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Subcraft Carriers are vessels designed to carry subcraft, whether small ones designated smallcraft, or larger ones designated bigcraft.

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  • Description (Specifications)[edit]

    Subcraft Carriers are important and might one day disrupt the dominance of big gun battleships as they once did in the navies of maritime Terra, reversing the trend again. They transport a variety of smallcraft and bigcraft to the battlefield, where they perform combat support missions attacking skirmisher secondaries, disrupting missile flights, and decreasing the effectiveness of big gun battle wagons. As technology progresses, better miniaturized antishipping weaponry may lead to the fall of those same big gun battle wagons.

    • Various battle rider and jump tender strategies have already begun to innovate and experiment with a carrier strong future.
    • The "V" classification code is a holdover from pre-spaceflight (and pre-Anglic) Terran naval history. When wet-navy ships were first used as floating bases for aircraft, said ships were classified as "aViation" (from English, with the same meaning as in Anglic) or "Voler" (from French for "to fly") by some of their larger navies at the time.
    • Arguably it could now be used for "Vessel" (as in "carries other Vessels") or "Void" (since the system of a carrier and its smallcraft, when deployed, extends through the space between them). However, most naval officers in charge of classification who have expressed an opinion on this have preferred to cite historical precedent as justification.

    Image Repository[edit]

    This image repository contains a selection of carrier images:

    Type V Carrier:

    1. No image yet available.

    Type VT Tender:

    1. A World class Battle Tender laden down with Nolikian class Battle Riders.
      World-class-Tender Starter-Trav-CT 24-July-2019a.jpg
    2. A Bullfrog class Fighter Tender in deep space deploying small spheroid subcraft.
      Bullfrog-class-Boyd-Stone-T5-Jim-K 25-July-2019a.jpg

    Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

    Subcraft Carriers are not intended to enagage in direct ship-to-ship combat with the forward line of warships. rather they deploy their subcraft as combat multipliers meant to help the heavy spinal mount warships deploy in the most advantageous positions and they are meant to disrupt the maneuver of the enemy's fleet combat elements.

    Supraclass Roles[edit]

    Subcraft Carriers typically serve as Carriers or Tenders:

    Carriers typically serve the following roles:
    Largecraft & Bigcraft:

    V-class Carrier Supraclass Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code
    Ambush Carrier (VD)
    Assault Carrier (VA)
    Battle Carrier (VB)
    Carrier (V) (Namesake)
    Command Carrier (VC)
    Escort Carrier (VE)
    Fighter Support Ship (VL)
    Fleet Carrier (VB)
    Heavy Carrier (VH)
    Light Carrier (VL)
    Light Figher Carrier (VL)
    Medium Carrier (VM)
    Mother Ship (V)
    Pocket Carrier (VP)
    Provincial Combat Carrier (VF)
    Range Carrier (VF)
    Strike Carrier (VS)
    System Defense Carrier (VD)

    Tenders typically serve the following roles:
    Largecraft & Bigcraft:

    VT-class Tender Supraclass Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code
    Battle Tender (VTB)
    Commercial Tender (TV)
    Communication Tender (XT)
    Cruiser Tender (VTQ)
    Escort Tender (VTL)
    Fighter Tender (VT)
    Fleet Tender (VTF)
    Interdiction Tender (VTD)
    Jump Carrier (VT)
    Jump Shuttle (VT)
    Repair Tender (VTQ)
    Ship Tender (VTQ)
    System Defense Boat Tender (VT)
    Tender (VT) (Namesake)
    Xboat Tender (XT)

    Size-Class Roles for Subcraft Carrier Vessels[edit]

    Carriers:

    1. Utility Craft (U) (1 to 99 tons)
    2. Escort Carrier (VE) (100 to 2,499 tons)
    3. Light Carrier (VL) (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
    4. Medium Carrier (VM) (100,000 to 199,999 tons)
    5. Pocket Carrier (VP) (200,000 to 249,999 tons)
    6. Heavy Carrier (VH) (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
    7. Superheavy Carrier (VS) (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
    8. Ultraheavy Carrier (VU) (1,000,000 or more tons)

    Tenders:

