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Battleships are jump-capable starships intended to stand in the line of battle in space combat.

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Description (Specifications)[edit]

A Battleship is a jump-capable capital ship intended to stand in the line-of-battle in space combat. Battleships are usually supported by cruisers, which stiffen the flanks of the line-of-battle.

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

The power of the Imperial Navy is concentrated in its battleships. The definition of a battleship is a starship which, due to its armament and protection, is capable of standing in the line of battle. When a battleship meets any lesser type of ship, its victory is almost guaranteed. When battleships on two sides meet, victory goes to the better armed, better armored, and better directed ship.

Two opposite views in naval architecture have dominated the design of the major battleships of space navies:

  1. BATTLESHIP CONCEPT: The battleship concept involves large, well-armed and armoured starships of massive tonnage, capable of meeting any adversary. Armament and protection are appropriate to this mission. They generally have little better primary armament than cruisers. However, their extensive secondary batteries render them virtually immune to missiles and small craft attack, while their bulk provides a tremendous ability to absorb damage and keep fighting. Moreover, in a battle against a superior force, the battleship can flee combat by using its own jump drives.
  2. BATTLERIDER CONCEPT: The opposite is the battle rider concept, involving a large jump-capable battle tender carrying a complete Battle Squadron (BatRon) of two to ten heavily armed and armoured non-jump-capable battle riders. The Battle Tender strategy does not allow for the possibility of superior force; no matter how good a rider is, if it meets a superior adversary, it is placed in a position of winning or dying. Retreat is nearly impossible without losses.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Battleships typically serve the following roles:

  1. Battle Rider (BR)
  2. Battleship (BB)
  3. Dreadnought (BDN) (...old DN)
  4. Frontier Battleship (BF)
  5. Heavy Battleship (BA)
  6. Heavy Monitor (BMA)
  7. Hybrid Battle Rider (BZ)
  8. Light Battleship (BL)
  9. Monitor (BM)
  10. Planetoid Monitor (BMP)
  11. Pocket Battleship (BP)
  12. Strike Battleship (BS)
  13. Super Battleship (BBS)
  14. Super Dreadnought (BDNS)

Supraclass Archtypes[edit]

Major Battleship Classes:

Battleship Supraclass Archtypes
Archtype Type Code TL Range Remarks
Battleship BB TL:11-13 The technological basis for Imperial battleships is the BB- 11. From it was developed the BB-12 and then the BB-13. Battleships are representative of the rest of the vessels of this category. They are both heavily armed and armored and are considered the backbone of any naval force. They are strong enough to take enormous damage and still act effectively. On the downside, like the heavy battleship they are resource hogs, and the maintenance burden is significant.
Heavy Battleship BA TL:13-15 The heavy battleship has been called a number of names, such as superbattleship, or more commonly dreadnought. Although many were developed from independent designs, a number were logical extension of the earlier battleship lines. Some militaries, including the Imperial Navy, use the designation of dreadnought to designate its latest, most-effective battleships, and may redesignate them simply as battleships when their superior abilities are supplanted by newer construction. These ships represent the ultimate projection of naval power, and their power often dwarfs other ships. As such, their construction represents a tremendous outlay of resources in materials, and manpower.
Battle Rider BT/R TL:14-15 The Battle Rider system was developed in an attempt to produce battleship strength vessels in greater numbers. The BT/R-14 system combines non-jump battle riders with a jump capable battle tender. The BT/R-15 system is an evolution of the BT/R-14. Although the battle rider is a non-jump capable vessel, it is otherwise armed and armored like a battleship. With the elimination of the jump drives and the associated controls and power plant support, the internal space can be reallocated to additional armor, weaponry, or agility. On a ship to ship basis, battle riders normally have superior combat capabilities compared to jump-capable battleships of similar tonnage, but they, of course, lack the ability to retreat from a system without their tender. Due to the battle riders need for battle tenders for transportation between star systems, the battle tender tends to be the largest vulnerability of battle rider system. Elimination of the lightly armor tender removes battle riders strategic flexibility, isolating them to their current system.
Hybrid Battle Rider BZ TL-15 The Battle Rider Hybrid takes the battle rider system one step further and places a battle rider on a battleship for combat support deployment. This design is a hybrid of the BT/R-15 system and the BL-15. This change addresses the greatest weakness associated with the battle rider/battle tender system.
Light Battleship BL TL:13-15 The light battleship line is based on the BB-12, but showed great innovation in producing a smaller tonnage vessel. The BS-15 is also a member of this line. This class of vessel is an attempt to field a ship with most of the offensive weight of a battleship, but to try to hold down the cost associated with building and maintaining such a vessel.
Monitor BM TL:14-15 Monitors are usually known as large spaceship with armament equivalent to a battleship, used primarily for system defense roles. Generally based on a planetoid hull (and so automatically unstreamlined), these craft depend heavily on pre-positioned caches and fuel shuttles. The large size of these craft make them generally impossible to move inter-system. Like battle riders, they are in a conquer-or-die situation if facing superior forces. Their deterrent value is therefore fragile as well as powerful. They are generally viewed as more of a mobile fortress than anything else.

