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 Post subject: SLS Ark Royal (Carrier)
PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:43 pm 

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                    AeroTech 2 Vessel Technical Readout

Class/Model/Name:  Ark Royal (Carrier) 
Tech:              Inner Sphere / 2750
Vessel Type:       WarShip
Rules:             Level 2, Custom design
Rules Set:         AeroTech2

Mass:              770,000 tons
K-F Drive System:  (Unknown)
Length:            773 meters
Sail Diameter:     1,123 meters
Power Plant:       Standard
Safe Thrust:       3
Maximum Thrust:    5
Armor Type:        Ferro-carbide
   16 AR10 Launcher
    8 NL55
    8 NL45
    8 NAC/20
Late in the Star League era, the SLDF decided to build its first dedicated
aerospace fighter carrier.  This 770,000 ton vessel would become the Ark Royal
class.  Designed to carry and support a full strength regiment of aerospace
fighters (54) and carrying enough fuel and munitions for sixty days of normal
operations between resupply (normal operations defined as two sorties per
fighter per day).  Combat operations could reduce the time between resupply
dramatically.  The SLDF quickly learned that operating a massive carrier based
aerospace force required well-planned replenishment operations to keep these
ships in the field.

Built upon a 770,000 ton frame, the SLS Ark Royal sacrficed weaponry and
acceleration for the ability to carry and support 54 aerospace fighters and 12
small craft.  The two hanger bays (one containing 36 fighters, the other 18
fighters and 12 small craft) were able to launch six fighters each per minute.
 The small craft were able to share the same launch-recovery systems as the
aerospace fighters in the aft bay.

In an emergency, an Ark Royal with a well-trained crew could scamble their
entire fighter complement in under five minutes.  However, unless expecting
combat, these carriers only kept one squadron (6 fighters) on ready alert for
launch within 3 minutes of sounding general quarters.  Perimeter security was
usually supplied by a combat air patrol of one or two fighter squadrons.

To support fighter ops, the Ark Royals had a dedicated flight operations
center built into their hull.  From the FOC, 168 officers and men directed all
fighter ops through dedicated communications links to each fighter.  Using the
powerful sensor arrays of the carrier, these personnel would vector fighter
squadrons and coordinate their activities.  Overseeing all flight operations
was the Commander--Air Group (or CAG).  Aboard SLDF carriers, the CAG was
second in rank only to the ship captain.

32,400 tons of fuel were dedicated just to aerospace fighter operations, in
addition to the 14,400 tons of fuel for the carrier itself.  The carrier had a
very small amount of carrier for its operations--just 38,500 tons of spare
parts--while the fighter wing had nearly 40,000 tons for consumbables,
munitions, and external ordnance allocated.

239 officers and men comprised the crew of the Ark Royals, with 100 marines
assigned for security.  A further 168 officers and men were assigned directly
to the aerospace fighters and small craft, while 168 more were assigned to
flight operations.  Suffiicent space was provided for up to 75 passengers,
while two 95-meter diameter grav decks allowed all personnel to maintain their
health and fitness on long voyages.  Life support, food, and water supplies
were sufficient for deployments of up to 360 days.

For protection, the SLS Ark Royal carried nearly 1,100 tons of ferro-carbide
armor, more than many cruisers and battlecruisers of the SLDF.  Though not
designed to get into a fight, these ships could defend themselves.  Sixteen
AR-10 capital missile launchers (each with 15 Killer Whale, 15 White Shark,
and 15 Barracuda missiles) were emplaced in eight bays, covering every arc of
fire.  Sixteen naval lasers (8 NL-45 and 8 NL-55) supplemented the missile

The heaviest punch of the ship though was concentrated in the eight NAC-20
naval autocannons, mounted one per firing arc.  Each cannon had an individual
magazine containing 50 rounds of ammunition.

This weaponry was decidely weak for a cruiser or a frigate of equal mass, but
the SLDF considered the fighters of the Ark Royal as their main battery.  This
did nothing to alleviate the lack of thrust--these ships could barely manage
to maintain a cruising speed of 1.5-g's, with 2.5-g's available under full
emergency power.

==Battle History:==
Two ships of the Ark Royal class--SLS Ark Royal and SLS Victorious--were among
the volunteers that jumped deep into the Terra system during the Liberation. 
These ships and their fighters were in large part responsible for cripplinging
the M-5 drones before they could attack the vessels carrying the SLDF ground
forces towards Terra.  Both ships were lost with all hands--but not before
helping to destroy over one hundred Caspers.

SLS Illustrious and her sister SLS Indomitable accompanied the troops ships
during the initial landings.  Their fighters were among the hundreds that
suppressed the SDS ground batteries.  During the engagement, their cavernous
ordance lockers and fuel tanks refueled and rearmed not only their fighters,
but those of scores of other DropShips and WarShips.  Maneuvering to support
the fighter attack, Illustrious strayed into the firing arc of an undamaged
ground facility.  Forty-eight heavy Naval PPCs targeted the carrier,
thirty-two of which struck directly amidships.  Cut in half by the fire from
the defenders, she tumbled into the upper atmosphere, impacting in both the
Artic Ocean and the North Sea.

