This FSL ship of the line is used for sustained spaceborne combat. Advanced fore end shield generators and the ability to join Shields with other Hoplite cruisers make it possible for the FSL to bring support and repair ships closer to the battlefield. In an engagement several Hoplites will link shields a few hundred KM from the battle to protect repair and supply ships. The front line fighters will attack in several waves, with each wave engaging briefly before being relieved to go repair and resupply. These death wheel tactics are a significant force multiplier.