So, where do we start with the Frigate? Taking the armour and shielding from the cruiser and the speed of the fighter and mixing them up, the Frigate is a very effective multi role ship. They usually have 3-5 Hardpoints (The Imperial Weapons platform has 8 Hardpoints and 4 Standard Slots) and 4-7 Standard Slots.
They have amazing anti-fighter capability.
They have good anti-frigate capability.
A low number of frigates properly equipped can defeat a much larger number of Cruisers with the Keep Moving order.
They are usually the first victims of Cruiser guns.
They do not have very many guns.
The Frigate: A speedy ship that will rain down death!