Although little bigger than a 115 meter Republic cruiser, the Springhawk was nevertheless the command ship for the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet in the area of frontier space around Crustai. Armed with missile batteries and the typical blue-beamed Chiss masers, she packed a powerful punch for a ship of her size. The missile launchers could also be used to deploy large shock nets, which could disable target vessels. A precisely-tuned hyperdrive enabled her to make tactical microjumps, and a powerful communications array allowed her to deploy electronic warfare techniques that could confound far more heavily-armed enemies. Commander Thrawn utilizes its full power against the Vagaari, including stealing the technology for the interdictor gravity well.