    1. Utility Craft (U) (1 to 99 tons)
    2. Escort Tender (VTE) (100 to 2,499 tons)
    3. Light Tender (VTL) (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
    4. Medium Tender (VTM) (100,000 to 249,999 tons)
    5. Heavy Tender (VTH) (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
    6. Superheavy Tender (VTS) (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
    7. Ultraheavy Tender (VTU) (1,000,000 or more tons)

    Military Subcraft[edit]

    Military subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by nearly all of these vessels:

    1. Battle Rider (BR)
    2. Combat Barge (WBG)
    3. Combat Transport Smallcraft (UI)
    4. Fighters (F)
    5. Militarized Utility Craft (UQ)

    Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

    These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

    V-class Subcraft Carrier Supraclass Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
    Subcraft Carrier V (namesake) Lurenti class Battle Carrier V-class vessels represent a school of thought using larger vessels to deploy smaller ones, or subcraft. The Subcraft Carrier supraclass includes both carriers and tenders. Carriers carry smallcraft fighters and tenders carry bigcraft battle riders.
    • V = Vehicle Carrier, aViation or voler, etc.
    • Voler is a Terran French word meaning "to fly."
    Assault Carrier VA Wind class Strike Carrier Assault Carriers specialize in planetary assault using their fighters to conduct round-the-clock surface bombardment missions and then shuttling down troop transports and armored fighting vehicles.
    • A = Assault, Attack, Strike, etc.
    • VA-14: These Carriers carry assault landers and other craft whose missions are focused on ground assault mission, rather then fighters. These vessels usually carry large numbers of troops.
    • VS-13/-15: The VS-13/-15 series is a new line of carriers designed independent of the VF-11/-12 series.
    Battle Carrier VB Wind class Strike Carrier Battle Carrier: Interstellar ship transport intended to carry fighters into combat. Generally a dispersed structure (...of up to one million tons), it transports a squadron of a number of fighters ready for immediate launch upon entry into a system. While the fighters press the attack, the battle carrier stays in reserve for protection.
    • B = Battle, Combat, Far, Fast, Frontier, etc.
    Command Carrier VC War Child class Command Carrier Command Carriers perform flagship roles, coordinating large numbers of fighters. courier vessels, scout vessels, and line combatants, as the center of a battle fleet. This role is ordinarily taken by a fleet's premier battleships.
    • C = Command
    Defense Carrier VD No exemplar yet available. Defense Carriers are a specialized form of carriers that forward deploy fighters in similar roles to SDBs. The use of defense carriers can strategically deny fleets access to gas giants or other fuel sources and thus deny enemy battle battle fleets strategic mobility and flexibility.
    • D = Defense
    Escort Carrier VE Hyperion class Escort Carrier Escort Carriers or Very Light Carriers displace between 100 to 2,499 tons in size. While not very useful for larger fleet formations, they are great in an escort role, putting out a sensor picket, protecting against other fighters, or for strikes against lightly defended targets. They can also be built relatively quickly, staffed quickly, and quickly deploy into action. Many fleets operate escort carriers because of their usefulness within their identified roles.
    Fleet Carrier VF Antiama class Fleet Carrier Fleet Carriers are built to operate as part of a fleet, not independently. Their subcraft provide tactical and strategic support to a line a battlefleet a CruRon or a BatRon. Their fighters provide sensor pickets, an expanded sensor net, either in a tactical or strategic sense, provide missile shields intercepting enemy munitions, or provide strike assets damaging enemy capital ships. They are dependent on other capital ships and auxiliary elements such as tankers or combat support ships.
    • F = Fleet, Combat Support, Strategic, etc.
    • VF-11: The massive VF-11 was produced to provide support for the vast numbers of fighters that fleet tactics required. The size and design of the VF-11 call for an independent refueling tanker, the TV-11.
    • VF-12: The technological development of the VF-11 into the VF-12 also called for a similar tanker, but rather than design a new vessel, the TV-11 was used without change.
    Heavy Carrier VH Midway class Heavy Carrier A Heavy Carrier is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 250,000 to 499,999 tons. Heavies are very large craft, as big as many cruisers and battleships and capable of carrying a large, powerful load of subcraft, enough fighters to seriously threaten most battle fleets.
    • H = Heavy
    • VH-13: Very large carrier designed to serve as a force flagship, carrying a large suite of defensive weaponry. Due to its size, cost, and complexity, they were not considered effective units. The smaller carriers are favored due to cost effectiveness and tactical flexibility.
    Light Carrier VL Skimkish class Light Carrier A Light Carrier is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 2,500 to 99,999 tons. Light vessels can be impressive craft, just under 100k in tonnage, which is more than large enough to threaten merchant vessels, smaller system defense fleets, and many lesser targets including smaller world-states.
    • L = Light
    • VL-15: The higher-tech trend is to smaller carriers. The VL-15 light carrier
    Medium Carrier VM Antiama class Fleet Carrier A Medium Carrier is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 100,000 to 199,999 tons. Medium vessels are large vessels, cruiser-sized, and are general considered capital ships, serious combatants. They require serious resources, logistical support, and large crews, but they project power across interstellar distances when used correctly in ways that no escort or destroyer can match.
    • M = Medium
    Pocket Carrier VP Horror class Strike Carrier A Pocket Carrier is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 200,000 to 249,999 tons.
    • P = Pocket
    • VP-15: Even smaller than the light carriers is the VP-15 pocket carrier continuing the higher-tech trend to smaller, more inexpensive vessels.
    Superheavy Carrier VS Mordax class Fleet Carrier A Superheavy Carrier is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 500,000 to 999,999 tons. Superheavies are incredibly large vessels, bigger than the resources of the typical pocket empire or world-state can construct. They take years to build, requiring huge costs, massive expenditures of resources, and massive crews. They are rarely available in other than very small runs, but they have massive combat power.
    • S = Superheavy
    Tender VT (Namesake) World class Battle Tender Tenders carry bigcraft, which is to say subcraft that are 100 tons or larger in displacement. These subcraft are significantly larger, more powerful, and longer-legged than the smallcraft fighters carried by traditional carriers. This gives significantly more strategic options than a fighter-equipped carrier, but not always better striking power within a fighter's range envelope. The Battle Rider is the prototypical bigcraft carried by Battle Tenders and entire schools of naval strategy have arisen concerning their usage and deployment. [1]
    Ultraheavy Carrier VU Kliqrv class Battle Carrier A Ultraheavy Carrier is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh 1,000,000 or more tons. Ultraheavies are not for the thrifty... Only the largest of supra-polities can afford them, and they are almost always specialized for very specific roles, typically as flag ships for the largest fleets.
    • U = Ultraheavy
    Commercial Tender & Ship Transporter TV Mariner class Frame Carrier Ship Transporters or commercial tenders are similar to carriers and tenders, but instead of military subcraft, they carry civilian subcraft. The concept is similar to the battle rider concept, except in a civilian application. The class also includes various kinds of jump ships or jump trains, specialized to carry variable cargos, or as jump shuttles.
    NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

