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FN-LC-IIIa Mk II-Class Light Carrier

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The Hive Federation deploys this ship as the primary Fighter Carrier for Convoys to the Reformation Coalition and wherever a Naval Presence is required. Constructed from the same hull design as the CL-IXa class Light Cruiser, the LC-IIIa was an economy design, a manipulation from the Naval Procurement Topical Club. The primary goal of the manipulation was to prove the theory of M. Gualee (a noted Hiver Navy Manipulator) that the same hull as the the Light Cruiser (which was still being "debated" among the Naval Procurement Topical Club) would be usable as a Light Carrier. At the same time, he progressed along several manipulations for the Naval Appropriations Topical Club and the Fleet Tactics Topical Club, including the inclusion of the same meson screen generator of the CL-IXa. Some claim that there's a further manipulation of the Federation Navy's highest circles, but that remains unproven and M. Gualee has kept its opinion to itself.

In addition to the hull, the parallel mount NPAW of the CL-IXa is also used (the product of a manipulation of M. Thuran, a junior assitant of M. Gualee). The record shows that Gualee originally pushed for a meson gun to replace the NPAW for the Post Collapse Light Carrier Manipulation, but Thuran was able to convince the Fleet Tactics Topical Club about the uselessness of such a small meson gun.

The fighter complement is the primary armament of the LC-IIIa. 36 F'naah Class Heavy Fighters, 60 S*kfani Class Medium Fighters and 12 Bark*ktonye Class Light Fighters are carried. Organized into squadrons of 6 Fighters, there are 18 total squadrons carried, used for a variety of missions and roles.

In addition to the 240 pilots, there are 18 fighter mechanics manning the 3 machine shops and 3 electronic shops of the Carrier. There are 50 pilots and 10 mechanics carried in low berths for emergency situations. Since these are Ithklur, they can substitue as Ships Troops or Marines, if necessary.

An additional 110dt of assorted small craft are carried as well as well as staterooms for the Chief Convoy Manipulator and the Fleet Tactics Manipulator. The 12 GJ Parallel Mount NPAW is designed to give the carrier the ability to defend itself against escorts and destroyers as well as annihalate the smaller Vampire and utilize the EMP effects.

Federation Naval doctrine demands that the carrier be deployed with an escort of at least a Destroyer Squadron, though the carriers are usually at least paired with Light Cruiser CL-IXa. With less than 1/3 of the armor of the CL-IXa and only capable of 2Gs of acceleration, the LC-IIIa is not designed for heavy engagements. SOP calls for jumps of less than 2 parsecs into insecure space so that an escape jump may be made should opposition be heavy enough to threaten the carrier itself. In situations that warrant, this will occur after the fighters have been deployed in which SOP leaves the (Ithklur) Wing Commander in operational command of the Federation fighters.



FN-LC-IIIa Mk II Light Carrier

General Data

Displacement: 39000 tons Hull Armor: 196
Length: 144.76 meters Volume: 546,000 m3
Price: 13614.2 MCr Target Size: L
Configuration: SL Rounded Cylinder (2:1) Tech Level: 14
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 281307 / 266022.9


Engineering Data

Power Plant: 28129.9 MW Fusion Power Plant, 1 year duration (3480.1 m3 fuel)
Jump Performance: 3
Jump Fuel: 109200 m3
G-Rating: 2G HEPlaR (14064.96 MW/G), High-Efficiency CG Lifter (3900 MW)
G-Turns: 51 (J2: 71.2; J1: 92.4 ; 113.1 using all jump fuel), 1758.1 m3 fuel each
Maint: 8185

