The Frey-class Assault Shuttle was designed as a boarding shuttle and thus features a nose-end beading airlock. It was intended to quickly move troops to boarding actions. The plasma torch boarding device is mounted on the airlock system. The controls for the device are just inside the main airlock. The extendible plasma torch can quickly cut through the target ship's hull. Once the hull is breached, the plasma torch requires a full standard minute to cut a one meter wide by two meter high hole. The extendible boarding tube attaches itself to the target ship's hull and can form an airtight seal in standard 30 seconds.
In short, when using the Frey-class Assault Shuttle for its intended purpose, it rams the target ship and seals its airlock to the target ship's hull. Then it cuts the hole in the target ship's hull and then launches the boarding party. The entire procedure can be done in as little as two standard minutes.