I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted (3 months since I actually posted a writeup, 2 months since I made an actual post of any kind), but in those months, other hobbies and RL minutiae kept me preoccupied, am sure many of you know how that goes.
Anyhow, I’ve finally gotten around to redoing my writeup on the Yorktown class CV. You can find it in the Index (top right of the screen) or at the link below
As I mentioned in my update on 09/2, making the case for this class and then describing its role in the overall fleet and its activities took up the bulk of my time. Compared to some of my other writeups, I didn’t spend nearly as much time talking about the design or the technical capabilities–I felt that doing so would be a waste of time if I couldn’t make a good case for having it around in the first place. Also, I know in that same update, I talked about getting away from mentioning specific class production numbers. I didn’t do that here, but given both Yorktown’s specialized nature and the more generalized description compared to other classes, I don’t think it makes too much of a difference.
Amazingly enough, even though I didn’t look at this at all while I was writing, my revised take on Yorktown fits in quite well with Yorktown II – the TMP sequel of sorts that I wrote up 6 years ago and is still up in the Index.
Where to go from here? Well I’ve been looking at the other TOS Carrier classes – Santee and Independence. Both of these are somewhat older than this Yorktown and so I’ve read through my Surya/Coventry writeup carefully. Independence is mentioned in two or three places, so I’ll have to go back and completely re-write the historical part of that. Reading over everything else at this point, I’m still on the fence on whether or not to re-write the design/technical part.
I didn’t bother mentioning Santee at all, so re-writing that will be simple. The one slight problem I haven’t found a way around yet concerns its role. I think it was the Federation Spaceflight Chronology that mentioned it as an ‘escort carrier’, being used for convoy protection. The thing is, I’ve mentioned Saladin, Larson and Loknar as being removed from the front lines eventually, being assigned to more defensive roles. Removing the limitation of numbers, throwing yet another class into that arena would seem to be superfluous. It’s not an insurmountable issue, just one that will take some time to work around.