The Gryphon is a dedicated missile cruiser designed to provide a highly mobile platform for heavy fire support. It is not a front-line cruiser, and so operates best when provided with escorts.
Among the so-called "Cruiser School" wave of ships designed by Altair Exotech, the Gryphon was a key component of the power-projection strategy that came into vogue shortly before the collapse of the Gate system. The Gryphon was meant to allow a task force commander to rapidly concentrate bursts of specialized heavy firepower, forming a devastating hammer to the anvil of assault-class cruisers and destroyers. So reads the Domain-era tactical manual, anyway.
Of particular interest is the Gryphon's hull-integrated missile nanoforge: this fixed architecture nanoforge system allows extremely rapid conversion of densely packed, pre-formulated feedstock into a narrow range of munitions in the midst of battle. This allows the Gryphon to effectively convert concentrated mass into desired armaments, allowing for mid-battle replenishment of missile stocks. The flux output of this process is, of course, tremendous so it is not advisable for captains who are relying on their shields to block enemy fire to engage the integrated missile nanoforge system.
The Gryphon is quite an unusual ship as its primary armament is missiles. The amount of missiles it can fire simultaneously & repeatedly raises eyebrows and not just a few pulses. Viable loadouts vary considerably although generally either the off-bore missile mounts are given seeking missiles or alternatively dumbfire missiles and consideration of Auxiliary Thrusters.