Like its larger cousin, the Scythe-class battle cruiser, the ShaShore-class was designed with a large, blade-like structure centered on the ventral section of the ships's bow. In its standard armament configuration, the ShaShore was equipped with multiple turbolaser batteries, point-defense laser cannons, and a pair of proton torpedo batteries. The ship's port and starboard hangar bays were capable of housing up to twenty four CF9 Crossfire starfighters and two Crix-class shuttles.
The ShaShore-class frigate was designed for greater speeds and maneuverability, at the cost of less armor. A smaller blade positioned directly in front of the main blade was designed to carry one of several specialized modules, ranging from barrage-style concussion missile launchers, to an advanced sensor suite or communication jammers. ShaShore frigates often were deployed as escorts for Scythe-class battle cruisers. At the Battle of Dac, at least four ShaShore-class frigates and several Sabertooth-class assault ships served as the escort for Admiral Stazi's flagship Indomitable.