The term of monitor is also used with smaller craft. Any semi-mobile fortification, lacking jump capability may be known as a system monitor, but are often grouped in other classes.

Strike Battleship BS TL-15 The Strike designation is typically associated with a vessel having a long jump and/or a high maneuver capability. Often the term is an unofficial designation associated with new, faster construction. These vessels are based strongly on light battleship designs, with enhanced mobility attributes.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The battleships of the Imperium are designed to overcome any opponent in battle. As technology advances, these designs also advance, both to take advantage of any possible technological benefits, and to experiment with new strategies and construction techniques.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Battleship:

  1. Type BB class Battleship
    1. Connecticut class Battleship
    2. Cordell class Battleship
    3. Grendal class Battleship
    4. Grzying class Battleship
    5. Harp class Battleship
    6. Hedron class Battleship
    7. Howe class Battleship
    8. Illinois class Battleship
    9. Indomitable class Battleship
    10. Jeremiah O'Brien class Battleship
    11. Joyeuse class Battleship
    12. Justinian class Battleship
    13. Kearsage class Battleship
    14. Magada class Battleship
    15. Maine class Battleship
    16. Malos Lobos class Battleship
    17. Minsk class Battleship
    18. Miotos class Battleship
    19. Murrain class Battleship
    20. Nexus Dauntless class Battleship
    21. Prince Colin III class Battleship
    22. Sylean class Battleship
    23. Tenjada class Battleship
    24. Vander class Battleship
    25. Virginia class Battleship
    26. Zirukaruna class Battleship
  2. Type BA class Heavy Battleship
    1. Charming class Battleship
    2. Cheveldi class Battleship
    3. Chiqrr class Battleship
    4. Cluj class Battleship
    5. Concord class Battleship
    6. Dirqral class Battleship
    7. Jotvobl class Battleship
    8. Kirunika'rra class Battleship
    9. Kushiahatai class Battleship
    10. Mastigo class Battleship
    11. Mother of War class Battleship
    12. Oblivion class Battleship
    13. Okedi class Battleship
    14. Pride of Talokan class Battleship
    15. Prince John III class Battleship
    16. Prince Stuart IV class Battleship
    17. Retribution class Battleship
    18. Shianzpla class Battleship
    19. SLC5 Kaayur class Battleship
    20. Tigress class Dreadnought
    21. Triumph class Battleship
    22. Wavel class Battleship
  3. Type BF class Frontier Battleship
    1. Staklen class Frontier Battleship
  4. Type BP class Pocket Battleship
    1. Chtrfiak class Battleship
    2. Courageous class Battleship
    3. Fauve class Battleship
    4. Furious Anger class Battleship
    5. Kline class Battleship
    6. Kokirrak class Dreadnought
    7. Lefaen class Battleship
    8. Marat class Battleship
    9. Plankwell class Dreadnought
    10. Prince Ian II class Battleship
    11. Prince Morris I class Battleship
    12. Prince Roger III class Battleship
    13. Sarriaklir class Battleship
    14. Smelchak class Battleship
    15. Viepchakl class Battleship
    16. Voroshilef class Battleship
    17. Yrkath Ossu E*Wr class Battleship
  5. Type BS class Strike Battleship
    1. Artemsus class Strike Battleship
    2. Mukusi class Strike Battleship

Battle Rider[edit]

Battle Rider:

