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Blakeway class First Response Vessel
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The nose and bridge of a Blakeway class First Response Vessel, a type of converted Type S.
Type: NR First Response Vessel
Agility 4
Also see Medical Vessel
Architect Kurt Brown
Blueprint Yes
Canon Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Cargo 5.0 Tons
Cost MCr12.48
Crew 17
Enlisted 14
Officers 3
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 1
Hull Wedge Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC Unknown
Jump J-0
Maneuver 4.4 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/1 Flt
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 4 High/Med X Low
QSP NR-AL40
Reference Starports 96-97.
Size 100 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Lifting Body Hull
Tech Level TL–15
USP NR-TBD
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Blakeway class First Response Vessel is a medical starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Many Blakeway-class Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) operate out of Mora highport. The immense distances that separate incoming and outgoing starships from the full facilities of the highport make the need for highly trained medical and emergency rescue crews even more urgent. The crews of ERVs must act as surgeons, firefighters, police officers, and counselors – sometimes all at the same time. The group is trained and ready to respond to any situation from births to emergency triage in a time of war. With the huge volume of traffic moving through the Mora system on a daily basis, their days are anything but routine.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Blakeway class First Response Vessel underway to rescue the crew of a distressed Beowulf class Free Trader...
    Blakeway-ERV-GT-RESIZE-Best-of-JTAS-pg-15 27-Oct-2019b.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

  1. Simple Deck Plans for a Blakeway class First Response Vessel.
    Blaeway-ERV-GT-DECK-PLANS-Download 27-Oct-2019d.jpg

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 100 tons. Lifting Body Wedge Hull.
2. Crew x17 crew.
3. Performance / Engineering Propulsion:
4. Main Section / Electronics Model/1 flt ship computer.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoints.
6. Armament / Weaponry The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
7. Defenses Defensive Equipment:
8. Craft / Drones Three Space Docks
9. Fuel Treatment Fueling Equipment:
10. Cost MCr12.48
11. Construction Time 9 months to build, 7 months in quantity.
12. Remarks Other Equipment:

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Blakeway, built on the ubiquitous scout/courier hull, is intended as a "first responder" emergency vessel: Its primary tasks are to rescue passengers and crew from a vessel in distress, and, when possible, prevent the crisis from worsening. It is not jump-capable, trading the space for a lot of maneuver thrust. With crew and rescue equipment aboard, it can pull more than 4 Gs. This power also allows it to act as an emergency space tug, towing vessels several times its own mass with ventral and stern grapples.

Within, there are two operating rooms equipped for trauma surgery. Victims triaged as not requiring immediate surgery go into one of the six automeds or the racked Life Support Carriers. There are 36 passenger couches for evacuees with no or minor injuries. The ship is not intended for long endurance; the four double staterooms allow crew members to take short breaks during extended operations, and can be used as extra patient beds.

General-purpose emergency equipment is kept aboard at all times; additional racks are stored in the ship's ready berth. A grav ambulance or an ATV-style vehicle can be carried on the lower deck; note that when the maindeck center door is lowered as a ramp, only short vehicles such as air/rafts and ground cars can leave the garage.

No weapons are mounted. Some Blakeway conversions — rebuilds from surplus Suleiman hulls - retain the turret and a single laser, officially for use as a cutting torch. This is counted against the main spacedock space.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Vessel Peculiarities: The ship's configuration is unusual. The M-drives are mounted on the upper deck, leaving the main deck clear to the aft bulkhead. This bulkhead is fitted with three drop-down doors. The outermost pair (10' wide) dock air/rafts while the 20' wide center door allows unrestricted access to the main deck. Standard lifeboats can be moved inside, allowing transfer of passengers in normal atmosphere and gravity. All three doors have extension panels for use as boarding ramps; they may also be locked in a horizontal position. When horizontal, they shelter the space underneath; with the addition of drapes or lightweight side panels, this space can be used as an office or field hospital.

Class Naming Practice/s: No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Ship - Medical Vessel:

  1. Type N class Medical Vessel
    1. Blakeway class First Response Vessel

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.