A Battle Tender or Fleet Tender is an starship transport intended to carry Battle Riders into combat. Generally a dispersed structure, it transports a squadron of battle riders ready for immediate launch upon entry into a system. While the riders press the attack, the tender stays in the reserve for protection.
Interstellar ship transport intended to carry battle riders into combat. Generally a dispersed structure (of up to one million tons), it transports a Battle Squadron (BatRon) of two to ten battle riders ready for immediate launch upon entry into a system. While the riders press the attack, the tender stays in reserve for protection.
Fleet tender is a generic term used for ships carrying combat oriented spaceships. There are two major type of tenders. The first type are those designed to carry large warships, such as battle riders. The other tender type carries SDBs and/or fighters, but lack the large weapon systems organic to carriers. While this makes them much cheaper to build, man, and operate, it also makes them much more vulnerable.
|Tender Supraclass Archtypes|
|Archtype||Type Code||TL Range||Remarks|
|Battle Tender||V-TBD||TL:TBD-TBD||(VB): Battle Tenders are used to transport Battle Rider platforms (200,000-1,000,000 Tons)|
|Cruiser Tender||V-TBD||TL:TBD-TBD||(VC): Cruiser Tenders are used to transport cruiser, and smaller size combatants. (30,000-750,000 Tons)|
|Escort Tender||V-TBD||TL:TBD-TBD||(VE): These tenders are small, escort-sized, vessels that carry non-starships, usually SDBs, to aid in defense of merchant vessels or squadrons of auxiliary vessels such as TankRons.|
|Interdiction Tender||V-TBD||TL:TBD-TBD||(VI): These tenders are also small, escort-sized, vessels that carry non-starships, such as SDBs, and, as their name implies, guard interdicted planets. Although the role may be filled with an escort tender, interdiction tenders tend to have larger storage, and more extensive repair facilities. They are expected to act somewhat independently for long durations and have a much wider mission footprint, involving policing, customs, search and rescue, and other non-combat tasks.|
Ported over from Talk:Fleet tender.
There are 2 types of ship which use this term- battle rider carriers, probably better referred to as such, and repair support services providers. Historically, ships which attend to maintence and repair are often referred to as tenders, and ships which carry other ships are carriers. I suggest that the matter be adddress with renaming to disambiguate the matter.
- - Dcorrin 17:46, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
- The term "Fleet Tender" has a specific meaning within Traveller. that of the battle rider carrier (See TCS whence the term and article comes). I'd suggest calling the second a "Ship tender" or "Mobile space dock". Then link the two articles.
- - Tjoneslo 03:05, 1 January 2007 (UTC)
There are several semi-conflicting articles that should be straightened out. Battle Tender, Fleet tender, Fleet Tender, and Ship tender. There is also the Express Boat Tender which is a different type.
- - Dcorrin 17:46, 8 January 2007 (UTC)