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Carriers are designed to carry large numbers of small combat craft (under 100 tons), which in turn attack the enemy’s combatants or world surfaces.


Frequently large displacement hulls are used with an unstreamlined dispersed structure. Imperial navies prefer hulls which can carry some armor and often use large launch tubes for rapid fighter deployment and recovery, often in place of a spinal mounted weapon, and sometimes in addition to it. Screens, repulsors, and defensive batteries are a top priority for protection and numerous small beam batteries are used to shoot down enemy fighters.

Strategy and doctrine[edit]

To understand carrier operations is to understand the utility and limitations of fleet fighters. Carriers are used to defend fleets from enemy fighters. They can maintain a combat space patrol. Fighters with sufficiently large and sophisticated computers can score hits on enemy minor combatants and degrade enemy escort strength. One squadron per escort is typical for massed volley fire. Fusion armed fighters rush in for close assaults to increase their chances of scoring penetrating hits against low agility lightly armored targets. Fighters can be used to finish weakened ships which have withdrawn from the line of battle for repairs. They can provide cover for boarding operations as well. They can provide close point defense by intercepting homing ordinance targeting friendly fleet assets. They are invaluable for planetary assaults and are critical for marines to survive. Close fighter support allows assault capsules to land, supplies to arrive and wounded to be evacuated. Fighter strikes are used to smash hard targets so that marine forces can bypass centers of resistance and maintain an accelerated offensive tempo vital for their style of assault. They leave protracted siege to follow on army units.

History and background[edit]

Historically different navies have used fighters differently.

Imperial fleets do not heavily emphasize carriers as the ships that decide battles. They carefully pair carriers with assault squadrons and battle squadrons with fleet tenders. Fighters can screen the launching and recovery of battle riders. Battle riders are used to destroy enemy ships of the line and the fighters make sure some survive recovery operations.

Zhodani fleets are more likely to place fighters on small patrol ships for intelligence gathering and recon. Some of this is thought to be supplemented by psionic crew members. They use the fighters as a force multiplier to give smaller ships more batteries to bring to bear against smaller combatants and are very helpful during commerce raiding deep behind enemy lines.

Vargr fighter pilots are widely regarded as fierce and unpredictable opponents. Corsairs use fighters when available. Fighter pilot duty is seen as extremely charismatic among the Vargr.

Carrier Classes[edit]

Imperial Carrier Classes[edit]

  • Heavy Carrier (VH):
    • VH-13: Very large carrier designed to serve as a force flagship, carrying a large suite of defensive weaponry. Due to its size, cost, and complexity, they were not considered effective units. The smaller carriers are favored due to cost effectiveness and tactical flexibility.
  • Fleet Carrier (VF):
    • VF-11: The massive VF-11 was produced to provide support for the vast numbers of fighters that fleet tactics required. The size and design of the VF-11 call for an independent refueling tanker, the TV-11.
    • VF-12: The technological development of the VF-11 into the VF-12 also called for a similar tanker, but rather than design a new vessel, the TV-11 was used without change.
  • Strike Carrier (VS):
    • VS-13/-15: The VS-13/-15 series is a new line of carriers designed independent of the VF-11/-12 series.
  • Light Carrier (VL)
    • VL-15: The higher-tech trend is to smaller carriers. The VL-15 light carrier
  • Pocket Carrier (VP)
    • VP-15: Even smaller than the light carriers is the VP-15 pocket carrier continuing the higher-tech trend to smaller, more inexpensive vessels.
  • Assault Carrier (VA)
    • VA-14: These Carriers carry assault landers and other craft whose missions are focused on ground assault mission, rather then fighters. These vessels usually carry large numbers of troops.

Fleet Tenders[edit]

Fleet tender is a generic term used for ships carrying combat oriented spaceships. There are two major type of tenders. The first type are those designed to carry large warships, such as battle riders. The other tender type carries SDBs and/or fighters, but lack the large weapon systems organic to carriers. While this makes them much cheaper to build, man, and operate, it also makes them much more vulnerable.

  • Battle Tender (VB): Battle Tenders are used to transport Battle Rider platforms (200,000-1,000,000 Tons)
  • Cruiser Tender (VC): Cruiser Tenders are used to transport cruiser, and smaller size combatants. (30,000-750,000 Tons)
  • Escort Tender (VE): These tenders are small, escort-sized, vessels that carry non-starships, usually SDBs, to aid in defense of merchant vessels or squadrons of auxiliary vessels such as TankRons.
  • Interdiction Tender (VI): These tenders are also small, escort-sized, vessels that carry non-starships, such as SDBs, and, as their name implies, guard interdicted planets. Although the role may be filled with an escort tender, interdiction tenders tend to have larger storage, and more extensive repair facilities. They are expected to act somewhat independently for long durations and have a much wider mission footprint, involving policing, customs, search and rescue, and other non-combat tasks.

