Dragon Class Battleship
Dragon Class Battleship
Main Guns 272
Secondary Guns 544
Tertiary Guns 1904
Missile Tubes 300
Energy Shielding: Primary Shielding
Sublight Propulsion: Plasma thrusters, Plasma Main Drive Units
Faster than light drive (FTL drive): Dimensional phase drive
Municipal Shuttle Hanger
Crew Complement: 3500 dedicated to ships operations
Ships Power: Fusion Power
The Dragon Class battleship was brought into the OSF (Olympian Space Fleet ) after the first Sabor war as a replacement to the aging Peacekeeper class battleships. After the First Sabor War, it was clear that the days of the Peacekeeper were at an end. The Peacekeeper Class was an icon in the empire. For many centuries, since the early formation of the empire, it had patrolled its ever-expanding borders, so the Dragon class had big shoes to fill. During the First Sabor War the Peacekeeper was clearly outclassed by the Sabor Cruisers. It was only by the virtue of the sheer numbers of the Peacekeeper class in service that tipped the scales to the Olympians in the first Sabor war.
When the empire sought concepts for a new battleship class in anticipation of the eventual decommissioning of the Peacekeeper Class, the competition came down to the Proteus ship yards and the Galacia ship yards. Galacia was a subsidiary of the EC (Energy Consortium) and the builder of the long-running Peacekeeper Class battleship. Proteus was the builder of the highly successful Black Panther class of destroyer that had served and protected the Galaxy class for centuries. Proteus ship yards had also produced the highly successful Dagger Class battlecruiser, but in nowhere near the numbers of the Peacekeeper Class battleship or Black Panther class destroyer.
There were major differences in design philosophies between the Proteus and Galacia ship yards. Proteus felt for a ship to fly and fight well, it needed to look good. Therefore Proteus always worked to incorporate majestic lines into a fierce, tough, survivable fighting platform. Proteus worked very hard to incorporate a ship design with an appearance the crew could take pride in, yet the mere sight of it would instill fear in an enemy.
Galacia designs was the dominant ship builder, for they could always produce ships in high numbers and their pedigree was proven with the Peacekeeper Class Battleship. They took an entirely different design approach and went for pure function. While Galacia designs were equally tough and rugged as their Proteus counterparts, they were crude in comparison, even though they shared weapons components with Proteus. No matter the builder, all ships in the empire were built to house as many Phalanx ball turrets as possible. Proteus just did a better job of incorporating the standard Phalanx weapons systems.
Proteus, in an effort to take on more market share from Galacia, produced other ships that shared components of the Dragon Class. So by approving the Dragon Class, the Empire could then get the larger displacement Huron class battleship, the Sterling, and Destiny Class Battlecruisers, as well as the Indomitable class Heavy Cruiser, and later Nero Class missile cruiser under extraordinary circumstances. All shared vital components.
For the empire, the prospect of getting 5 new ship lines virtually for the developmental cost of one, then coupled with access to the proven elaborate repair and distribution network that Proteus had already established throughout the empire with the success of Black Panther class Destroyer - a repair and production network that could be expanded to service and build the 5 new ship lines - was a bargain the empire jumped at, knowing new ships would be needed in the upcoming Second Sabor War. The new 5 Proteus ship lines, along with all the ships that Galacia designs could produce, gave the empire the confidence to enter into a second conflict. As the Dragon class went into production and subsequent service, it and its crews served with distinction. One such ship of the class was the battleship Odassis. A story of its heroism was leaked, claiming that it went up against over 30 enemy battleships and supernaturally survived a battle under overwhelming odds. While the details are classified, the event made the class very popular and an icon in the empire.