Pyotr Velikiy & the Four Years War

Hey all – just wanted to give another quick update here as some ideas started congealing in my head.

 

If you’ll recall my last update, I mentioned a bit about Pyotr Velikiy having a transport-tug variant.  Well, with the way things have shaped up, I’ve decided to incorporate that into my overall writeup here. At a loss for a name, I decided to designate it the Kirov class Heavy Transport-Tug (TTH) *(in RL, both Pyotr Velikiy and Kirov are Kirov class Battlecruisers of the Russian Navy)

 

Also, because I’m going to be incorporating both Pyotr Velikiy and Kirov into my own Four Years War narrative, I went looking for some old writeups I did……could swear there were one or two that contained detailed accounts of some of the battles, including at least one ground one.  Alas, I haven’t been able to find them, but I did find an excel file where I mapped out a rough timeline/order of the major battles, using info gleamed from Memory Beta for the most part. *(again, I worked this out to fit my own preconceived narrative………YMMV)*

 

Battle of Andromeda – November 2246

Battle of Genmarx – March 2247

Xamdab II Convoy Raid – July 2247

Battle of GR-1 (Space)** – November 2247

Assault of Nozseca VIII (Ground)** – November 2247

Nostveg Engagement – February 2248

Ambush of Convoy L-412 – April 2248

Battle of Sector 23-H – May 2248

Battle of Sinbad IV – April 2248

Battle of Webirty – February 2249

Battle of Thranstor – July 2249

Battle of Kolm An – June 2250

 

I’m not quite sure yet how in depth to get…….given Kirov’s cargo capacity/potential as an Assault Transport, I’ll probably hit one or both of the ground battles in the above list (Nozseca VIII & Sinbad IV) and then follow the outline I established in my Yorktown class writeup for the rest (think there might be one or two missing still).  Ultimately, though it’s a significant event overall, I don’t want war to dominate the conversation during this time period, so I might take my time here.

 

Am gone this weekend on a long road trip out west, so I’ll have plenty of time to think/write.  Hopefully I’ll have something by this next weekend.

 

 

Jolan Tru

 

 

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Pyotr Velikiy Notes/Badlands Musings

Hey all, happy Friday.  Wanted to drop in and give an update on things.

 

Am still incredibly busy on my end – this weekend’s booked, then I’ll be doing a road trip over Memorial Day (5/27-5/30), but that’s the beauty of having Google Docs on my phone because no matter where I’m at, I can always jot things down.

Speaking of that, am still working on Pyotr Velikiy.  I think I have it pretty well positioned as a Constitution alternative…….a Cruiser (CA) that will cover what little grey area there is between Surya/Coventry (FF/FH) and then Constitution (CH).  I got to writing a bit though before I realized that there were complete deck plans/specs over at The Starfleet Museum (link).  So I examined those and adjusted things accordingly………but man, going by those, Pyotr Velikiy one-ups Constitution in some pretty key areas.

First, its not much bigger/doesn’t have much more habitable volume than Coventry perhaps, but the displacement and total compliment are both larger at 280,000mT and 500 respectively.

Second, it outguns Constitution by including 6 Phaser Banks to the 3-4 I’ve come to accept.
*(for the longest time, I accepted the total of 6 in the saucer–3 dorsal/ventral–but after seeing many schematics and orthos–like this one from Neale Davidson–I revised my own number down to 3, later adding in another one after watching the Defiant in action in ENT)

Also, unless I’ve forgotten how to count, I examined the deck plans and found Pyotr Velikiy has a total of 20 science labs (2 on deck 5, 18 on deck 6).

All this said, if you figure Starfleet wanted to make sure Constitution wasn’t “too big to fail”, then pulling out all the stops and going completely nuts makes perfect sense.

Also, the base design was reworked into a Heavy Transport-Tug (TTH) with dual tow pads.  This right here is the Holy Grail for me, as dual tow pads means more cargo can be hauled across longer distances.  At some point, I’ll go back, take a look what I have and most likely rework things to account for this (will probably ax the smallest/lightest TT).

 

Aside from that, I came up with an idea a week or so ago about the Badlands.  Way back when I first found my footing and got my formatting/presentation down, one of the first classes I did a writeup on was Loknar and when it came to historical footnotes, I mentioned a ship of the class being the first to discover the Badlands in 2263.  The presence of three M-class planets (as I mentioned in Part IV of my Constitution Class History) would provide great incentive for the fleet to send in exploratory assets, however the presence of gravitational anomalies and violent plasma storms stood in the way.  Given that I also mentioned that an Excelsior class ship was the first and only ship thus far (as of 2287) to feature defenses robust enough to withstand a prolonged expedition inside, the quest to explore/map out/understand the Badlands makes for an intriguing plot device for much of the 23rd Century.

