The design was based on the reverse engineering of three mothballed Liberty-class light cruisers that were bought as a stripped-down export mode. The main reason for the purchase of these vessels was to gain access to the Solarian League's technology. The vessel was smaller than the newer Conqueror class but with similar defensive suites and a small reduction in broadside. The design featured many types of Solarian-like capabilities such as an extensive array of decoys and recon drones, much more than a typical light cruiser of the People's Navy. This led to budget cuts in the broadside capabilities and magazine capacity for the ship. The vessel had many personnel features not typical to Havenite designs such as larger enlisted areas, more showers, and large recreational spaces.
The construction contracts were assigned to shipyards with ties to Legislaturist interests which led to a investigation into corruption on the parties involved. This investigation led to the building of only two squadrons worth of vessels.
The main role of the class was extended patrol endurance, which did match with the typical Havenite tactic of using light cruisers as mobile missile platforms. This new role did go well and soon the majority of the class went on limited duty and nearly decommissioned. Since the start of the First Havenite-Manticoran War, the class became high speed couriers. (JIR2)
|Charles Wade Pope-class light cruisers|
|Havenite Starship Classes|
|Non-Warships||Astra | Longstop | Trumbull|
|Small Craft||Cimeterre | Foudre | Fracteur | Mercure | Ouragan | Program 13 | Razzia | Transall