Electronics

Computer: 4xTL-14 Fibre-optic computer (1 MW)
Commo: 6xLaser (Unlimited; 0.3 MW), 24xMaser (Unlimited; 0.6 MW), 2xRadio (Unlimited; 20 MW)
Avionics: Imaging EMS, IGS positioning, 180 km/h NOE
Sensors: 2xAEMS (16 hex; 25 MW), PEMS Folding array (8 hex; 0.3 MW), 12xLadar (10 hex; 2.5 MW), Densitometer (0.5 MW), Neutrino Sensor (0.01 MW), Neural Activity Sensor (0.025 km; 0.005 MW)
ECM/ECCM: Radio Jammer (10 hex; 20 MW), EMS Jammer (16 hex;50 MW), EM Masking (546 MW)
Controls: Bridge with 165 bridge workstations, 290 normal workstations, Standard Automation

Armament

Offensive 36 x 144Mj Laser Turrets (ROF 200) (80 MW; No crew), 2 x 50dt Missle Bays ((each with 5 Autoloaded Launchers. 110 total Ready Missles) (0.15 MW; 1 crew)), 1 x 12Gj Parallel Mount NPAW (333.333 MW; 3 crew)
Defensive: Meson Screen Generator (PV=700; 400 MW; 1 Crew), 60x Sandcaster (1 MW; 1 crew)
Master Fire Directors: 14 x TL-14 Beam MFDs (5 Diff Mods; 10 hex; 1.62 MW; 1 crew), 11 x TL-14 Missle(5 Diff Mods; 10 hex; Msl 10 hex; 1.77 MW; 1 crew)

Name Short Medium Long Extreme
12k Mj NPAW 10:547 20:547 40:547 80:547
144Mj Xray LT 10:1/10-30 20:1/10-30 40:1/10-30 80:1/10-30

Accommodations

Life Support: Extended (341041 m3 supported volume; 68.208 MW)
Grav Compensation: 5Gs (1705.205 MW)
Crew: 919 (2xManeuver, 11xElectronics, 290xEngineer, 91xGunnery, 82xMaintenance, 20xShip's Troops, 270xFlight, 19xSteward, 7xMedic,60x Frozen Watch, 127xCommand)
Crew Accommodations: 524xSmall Stateroom (0.5 kW), 60 Low Berths
Passenger Accomadation: 2xSmall Stateroom (0.5 kW)
Other Facilities: Fighter Bridge (108 fighters; 12 workstations) 3xElectronics Shop (0.6 MW), 3xMachine Shop (1 MW), 6xSick Bay (0.8 MW)
Cargo: 1120 m3 3 Large Cargo Hatches 1080 missiles in magazine
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: 36x50-ton F'naah Heavy Fighters, 60x20-ton S*kfani Medium Fighters, and 12x11-ton Bark*ktonye Light Fighters, 110 tons of assorted small craft in 110 ton bay, all fighters and small craft in minimal hangars , 6x50-ton Spacious Maintenance Hangars, 1 launch tube, 12 50dt launch ports.
Air Locks: 390

Notes

Total Fuel Tankage: 202344.2 m3 (14453.2 tons)
Fuel scoops (9% of ship surface), fills tanks in 1 hour
Fuel purification machinery (200MW), 30.4 hours to refine 202344.2 m3.
0.4 MW power surplus

CG Lifters must be disengaged to allow the full 100 ROF for the parallel mount NPAW.
Offensive Laser turrets are organized into 5 batteries of 6 turrets. The 6 Defensive turrets are each equipped with their own MFD. All lasers are designed and powered for 200ROF (-3 diff mod).
1080 missles are carried as extra missles for the fighters. (732 are a full load out of missles for the LC-IIIa's full complement of fighters). These are in addition to the ready missles carried by the fighters themselves.
110dt of assorted small craft round out the small craft complement of the LC-IIIa.
The Fighter Bridge contains a model fb Computer ,a 1000AU Radio, 22 maser coms (1 for each squadron with 4 backup/supplemental)and 4 laser comms (backup). There are 2 extra work-stations, crewed, for backup and supplemental purposes.
Commo capabilities for the main ship include 2 maser comm, 2 laser comms and a 1000AU radio.


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