The Sliver Fast Frigate was one of the more effective early frigates fielded by the Tholian Assembly. This small light combat vessel enjoyed the best in defense technologies. Good shields and armor ensured that the Sliver could take a considerable amount of damage before being taken down.
The biggest advantage held by the Sliver class was its centrally mounted particle cannon. Normally only mounted on larger cruiser hulls, this cannon provided the Sliver an unprecedented advantage in arms. It took only a few Sliver frigates to exert the same kind of firepower found only on the battleships and dreadnoughts fielded by other powers. Lightning strikes against larger capital ships proved extremely effective.