Yorktown CV Update

Hey all, just wanted to give you a little update/insight into my Yorktown CV re-write.

 

This, I think, will be a more difficult/time-consuming write up.  The background (everything leading up to launch) was easy enough and I’m particularly proud of the fact the Four Years War only got a tangential mention in a single paragraph.  The hard part comes in making the case for the Carrier and describing it’s role and activities throughout the 2250’s and 2260’s.

In my mind, that period–what most of us would associate with TOS in general–is not unlike the world we’re living in today.  There’s a lot of asymmetric/unconventional/hybrid warfare going on in different spots throughout the world, but no one issue or group of issues stands above any other as justification for building ships like aircraft carriers.  In my vision of the TOS period though, the emphasis is on capital ships/patrol combatants and the tit-for-tat buildups of such between the Federation and Klingons.  Sure, in a lot of novels and maybe an errant episode or two, there might be mention of random “patrols”, but such mentions are almost always left ambiguous.  My aim is to address that ambiguity by way of the “Carrier Strike Group”, utilizing ships never seen on routine missions hardly mentioned so that the UFP’s priorities of exploration, colonization, commerce and diplomacy can be carried out unimpeded.

While appearing defensive at the outset, I see them as being more offensive in operation (i.e. when it comes to anti-piracy, you wouldn’t send one of these to the ‘Triangle’ or Taurus Reach and have them wait and react to incidents of piracy, they would go on the offensive and carry out operations to flush out & eliminate pirates altogether).

A problem I see with this is one of numbers.  Many of the recent ships I’ve written on make explicit mention of production numbers in one context or another.  This runs into conflict with the way I have things organized.  For my purposes, a Strike Group is equivalent to a Battle Group in size.  Just one is made up of 54 total ships, 3 Starship Squadrons (10 ships/ea) and then 2 support squadrons (12 ships/ea).  This is pretty easy to work out – you’d have the carrier and then a squadron each of Cruisers, Frigates and Destroyers making everything nice and clean.  Go back and look at my Surya/Coventry or perhaps my Pyotr Velikiy publications and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.  I can’t recall specific numbers, but there’s hardly enough of them to fill more than 2 or three Strike/Battle Groups while also leaving some available for independent operation.

So what to do? Well, the only solution I see is to eliminate this specific point altogether.  Getting specific when it comes to production/service numbers helps keep things plausible, but the more I think about it, the more I think that doesn’t matter.  In my quest to revamp my TOS stuff, esp. with the recent classes I’ve done, I’ve taken pains to craft some reasonable backstories with plausible justifications for why this class or that class came to be in the first place.  That said, specific numbers would seem to be an unnecessary constraint – esp. if you buy into what’s presented at the link below.

Canon Fodder – The Size of Starfleet

 

So starting with Yorktown, I’m going to dispense with any mention of production/service numbers and revise past publications when I start throwing everything together.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

 

 

 

LLAP

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It’s Been A While

Hey all, I’m back again and finally have an update for you.  RL has dealt me a pretty bad hand as of late – feel like I’ve spent more time than I should have in Rura Penthe lol  Despite that, I’ve summoned enough motivation to finish Lancer and my re-write of Marklin (can see them below or also on my Index page)

 

Lancer class Corvette

Marklin class Heavy Destroyer

 

There’s not a whole lot to say other than what I’ve written in the annotations for both of these.  One issue thought that I really haven’t been conscious of, but has sort of bugged me while finishing up Marklin has been the issue of numbers.  When describing whatever class, I’ve often come up with a prelimenary production figure that is almost always completely arbitrary.  While finishing up Marklin though, I realized that though Starfleet had started building the right kind of ships, they still weren’t building enough of them.  I went back and read this link here and resolved that when I finally go back through my TMP classes, I’ll bump those numbers way up.

 

Also, one of the things I plan on doing when I get into the TMP era is rewriting the history of the ‘Class V’ fighter family (the Wasp, Hornet and Yellowjacket craft from the Jackill reference manuals).  Before I do that though, I have to lay some groundwork and really spell out just what it is Starfleet uses starfighters for (in the 23rd Century at least).  This means I’ll have to go back and rewrite the old Yorktown class Carrier.  I would hope it wouldn’t take too long, as I have it entering service in the 2250’s – so I don’t have to waste time shoehorning it into my overall Four Years War narrative – but with the way things have been going with me lately, who knows?

 

Jolan Tru

New Landing Pages

Hey all, I know it’s been a while.  Lack of motivation, just being busy and other misc. RL stuff has kept me away.

