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Aliens USS Sulaco

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Just a quicky for the Sulaco, the Colonial Marine starship from the second Alien movie.

"It was an ugly ship. Battered, overused, parts repaired that should have been replaced, too tough and valuable to scrap. Easier for its masters to upgrade it and modify it than to build a new one. Its lines were awkward and its engines oversize. A mountain of metal and composites and ceramic, a floating scrap heap, weightless monument to war, it shouldered its way brutally through the mysterious region called hyperspace. Like its human cargo, it was purely functional.
Its name was Sulaco."

The Conestoga class Starships were originally designed as troop and logistics transports with only limited defensive capabilities. As the class aged, and revisions and upgrades took place, the ships were equipped with more and more weapons, until the entire class was upgraded to light assault ships, with some small space control and orbital bombardment role. These ships will remain in the USASF/Marine inventory until the first of the new Bougainville attack transports are taken into service, at which time the remaining Conestogas will be slowly taken out of service.

The Sulaco was the thirteenth ship of the class, and has received all the usual revisions of the class. Although the overall armaments between ships vary somewhat, the Sulaco is a reasonable example of the class.
By 2179, this ship had been converted into a rapid-response military transport, with orbital bombardment and fleet support capabilities.
Sulaco masses 78,000 metric tons and can carry an additional 20,000 tons of cargo. It measures 385 meters in length.

The Sulaco was never a very lucky ship. Since she has been commissioned there have been several incidents with her, the worst ones being hit by Anti-Ship missiles whilst in orbit over Linna 349, and a docking accident at Gateway station which killed five people. However, the worst incident involving the Sulaco is her deployment to Zeta Reticuli, with a full marine Squad and two civilians as her complement. Since her departure from Gateway station, more than ten years ago, there has been no sign from either the crew, or the Sulaco...


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Passin's avatar

It works though. That's the important bit. Although, why no bridge crew I wonder? (Answer, because that would be a plot issue then;D)

aqdrobert's avatar

Xeno meowth shock

Meowth: Always go back for the cat!

popandchips's avatar

Some people may cal this ship ugly but not me. It was used in one of my favorite movies.

K4nK4n's avatar

This looks awesome.

GearChronicleFan's avatar

Nice. Don't think I've ever seen this ship with its main engines ignited before.


Thing that always bothered me about this ship is why it only carried one squad with no other crew. You'd think that whilst the drop team descends to a planet there would be command, engineering and medical crews aboard, as well as several other troop squads aboard. Especially when you consider the opening sequences to that Colonial Marines game.

AEdwardBaker's avatar

As I understand, there normally would be a much larger crew and marine compliment, but it was pared down to the minimum for the Acheron mission. A squad "large enough to handle whatever it finds, but small enough for the corporate representative to ride herd on", IIRC from the Aliens Tech Manual.

GearChronicleFan's avatar

Fairs. Still would've been silly to have left the ship without at least a bridge crew I would think though.

BalloonPrincess's avatar

Groovy! Still one of my favorite movies and horror movie franchises. <3

This time, it’s war

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