Going one step further, I might refine this general scenario, making that last point a bit more ambiguous to make room for another idea I was thinking of.  With the advent of ‘specialty’ shuttles that were larger or otherwise designed for more exotic purposes, the fleet’s mammoth carriers could finally find some use in the exploratory/scientific arena (though I’m on the fence about whether a shuttle of this era, even highly modified, could survive for a while in among all that volatility).

That does it for now.  Hope everyone has a good weekend.

 

 

Q’apla!

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Drone Musings……

Hey all……..doing my normal read-through of my defense/foreign-policy blogs this morning has jogged my memory a bit regarding something I forgot to post regarding a subject that I’m surprised Trek hasn’t broached yet (at least to a substantive degree) – drones.

 

Toward the end of my treatise on the Class F shuttle, I mention how Starfleet briefly retained only two squadrons, one for training and one which saw its craft converted to target drones.  That last bit right there is something the USAF actually does with certain fighters and something I ran across again when I skimmed through the last “Hobbyist’s Guide……..” installment (Parts II/III).  In his piece about the Killer Bee (an augmented Work Bee that approximates the capability of a Light Fighter), Timo broaches an area that I’m honestly surprised hasn’t been explored yet.

In real life here, much ink is spilled over the development of unmanned drones by various militaries (Northrop Grumman’s X-47B and Dassault’s nEUROn being but two examples).  There’s even mention of drones being controlled in the air by F-35 pilots.  Now I know that on screen, starships (and in DS9‘s case, a space station) garner much of the attention for obvious reasons.  In TrekLit it’s also kind of easy to understand, as starfighters and their ilk have extremely limited utility as story-telling vehicles/set pieces.  Going back to that last Hobbyist’s Guide installment and reading on, the Peregrine (Federation Attack Fighter) and the ‘Maquis Raider’ (not going to bother getting into the name issue on that) are described as being highly modular and exceptionally easy to upgrade, making the whole issue a moot point.

Will I get into that?  Well, it’s possible at least from an experimental standpoint, but I’m going to have to do some more reading.  From a tactical standpoint, the focus for most of the major powers during the 23rd Century has been “bigger and better”.  The UFP has weaponry, the Klingons have sheer size/brute force and the Romulans have their cloaking technology.  There’s nothing there that presents a clear/pressing need for a specialized small craft/combatant.  Logistically, Starfleet runs a pretty tight ship.  Its front-line forces may have multiple classes with overlapping mission profiles, but with the inception of the Class II program (their first/earliest attempt to ‘do more with less’ – building everything from gunboats and corvettes to surveyors & light transport-tugs off of a single basic spaceframe), we get our first glimpse at the ‘multi-mission’ paradigm that will emerge around the turn of the century.

To that end, I think that most of the specialized missions too large for shuttlecraft, yet too mundane for a destroyer, frigate or other starship of similar size should fall to the Corvette – larger than a cutter (runabout), yet smaller than a destroyer, used for policing, patrol and basic support missions and a type which we’ve seen/heard  comparatively little of in this period.  The Antares class concept I had already planned to include as a surveyor (link), Timo included as a corvette under a different class name (Procyon).  Then you have the penultimate Corvette design, La Fayette as I wrote it and the issue seems to be solved………or does it?

Going back to what I wrote on the Class F, I put that only about 90% of the shuttlecraft fleet had completed its major propulsion refit before the whole effort was canceled.  From a logistical standpoint,  giving remote bases, colonies and the like the capability to operate drones – say, a squadron of Killer Bees for defense and perhaps a Pershing (upgraded Sherman class Cargo Drone) for transport/resupply duties would simplify things greatly.  Again though, I’m going to have to do some more reading to try and get an idea of how Starfleet drones work before I can formulate any ideas.

 

 

Peace and Long Life

-The Dockmaster

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Whoops!

Morning all – hope your weekends have been good!  I was working on my Pyotr Velikiy writeup yesterday and went to look for a bit of info here and found that my Constitution Class History was missing and I still hadn’t posted my Class F shuttle writeup.  So I quick put my Class G/’Voyager’ text into MS Word, got the profile view and specs in there and have decided to put all three up for your perusal.

 

**Disclaimer** – These are works of pure fiction. As with everything else on my blog, this writing is from my own point of view. I’m working within a universe that is populated by material sourced back to CBS/Paramount Pictures and various other authors, designers and artists. These are not intended to be taken as end-all, be-all guides to these respective craft, merely their histories as I myself see them.  I cherry pick from some sources, ignore others and weave everything together as I see fit.

 

 

 

 

 

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