Patrol Craft

Service Skiffs from the USS Sephora investigating the outside of the USS Sulaco.

The Service Skiff[1] is a small spacecraft, typically found aboard Conestoga-class starships.[1] Service Skiffs can be used as scout ships, sent ahead of the Conestoga-class ship to provide reconnaissance.[2]


The Service Skiff is not intended for long voyages, and can only be used for about a two day trip in space. Skiffs are capable of entering a planet's atmosphere and landing on the ground which they have landing gear for.[1]

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Service Skiffs from the Sephora investigating the Sulaco. Note that the Skiff on the right is connected to a port.

Conestoga-class starships have ports on the sides near the front of the ships which Service Skiffs can connect to[2] and presumably board the ship from.


A Service Skiff was notably used by Corporal Dwayne Hicks and Samwell Stone to escape the USS Sulaco and land on Fiorina "Fury" 161 at the Fiorina 161 Class C Work Correctional Unit.[1]

Service Skiffs were also used by the USS Sephora to investigate the outside of the Sulaco when the Sehpora found the ship unexpectedly in orbit over Acheron (LV-426) in 2179.[2]