Lauritson class Picket Ship
|Lauritson class Picket Ship|
The bridge of a Lauritson class Picket Ship.
|Type: SI Picket Ship|
|Hull Configuration||Wedge Hull|
|Fuel tank||0 Tons|
|End of Service||Still in active service.|
|Architect fee||Dave Nilsen|
|Quick Ship Profile||SI-CS33|
|Also see||Security Vessel / Patrol Vessel / Scout Vessel|
|Canon||Published, fan design|
|Reference||Challenge 76 34, 36.|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.|
The Lauritson Unsupported Picket Ship (UPS) is a Gazelle-class Close Escort modifed to perform as a fleet or independent ("unsupported") picket. As with its Gazelle forebear, the Lauritson is a tight design, requiring four of its 22 crewmembers to "hot bunk."
Of the extra crew above the Gazelle complement, one mans the drone control MFD at a workstation in the ventral drone pod, one mans a bridge "repeater" station for the drone MFD as the second electronics crew member, another is dedicated maintenance crew for the sensor drones, and the fourth is a medic, carried because the Unsupported Picket Ships (UPS)s are often used for long-duration independent missions.
The drone pod displaces the small craft carried by the Gazelle, plus the ventral laser barbette, totalling 26 tons. The pod has space for three MOLRASP (Maneuvering Off-board Long Range Active Sensor Platform) drones. These drones are detailed at the bottom of the page. The "Lad" notation under sensors is a ladar sensor.
Without drop tanks, the Lauritson consumes 889.872 MW. With tanks attached, only 739.872 MW are needed. Although streamlined with the drop tanks attached, the Lauritson only has contra-grav performance for 300 tons, not 400. 2,665 m3 of fuel total, 1,345 carried in two 50-ton drop tanks, 1,320 internal. 1,120 m3 fuel for Jump-3 with tanks attached, 1,260 m3 for Jump-5 without tanks. Fuel purification machinery (7.6 MW), 10.52 hours to refine 2,665 m3. Drop tanks are armored to same level as ship, and equipped with EMM.
General Description & Deck Plans
No information yet available.
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||400 tons. Streamlined Wedge Hull.|
|3.||Performance / Engineering||Propulsion:|
|4.||Main Section / Electronics||Model/3 fib ship computer.|
|6.||Armament / Weaponry||The normal weapons fit-out for it is:|
|8.||Craft / Drones||A variable number of drones and one smallcraft when necessary.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||Fueling Equipment:|
|11.||Construction Time||16 months singly; 11 months in quantity.|
No information yet available.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Vessel Peculiarities: Despite remanufacturing and reengineering, the design still contains many redundant features from the base design of the Gazelle class Close Escort.
Class Naming Practice/s: Lauritson class Picket Skips: Four of these sophisticated Gazelle variants serve in the Covenant Navy, including the Covenant's Fleet Flagship, Standley Cherrie. The Lauritsons carry crack crews.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type SI class Surveillance Scout
- Alahir class Heavy Scout
- Bay class Surveillance Vessel
- Dienjzhiae class Fleet Intelligence Corvette
- Exocet class Intelligence Cruiser
- Fairmile Model G class Scout
- Keyhole class Observatory Ship
- Lauritson class Picket Ship
- Legion class Picket Boat
- Prince Asan class Scout Leader
- Tripwire class Early Warning Scout
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