  1. Type BR class Battle Rider
    1. TBD class Battle Rider
  2. Type BZ class Hybrid Battle Rider
    1. TBD class Hybrid Battle Rider

Dreadnought[edit]

Dreadnought:

  1. Type BDN class Dreadnought
    1. Dark Nebula B1 class Dreadnaught
    2. Dark Nebula B2 class Improved Dreadnaught
    3. Ixobis class Dreadnought
    4. Pador class Dreadnought
  2. Type BDNA class Heavy Dreadnought
    1. Amoreuxi class Dreadnought
    2. Audacious class Dreadnought
    3. Commandant class Dreadnaught
    4. Depression class Dreadnought
    5. Duke of Sanches class Dreadnought
    6. Formidable class Dreadnought
    7. Grendal class Dreadnought
    8. Jarnac class Dreadnought
    9. Khurkish class Dreadnought
    10. Krohn class Dreadnought
    11. Miller class Dreadnought
    12. Thingen class Dreadnaught
    13. Titan class Dreadnought
    14. Usan class Dreadnought
    15. Warmoon class Dreadnaught

Monitor[edit]

Monitor:

  1. Type BM class Monitor
    1. Archipelago class System Monitor
    2. Cabon class System Monitor
    3. Donnager class Monitor
    4. Stormrider class Monitor
    5. Uffan class Monitor
  2. Type BMA class Heavy Monitor
    1. Methuselah class System Defense Monitor
  3. Type BML class Light Monitor
    1. Guardian class Asteroid Monitor
    2. Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor
    3. Peset class Asteroid Monitor
    4. Porton class Asteroid Monitor
  4. Type BMP class Planetoid Monitor
    1. Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor
    2. Obsidian class Asteroid Monitor
    3. Quesha FR-6 class Buffered Asteroid Monitor
    4. SH2K Frost G class Medium Asteroid Monitor
    5. SH7K Fromaag class Heavy Asteroid Monitor
    6. Temarn class Asteroid Monitor
    7. Type M2M class Battle Station

Super Battleship[edit]

Super Battleship:

  1. Type BBS class Super Battleship
    1. Idlev class Superbattleship
  2. Type BDNS class Super Dreadnought
    1. Pandinus class Super Dreadnought

Ship Summary List[edit]