    History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

    Carriers: Carriers are designed to carry large numbers of small combat craft, which in turn attack the enemy’s combatants or world surfaces. [2]

    • Carriers remain a strong element of fleet battle groups to this day, deploying subcraft in roles that enhance the effectiveness of the forward line of battle.

    Selected Variant Types & Classes - Carriers[edit]

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Assault Carrier:

    1. Type VA class Assault Carrier
      1. Lorimar class Strike Carrier
      2. Mar class Strike Carrier
      3. Sveinhelm class Assault Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Battle Carrier:

    1. Type VB class Battle Carrier
      1. Liaoning class Strike Carrier
      2. Wind class Strike Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Command Carrier:

    1. Type VC class Command Carrier
      1. Echaahan class Command Carrier
      2. Ishker class Command Carrier
      3. Rapacious class Command Carrier
      4. War Child class Command Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Defense Carrier:

    1. Type VD class Defense Carrier
      1. Stanter class Defense Escort Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Escort Carrier:

    1. Type VE class Escort Carrier
      1. Bengal class Carrier
      2. Cavern of Fangs class Escort Carrier
      3. Centaur class Mercenary Carrier
      4. Das Reich class Very Light Carrier
      5. Hyperion class Escort Carrier
      6. Nisina class Escort Carrier
      7. Ranger class Escort Carrier
      8. Sakhai class Assault Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Fleet Carrier:

