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A supply ship was a type of vessel used by various powers. Like a freighter, a supply ship's primary mission was to move supplies and cargo. However, unlike a freighter, a supply ship was attached to an "official" or "military" organization, such as Starfleet or the Cardassian Central Command, and the cargo they carried were of an official and/or government nature. A supply ship attached to a military fleet, for example, would carry spare parts and materials needed to restock and resupply the other ships in the fleet as needed.

When Shran first encountered Jonathan Archer at P'Jem, Shran inquired, during his interrogation of Archer, if Enterprise was a supply ship bringing the Vulcans more surveillance equipment. (ENT: "The Andorian Incident")

A supply ship typically has a relatively small crew. The USS Lantree, for example, had a total complement of 26 officers and crew on board. The vessels were also not typically well-armed. Again as an example, the Lantree was said to have only Class 3 defensive armaments. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")

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