Explorer class ships are used by the Alliance to explore new regions of space, map star systems and planets, make and maintain diplomatic relations with other races, and build new jumpgates. These immense ships are built by Mitchell-Hyundyne at the New Kobe Orbital Shipyard. Designed for the long haul, this is a pure breed exploration vessel for charting out on the Rim, making first contact with new species and constructing new jumpgates to open up exploitation of areas with useful resources. Vessels of this class were not built for combat and were unlikely to be called upon for fleet action support.

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