Representative Types[edit]

12 Representative Heavy Carrier (VA) Classes
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Echaahan Class Command Carrier VA 12 100,000 3
Indomitable Class VA 12 160,000 3
Ishker Class Command Carrier VA 11 25,000 2
Midway Class Solomani VA 13 400,000 4
Mordax Class Fleet Carrier Council of Leh Perash VA 13 800,000 4
Rapacious Class Command Carrier Third Imperium VA 15 400,000 4
Sentinel Class Heavy Cruiser Third Imperium VA 15 70,000 4
Spirit Class Heavy Carrier Third Imperium VA 14 100,000 4
Victorious Class VA 12 160,000 3
Vindicated Class VA 12 188,000 3
War Child Class Command Carrier VA 0 120,000 1
White Dragon Class Carrier Karhyri Worlds VA 11 70,000 2
50 Representative Tenders (VT) Classes
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Arachnae class Third Imperium VTF 14 5,000 1
Arethusa Class Destroyer Tender Third Imperium VT 13 3,300 4
As'ah Class Fleet Tender VTB 11 6,000 2
Aster Class Fleet Tender Plavian League VT 10 18,000 1
Avenger Class VT 12 8,200 3
Beaumonde Class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 13 100,000 4
Daprolix Class Battle Tender Daprolix Juncture of Suns VT 11 9,000 2
Fagad Avalar Class VT 9 1,000 1
Goke Class Fleet Tender Khuur League Fleet VT 12 322,000 3
Gorodish Class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 15 1,000,000 4
Holy Mother Class Fleet Tender VTB 13 178,000 3
Iinen Class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 14 200,000 4
Imperial Standard Class Third Imperium VTB 15 700,000 4
Jacent Capital Class VTB 13 1,000,000 4
Jesel Class Fleet Tender VTB 11 12,800 2
K'Slice Class VTF 8 68 0
K'Thunk Class VTF 8 100 0
Kiev Class Fleet Tender VTA 12 200,000 3
Kliqrv Class Battle Carrier VTB 13 1,000,000 3
Last Armada Fleet Tender Last Armada VTB 11 99,000 2
League Class Fleet Tender Shukikikar League VT 11 90,000 2
Leset Class Fleet Tender Protectorate VT 12 10,000 2
Liapryrzh Class Battle Carrier VTB 14 750,000 3
Lurenti Class Battle Carrier Third Imperium VTB 15 400,000 4
Merant Class Fleet Tender Rimward Federation VT 10 12,000 1
Mie Class Fleet Tender Taakas Yh'Drak VT 13 10,000 4
Monica Class Battle Tender Kao Republic VT 10 48,000 1
Nexus Bulwark Class Fleet Tender Nexus VTB 12 100,000 2
Nianemiev Class Battle Carrier VTB 14 1,000,000 3
Norland Class Fleet Tender VT 13 80,000 4
Olympica Class Third Imperium VTB 15 300,000 4
Orowani Deep Space Commercial Tender VT 11 3,500 2
Plavis Class Fleet Tender Plavian League VT 10 26,000 1
Revenger Class Third Imperium VTM 10 49,000 1
Rita Class VTA 12 300,000 3
Saeda Class Fleet Tender First Fleet of Dzo VT 10 49,000 1
Senator Class Battle Tender High Senate VT 11 20,000 2
Shinar Class Third Imperium VTB 13 1,000,000 4
S Smee%ppi Class VT 9 400 1
Sshkih Class Carrier Sath Alliance VT 11 8,000 2
Starbelt Class Fleet Tender VTB 11 50,000 2
Stisahsheql Class Battle Carrier VTB 14 550,000 3
Stormbringer Class Fleet Tender VT 10 40,000 1
Sword of Vengeance Class VTM 11 99,000 2
Syndrome Class Fleet Tender Old Worlds Navy VTB 12 200,000 3
Triumphant Honor Class VTB 12 742,000 3
Uurogin Class Fleet Tender Third Imperium VTB 15 1,000,000 4
Varella Class Fleet Tender Varellan Empire VTB 13 1,000,000 4
World Class Battle Tender Third Imperium VTB 15 300,000 4
Yedidah Class Fleet Tender Khan World League VT 9 4,000 1
6 Representative Escort Tender (VE) Classes
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Aggressive Predator Class Attack Boat Tender VE 9 1,000 1
Ranger Class VE 11 2,000 2
Star Rider Class Third Imperium VE 14 50,000 4
Sveinhelm Class Assault Carrier VE 11 2,000 2
Swarm Master Class Fleet Tender The Biumvirate VE 10 14,840 1
Valiant Guardian Class Third Imperium VE 15 100,000 5
16 Representative Light Carrier (VL) Classes
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Bullfrog class Third Imperium VL 14 7,000 1
Collossal Class VL 12 36,000 3
Das Reich Class Light Carrier VL 9 1,000 1
Dauntless Class Third Imperium VL 15 60,000 4
De Gaulle Class VL 13 3,000 3
Exilicanda Class Light Carrier Council of Leh Perash VL 13 100,000 4
Fuchuan Class Warship Carrier VL 10 13,000 1
Garin Class Light Carrier VL 10 10,000 1
Heng-O Class Carrier Mercantile Concord VL 10 40,000 1
Kosigar Class VL 13 4,000 3
Liaoning Class Carrier Sindalian Empire VL 13 65,000 4
Nexus Hangar Class Fleet Carrier Nexus VL 12 6,000 2
Nova Class Escort Carrier The Protectorate VL 12 5,000 3
Skimkish Class Third Imperium VL 15 29,000 4
SLC8 Penetia Class VL 13 3,600 4
Vati Class VL 9 3,000 1
3 Representative Strike Carrier (VS) Classes
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Horror Class Strike Carrier Old Worlds Navy VS 12 200,000 3
Liaoning Class Third Imperium VS 15 65,000 4
Wind Class VS 15 75,000 3

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