 

I have Lancer all but done.  However, as does sometimes happen with me, I haven’t found the motivation to finish it off and instead, I started in on a re-write of the Marklin class.  While doing that though, I had a commentor ask if I had an index page somewhere with links to all the publications/PDFs/whatever that I’ve done.  I realized I didn’t (a gross oversight considering how long I’ve been doing this) and so I got to work getting one together.

It can be accessed from the link on the upper right or through this link here.  It’s not organized, perfect, or anything like that – just wanted to get something together so anyone who asked would have someplace to go. (organization and all that will come in time 😉 )

https://starshipfiles.wordpress.com/index/

 

 

Also, I quick made a similar landing page for the collection of misc. reference PDFs I’ve uploaded (the Federation Spaceflight Chronology, principally)

Again, look to the upper right for a link, or click below

https://starshipfiles.wordpress.com/resources/

 

 

LLAP

“The best diplomat I know is a fully activated phaser bank!”

Good morning all, finally finished up my take on the Federation class.  (Forgot to mention in my annotations, my description of the bridge is based on this one here)

Federation class DN

 

Between reading through the “Vanguard” series as I do and my ever-present desire to make these write-ups more three-dimensional or ‘fleshed out’, I’ve used politics as my tool of choice to make this battlewagon more than just an imposing plot device.  As I mentioned in my annotations, I’ve got a draft sitting here where I mapped out the UFP Presidents (with brief notes) from about 2245 to 2270 or so.  Whether they or the relevant Starfleet Commanders (that I haven’t yet mapped out) get any mention in the future is up in the air.  Aside from one President’s emphasis on logistics (which will necessitate some revisions to certain pieces), politics during the Class I era stayed relatively quiet.

 

One thing I did want to explain a bit however is the role of Carriers & Starfighters in Starfleet overall.  Early on in my writing, while it was still pretty ‘fanboyish’, I introduced both without much thought (and like much of my early work, I’m embarrassed to go back and read that stuff).  After reading the Hobbyist’s Guide……… from front to back several times and really refining my history of the Four Years War in my Surya/Coventry writeup, here’s how I see things.  Starfleet’s Starfighter Command evolved from it’s Earth-Romulan War origins into a potential tactical tool.  The fighters themselves had good range and were fairly sophisticated for the day.  The carriers were similarly sophisticated, with Cruiser-level armament (or better) and the kind of C3/EW systems that would be found on later classes.  With this said, a Carrier could arrive on station in a given sector and deploy her fighters to establish nearly total control.

Obviously this wasn’t enough to keep the Klingons at bay, but from a defensive standpoint, it remained relevant.  This explains my mention of the Yorktown class CV towards the end and will underpin my reasoning for any future mention of Carriers/Fighters.

 

I’ve gone back and read through some of my previous posts and spreadsheets/notes and the last Class I ship I’ll do is the Lancer class Corvette (a successor to the Romulan War era Mercury class, based on this design by Kristian Trigwell and mentioned in the Hobbyist’s Guide………. as the Procyon class).  God willing, my own ambitions and motivation won’t let this one drag out.

 

Aside from all that, my go-to source for orthos, ‘admiral-horton’ (DeviantART) has emptied out his gallery and begun re-rendering all of his ships.  Also, there’s been some great stuff coming from Starship Dynamics lately including a great Battlecruiser offshoot of Constitution (a transformation of the Hood after it was damaged by the M-5).  Their upcoming project centers on the diminutive Archer class.  You can follow along on their Facebook and Tumblr pages.

Antares

Hey all, back again with some more TOS goodness for you.  After fighting to maintain some semblance of motivation and focus, I’ve finished my take on Antares.  Now here, with such an infamous name, I think it bears repeating that everything I present here on this blog conforms to my own personal interpretation/view of the Trekverse.  I don’t try and pass it off as gospel, nor would I.  The beauty of this ‘fanon’ realm we all inhabit is that there’s room for infinite interpretations of just about everything.

 

So with that said, here’s my take on Antares.

Antares class Surveyor

 

Also, for a quick review on just why the name is so infamous and just how much baggage is attached to it, head on over to the ASDB’s Antares page right here.

 

As I mentioned in my annotations, it’s not covered in the Hobbyist’s Guide………. but a Corvette derivative (Procyon) is instead.  After some thought, I’ve decided to include that too, as a replacement for my Romulan War-era Mercury (I’m not really a fan of the Oberth-derived ‘Class II’ designs).  There is also a clearer path forward from here – going to Okinawa and finally, La Fayette.

