The Prowler-class shared designs with the Ferret-class but carried less stealth systems and equipment. Ships of this class were meant to gather information about enemy assets and positions for a prolonged period of time, keeping a distance, while still utilizing the Ferret-class's baffled drive and chemical thrust.
The Prowler-class was equipped with more missiles than the Ferret-class in addition to a decoy package. It required six crewmembers to operate.
Vessels of this class were given alphanumeric designations like 5P8.
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