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Ares-class Battleship
Production information
Manufacturer

Avalon Orbital

Model

BB

Class

Battleship

Cost

~148 million Silvers

Technical specifications
Length

1,957m

Width

326m

Height/depth

466m

Mass

4,815,090 metric tons

Maximum speed (Space)

960 km/h

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

880 km/h

Engine unit(s)

4 Primary Ion Drives, 8 Secondary Drive units

Slipspace Drive

Equipped

Power output

9.245 x 1026 W (924,500,000,000 Petawatts)

Power plant

Zero-Point Generator

Shielding

Resistant to >550,000 Terajoules per minute

Hull

4.8m full purpose composite armour

Sensor systems

Full EM spectrum Ai-assisted multi-lateral Sensor grid

  • AI-enabled Long Range Detection Grid
  • AI-enabled Target Detection/analysis Grid
Targeting systems

AI-assisted independent targeting grid

Navigation system

Specialist-AI controlled independent sensor grid

Avionics
  • AI-assisted NAV
  • Long Range Communication Array
Crew
  • 4,732 enlisted personnel
  • 362 Officers
  • 1 'Smart' AI
Minimum crew

1 'Smart' AI

Passengers
  • 3 Army or Marine Battalions (12 companies, 1152 men)
  • 1 Battalion Marine Guards (shipboard defence only) 4 Companies, 384 men
  • An additional 450 Personnel if required
Cargo capacity

~400 metric tons additional cargo (excluding shipboard vehicular force)

Consumables

14 months of Ion Drive propellant, 19 months of water recycling, 14 months of food supplies

Other systems

HALO Pod Launcher

Usage
Year introduced

2554

Role(s)

Ship-to-ship combat, naval engagements, heavy patrol, long range battleship, planetary occupation, Capital Ship

Era(s)
Affiliation

The Royal Allegiance

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The Ares-class battleship was a large warship classification within The Royal Allegiance Navy during the Remnant War, Galactic War and Swarm War. Despite its advanced age, it served throughout the Swarm War, albeit in less important roles towards the end of the conflict. A potent vessel, the ship was essentially a scaled-up destroyer, though with longer operational range, enhanced atmospheric capacity and a larger onboard complement of troops and fighters. These factors meant that the Ares-class battleship was a valued ship and a powerful one too, even in spite of its age. Introduced in 2554, it was refitted in 2633 as the Swarm War erupted, and fitted with up-to-date technology and new heavy turrets. It possessed a large armament able to destroy both starfighters and warships, enabling it a large amount of autonomy compared to other vessels. The ship was officially replaced in 2652 by the Crown-class dreadnought, though it continued service in reserve and secondary fleets throughout the war.

Role

The Ares-class battleship was initially designed as a dedicated ship-to-ship combat vessel, omitting all starfighter complement and shipboard troop capacity for extra armaments. However, as early battles in the Swarm War showed, this design was fatally vulnerable to both Swarm mass-starfighter tactics and Swarm boarding tactics. As a result, very early on in the conflict, these ships were upgraded with better single ship capacity and more onboard troops.

Following the class' upgrade, they were put to use in more of a multi-role cruiser capacity, or operating on extensive long-range missions. They were quite capable of handling themselves without the need of escort, however they did carry a single small patrol ship for additional support on missions far form reinforcements.

The Ares-class was deadly to frigates, and could generally win in a skirmish against a destroyer. It could take down a cruiser with difficulty, or more easily with assistance from its starfighter complement. In large-scale combat they usually complemented and supported the Hera-class carrier and Athena-class cruiser in their assaults on the largest vessels.

They had a secondary use of atmospheric occupation, similar in concept to the CCS-class battlecruiser. They were able to spend prolonged periods of time in atmosphere, providing close air support and troops to ground battles.

They were the standard heavy warship and capital ship in the Allegiance's arsenal. Their numbers were limited, so, wherever possible, their roles were taken on by the smaller Triton-class destroyer and the Apollo-class frigate. They were common enough to be well-known throughout most Allegiance worlds, and most Battlegroups had at least one of these ships. Larger Battlegroups or those geared towards ship-to-ship combat would have a higher proportion of these vessels than other, smaller ships.

The Ares-class was often called the 'bigger brother' of the Triton-class destroyer, due to the fact that they both focused on ship-to-ship combat. However, the Triton-class was faster and more manoeuvrable due to its smaller size, but was weaker in terms of firepower and armour. The Ares-class focused on all aspects of naval combat, including a large starfighter complement, something lacking with the Triton-class.

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Armament

Weaknesses

Shielding

Armour

Engines and Powerplant

Complement

Construction

Operational History

Ships of the Line

(Note: This is not a complete list)

  • HMS Ares (BB-20253) (class namesake)
  • HMS Morning Light
  • HMS Sovereign
  • HMS Gateway Unto Heaven
  • HMS Will to Fight
  • HMS Strength of Soul
  • HMS Deviant Transcendence
  • HMS Star of Hope
  • HMS Order

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