With human fleets ever growing in size, and more often taking on long deep-space missions, there was a need for a dedicated command vessel. The Hiraga class battleship was responsible for most of the firepower of such deep-space fleets, and were exclusively under the command of the most experienced captains. The commander of a fleet was always chosen from that group of battle-hardened captains, and as such always ended up operating a vessel optimized for offensive, often relying on one or more seperate electronic warfare vessels for detailed intelligence gathering and communications with the rest of the fleet over multiple channels.

Before the dedicated flagship class came into service, some captains had started modifying their Hiraga battleships to better fit the role of command vessel. The Hiroto eventually added a specialized seat of command to the fleet, allowing the Hiraga ships to focus on their proper role : offense. Since the Hiraga had done a good job as commandship, its design was used as the basis of the Hiroto. Unlike the Hiraga, only a small number of such vessels were needed, so building a seperate shipyard didn't seem efficient. Instead, the ship was built in the same hull type as the Hiraga, stripping much, but not all of its weaponry for additional armour, advanced eletronics and even some minor support cabilities.

As with the Hiraga, the vessel was named after the captain to pilot the first ship to leave the shipyards, who happened to be a grandchild of commander Hiraga. In later times, the Hiroto class also served as dimplatic vessel, and was often seen travelling between the growing number of human outposts in the outer regions of the northern half of the galaxy.

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