26 Representative Battleship (BB) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Connecticut class Battleship Third Imperium BB 13 160,000 4
Cordell class Battleship Third Imperium BB 15 140,000 4
Grendal class Battleship Third Imperium BB 15 100,000 4
Grzying class Battleship Grand Duchy of Marlheim BB 10 15,000 1
Harp class Battleship Distant Fringe BB 12 100,000 2
Hedron class Battleship Third Imperium BB 15 100,000 4
Howe class Battleship Third Imperium BB 15 144,000 4
Illinois class Battleship Third Imperium BB 13 122,000 4
Indomitable class Battleship Terran Confederation BB 12 30,000 3
Jeremiah O'Brien class Battleship Sudi Verisian Navy BB 12 118,000 2
Joyeuse class Battleship Sword Worlds Confederation BB 12 120,000 3
Justinian class Battleship The Last Line BB 11 90,000 2
Kearsage class Battleship Third Imperium BB 13 115,000 4
Magada class Battleship Firstworlds BB 11 95,000 2
Maine class Battleship Third Imperium BB 13 118,000 4
Malos Lobos class Battleship Wolf Joint Military Command BB 12 100,000 2
Minsk class Battleship Kostov Confederate Republic BB 12 150,000 3
Miotos class Battleship Solomani BB 13 50,000 3
Murrain class Battleship Solomani BB 14 150,000 3
Nexus Dauntless class Battleship Distant Fringe BB 12 100,000 2
Prince Colin III class Battleship Principality of Caledon BB 11 160,000 2
Sylean class Battleship Third Imperium BB 15 100,000 4
Tenjada class Battleship Tenjada Moralitate BB 12 100,000 3
Vander class Battleship Third Imperium BB 14 100,000 4
Virginia class Battleship Third Imperium BB 13 152,000 4
Zirukaruna class Battleship Ziru Sirka BB 11 22,000 2
1 Representative Frontier Battleship (BF) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Staklen class Frontier Battleship Zhodani Consulate BF 13 403,500 3
17 Representative Pocket Battleship (BP) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Chtrfiak class Battleship Zhodani BP 13 200,000 2
Courageous class Battleship Third Imperium BP 16 200,000 2
Fauve class Battleship Grand Duchy of Kalradin BP 12 200,000 3
Furious Anger class Battleship Sword Worlds BP 12 200,000 3
Kline class Battleship Darrian Confederation BP 12 200,000 3
Kokirrak class Dreadnought Third Imperium BP 15 200,000 4
Lefaen class Battleship First Fleet of Dzo BP 12 200,000 3
Marat class Battleship Third Imperium BP 15 224,800 4
Plankwell class Dreadnought Third Imperium BP 15 200,000 4
Prince Ian II class Battleship Principality of Caledon BP 12 240,000 3
Prince Morris I class Battleship Principality of Caledon BP 12 240,000 3
Prince Roger III class Battleship Principality of Caledon BP 12 240,000 3
Sarriaklir class Battleship Zhodani BP 14 200,000 3
Smelchak class Battleship Third Imperium BP 15 200,000 4
Viepchakl class Battleship Zhodani BP 14 200,000 3
Voroshilef class Battleship Third Imperium BP 13 200,000 3
Yrkath Ossu E*Wr class Battleship I'Sred*Ni BP 14 200,000 4
37 Representative Battle Rider (BR) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Achzhdr class Battle Rider Zhodani Consulate BR 14 60,000 0
Aman Urk class Heavy Battle Rider Third Imperium BR 15 50,000 0
Anzha class Battle Rider Zhodani BR 14 28,000 0
Ardi class Battle Rider Shukikikar League BR 13 5,000 0
Ch'kaahi class Battle Rider Sath Alliance BR 11 1,000 0
Cleon class Battle Rider Third Imperium BR 15 19,000 0
Dungfumbler class Heavy Battle Rider Council of the Wise BRA 10 10,000 0
Ferrer class Battle Rider Council of the Wise BRS 8 1,000 0
Frerzhzhdripl class Battle Rider Zhodani Consulate BR 13 75,000 0
Gimel class Battle Rider Dysprosuk Enclave BR 12 28,000 0
Hadrian class Battle Rider Third Imperium BR 15 50,000 0
Houdini class Battle Rider Varellan Empire BR 11 20,000 0
Iingar class Light Battle Rider Third Imperium BR 14 9,500 1
Iprtsielezhdr class Battle Rider Zhodani BR 14 40,000 0
Jack Knife class Light Battle Rider Federation of Alsas BRL 12 2,000 1
Jdimer'Tsie class Battle Rider Zhodani BR 14 100,000 0
Joao class Battle Rider Third Imperium BR 11 20,000 0
Joneslow class Battle Rider Darrian Confederation BR 15 20,000 0
Junction class System Defense Boat Daprolix Juncture of Suns BR 11 1,000 0
Lithos Mailed class Heavy Battle Rider Talokan Armed Forces BRA 13 20,000 0
MalPal class Battle Rider Iltharan Empire BR 12 2,000 0
Murada class Battle Rider The Last Line BR 10 1,000 0
Nolikian class Battle Rider Third Imperium BR 15 20,000 0
Nosea class Battle Rider Darrian Confederation BR 12 20,000 0
Omega Supreme class Battle Rider Ras Tennol Forces BR 12 20,000 0