    1. Type VF class Fleet Carrier
      1. Indomitable class Fleet Carrier
      2. Vindicated class Fleet Carrier
      3. White Dragon class Fleet Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Heavy Carrier:

    1. Type VH class Heavy Carrier
      1. Midway class Heavy Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Light Carrier:

    1. Type VL class Light Carrier
      1. Avenger class Escort Carrier
      2. Bullfrog class Fighter Tender
      3. Cluster class Light Fleet Carrier
      4. Collossal class Light Carrier
      5. Dauntless class Light Carrier
      6. De Gaulle class Light Carrier
      7. Fuchuan class Warship Carrier
      8. Garin class Light Carrier
      9. Heng-O class Light Carrier
      10. Hangar class Light Fleet Carrier
      11. Hybrid Zeno class Light Carrier
      12. Kosigar class Light Carrier
      13. Liaoning class Light Carrier
      14. Nova class Light Carrier
      15. Regal Ark class Light Fleet Carrier
      16. Skimkish class Light Carrier
      17. SLC8 Penetia class Light Carrier
      18. Vati class Support Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Medium Carrier:

    1. Type VM class Medium Carrier
      1. Antiama class Fleet Carrier
      2. Exilicanda class Medium Carrier
      3. Spirit class Medium Carrier
      4. Victorious class Medium Fleet Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Pocket Carrier:

    1. Type VP class Pocket Carrier
      1. Horror class Strike Carrier
      2. Jderveledr class Fleet Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Superheavy Carrier:

    1. Type VS class Superheavy Carrier
      1. Mordax class Superheavy Fleet Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Subcraft Carrier - Ultraheavy Carrier:

    1. Type VU class Ultraheavy Carrier
      1. Kliqrv class Ultraheavy Battle Carrier

    Selected Variant Types & Classes - Tenders[edit]

    Military Ship - Warship - Battle Tender:

    1. Type VTB class Battle Tender
      1. Aatsdivr class Battle Tender
      2. Auliaau class Battle Carrier
      3. Cleon class Battle Tender
      4. Daprolix class Battle Tender
      5. Maggart class Battle Tender
      6. Merant class Fleet Tender
      7. Mie class Fleet Tender
      8. Monica class Battle Tender
      9. Oni class Fleet Tender
      10. Senator class Battle Tender
      11. Triumph class Battle Tender

    Military Ship - Warship - Command Tender:

    1. Type VTC class Command Tender
      1. S-1a class Space Command Battle Tender

    Military Ship - Warship - Defense Tender:

    1. Type VTD class Defense Tender
      1. Arachnae class System Defense Boat Tender
      2. Swarm Master class Fleet Tender

    Military Ship - Warship - Escort Tender - Very Light Tender:

    1. Type VTE class Escort Tender
      1. Aggressive Predator class Attack Boat Tender
      2. Confederate class Scout Station
      3. Fagad Avalar class Tender
      4. Owatarl class Tender
      5. Smeeppi class Carrier

    Military Ship - Warship - Fleet Tender:

    1. Type VTF class Fleet Tender
      1. As'ah class Fleet Tender
      2. Aster class Fleet Tender
      3. Euphrates Rio class Fleet Tender
      4. Jesel class Fleet Tender
      5. Last Armada class Fleet Tender
      6. League class Fleet Tender
      7. Norland class Fleet Tender
      8. Plavis class Fleet Tender
      9. Saeda class Fleet Tender
      10. Starbelt class Fleet Tender
      11. Stormbringer class Fleet Tender
      12. Uthgvoe class Fleet Tender
      13. Yedidah class Fleet Tender

    Military Ship - Warship - Heavy Tender:

    1. Type VTH class Heavy Tender
      1. Goke class Fleet Tender
      2. Jossto class Battle Rider Carrier
      3. Lurenti class Battle Carrier
      4. Olympica class Battle Tender
      5. Rita class Fleet Tender
      6. World class Battle Tender

    Military Ship - Warship - Militarized Jump Shuttle:

    1. Type VTJ class Militarized Jump Shuttle
      1. Volare class Jump Shuttle
      2. WP-768 class Jump Shuttle

    Military Ship - Warship - Light Tender:

