Iron Boot class Fleet Escort

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Iron Boot class Fleet Escort
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Type: EF Fleet Escort
Agility {{{agility}}}
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Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr.
Blueprint {{{blueprint}}}
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 30.0 Tons
Cost MCr7,302.792
Qty: MCr 5,842.234
Crew 113
Officers 17
Enlisted 96
EOS {{{EOS}}}
Era {{{era}}}
Hardpoints 90
Hull [[{{{hull}}}]]
Illustration {{{illustration}}}
IOC No information yet available.
Jump J-4
Maneuver 4 G
Manufacturer Sternmetal Fusion Boat Works
Marines 24
Model Model 9 fib
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 0 High/Med 2 Low
QSP No information yet available.
Reference {{{ref}}}
Size 9,000 Tons
Size-cat {{{size-cat}}}
Streamlining {{{aerodynam}}}
Tech Level TL–15
USP EF-J444BJ3-259900-800E7-0
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[edit]

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[edit]

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]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
No. Category Remarks
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.
  • There are 11 airlocks located around the vessel. The cargo hold is accessed by large doors and has a loading ramp.
  • The vessel has sturdy fixed legs, allowing surface landings.
2. Crew x113 personnel.
  • 11 command, 25 engineering, 32 gunnery, and 18 service. There are 24 Marines and 3 flight crew.

Accommodations

  • There are 59.5 staterooms. The senior command crew have individual cabins: all other quarters are double occupancy.
  • There are 2 Low Berths: these form part of the vessel's medical facilities.

Accessible areas of the hull are fitted with grav plates and inertial compensators and have full life support and environmental systems.

  • There are internal monitoring and security systems throughout the vessel. Individual sections of the hull can be sealed off.
  • There are multiple emergency lockers.
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.
  • The engineering section has a main control room.
    • Ladders, gantries and platforms give access to the machinery.
  • The jump drive utilizes a lanthanum hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/9fib computer: no backup computer is installed.
  • There are multiple workstations and control points throughout the vessel.
  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment, an advanced sensor array, and has an avionics suite.
    • It is fitted with backup commo and sensor systems.
  • It has a transponder unit that can be deactivated on command.
  • It is equipped with a sophisticated ECM package.
5. Hardpoints 90 hardpoints.
  • The listed battery groupings are standard configurations for the class. Alternative battery groupings may be designated for specific missions.
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.
  • 12 triple Sandcaster turrets, forming six batteries of 2 triple turrets.
  • The vessel is fitted with a nuclear damper unit.
  • The vessel is fitted with a meson screen generator.
8. Craft Flight Section

The Gig is housed in a dedicated hanger: the hanger is a sealable compartment with a volume of 26 Tons.

9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 4,590 Tons.
  • The hull is fitted with fuel scoops.
  • The vessel is equipped with a fuel purification plant that can refine all onboard fuel in a few hours: the plant is operated and maintained by the engineering crew.
10. Cost The basic cost of the vessel is MCr7,302.792
  • Architects Fee: MCr73.028
11. Construction Time 157 weeks (36 months) as standard.
  • Build times can be reduced by mass production and the efficiencies such processes generate, by increased financing, and by allotting additional yard resources and facilities to the construction contract.
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[edit]

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)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.