Diaspora class Battlecruiser
|Diaspora class Battlecruiser|
|Type: CB Battlecruiser|
|Canon||Yes. Published, canon starship design.|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Manufacturer||Mark Cylo Shipyard|
|Passengers||1,000 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||Fighting Ships 21.|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
First introduced in 963, the Diaspora Class of Battle Cruiser (named for the worlds of the Diaspora sector) weighed in at 200,000 displacement tons, just a little smaller than some of its battleship cousins (and a lot larger than the battleriders). The class represented the height of TL-14 technology at the time, and marked a departure from the usual Imperial ‘Capital Ship or Heavy Cruiser; nothing in between’ policy.
Based around a spinal meson gun, the Diasporas are extremely heavily armed for their size, as befits their mission profile. Lightly armored compared to the battleships, the Diasporas have exceptional speed and agility and are capable of heading an assault fleet on their own.
A highly successful design, the production models were firm favorites of their commanding officers but they unfortunately never really got the chance to prove themselves in combat. Shifts in naval doctrine back towards the cruiser/ battleship divide meant that production of the class was curtailed early.
However this did not relegate the Diaspora class to the scrap heap by any means. The Diasporas were based on tried and tested technologies and proved highly reliable, and though they were never produced in large numbers they remain in service across the Imperium.
112 Diasporas were constructed before production was cancelled. Of those 33 are no longer in service. 16 have been destroyed in action against the Solomani, 7 have been retired due to metal fatigue problems, 4 destroyed in non-Solomani related actions, 3 converted to research vessels, the Prestwick was lost in Jump space, the Napiiresha suffered a major reactor overload which led it to being scrapped, and the Garaag was destroyed recently in a mysterious incident at Otimmatu which is still being investigated and is being treated as a sensitive issue.
Basic Ship Characteristics
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 craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|4.||Electronics||Model/TBD fib computer.|
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
|7.||Defenses||No information yet available.|
|11.||Construction Time||TBD months to build, TBD months in quantity.|
No information yet available.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
No information yet available.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type CB class Battlecruiser
- Akrzhdiats class Heavy Cruiser
- Audacious class Battlecruiser
- Diaspora class Battlecruiser
- Duneed class Battle Cruiser
- Exorcist class Battle Cruiser
- Gzong!xk class Battlecruiser
- Invincible class Heavy Cruiser
- Majestic class Battle Cruiser
- SH100K class Battle Cruiser
- Spider class Battle Cruiser
- Vitatus class Battlecruiser
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