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Takei Class Destroyer

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ARMAMENT:
    4 Turrets of Twin 145 mm (Approx. 6 Inch) Stabilized Cannons
    14 Dual mounted, 55mm Anti-Air Batteries with Computer Asisted digital Targeting.
    Undisclosed Electronic Counter Measures and Warfare Capacity.
    Undisclosed War-pod, Battle Satellite, and Combat A.P.U.s
    Ship to Ship Tactical and Strategic Torpedos
COMPLIMENT:
    250 (90 Officers and Gunnery Personnel operating in Triple rotation, Approximately 100 Marines and Combat Support Personnel)
    While the Crew compartments are generally single or double occupancy, and not as confining as on smaller vessels, they are still cramped.  The Basic crew quarter is reminiscent of a small dormitory room.  The living quarters are broken into levels and blocks, with each block sharing lavatory facilities, and shower facilities among 8 to 10 rooms (16 to 20 personnel).  Each crewman is alloted enough space for one foot locker of personnel effects and clothing, a shelf for books and materials, a half single closet, and desk.  A single galley serves the vessel, and doubles as the recreation room when not serving meals.  The vessel maintains minimal launches and Shuttles, with twin forward docking/landing pads loading and unloading of personnel, supplies, or cargo as well as numerous hard dock points for resupply at larger space facilities or by ship to ship transfer.  The primary airlock and supply elevator is located in the structure just behind the conning tower, reminiscent of a smoke stack of old Naval vessels, with numerous additional docking ports both along the port and starboard side, as well as airlocks for manual E.V.A.s.  A number of Construction and Utility A.P.U.s are maintained for in-flight rearming and maintenance purposes.  Most destroyers of the Takei series also carry a compliment of Airospace A.P.U.s, and/or War-pods.  Additionally, the Takei series can deploy a number of Battle Satellites for point defense, reconnaissance, or special tasks, controlled remotely from stations on the bridge.

HISTORY:
    The Takei class is a Destroyer, the second smallest classification of Capital Ship (above a corvette). The design was first conceived during the Corporate Insurrections, however the first of her class was not laid down until near the end of the war.  While at a glance the Takei Class's firepower seems comparable to the Artemis class gunships, the Takei series is larger, and more heavily armored, allowing it to directly engage other capital ships.  Additionally, the Takei gains a series advantage in firepower with it's deployable Battle-Satellites and War-Pods.  These various remote combat systems were included with the specific intent of making the Takei an effective escort and picket vessel that could protect the larger ships of the fleet from Fighter and Bomber attacks.  The Takei series also features a powerful Electronic Warfare and electronics suite, not only to help safeguard it's own remote weapons from outside jamming and hacking, but to aid it in hacking the electronics and communications of enemy warships and platforms.  The Takei series also maintains a fair bit of speed and maneuverability when compared even against other destroyers of her time, making her an excellent first line strike ship.  The speed of the Takei could allow it to rapidly close distance to enemy capital ships or fortifications where it's compliment of Marines and A.P.U.s could then board and seize control or sabotage the enemy.
    All of the advancements of the Takei series came at cost, making the vessel one of the more expensive vessels of the late war era.  This played a large part in the delays of construction of the first vessels of the series, and prevented her ever being built in large numbers.  Takei series vessels were often posted as C&C vessels of escort squadrons because of their powerful Electronic Warfare capabilities and range of remote Battle-Satelites and Warpods, but this forced them to sacrifice the advantage of their speed and maneuverability in engagements to maintain squadron command and defense. As a result, the initial engagements with Takei class destroyers were not the expected overwhelming successes military brass anticipated, and it was merely reported as having performed "Adequately".  This further set back it's production and development until long after the Corporate Insurrections had been put down.  Captains who served on Takei class ships, however, would attest to the quality and capabilities of the class even when it was being held back by poor fleet management - and many a Destroyer Captain has said it is one of the finest Destroyer classes of it's era.
    There are numerous variants to the Takei class destroyer.
   
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good picture, work and artdesign:) (Smile)