The “Independence” is the prime example of the modern and powerful new designs to come out of the Alliance shipyards.
A large battleship, it’s usually seen leading a fleet. The heavy guns it carries (both laser and the super heavy powered rail guns) are enough to hurt most attackers at long range. Adding to this, the Independence also carries a deadly arsenal of planetary bombardment ordnance, capable of destroying entire cities and bases in minutes.
When fleet commanders receive this battleship on their fleets, they usually make it their flagship.
It’s a symbol of power, honor and respect to Alliance personnel. And a symbol of death and destruction to their enemies.