    1. Type VTL class Light Tender
      1. Arethusa class Destroyer Tender
      2. Hecla class Destroyer Tender
      3. Revenger class Fleet Tender
      4. Sshkih class Carrier
      5. Sword of Vengeance class Battle Tender

    Military Ship - Warship - Medium Tender:

    1. Type VTM class Medium Tender
      1. Beaumonde class Fleet Tender
      2. Bulwark class Fleet Tender
      3. Holy Mother class Fleet Tender
      4. Iinen class Fleet Tender
      5. Kiev class Fleet Tender
      6. Oromet Delight class Fleet Tender
      7. Syndrome class Fleet Tender
      8. Valiant Guardian class Fleet Tender

    Military Ship - Warship - Superheavy Tender:

    1. Type VTS class Superheavy Tender
      1. Imperial Standard class Fleet Tender
      2. Liapryrzh class Battle Carrier
      3. Sorority class Fleet Tender
      4. Stisahsheql class Battle Carrier
      5. Triumphant Honor class Fleet Tender

    Military Ship - Warship - Ultraheavy Tender:

    1. Type VTU class Ultraheavy Tender
      1. Gorodish class Fleet Tender
      2. Jacent Capital class Fleet Tender
      3. Nianemiev class Battle Carrier
      4. Shinar class Fleet Tender
      5. Uurogin class Fleet Tender
      6. Varella class Fleet Tender

    Selected Variant Types & Classes - Civilian Subcraft Carriers[edit]

    1. Type TJ class Jump Ship
      1. Brown class Jump Ship
    2. Type TV class Ship Transporter
      1. Brown class Jump Ship
      2. Brutus class Ship Transporter
      3. Corporate class Range Carrier
      4. Endeavor class Ship Transporter
      5. High Liner class Bulk Freighter
      6. Mariner class Frame Carrier
      7. Marius class Ship Transporter
      8. Orowani Deep Space class Commercial Tender
      9. Sagacity class Bulk Freighter
      10. Type JS class Jump Ship

    Ship Summary List[edit]

    Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:

    7 Representative Subcraft Carrier (V) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Bulwark class Fleet Tender VTM 12 100,000 2 2 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. VTM-0KP22
    Chrysanthemum class Destroyer Escort VE 15 1,000 4 6 Third Imperium Yes VE-KU64
    Echaahan class Command Carrier VC 12 100,000 3 6 Iltharan TBD
    Fer-de-lance class Destroyer Escort VE 15 1,000 4 6 Third Imperium Yes VE-KU64
    Hybrid Zeno class Light Carrier VL 11 3,600 2 2 Lon Mardos Defense Forces No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. VL-03U22
    Kosigar class Light Carrier VL 13 4,000 3 1 Solomani Confederation No VL-TBD
    Whispering Sky class Fleet Carrier VV 12 90,000 3 6 Stalker


    0 Representative Assault Carrier (VA) Classes
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    0 Representative Battle Carrier (VB) Classes
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    1 Representative Command Carrier (VC) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Echaahan class Command Carrier VC 12 100,000 3 6 Iltharan TBD


    0 Representative Defense Carrier (VD) Classes
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    2 Representative Escort Carrier (VE) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Chrysanthemum class Destroyer Escort VE 15 1,000 4 6 Third Imperium Yes VE-KU64
    Fer-de-lance class Destroyer Escort VE 15 1,000 4 6 Third Imperium Yes VE-KU64


    0 Representative Fleet Carrier (VF) Classes
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    0 Representative Heavy Carrier (VH) Classes
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    2 Representative Light Carrier (VL) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Hybrid Zeno class Light Carrier VL 11 3,600 2 2 Lon Mardos Defense Forces No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. VL-03U22
    Kosigar class Light Carrier VL 13 4,000 3 1 Solomani Confederation No VL-TBD


    0 Representative Medium Carrier (VM) Classes
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    0 Representative Pocket Carrier (VP) Classes
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    0 Representative Supraheavy Carrier (VS) Classes
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    1 Representative Tenders (VT) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Bulwark class Fleet Tender VTM 12 100,000 2 2 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. VTM-0KP22


    0 Representative Ultraheavy Carrier (VU) Classes
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