 

All that aside though, I think the next class I’m going to focus on is the Federation class Dreadnought.  This, then Procyon (or whatever I decide to call it) and that should be it for TOS stuff.

 

Jolan Tru

Larson Class Destroyer

Good morning all!  As promised, here is my finished writeup on the Larson class.

 

Larson class Destroyer

 

Expanding a little bit on what I said previously and in the Editor’s Annotations there at the end, you can divide this into roughly three sections: the Four Years War, a change in Starfleet shipbuilding strategy and the Demand of Honor/conclusion (DoH being the name of the FASA supplement I alluded to in a previous post.

While I can’t make any definitive statements regarding the class, as after all, it does get a Linear Warp-era upgrade, I think one of the important take-aways is the fact that this is where/when the whole concept of the Destroyer and its place in the overall fleet changes.

At the outset of the Class I era, Starfleet builds Saladin and intends that to be a catch-all platform to handle all manner of defensive/offensive related tasks.  Of course, Saladin doesn’t quite work and so then we get Larson.  By the end of the war though, Kiaga establishes itself as the go-to platform to handle those tasks, while more routine ones are increasingly given to the larger Surya and Coventry class Frigates.  This starts a pattern that accelerates into the Linear Warp era with the proliferation of Frigates, Cruisers and assorted Patrol Combatants and by the time we get to the DS9/VOY/Future period, things have come full circle.  Defiant is the only Destroyer in the fleet, with a Corvette class or two and perhaps some examples of the Sabre class Scout joining it on the low end of the size bracket while Cruisers remain secure as the centerpieces of fleet strategy.

 

At some point once I finish the Antares, I’ll have to go back and rewrite Kiaga just to make all this clear.  As far as Larson is concerned though, in the Linear Warp/TMP era, she’ll just be there to boost the fleet’s numbers vis-a-vis the Klingons–am not expecting there to be much for me to write about once we get to that point.

 

I’ve got a few other things to take care of today, so I’ll leave you with this.  Hope you all have a good weekend and happy reading.

 

Live Long and Prosper.

Antares Class Musings (Sensor Ranges)

Gahh.  Already just barely into my coverage of the Antares class Surveyor and already I’ve hit a brick wall – sensor ranges.

1 Parsec (3.27 light years) is implied to be the maximum sensor range of the Constitution Class in TOS (courtesy of Memory Alpha) and the TNG Technical Manual gives a maximum sensor range figure of 17 light years for the Galaxy class.   None of the reference material I have nor anything I’ve found online has been able to give an even hypothetical figure for any other ship class.

 

Really, this isn’t too big of a deal.  Antares is the only TOS Surveyor/Science Vessel I plan on doing and the only other class where a specific figure would be relevant is Akula (as a Scout/Early Warning platform).  Nevertheless, going forward, I feel that establishing some broad era-specific ranges might be helpful.

 

TOS: 1.5LY (Daedalus) – 5.5LY (Federation)

The Federation class DN is the largest and most powerful ship of the era, so obviously, it will take the spot at the top.  With Constitution at 3.27LY, I think a range of 3.85 for Pyotr Velikiy, 4.3 for Akula (appropriate, given its mission) and 4.8 for Antares works out well, leaving plenty of wiggle room should I decide to get more detailed with other classes.

 

TMP: 6.0LY (La Fayette) – 12.3LY (Arizona)

Moving into the Linear Warp era is  all about new technologies and more power.  Though La Fayette comes in later as a design that uses clear Excelsior aesthetics, I’m pretty sure this is the smallest one I’ve come up with in this era.  Arizona on the other hand is the largest and I think 12.3 is a good range that leaves plenty of room to move into the Lost Era and then TNG proper.  I’ll peg Oberth at 8.0 owing to the ‘basic’ design and small size, Enterprise at 9.4, Tikopai (the large exploratory/scientificly focused one-off) at 9.8, Akula II at 10.3 and Excelsior at 11.5
TNG: 16.0 (Nebula-std), 17.0 (Galaxy)

The various Lost Era designs can stay close together I think, say between 13 and 15LY or somewhere in that area.  From TNG forward then, Galaxy and Nebula will be the baselines and all ships from that point forward, even smaller ones like Intrepid will jump from there (specialized ones like Akira or Steamrunner could possible exceed Galaxy/Nebula figures as well………..like I said though, mentioning them isn’t going to be relevant to *every* class)