Among the first jump-capable warships, the Hobart-Class destroyer was the pride of the Oceanic Federation's fleet. The first one rolled off the New Perth orbital shipyards in 2102, and the class served with distinction until replaced by the Artemis-Class in 2140 after the development of more stable and effective artificial gravity. The Hobart was one of the last warships in the field that retained the use of rotational gravitaty living quarters. Due to the power requirements of the early artifical gravity systems developed at the end of the 21st century, it was impossible to power the lasers and Gauss cannons while maintaining gravity. Since naval combat at that time often lasted days, crews would rotate through the gravitational sections for rest to prevent physiological degradation. Armed with three double-barrel 450mm railgun cannons and eight potent pulse laser emitters, the Hobart's most potent offensive weapon was the 2,500mm heavy Gauss cannon spinal mount. As one of the handful of superpowers that rose out of the ashes of the Fall in the first half of the 21st century, the Oceanic Federation had established substantial industrial and mining operations throughout the Sol system, and was among the first nations to settle the newly-discovered habitable worlds in nearby systems as jump technology evolved in 2085. Many nations squabbled for mining and settlement rights, with such squabbles coming to blows more often than not. To protect their colonial expeditions, no less than six Hobart-class destroyers and eight Nichols-class frigates would escort every colony ship to provide the backbone of a colonial defense fleet. Several Hobart-class vessels still remain in private collections, the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum orbital above Terra, and in the Australio-Pacifica Coalition- the nation the Oceanic Federation eventually evolved into- at the Museum of Naval Technology in the Dunedan orbital above Ganelon.
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Superdestroyer Apocalypse-Class Mark II. HMS Leviathan - Space Carrier Nuclear Vessel - 207. Commander: Secundus Capt. Arcturus Gideon of the IX Imperial Phalanx . Armament: 12.6 GW Laser Pulse Cannon, 2x 450 MW Laser Pulse Cannon, 6x 350 MW Laser Pulse Cannon, 12x 8 Barrel Plasma Bolt Cannon, 33x 50 MW Laser Pulse Turrets, 30x Phallanx Missile Launchers, 72x KEW/Torpedo Launchers. Shields: 4x Gharmeth-Priuss EME-DF22 1500py(250,000x3J) Power Plant: 2x Helium 3 Fusion RollsRoyce Ionized Plasma Stream Engines, 12x Chemical afterburners, Bussard Ramjet, ECKERLY-BENSON Inertialess Drive. Capacity: 25x Cobra-Class Gunships, 34x ASF66 H-Wing Starfighters, 22x APC Raven troop transports, 6x AHC heavy Carriers, 12x AAC Raptor-class Destroyers, 2x GH-10 Imperial transports. Crew: 3600, Officers: 176, Imperial Attache and Political Officers: 23, Imperial Marines ShockTroopers: 1500. Superdestroyers of the Imperial Fleet: HMS Chimera, HMS Jörmungandr, HMS Hydra, HMS Behemonth, HMS Juggernaut, HMS Kraken (Destroyed by the Zidrii), HMS Fenrir, HMS Orochi, HMS Jötnar, HMS Manticore, HMS Gorgon, HMS Grendel (Lost in Hyperspace), HMS Colossus and the HMS Balrog (HMS Golem under construction).
Listed Specifications: Name: Liberty-class medium fighter carrier Origin: Terran Federation/Stellar Combat Command Manufacturer: L3 Naval Construction Complex, Lagrange Point 3, Earth orbit Type: Medium interstellar fighter carrier Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations Length: 760 meters Width: 380 meters Main Drive: 4 x 2.1 GW Secondary Powerplant: 2 x 10,000 KW Main Thrusters: 4 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines Verniers: 80 Acceleration: 4.0 g (maximum space acceleration); 1.5 light years per minute (faster-than-light capability) Onboard Sensors: ECM, ECCM, fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, magnetic resonance lens, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, search radar, telescope Fixed Armament: 20 x PD laser turrets, 10 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 8 X long-range anti-ship laser cannons Additional Armament/Compliment: 540 crew, 90 officers; 400 fighter pilots/troops, 96 starfighters (4 squadrons), 4 personnel transports/shuttles Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors, PD laser turrets Equipment: 2 x launch rack systems, artificial gravity system, lifeboat escape system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (4), hyperspace generator Commissioned: 07/10/2872 (TFS Liberty) Ships of Class: TFS Liberty, TFS Challenger, TFS Endeavor, TFS Columbia, TFS Discovery, TFS Atlantis, 20 others in service
Fighter craft are dispatched by a central launch rail and recovered by landing pads on either side of it. Each hangar has a side-door for immediate access when the ship is in dock.
The second mast at the rear of the craft is a long-range FTL communication antenna. Due to the power of the device it has to be pointed away from the command tower to transmit (it is harmful to electronic equipment and living beings).
The four main anti-ship laser turrets have covers on them to protect the lenses. These retract when activated. The missile systems are on turrets (as requested).
Life-pod arrays are located in the superstructure to service the crew there. Crew evacuating in the hangar areas would attend to life pods in the hangars themselves (or launch on shuttles).
Main cargo for support services have doors on either side of the indent into the main hangar.
This is a concept for a big spaceship that moves through space by funneling spacetime through the ring-shaped contrivance on the forward end. I've had this idea for a few months and I just now got around to drawing it.
An illustration from the Dark Nova Roleplaying game supplement- Fortune and Glory.
The Hobart-class destroyer was one of the first jump-capable warships ever developed by the Oceanic Federation (now the Australio-Pacifica Coalition). First launched in 2102, it was the primary defensive vessel for Oceanic colonial expeditions for nearly fourty years.
The OFS Perth was the first vessel to be engaged by hostile European Union forces during the territorial dispute over New Tauranga in 2108. Both nations had laid claim to the newly-discovered star system and its wealth- three habitable worlds- but the Oceanic colonial expedition arrived first. When the European expedition arrived, the commander unwisely chose to threaten to use force against the Oceanic colonists. In typical Aussie/Kiwi fashion, the Oceanic command remained calm and tried to talk some sense into the Europeans, but to no avail. The EU ships opened fire with long-range lasers and launched fighter drones. The Perth was ordered to return fire and prevent harm to the civilian population on the surface and in the Wellington orbital station.
The Perth took several hits from the EU lasers as it lined up its spinal mount Gauss cannon and fired, but its return salvo hulled the European cruiser that led the expedition. The rest of the battle went equally poorly for the belligerent EU forces, and the Oceanic Federation secured their claim to the system with extreme prejudice and colourful language.
In the end, the EU Fleet Command in Geneva declared that the commander of their expedition had acted without authorization, preventing an escalation of tensions between the two nations. As numerous similar colonial conflicts erupted and spurred a rapid explosion of technological advances, warships such as the Perth quickly became obsolete. Despite this, however, the Hobart-class remained in service with the Oceanic navy for another three decades before finally being retired.
--------------------------- Hobart-class originally rendered by , modified by
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