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Carrier Fleet by ILJackson Carrier Fleet by ILJackson
Like the Queen in a game of Chess, Fleet Carriers, such as the Terran Protectorate's Liberty-Class Carriers, are the most dangerous ship in a fleet, but they are also the most targeted.

Through the use of fighters, the fleet is able to project strength far beyond the range of its largest guns.
Fighters carry a disproportionate weapons package on a small, one or two-man vessel. Unlike missiles, projectiles and energy beams fired at a distance, fighter squadrons can change tactics once they arrive at the enemy, target select ships and systems, outmaneuver and defeat countermeasures, and intercept and defeat enemy fighters and missiles.

But the carriers that transport those fighters need to be heavily protected from enemy attack. They are usually escorted by destroyers, cruisers and other light escorts.

Ironically, the biggest threat to a carrier is usually enemy fighters.
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tossed2005 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
On terrestrial naval vessels, the turrets visible on the weather decks are usually just a cap to an entire massive mass of machinery; the main gun barbettes on a WW2 era battleship went down almost to the keel, for example. Even secondary armaments had more "stuff" beneath or near the turret than the volume of the turret itself would contain.

Is this true for the tech base behind your carrier as well? I bring it up because if so, every gun the ship carried would be less workshops, hangar space, and/or spare parts it could hold.
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Partially. The space requirements are maybe 1/5th those of current weaponry due to miniaturization.
Also, the Liberty-Class is 1,375 feet in length and carries just over 100 fighters, shuttles and mecha.
She's got 22 AA guns, 6 rail gun turrets, 1 missile launcher and 4 gauss cannons.

By comparison, the Enterprise at the end of WWII was only 824 feet, with 90 aircraft, and by the end of the war she was armed with 8 5-inch guns, 54 40mm Bofors, and 32 20mm Oerlikons.
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Blades-123 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastically cool and powerful looking ships! Odd isn't it, how we all obey the unspoken convention of ships flying in the same orientation with respect to one another? :)
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the common belief is that most species will orient their ships to the plane of the ecliptic for common reference and to avoid confusion during battle because land-based species aren't evolved to work in a 3D environment.

I actually play with that concept a little bit. There's a species known as the Vorhasi who's ships never orient to the ecliptic, because they have spent so much time in space. So their ships always come at you from all sorts of crazy angles. It emphasizes their alienness.

I think species that evolved underwater would also be able to do that fairly easily. But us humans and species like us will probably always orient our ships the same way by instinct, unless given a good reason not to.

Oh, I did notice that JJ Abrams got rid of ships all oriented the same way in the new Star Trek movie. You have to look to really catch it, but in the space scenes he randomly rotates the ships and the camera angles so that the ships appear rotated all over the place. It was a good, subtle effect.
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