==Notable Vessels & Crews:==
SLS Ark Royal
SLS Furious
SLS Glorious
SLS Illustrious
SLS Indomitable
SLS Victorious

Six ships of this class (Ark Royal, Furious, Glorious, Illustrious,
Indomitable, Victorious) were completed and undergoing trails with the Fleet
when the Coup occurred.  Production had not commenced on the second block of
ships (the SLDF Bureau of Ships was waiting on the final reports from the
field), and due to the actions of a fast-thinking officer at the Fleet Yards
of Keid none would ever again be produced.  When Stefan Amaris's force
attempted to take over the yards, Ensign Geraldine Harlow dumped the computer
mainframe containing the design schematics and blueprints for these ships. 
Though she was shot and killed by the enemy troops, her actions prevented
Amaris from constructing ships of this class for his forces.

By the time of the Exodus, only SLS Indomitable remained intact.  Her sister
ships had all been destroyed in dozens of actions against the SDS systems and
the M-5 'Casper' Drones.  Indomitable departed on the Exodus with General
Kerensky and vanished from the history books.

Class/Model/Name:  Ark Royal (Carrier) 
Mass:              770,000 tons

Equipment:                                                            Mass  
Power Plant, Drive & Control:                                      138,600.00
Thrust:  Safe Thrust: 3
      Maximum Thrust: 5
Kearny-Fuchida Hyperdrive:  Compact (Integrity = 16)               348,425.00
Lithium Fusion Battery                                               7,700.00
Jump Sail (Detachable): (Integrity = 4)                                 68.00
Structural Integrity: 70                                            53,900.00
Total Heat Sinks:    1,020 Double                                      449.00
Fuel & Fuel Pumps:                                                  14,688.00
Bridge, Controls, Radar, Computer & Attitude Thrusters:              1,925.00
Fire Control Computers:                                                   .00
Food & Water:  (360 days supply)                                     1,350.00
Armor Type:  Ferro-carbide  (904 total armor pts)                    1,077.00
                           Capital Scale Armor Pts
   Location:                            L / R
   Fore:                                151
   Fore-Left/Right:                  151/151
   Aft-Left/Right:                   151/151
   Aft:                                 149

   Bay 1:  Fighters (18) with 3 doors                                2,700.00
           Small Craft (12)                                          2,400.00
   Bay 2:  Fighters (36) with 3 doors                                5,400.00
   Bay 3:  Cargo (1) with 2 doors                                   39,537.00
   Bay 4:  Fighter Operations Fuel and Pumps (1)                    33,048.00

DropShip Capacity:  4 Docking Hardpoints                             4,000.00
Grav Decks #1 - 2:  (95-meter diameter)                                100.00

Crew and Passengers:
     41 Officers (41 minimum)                                          410.00
    158 Crew (158 minimum)                                           1,106.00
     40 Gunners (40 minimum)                                           280.00
     25 1st Class Passengers                                           250.00
    218 2nd Class Passengers                                         1,526.00
    100 Marines                                                        500.00
    168 Bay Personnel                                                     .00
Weapons and Equipment      Loc        SRV    MRV    LRV    ERV  Heat    Mass
2 AR10 (30 KW, 30 WS, 30 B)Nose         *      *      *      *   40  4,100.00
1 NL55                     Nose        10     10     10     10   85  1,100.00
  1 NL45                                                         70    900.00
1 NAC/20(50 rounds)        Nose        20     20     20     --   60  2,520.00
2 AR10 (30 KW, 30 WS, 30 B)FL/R         *      *      *      *   80  8,200.00
1 NL55                     FL/R        10     10     10     10  170  2,200.00
  1 NL45                                                        140  1,800.00
1 NAC/20(50 rounds)        FL/R        20     20     20     --  120  5,040.00
2 AR10 (30 KW, 30 WS, 30 B)L/RBS        *      *      *      *   80  8,200.00
1 NL55                     L/RBS       10     10     10     10  170  2,200.00
  1 NL45                                                        140  1,800.00
1 NAC/20(50 rounds)        L/RBS       20     20     20     --  120  5,040.00
2 AR10 (30 KW, 30 WS, 30 B)AL/R         *      *      *      *   80  8,200.00
1 NL55                     AL/R        10     10     10     10  170  2,200.00
  1 NL45                                                        140  1,800.00
1 NAC/20(50 rounds)        AL/R        20     20     20     --  120  5,040.00
2 AR10 (30 KW, 30 WS, 30 B)Aft          *      *      *      *   40  4,100.00
1 NL55                     Aft         10     10     10     10   85  1,100.00
  1 NL45                                                         70    900.00
1 NAC/20(50 rounds)        Aft         20     20     20     --   60  2,520.00
1 Lot Spare Parts (5.00%)                                           38,500.00
1 Bay Personnel Quarters                                             1,176.00
1 Flight Operations Center                                           1,925.00
TOTALS:                                            Heat: 2,040     770,000.00
Tons Left:                                                                .00

Calculated Factors:
Total Cost:        14,517,653,200 C-Bills
Battle Value:      106,227
Cost per BV:       136,666.32
Weapon Value:      59,153 (Ratio = .56)
Damage Factors:    SRV = 2,787;  MRV = 2,787;  LRV = 2,196;  ERV = 861
Maintenance:       Maintenance Point Value (MPV) = 388,379
                   (69,877 Structure, 210,942 Life Support, 107,560 Weapons)
                   Support Points (SP) = 275,949  (71% of MPV)
BattleForce2:      Not applicable

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