Iron Boot class Fleet Escort
|Iron Boot class Fleet Escort|
|Type: EF Fleet Escort|
|Architect||Ronald B. Kline, Jr.|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
Qty: MCr 5,842.234
|IOC||No information yet available.|
|Manufacturer||Sternmetal Fusion Boat Works|
|Model||Model 9 fib|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 2 Low|
|QSP||No information yet available.|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.|
The Iron Boot class Fleet Escort is a light warship.
Description / Specifications
The Iron Boot class Fleet Escort is an Imperial warship that serves in a variety of roles. The partially streamlined hull, combined with its fuel scoops and the onboard fuel purification plant permit wilderness refueling when necessary and greatly increase its versatility. It is inexpensive for its size. The vessel carries a platoon of 24 Marines to carry out boarding actions, conduct customs and safety inspections, and if necessary defend the ship. The Gig serves as a service and interface craft.
Basic Ship Characteristics
Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|1.||Tonnage|| The Iron Boot class is constructed using a 9000 Ton hull built in a Close Structure configuration. The hull is partially streamlined, giving a relatively limited atmospheric performance that is reliant on its onboard gravitic systems.
|2.||Crew|| x113 personnel.
|3.||Performance|| The vessel mounts a Jump-4 drive, a Maneuver-4 drive, and a Power Plant-11, giving performance of Jump-4 and 4-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 4. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-4 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics|| Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/9fib computer: no backup computer is installed.
|5.||Hardpoints|| 90 hardpoints.
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for an Iron Boot class is:|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is plated, structurally reinforced, and built with secure bulkheads and compartments that give it a High Guard armor rating of 2.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 4,590 Tons.|
|10.||Cost|| The basic cost of the vessel is MCr7,302.792
|11.||Construction Time|| 157 weeks (36 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 30 Tons. The cargo hold can be sealed and has independent life support and environmental systems.|
History & Background / Dossier
The Iron Boot class Fleet Escort was originally intended as a fast destroyer type vessel. The original design envisioned the hull as a sleek and fully streamlined needle but a more bulky and utilitarian design emerged. After much procrastination a decision was made to construct the keel along a small Meson Gun spinal mount: the maneuver characteristics of the vessel were reduced to accommodate the energy demands of the weapon, and the huge power plant generated an enormous thermal signature. The class was deemed closer to a light cruiser and was reclassified as a large fleet escort.
The name is derived from the punchline of a joke – it derives from an apocryphal tale about a poorly translated ultimatum delivered by an impatient Imperial officer to a friendly but confused local chieftain, and the resulting escalating humorous consequences. The popularity of this joke – especially in naval circles – prompted the use of the punchline as the name for a newly-commissioned class of warships. They serve with the 8th Fleet among others.
References & Contributors (Sources)
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis), Captain, and Lead Naval Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr. of the Imperial Navy
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science