Parasite class Battle Rider Old Worlds BR 12 13,000 0
Punisher class Light Battle Rider Ras Tennol Forces BR 12 1,000 0
Reverent Prayer class Battle Rider Free and Holy Federation of Amil BR 13 17,000 0
Rim Republic class System Defense Boat Rim Republic BR 9 5,000 0
Staban class Battle Rider Third Imperium BR 15 2,000 0
Supremacy class Battle Rider Third Imperium BR 15 27,000 0
Triggerfish class Battle Rider Aslan Hierate BR 12 10,000 0
Trindel class Battle Rider Third Imperium BR 12 8,000 0
Valhalla class Battle Rider Solomani BR 13 9,000 0
Vdyank class Battle Rider Grand Duchy of Marlheim BR 11 70,000 0
Zero Karma class Heavy Battle Rider Federation of Alsas BRA 12 20,000 0
Zulu class Battle Rider Kostov Confederate Republic BR 12 2,000 0
21 Representative Dreadnought (BDN) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Archipelago class System Monitor Trindel Confederacy BDN 12 200,000 0
Audacious class Dreadnought Third Imperium BDNA 15 700,000 5
Commandant class Dreadnaught Strend Cluster BDNA 14 645,000 3
Dark Nebula B1 class Dreadnaught Aslan Hierate BDN 13 26,000 4
Dark Nebula B2 class Improved Dreadnaught Aslan Hierate BDN 13 27,000 4
Depression class Dreadnought Old Worlds BDNA 12 500,000 3
Duke of Sanches class Dreadnought Third Imperium BDNA 15 800,000 3
Formidable class Dreadnought Third Imperium BDNA 15 300,000 4
Grendal class Dreadnought Sword Worlds BDNA 12 300,000 3
Idlev class Superbattleship Zhodani BDNA 14 560,000 3
Ixobis class Dreadnought Marlan Primate BDN 13 200,000 2
Jarnac class Dreadnought Jarnac Pashalic BDNA 13 900,000 4
Khurkish class Dreadnought Third Imperium BDNA 15 400,000 4
Krohn class Dreadnought Principality of Mavuzo BDNA 12 900,000 3
Miller class Dreadnought Third Imperium BDNA 15 700,000 4
Pador class Dreadnought Distant Fringe BDN 12 200,000 2
Pandinus class Super Dreadnought Council of Leh Perash BDNA 13 1,000,000 4
Thingen class Dreadnaught Third Imperium BDNA 14 600,000 4
Titan class Dreadnought Third Imperium BDNA 14 1,000,000 4
Usan class Dreadnought Iltharan Empire BDNA 12 300,000 3
Warmoon class Dreadnaught Third Imperium BDNA 15 1,000,000 2
26 Representative Monitor (BM) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Cabon class System Monitor Kingdom of Peladon BM 8 3,000 0
Colby class Monitor Plavian League BM 10 45,000 0
Donnager class Monitor Josiah Defense Force BM 8 3,000 0
Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor Third Imperium BM 15 50,000 0
Guardian class Asteroid Monitor Geonee Confederation BML 12 1,000 1
Guardian class Monitor Vegan Polity BM 14 120,000 0
Harris class Monitor Principality of Caledon BM 11 60,000 0
Hukkert class Monitor Anubian Trade Coalition BM 12 50,000 0
Khaar's Will class System Monitor S'raak Empire BM 10 49,000 0
Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor Winston Democracy BML 8 1,000 0
MacHeany class Monitor Principality of Caledon BM 12 50,000 0
Methuselah class System Defense Monitor Caliphate of Estalia BMA 12 750,000 0
Nexus Warden class System Monitor Distant Fringe BM 12 40,000 0
Obsidian class Asteroid Monitor Federation of Alsas BM 12 22,800 0
Peset class Asteroid Monitor Rimward Federation BML 10 1,000 0
Porton class Asteroid Monitor Strend Cluster BML 11 351 0
Quesha FR-6 class Buffered Asteroid Monitor Sorority of Hygiea BM 11 68,600 0
Sable class Heavy System Defense Monitor Strend Cluster BM 13 99,000 0
SH2K Frost G class Medium Asteroid Monitor Sorority of Hygiea BM 11 20,000 0
SH7K Fromaag class Heavy Asteroid Monitor Sorority of Hygiea BM 11 70,000 0
Shiishu class Monitor First Fleet of Dzo BM 10 30,000 0
Stormrider class Monitor Third Imperium BM 14 8,500 0
Temarn class Asteroid Monitor Yimin Jiti BM 11 20,000 0
Thaakh class Monitor Sath Alliance BM 11 60,000 0
Type M2M class Battle Station Queendom Remnants BMP 10 5,000 1
Uffan class Monitor Uffan Strategic Space Forces BM 9 4,000 0
2 Representative Strike Battleship (BS) Classes

Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Class Origin Hull designation Technology level Tonnage Jump Drive
Artemsus class Strike Battleship Third Imperium BS 15 200,000 6
Mukusi class Strike Battleship Third Imperium BS 15 300,000 5

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A typical Tigress heavy battleship or dreadnought in action.

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References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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