Presenting the Anvil Aerospace U4A-3 Terrapin-class Scanning/Exploration Ship. The Terrapin was developed near the end of the 28th century to serve as the first ship in the Empire’s defensive restructuring of the Navy. The Terrapin’s watchword is protection, with extensive shield systems and armor layers designed to provide the maximum possible defense for pilot and crew. While it lacks the maneuverability of a dedicated fighter, it does maintain an advanced, hard-hitting array of weapons intended to keep the most fearsome Vanduul raider at bay. The Terrapin is a deep-space armored scout ship developed by Anvil Aerospace for the United Empire of Earth Navy (UEEN). Outfitted with sensitive scanners, it is used for long-duration reconnaissance and leg patrol missions where crewmembers might need to be separated from support facilities for weeks at a time. The spacecraft is encased with heavy armor that allows it to survive skirmishes with a lighter raiding craft. The Terrapin was the first military contract awarded to Anvil Aerospace.
Here is a short history of publications about the Terrapin from the RSI website.
This is an excellent video of the history of the Anvil Aerospace company from in-game lore, by The AstroPub. Please subscribe to his channel as he produces the most thorough and best Star Citizen lore content.
It is rare for a community content creator to create a viral series about one ship. Little Terrapin was a viral GIF series on Reddit personifying the Terrapin. The Terrapin had some common sense issues missed by the developers on its initial release. The author of these gifs, DarkConstant, aka DecoupledPilot, did an incredible job parodying the issues and challenges in this absolutely charming and hilarious series. Perhaps the best backer video campaign anyone has done to date to encourage the developers to fix a ship. And… it worked! CIG (Cloud Imperium Games) fixed the main issue with the Terrapin. Enjoy this fun, friendly series!
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