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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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.
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.