Kinunir class Vanguard Cruiser

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Kinunir class Vanguard Cruiser
Trav-Adv1-Kinunir.PNG
TBD
Type: EF Vanguard Cruiser
Agility 4
Also see Vanguard Cruiser
Architect Timothy B. Brown
Blueprint Yes
Canon Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Cargo 30.0 Tons
Cost MCr1,079.99 in quantity
Crew 45
Enlisted 34
Officers 11
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1105
Hardpoints 12
Hull Wedge Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC 932 IC
Jump J-4
Maneuver 4 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 35
Model Model/7 Fib
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP EF-MU44
Reference The Kinunir 10-11,17-29.
Size 1,200 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–15
USP EF-A2447G2-000510-50202-0
Classic Traveller core ship design.

The Kinunir class Vanguard Cruiser did not have a huge production run, but has ended up being one of the best known warships within Charted Space regardless.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Comments: The Kinunir class colonial cruiser (also known by a variety of designations: vanguard cruiser, battlecruiser, and vanguard escort) is not a true cruiser, being more properly termed an escort. This particular ship is an ill-fated model discontinued after a production run of only twenty examples. Several have been lost in action, and one has been converted to an orbital prison. [2]

The Kinunir (BC-9514) was eventually located by an independent corporation in 1110. The corporate team succeeded in disarming the AI computer that had killed the crew and took the ship secretly to the Old Islands Subsector, using deep-space caches for refueling. Once in the New Home system the corporation found the ship very useful for protecting its assets in the area.

The Kinunir Class was designed by Chief-engineer Paleth Ruck. Ruck partially copied the design from an experimental Zhodani project obtained after a Navy's secret operation in the Zhodani capital.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A line drawing of a Kinunir class Vanguard Cruiser.
    Trav-Adv1-Kinunir.PNG

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

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. [3]

Basic Ship Characteristics [4]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage 1,250 tons (standard). 17,500 cubic meters. [5]
2. Crew x11 officers, x34 ratings, x35 marines. [6] Total: 80 crew.
3. Performance Jump-4.
4. Electronics Model/7 fib ship computer. [8]
5. Hardpoints 12 hardpoints. [9]
6. Armament Eight dual laser turrets organized into two batteries. Two single particle accelerator turrets organized into two batteries. Two triple missile turrets organized into two batteries. [10]
7. Defenses Nuclear damper (Factor-5). Force field (black globe) generator (Factor-1). [11]
8. Craft One 35-ton pinnace. [12]
9. Fuel Treatment Fuel scoops and on-board fuel purification plant. [13]
10. Cost MCr1,349.99 standard; MCr1,079.99 in quantity. [14]
11. Construction Time 30 months singly; 21 months in quantity. [15]
12. Remarks Other Equipment:

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Originally conceived as vanguard cruisers, the Imperial succession of 1071 (and the associated policy changes) resulted in their conversion to colonial cruisers (euphemistically called battle cruisers). Of the 24 authorized units, 20 were completed prior to project cancellation. Fifteen remain in Imperial service, two having been lost in action in 1084, one missing (presumed lost), one scrapped,one transferred to the Vegan Autonomous District, and one paid off. In Service: 15, KIA: 2, MIA: 1, Transferred: 1, Paid Off: 1, Scrapped: 1.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Vessel Peculiarities: The vessels often made use of high-powered, experimental ship computers, some with AI.

Class Naming Practice/s: The Kinunir class is named for the first vessel of its type to fly. Although both Shulgi and Zaggisi were laid down before Kinunir, General Products rushed their ships to completion, recording flight three days before their competitors. While most of the vessels remain in service in the Spinward Marches, some few have been lost, disposed of, or otherwise taken from service.

Selected Class Members[edit]

  • Disappeared:
    • Kinunir (BC-9514): Disappeared without a trace while on routine patrol sometime on mid-1088. A subsector-wide search failed to locate the ship, and its fate remains unknown.
  • Lost in Action:
    • Allamu (BC-9516): Caught in the van at the Battle of Two Suns, 1084, it withstood over four hours of steady attack before suffering screen failure and was lost with all hands. On 117-1085, the Emperor personally memorialized the name Allamu, which will henceforth be assigned to dreadnought-class ships and above. To date, no ship bearing the name has been constructed.
    • Ninkur Sagga (BC-9521): Suffered either a spontaneous missile detonation or a freak globe screen failure (accounts differ) while engaged on the port dorsal flank at the Battle of Two Suns, 1084. Lost with all hands.
  • Transferred:
    • Regal Splendor (BC-9518): (ex-Shuruppak)(with ventral turrets reduced from missile rack to dual laser) Presented by Empress lolanthe to the Vegan Autonomous District, 118-1092, as a gesture of solidarity and goodwill. The ship has served primarily in the insurrection suppression role since.
  • Paid Off:
    • Gaesh (BC-9528): barely passed trials in 1087. Never attained greater than jump 3 in actual use. Paid off 090-1098 and converted to the uncrewed orbital Gaesh Prison Hulk 254-1098, currently at Pixie. Drive rooms gutted and converted to detention cells. Ship is currently incapable of jump or maneuver.
  • Scrapped:
    • Adda Dubsar (BC-9532): One of four ill-fated ships of General manufacture, was scrapped on the ways 208-1089 after a Navy decision to discontinue production.

