Initially, I was going to make this another Constitution class project update, but having just done one not too long ago, I think I’ll probably wait until I have Part III done (should be soon).
What I wanted to bring up was an Abbe (DH) class variant. Keeping in mind my effort to give lesser-known classes a bit more exposure, I went back and altered my description of the ‘Kargon Incident’ aftermath. Initially, following the destruction of the Kongo, Halk and Rome, I had the Lexington (CH 1703) set off with two ‘Light Carriers’ to hunt down and destroy the IKS Marauder (Captain Kargon’s D-18).
Now though, I’ve gone back and upped the ante on both sides. The Lexington will be supported by an Akula II and 2 Abbe class ships – one std, with the torpedo pod and another with a large ‘SWACS’ type sensor dome. The aforementioned light carriers (‘CVL’ in my system) will be retained as well (would be nice if I could find an SWACS-type shuttle to fill them out).
Like its TOS/’Class I era’ progenitor, I intend to keep Akula II positioned as an electronic warfare ship (which makes sense given the number of destroyer and frigate types that I want to include, need some way to differentiate them). For Abbe, I think the easiest way to go would be to alter the original text I wrote for that and add in a mention of this variant (perhaps as an experiment of some sort?).
Oh and just because I feel random, I’ll go ahead and mention the classification system I have for carriers…….
Shuttlecarrier (CVS; I have ‘CS’ for Strike Cruisers) – Up to 12 craft/1 Squadron
Light Carrier (CVL) – Up to 36 craft/1 Group
Carrier (CV) – Up to 72 craft/1 Wing
When I finish up this project and start putting together a working list of ship classes for my TMP/‘Linear Warp Era’ guide, I’ll more than likely devote some time to listing out all the classifications I’ll use along with some working definitions (maybe) and breakdowns/numbers for fleets, task forces etc so stay tuned.