Indomitable class Battleship
|Indomitable class Battleship|
|Type: BB Battleship|
|Canon||Yes. Published, canon starship design.|
|Cost|| MCr30,919.950 (base) |
|Crew||431 with 79 Marines|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Passengers||0 High/Med 0 Low|
|Reference||GURPS Traveller: Interstellar Wars|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Indomitable class Battleship is a heavy warship.
The Indomitable class Battleship is a historical design of vessel. It was the first entirely TL-12 warship fielded by the Terran Confederation against the Vilani First Imperium and the first mass-produced class of capital ship to mount spinal Meson Weapons. It remained in service for more than a century and is credited with swinging the balance of power irrevocably in favor of the Terrans during the later Interstellar Wars.
- A side view of an Indomitable class Battleship.
- An early version of the Indomitable class Battleship. Throughout their long careers, the class were extensively modified and entire sections of the hull were rebuilt, resulting in vessels that noticeably differed in appearance from the version depicted above.
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 subcraft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||30,000 tons. Streamlined wedge configuration.|
|2.||Crew|| x431 crew. x87 Officers, x344 Enlisted. x30 serve as security personnel.
The vessel has x510 Staterooms. Senior staff receive their own cabins but most crew, including officers, travel double occupancy. A significant proportion (typically junior enlisted personnel) occupy triple bunk rooms, releasing stateroom space for other purposes such as storage.
|3.||Performance / Engineering||Propulsion:|
|4.||Main Section / Electronics||Bridge, Model/6 fib computer.|
|6.||Armament / Weaponry||The normal weapons fit-out for an Indomitable is:|
|7.||Defenses||The hull has an armor rating of 2.|
|8.||Craft / Subcraft||x20 Light Fighters, each equipped with laser weapons.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||Internal fuel tankage of 10,500 tons.|
|10.||Cost||Base cost: MCr30,919.950|
|11.||Construction Time||45 months to build.|
|12.||Remarks||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 177.0 tons.|
More than any other ship class, the Indomitable and its sister ships were responsible for breaking the back of the Vilani Imperial Navy. The keel of the first Indomitable was laid in 2239, in the heady days immediately following the Eighth Interstellar War. She was the first capital ship to be constructed purely from TL-12 technology. As such, she had capabilities that had never been seen before, in any Terran or Imperial warship. The Indomitable class of battleships soon became the cornerstone of Grand Admiral Albadawi’s strategy for the defeat of the Imperium. The design was eminently successful. Indomitable and her sister ships took part in every major naval offensive mounted by the Terran Navy, from the early battles of the Ninth Interstellar War to the final surrender of the Imperium.
Indomitable herself served as Grand Admiral Albadawi’s flagship during the Ninth Interstellar War. Unstoppable laid down history’s first meson-cannon barrage during the Battle of Muan Kwoyen, destroying numerous Imperial ships. Although Imperial news dispatches claimed six times that one of these ships had been destroyed, not one was actually lost to enemy fire. They did survive many close calls and near misses – such as the incident in which Terrible was rammed by a Vilani destroyer during intense fighting over Sylea. Still, their sheer size, toughness, and firepower made them queens of the battlefield for over a century. The Indomitable carried a double strength squadron of 20 laser-armed fighters. These small craft were primarily used for close-in defense, freeing up the battleship’s weapon mounts for ship-killing systems. On occasion, they were hurled forward for deep penetration raids or other audacious maneuvers.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Ships in the Indomitable class were usually named after martial virtues, in the style of ships of the line in the ancient Terran Age of Sail.
The primary weakness of the Indomitable class was logistic rather than tactical. The ship’s hull was so tightly packed that there was almost no room for cargo, including spare parts and consumables. As a result, the battleships were unable to mount raids away from the main body of the Terran fleet. Crews sometimes packed needed goods into spare staterooms and bunk rooms, but this led to severe crowding on board.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type BB class Line Battleship
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