- The Supraclass designation is also known as Ship Mission, Ship Mission Code, Mission, or Ship Hull Designation.
- It is a starship supraclass.
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Planetary bombardment is a vital mission in assault fleets, and such fire often requires a different class of weapon than line combatants possess. Precision KEW and GUW weapons are preferred for many missions over DEW weaponry. While a spinal mount weapon can be effective in almost any mission, bombardment ships are often equipped with bays of weaponry that can be more effective at planetary bombardment. Many ships are equipped with makertech factories capable of creating bombardment munitions only limited by the local supply of a planetoid ring.
- An image of an Ortillerist-class off an older workstation screen.
Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)
Ortillery Ships have one primary mission: to bombard the enemy's non-naval assets into submission, and if they will not submit, obliterate them. Most often, this means destroying the enemies ground forces, armies, and more specifically COACC forces. This includes enemy facilities, resources, Artillery, MBTs, AFVs, and infantry among other targets. Sometimes, it enough to obliterate prestige targets such as an enemy's capital or other non-military high value targets. The use of Thunderballs should be avoided except under conditions of umlimited war, which itself should be avoided at all costs.
Sometimes, the obliteration mission will lead to a complete planetary scrubbing, utter destruction of a planet's life-supporting qualities, destruction of the biome down to the bedrock, and in some cases even worse, to break a planet apart into an asteroid belt. TL-15 technology faces large challenges in trying to break a planet apart into rubble, but it can be done. TL-15 technology is perfectly capable of scrubbing a planet of life down to the bedrock.
Ortillery Ships typically serve the following roles:
- Bombardment Cruiser (O)
- Bombardment Ship (O)
- Orbital Bombardment Ship (OS)
- Ortillery Ship (O) (Namesake)
- Ortillery Vessel (O)
- Siege Engine (O)
- Siege Ship (O)
- Strike Ortillery Ship (OS)
- Torpedo Ship (OS)
Supraclass Archetypal Roles
These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:
|O-class Ortillery Ship Supraclass Archetypes|
| Ortillery Ship
|O-class||Huron class Bombardment Cruiser|| The general orty ship classification.
|Strike Ortillery Ship||OS-class||Ortillerist class Torpedo Ship|| A Strike Ortillery Ship is an Ortillery Ship optimized for hit-and-fade operations, unleashing a payload then fleeing (usually jumping) before retaliation can reach it.
|NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.|
Early generation naval weaponry had difficulty penetrating atmospheres. Lasers and DEW energy weapons dissipated, many projectile weapons ablated under atmospheres and, in general, what worked against starships in the vacuum didn't work nearly so well in a planetary bombardment role. So, ortillery bombardment ships were created; vessels specialized to destroy infrastructure and planetside targets of opportunity. The first few generations were very limited, but the most contemporary technology is very capable. 
Selected Variant Types & Classes
Military Ship - Ortillery Ship:
- Type O class Ortillery Ship
- Type OS class Orbital Strike Ship
Ship Summary List
Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:
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