Modular Heavy class Fleet Auxiliary

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Modular Heavy class Fleet Auxiliary
Type: AMA Fleet Auxiliary
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Blueprint {{{blueprint}}}
Cargo 7,058 Tons
Cost MCr3,622.25 in quantity 2,897.8
Crew 65
Hardpoints 100
Hull {{{hull}}}
Jump J-1
Maneuver 2 G
Model {{{model}}}
Origin Principality of Caledon
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP {{{QSP}}}
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Size 10,000t + modules up to 10,000 Tons
Streamlining {{{aerodynam}}}
Tech Level TL–12
USP {{{usp}}}
208 in service

TBD

Description[edit]

The "AX-H" project - Caledonian fleet code for "General Auxiliary, Heavy"- is a class of modular, configurable fleet auxilaries.

Sometimes called "Storks", due to their appearance, the AX-H is essentially a long "spine" with a bridge and control space on the bow end, a power plant, jump and maneuver drives at the stern, and a long, slender "Neck" in between. The vessels are popular among their crews; the "Neck" offers accomodation space unheard of among other fleet auxiliaries, to say nothing of Caledonian warships.

Modules - up to 10,000 tons worth - can be attached. These modules can be changed - assuming the facilities of at least a C Starport are available, for a period of (generally) a month. However, about 80% of Storks are never reconfigured once commissioned.

Types[edit]

AX-H (Generic Auxiliary, Heavy) is a place-holder name. Actual ships in service have type codes specific to their configuration.

Selected types include:

  • Repair Ship, Heavy (AS-H) - Equipped with workshop, tractor and stores modules.
  • Transport, Heavy (AD-H) - Equipped with fuel and accomodations modules.
  • Refinery Ship, Heavy (AFR-H) - Equipped with refinery, fuel storage and fuel-lighter dock modules.
  • Jump Drive Repair Ship, Heavy (ASJ-H) - Equipped with a large workshop module optimized for carrying out repairs to jump drives.
  • Power Plant Repair Ship, Heavy (ASP-H) - Another large workship, with equipment and stores for maintaining, overhauling and repairing power plants.
  • Tanker (AF-H) - Equipped with modular storage tanks and handling equipment. Can carry powerplant/jump fuel, water, beverages.
  • Stores Ship (AM-H) - Equipped with dry-goods storage modules, and a small "office" module with inventory-management software and equipment.
  • Station Ship (AU-H) - These ships serve as command posts and office space for stations, especially Forward Operating Bases. They include modules for office, accommodation, workshop and storage space.

Contruction[edit]

The AX-H is a dispersed structure vessel. AX-Hs are not streamlined, and have only defensive weapons.

Civilian Usage[edit]

In addition to large numbers in the Caledonian fleet train, a few Storks have found their way into civilian service.

  • Several serve as mining support and mineral transport ships
  • Two highly-renovated specimens are used as luxury liners between Caledon and the Imperium
  • One was sold to an Aslan clan to serve as a colonization ship
  • One exceptionally beautifully-renovated vessel serves as a mega-yacht - perhaps aptly described as a "Jump Palace" - for Ian Prestwick, Duke of Pengilly, patriarch of an extraordinarily wealthy trading family from Stirling.

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