Regal Ark class Fleet Carrier
|Regal Ark class Fleet Carrier|
|Type: VL Light Carrier|
|Cost|| MCr16,557.47 (base)|
MCr 13,245.976 (discounted)
|Passengers||0 High/Med 6 Low|
Description / Specifications
A small provincial carrier serving with the 99th Fleet, this class protects imperial naval squadron vessels from fighters and smaller enemy escort vessels in numbered regular combat formations. It is really the size of a light cruiser, and is configured to carry twenty squadrons of light fighters. It is really too small to serve as a true fleet carrier.
- The vessel is a TL 15 design.
The Provincial Carrier is constructed using a 30,000 dTon hull built in a partially streamlined close structure. The ship is equipped with fuel scoops and on board purification. The hull is unarmored and must avoid the line of battle if it is to survive.
- Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
- The hull includes internal grav plates and inertial compensators. All accessible sections of the hull have basic and extended life support.
The vessel mounts a jump-4 drive, a maneuver-4 drive, and a power plant 6, giving performance of jump-4 and 4G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 2 and an emergency agility of 4. There is fuel tankage of 13,800 dTons, sufficient for a jump 4. The power plant has a four week duration.
- The engineering section has a main control room.
- The jump drive utilises a lanthanum hull grid.
- The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.
Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/9 fib: the vessel carries an additional backup computer model/9 fib. All work stations are equipped with dynamically reconfigurable, linked holographic displays. There are 457 staterooms and 6 low berths for the medical bay. Double occupancy accommodations are required for all crew. Cargo capacity amounts to 150 dTons of additional missile battery rounds for more sustained fire missions.
- The vessel is fitted with radio, laser and maser system wide communications equipment, an advanced active and passive EMS sensor arrays, full ECM, and an avionics suite.
The Provincial Carrier requires 909 crew: 15x command, 66x engineering, 112x gunnery, 60x service, and 626x Flight. There are 30 ship board security to resist boarding attempts. The security are sometimes swapped out for fleet marines, and cargo spaces can be converted into additional bunk spaces.
The ship is fitted with 110 triple missile launcher turrets. They are organized into eleven batteries. There are factor 9 nuclear dampers and factor 9 meson screen and each has an emergency back up to fail over to in the event of extensive battle damage. There is a single 100 dton repulsor bay and one hundred and twenty triple beam laser turrets organized into thirty batteries. There are sixty triple sand caster turrets and each fires as an independent battery. The lack of heavy weapons precludes engaging enemy ships of the line. They were originally envisioned without the repulsor bay and the missile turrets. Those were early group one refits and upgrades in the design's service life.
The ship carries four 100 dton Lighters as interface and service craft. These are sometimes swapped out for combat craft. Each Lighter has its own dedicated hangar. There is one 30 dton capacity launch tube for rapid deployment and recovery. Most agree, that it is not sufficient for the number of fighters embarked. Twenty squadrons, each with ten 20dton twin place light fighters assigned, are the main weapon system for this carrier. The lack of heavy fighters has been noted by the local admiralty.
References & Contributors / Sources
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- CT Book 5 "High Guard", GDW, 1980.
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis), Captain, and Lead Naval Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr. of the Imperial Navy