A Griffin-class frigate is a fairly large ship used by the Federation Fleet designed to escort larger starships, such as an Olympus-class battleship. The Griffin-class ships G.F.S. Enkidu and G.F.S. Theseus can be seen in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Based on the naming convention of Galactic Federation vessels, a "G.F.S. Griffin" was likely the first model of this series.
- If the battle between the Space Pirates and the Galactic Federation is watched from the windows of the Olympus after Samus is finished in the Briefing Room, a Griffin-class vessel is destroyed by a Space Pirate battleship, and eventually breaks into several pieces.
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Galactic Federation Datafile FR-095.
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The Griffin is the "workhorse" of the fleet; at the discretion of the Admiralty, this ship performs a variety of tasks. The first Griffin was launched almost 50 years ago from the shipyards. The fact that this model is still in use today is an impressive testament to its outstanding design and battle-tested durability. Many of the active Griffins are used to escort larger vessels, especially Olypmpus-class battleships.
The griffin is a fantasy creature with the body of a lion and the head, and often wings, of an eagle (other physiological variations were known in different folklore). Griffins are normally known for guarding treasure. In antiquity it was a symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine.