The Skaal Tel-class Destroyer formed the backbone of the Taiidan navy as its primary capital ship during the Homeworld War. It sported two ion cannons fixed on its bow and two twin-barreled heavy Mass Driver turrets, making it able to direct firepower anywhere in its forward arc. The turrets could track targets from large corvettes and up, but were never considered a viable anti-strike craft weapon. Instead, the destroyer excelled as a frigate killer. Its speed and maneuverability allowed it to keep up with the smaller warships in combat maneuvers, and once it was able to bring its ion cannons to bear, it could inflict heavy damage on any craft.