Currently In Service[edit]

  • Zaggisi (BC-9512): Suffered minor damage in the Battle of Two Suns. Served most of the Fifth Frontier War involved in convoy duty.
  • Shulgi (BC-9513): Involved in numerous small actions in the Fourth Frontier War and the Fifth Frontier War.
  • Sun Tzu (BC-9515): Credited with killing two Zhodani escorts during the Fourth Frontier War. Sat most of the Fifth Frontier War in reserve status.
  • Wuzi (BC-9517): Spent most of Fourth Frontier War involved in rear area security. Spent the Fifth Frontier War in strategic reserve.
  • Sun Boling (BC-9519): Damaged in the defense of Esalin/Jewell (Spinward Marches 1004) during the Fourth Frontier War. Participated in various small actions during the war. Spent the Fifth Frontier War providing escort support and is credited with killing two raiders and damaging numerous others.
  • Queen Seondeok (BC-9520): Heavily damaged in the probing actions leading up to the Battle of Two Suns. Damaged again during Zhodani raid on Inthe (Spinward Marches 2410) in 1108, but was repaired in time to participate in the taking of Esalin/Jewell (Spinward Marches 1004). Took light damage during the skirmishes proceeding the end of the Fifth Frontier War. Credited with the destruction of a stealthed command ship during the final days of the war.
  • Trajan (BC-9522): Damaged during Zhodani raid on Inthe (Spinward Marches 2410) in 1108. Credited with the destruction of four close escorts later in the war.
  • Probus (BC-9523): Performed well in the actions around Esalin/Jewell (Spinward Marches 1004) during the Fifth Frontier War. Credited with damaging a number of enemy vessels.
  • Lucullus (BC-9524): Heavily damaged during Zhodani raid on Inthe (Spinward Marches 2410) in 1108. Did not get back into action before the war's end.
  • Aurelian (BC-9525): Damaged during Zhodani raid on Inthe (Spinward Marches 2410) in 1108. Returned the favor by participating in several raids on Zhodani outposts. Credited with twelve SBD kills and the destruction of a number of small outposts.
  • Dexagoridas (BC-9526): Suffered minor damage during the Zhodani raid on Inthe (Spinward Marches 2410) in 1108. Credited with kill a escort and several fighters in the actions around Esalin/Jewell (Spinward Marches 1004) during the Fifth Frontier War.
  • Mnasippus (BC-9527): Performed rear area security duties and pirate suppression duties during the Fifth Frontier War. Credited with destroying two pirates, and capturing a third.
  • Cimon (BC-9529): Involved in actions around Esalin/Jewell (Spinward Marches 1004) during the Fifth Frontier War. Heavily damaged during final fleet actions against Zhodani fleet at Esalin/Jewell (Spinward Marches 1004). Credited with damaging a Zhodani light cruiser.
  • Xanthippus (BC-9530): Credited with damaging Zhodani screening elements during the Zhodani raid on Inthe (Spinward Marches 2410) in 1108. Spent the rest of the war in providing frontier security.
  • Adamdun (BC-9531): Destroyed a heavily damaged Zhodani battlecruiser during the Zhodani retreat of Esalin/Jewell (Spinward Marches 1004) in 1110. Damaged in actions with Zhodani fleet rearguard screen elements.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Military Vessel - Escort - Frigate:

  1. Type EF class Frigate
    1. Accel class Light Frigate
    2. Chaiik class Frigate
    3. Dead Sun class Frigate
    4. Draper class Frigate
    5. Ghost class Frigate
    6. Hazard class Frigate
    7. Idris class Frigate
    8. KE11 Ancestor class Frigate
    9. Kinunir class Vanguard Cruiser
    10. Krivak class Frigate
    11. Last Armada class Fast Escort
    12. Leedos class Frigate
    13. Mangle class Frigate
    14. Maurus class Frigate
    15. Montgomery class Frigate
    16. Musuna class Frigate
    17. Naga class Frigate
    18. Nevato class Frigate
    19. Nonsuch class Patrol Frigate
    20. Nowa Sol class Frigate
    21. Oorlog Jacht class Frigate
    22. Pilum class Frigate
    23. Plasma Storm class Frigate
    24. Revenge War Sloop class Corvette
    25. Rr'xighik'ker class Frigate
    26. S-17r class Frigate
    27. Sardis class Frigate
    28. Se Koez class Frigate
    29. Surprise class Light Frigate
    30. Taranil class Patrol Frigate
    31. TC10 Kalsop class Frigate
    32. Type 053H Xiamen class Frigate
    33. Type G class Frigate
    34. Type VF class Frigate
    35. Uxkoong class Frigate
    36. Yubari class Frigate

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 19.
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  5. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 19.
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  7. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 19.
  8. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 19.
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  11. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 19.
  12. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 19.
  13. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 19.
  14. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 19.
  15. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 19.