Modular Light class Fleet Auxiliary

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Modular Light class Fleet Auxiliary
Type: AML Auxiliary
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Cargo 702 Tons
Cost MCr368.5 in quantity 294.8
Crew 8
Hardpoints 10
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 1,000t + modules up to 1,000 Tons
Streamlining {{{aerodynam}}}
Tech Level TL–12
USP {{{usp}}}
441 in service

Sometimes called "Trays", for reasons lost to history. The AX-L is essentially a rectangular flat with a bridge and control space on the bow end, a power plant, jump and maneuver drives at the stern, and an area for attaching up to 1,000 tons of modular space in between. The vessels are popular among their crews; the "Flat" offers accomodation space unheard of among other similar-sized fleet auxiliaries, to say nothing of Caledonian warships.

Modules - up to 1,000 tons worth - can be attached. These modules can be changed - assuming the facilities of at least a C Starport are avaiable, for a period of (generally) a ten days. However, about 80% of Trays are never reconfigured once commissioned.

Types[edit]

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

Selected types include:

  • Repair Ship, Light (AS-L) - Equipped with workshop, tractor and stores modules. When found in Caledonian fleet train groups, they usually focus on making smaller repairs and working on smaller ships.
  • Transport, Light (AD-L) - Equipped with fuel and accomodations modules.
  • Refinery Ship, Light (AX-L) - Equipped with refinery, fuel storage and fuel-lighter dock modules.
  • Tanker (AF-L) - Equipped with modular storage tanks and handling equipment. Can carry powerplant/jump fuel, water, beverages.
  • Stores Ship (AU-L) - Equipped with dry-goods storage modules, and a small "office" module with inventory-management software and equipment.
  • Station Ship (AUS-L) - These ships serve as command posts and office space for naval stations, especially Forward Operating Bases. They include modules for office, accomodation and storage space.
  • Scout Tender (ATS-L) - These ships will serve as the headquarters, repair ship, tanker and office space for a small squadron of Royal Caledonian Expeditionary Service scouts.

Contruction[edit]

The AX-L is a Dispersed structure vessel. AX-Ls are not streamlined, and have only defensive weapons.

Civilian Usage[edit]

"Trays" - both ex-Caledonian Navy vessels and new construction - are also fairly popular in civilian use. Many serve as mining support ships, bulk cargo and liquid transports, and in a few highly-renovated cases, large yachts for value-conscious nobles and tycoons.

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