deployed extensively by Imperial provinces such as Legatus Finduilica, where Star Destroyers are a rarity. Often deployed on border patrols, leading small task forces and to intercept those crossing borders, the ships are feared for their ambitious officers and impressive weaponry. Relatively agile the ship can match and keep up with most shuttles and can carry at least three ASP-fighters as part of its armament.
Republic Arquitens-class frigates were retired from active service upon the introduction of the Aether-class corvette, which, while smaller and less powerful, were considerably faster. However, within the Empire, Arquitens-class ships remain in active production, particularly in outlying regions such as Legatus Finduilica who heavily deployed them in both the Finduila Sector and the Space in Between as the backbone of their navy.
During the Second Great Cyrannus War the class participated in numerous battles and campaigns, and at times faced heavy casualties amongst its numbers. On of its class, the ICS Unfortunate was lost in action and relocated to the Endless Space where it subsequently crashed on Gorga III. In September 2820, the ICS New Dawn was destroyed during the second battle of Ramgotheria. The war caused a strain on the availability of the vessel and Imperial and Legatus shipyards faced difficulties keeping all vessels in service due to the high number of damaged or destroyed Arquitens-class cruisers.
An agile and resilient ship design, the Arquitens-class is easily identifiable as a hybrid between the mighty Star Destroyers of the URC and the New Republic and the diplomatic vessels used by Republic ambassadors, with a wedge-shaped hull and three massive engines. The bow of the vessel is somewhat similar to the Imperial Harrower-class Star Destroyer in that a pronounced split in the hull is present, in which starfighters can dock and refuel. The armament and shielding present on the Arquitens-class allows it to be used on most battlefields, both deep and space and over land where it can provide air support to land forces. The Arquitens-class can be constructed quickly, deployed easily and can support larger ships in a variety of instances, making it an essential addition to any armada.