The Powerful Class was designed shortly after the end of the First Hive War by the Admiralty Red and Green design teams. In many ways, the design was a “return to normalcy” – unlike war-time craft such as the Sovereign Fury
, the Powerful was designed for combating humans, not creatures of the Hive. Instead, the Powerful was designed for long-term detached duty, particularly off planet. As such, it has a number of capabilities: Heavy weaponry; repair facilities; and a sizeable marine detachment with vehicles or mounts. The class has less automation than other Royal Navy craft, as a larger crew can be useful for damage control or landing parties.