Insurrection Class Carrier
Insurrection Class Carrier
Main Guns 56
Secondary Guns 680
Tertiary Guns 2340
Missile Tubes 180
Energy Shielding: Primary Shielding
Sublight Propulsion Plasma thrusters, Plasma Main Drive Units
Faster than light drive (FTL drive) Dimensional phase drive
1 Thru ship combat hanger stern to bow 300 fighters 100 bombers
Crew Complement: 6,000, 4300 dedicated to ships operations 1700 dedicated to fight operations.
Ships Power: Fusion Power
The Insurrection Class carrier was an original carrier design for the Empire that came about with the redesign of the Olympian fleet after the First Sabor War. It was seen after the First Sabor War that the landscape of space had changed, as did the enemies of the empire. The Empire no longer had a distinct advantage. It was no longer fighting an enemy that it viewed as religious fanatics and pirates that possessed inferior equipment to the Empire. The Sabors, on the other hand, had teeth, and in the time since their disappearance had acquired or developed superior technology. This was something the Olympians would not tolerate. It was found by war planners that scouting craft were needed, as well as craft that could supply air support to planetary assault, invasion, or landing forces. Galacia Designs’ first carrier design was the Insurrection class carrier. Though the design was functional, it was crude. The design was considered to be needed, but was still not given the developmental resources that battleships or even cruisers were. At the time of the ship’s development, it was deemed imperative to have visual landing options should ships loose primary power or Comms to the CIC. Previous ships in the First Sabor had problems with power losses. This caused the CIC and ships’ bridges, which were in most cases in armored boxes somewhere in a protected area of the ship, to lose view screens and sensors. This was something that designers were mandated to remedy with carriers. A low tech way, which was in keeping with the politics of the time, was an elevated superstructure to get a high view of the ship in all directions. This also prevented the disruption of vision and sensors by the plasma exhaust of the thrusters and sublight engines. This design feature gives the ship an awkward-looking front and rear view. This was a feature that was removed from the Aggnar class escort carrier, a ship which was a shortened variant of the Insurrection class.
Early carriers were caught between a void of technological achievements. Defensive fire escort ships were now able to take out incoming fighter craft, bombers, and missiles with deadly accuracy. This made for ships duking it out from distances, causing a stagnation of battle tactics and technology. It was not until Admiral Owden utilized new missiles and fold-capable bombers that small craft could get dangerously close to the enemy to inflict heavy damage. This allowed the larger vessels to come in close to clean up. With the new advances in fighters and bombers, carriers became a new integral part of battle as distances closed and the speed of the battles accelerated.
Prior to Admiral Owden taking command of the fleet, the Insurrection carriers were used predominantly for scouting and ferrying craft. Now they were having their weapons and planes upgraded. While the class could not handle a full-on engagement under conventional tactics, new battle tactics by the Admiral allowed the ships to change battle position from the outskirts of a battle to rapid hit-and-run missions under other ship escorts with their existing fighters - phase capable or not. With new tactics, the ships of the class served well, though some took damage, and others were lost.
With the passing of the Second Sabor War, the class is slowly being updated with newer classes of relevant and better armed carriers. The existing ships of the Insurrection Class have a cavernous thru ship flight deck and faster-than-light phase drives that let them keep pace with the fleet, plus many had upgrades to their shields and hull armor. This made them perfectly suited for conversion to armored fleet auxiliaries, command ships, hospital ships, troop transports, or even weapons transport ships versus being retired and broken up.