Blake class Heavy Cruiser

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Blake class Heavy Cruiser
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Type: CH Heavy Cruiser
Agility 4
Also see Cruiser
Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr.
Blueprint No
Canon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cargo 17.0 Tons
Cost MCr44,423.934 (base)
MCr35,539.147 (qty)
Crew 632
Enlisted 468
Officers 54
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 650
Hull Oreo Pattern Hull
Illustration No
IOC Unknown
Jump J-4
Maneuver 5 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 100
Model Model/TBD
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP CA-0FU54
Reference Fan: Ronald B. Kline, Jr.
Size 65,000 Tons
Size-cat BCS
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–15
USP CA-P445AJ3-099909-999T9-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.

The Blake class Heavy Cruiser is a warship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Blake class Heavy Cruiser was designed for service with the Fleets of the Domain of Sylea. The primary weapon is the large Meson Gun spinal mount, giving the vessel a powerful punch. In order to deal with potential critical damage stemming from its lack of hull armor, it carries multiple spare and secondary systems, including a backup Model/9fib computer and an extra nuclear damper and meson screen. The design process was strongly influenced by the former Duke of Oreo Subsector, in Massilia Sector, a keen amateur naval architect and an influential figure in the Imperial court. In compliance with the "Oreo Settlement" the ship carries an Alfred class Gunboat. It also has a pair of 20-Ton Gigs for use in Marine operations.

Image Repository[edit]

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General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

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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 subcraft) 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 / Hull The Blake class is constructed using a 65,000 Ton "Oreo Pattern" 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 multiple airlocks located around the vessel. The cargo hold is accessed by large doors.
  • The vessel has hardened and contoured ventral surfaces, allowing surface landings.
2. Crew x632 personnel, including 100 Marines.
  • x54 Officers, plus 5 Marine Officers.
  • x478 Enlisted.

Accommodations

  • There are 316 Staterooms. All quarters are double occupancy.

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-5 drive, and a Power Plant-10, giving performance of Jump-4 and 5-G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 4 and an emergency agility of 5. 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: the vessel has a backup Model/9fib computer.
  • 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 x650 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 a Blake class is:
7. Defenses The hull is unarmored.
8. Craft Flight Section

The subcraft are housed in a dedicated hanger: the hanger can be sealed and has a total volume of 637 Tons.

Drop Capsules

There are 20 Drop Capsule tubes and their associated loading equipment.

  • There is dedicated holding space containing an additional 80 Drop Capsules.
9. Fuel Treatment The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 32,500.0 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 MCr44,423.934
  • Architects Fee: MCr444.239
11. Construction Time 194 weeks (45 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 17.0 Tons.
  • The cargo hold can be sealed and has independent life support and environmental systems.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Blake class Heavy Cruiser sees service in Fleets across the Domain of Sylea and beyond. It was designed to be produced in shipyards across the Domain and was intended for general Imperial service, and as such it bore no particular cultural or political influences within its architecture. However, it was designated for service with the 146th Fleet stationed in Oreo Subsector, and consequently the eccentric but influential 14th Duke of Oreo became involved in the project.

The 14th Duke was a direct descendant of the aristocratic Halls families, the pre-Imperial rulers of Oreo Subsector. When the Oreo Worlds, the proto-polity they controlled, was absorbed into the expanding Third Imperium they gained a privilege known as the "Oreo Settlement". This mandated that any vessels that were to serve with the 146th Fleet – the designation given to the former Oreo Worlds flotilla and considered by the 14th Duke to be his "personal Fleet" – must be locally designed and manufactured. The privilege had been granted by Cleon I himself and the Duke insisted that it must be honored.

The demand was utterly impractical and strategically suicidal, and the Navy resisted the proposal, eventually resulting in the direct intervention of the Archduke of the Domain. She ruled that all vessels of the Blake class, no matter where they served, were to carry an Alfred class Gunboat, a small combat craft that was the personal design of the 14th Duke himself. The Alfred was a capable vessel and all parties found the resolution acceptable. The current Duke has maintained his father's policy and as a result many classes of warship operating within the Domain carry at least one Alfred. Some naval officers resent the ongoing Noble influence on naval architecture: others see the broader political benefits that such indulgences can bring.

Oreo Pattern Hulls[edit]

"Oreo Pattern" hulls are a naval design feature that grew out of the "Oreo Settlement", and which was initially implemented in Oreo Subsector of Massilia Sector for economic reasons following the Civil War. Fundamentally, it is the process of creating hybrid technology ships. Unarmored hulls are locally built at lower tech levels, transported aboard commercial vessels, and fitted out as TL-15 warships at the more advanced shipyards in the region. "Oreo Pattern" starships have proven just as capable as their counterparts originating in other regions of the Imperium and it is now an accepted quirk of warships originating within the Domain of Sylea. [3]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Military Ship - Warship - Heavy Cruiser:

  1. Type CH class Heavy Cruiser
    1. Arakoine class Strike Cruiser
    2. Atlantic class Heavy Cruiser
    3. Aubaka class Battle Cruiser
    4. Bastion class Battle Cruiser
    5. Blake class Heavy Cruiser
    6. Canton class Control Cruiser
    7. Chazhdr class Light Cruiser
    8. Conquest class Heavy Cruiser
    9. Cynical Son class Battlecruiser
    10. Dacrows Mire class Battlecruiser
    11. Dadiat class Heavy Cruiser
    12. Dauntless class Heavy Cruiser
    13. Effendi class Heavy Cruiser
    14. Elaezoe class Cruiser
    15. Elfen Lied class Heavy Cruiser
    16. Eurisko class Heavy Cruiser
    17. Fulcrum class Battlecruiser
    18. Gateway class Heavy Cruiser
    19. Gauntlet class Battlecruiser
    20. Glenaurian class Heavy Cruiser
    21. Gridlow class Heavy Cruiser
    22. Halsey Keats class Heavy Cruiser
    23. Honre class Asteroid Battle Cruiser
    24. Hu Gi Singh class Battlecruiser
    25. Iridium Vow class Battlecruiser
    26. Joker class Battle Cruiser
    27. Kagori class Battlecruiser
    28. Kalradin class Battlecruiser
    29. Kas'Drak class Strike Cruiser
    30. Kirov class Cruiser
    31. Mercury class Heavy Cruiser
    32. Minsk class Heavy Cruiser
    33. Mongol Risen class Cruiser
    34. Narmo class Heavy Cruiser
    35. Neivrdlalh class Heavy Cruiser
    36. Nightrim class Heavy Cruiser
    37. Nordica class Battlecruiser
    38. Normandy class Heavy Cruiser
    39. Panjiach class Heavy Cruiser
    40. Planet class Heavy Cruiser
    41. Pukushik class Cruiser
    42. Refined class Heavy Cruiser
    43. Regal class Battlecruiser
    44. Repulse class Heavy Cruiser
    45. Rugiceps class Light Cruiser
    46. Scapa class Heavy Frigate
    47. Sentinel class Heavy Cruiser
    48. SH70K class Heavy Cruiser
    49. Shtiaba class Light Cruiser
    50. Tash class Heavy Cruiser
    51. Tliabazhdrinzh class Heavy Cruiser
    52. Trend class Support Cruiser
    53. Umbra class Battlecruiser
    54. Viatoris class Heavy Cruiser
    55. Vieblazhdr class Heavy Cruiser
    56. Vonk class Cruiser
    57. Vrapkenchkinj class Light Battlecruiser
    58. Windhorst class Heavy Cruiser
    59. Xing!kir class Light Cruiser
    60. Xundar class Heavy Cruiser

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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.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Ronald B. Kline, Jr.