What is a heavy cruiser?Edit
The Heavy Cruiser is a step between the Cruiser and Battleship, since the game does not have Battlecruisers. They carry heavier guns and armor than a Cruiser but are less armed and armored than a Battleship. The Heavy Cruiser uses Plasma weapons for its main guns. Many players use these ships, or the smaller Cruisers, as their primary warship, usually building large numbers of them.
In Real World History and Science FictionEdit
The heavy cruiser was a type of cruiser, a naval warship designed for long range and high speed, armed generally with naval guns of roughly 203mm calibre (8 inches in caliber). They sat between light cruisers and battlecruisers from just after World War One until after World War Two, with some remaining in use into the 1970s. The USS Newport News, the last all-gun ship, was decommissioned in 1975. The last heavy cruiser in existence is the USS Salem.
In the Honorverse, Heavy cruisers (often abbreviated to CA for "Cruiser, Armored") were a class of medium combatants. They were designed for long-term independent action as a system picket, a heavy commerce protection unit and as a screening unit for capital ships. Heavy cruiser mass ranged between 160 and 350 thousand tons.
The common thread of reality and science-fiction is that the Heavy Cruiser is an intermediate combatant, capable of confidently bullying ships smaller than it and being fast enough to run from ships larger and better armed and armored than it. Light Cruisers often lead flotillas of light warships (ie. Frigates and Destroyers) and provide escorts to support ships, while Heavy Cruisers are the mainstay of most fleets, especially when the expense of Battleships cannot be justified.