General Contact Vehicles (GCVs) are a relatively new type of Culture vessel in the service of Contact. They provide expanded capability over the General Contact Unit, the main vessel that Contact? utilizes, and straddle the gap between General Contact Units and Systems Vehicles.
While GCVs presumably fulfill similar roles to GCUs, they are also seen performing additional functions that GCUs are either not entrusted with or seen as incapable of doing. For example, in Excession, GCV Steely Glint was charged with coordinating the militarization of Culture forces and was de facto military commander for a given region of space.
The only known class of GCV is the: