Iron Duke class Battleship

 Tons: 30000 Td (SL Wedge Hypersonic)
 Crew: 556/750
 Cargo: 70 Td (1 x Large Cargo Hatch, Handling: 2 x 350 ton)
 Volume: 420000m3
 Passengers High/Med: 6/24
 Cost: 48286.97 MCr
 Mass (L/C): 627293t/620017t
 Passengers Low: 0
 Maintenance Points: 22144
 Dimensions: 234.1m x 160.7m x 66.9m
 Troops/Science: 0/0
 Tech Level: 11
 Size: 10
 Frozen Watch: 0

 Controls: Dynamic, High automation. 16 x FibComp (CM: 0.4 CP: 2.5).
 Communications: 1 x Dir Radio (1,000AU, 0.2MW). 2 x Laser (1,000AU, 0MW).
 Sensors: 1 x PEMS (13.5 [16mkm], 0.02MW). 1 x AEMS (12 [1.6mkm], 50MW).
          2 x LIDAR (15 [2mkm], 3.3MW).
 ECM: 1 x Radio Jammer (1,000AU, 0.4MW). 1 x Area. Jammer (12, 3125MW).
      1 x Decp. Jammer (13, 62.5MW). 1 x Pas. Jammer (15, 2.5MW).
 Signatures: Vis:0, IR:0.5 (0.5 at 57745MW, 0 at 7915MW), Act:0, Neu:1,

 24 x Heavy Laser Turret (+3) 1/2-0-0-0 [2,800/15-8-4-2] (LR)
 6 x Light Laser Bay (+3) 1/10-10-9-6 [8,200/46-46-35-18] (LR)
 4 x Missile Bay Auto 16/16 (Mag: 176 MFD: 500,000km)
       w/192 Cmd DL 1d6/3 [113] 9.2G/10 500,000km
 1 x Heavy Spinal PA (+3) 2/13-13-13-13 [1,50/1438-1438-1438-1438] (LR)

 2 Jump (3000 Td/pc fuel)
 3/3 Manoeuvre (Thruster: 46305MW)
 1/1 Contra-grav (8350MW)
 3941kph/3960kph Atmosphere (Cruise: 2956kph/2970kph)
 5 Power (Fusion: 79148MW, 0.25yr)
 0 Battery
 6212 Fuel (Scoop: 5, Purif: 72, 51MW)
 0/755/25/0/0 Accommodations (800 x Sanitary Fittings)
 10400 Person/Weeks Life Support (Type: Extended, Normal Food [Stored])
 2 G-Comp
 0 ESA
 10 Sandcasters (AV: 294 Cans: 18)
 0 Damper Turrets
 0 Damper Screen
 0 Meson Screen
 0 Force Field
 0 Gravtics
 80 [432] Armour, 49 Structure

 260 x Airlock
 40 x Decontamination Airlock
 4 x Docking Umbilical
 3 x Electronic Shop (6 Td ea.)
 3 x Machine Shop (10 Td ea.)
 6 x Sickbay (8 Td ea.)
 1 x Ship's locker (15 Td ea.)
 20 x Prisoner Capacity (0/15/5)
 1 x Armoury (1.07 Td ea.)
 4 x Gym (2.5 Td ea.)
 1 x Ordinary Galley (Cap: 20)
 4 x Full Galley (Cap: 200)

Small Craft
 1 x Spacious Hanger (100 Td, 2 hatches)

 Communications: 2 x Dir Radio (1,000AU). 4 x Laser (1,000AU).
 Sensors: 5 x PEMS (13.5 [16mkm]). 3 x AEMS (12 [1.6mkm]).
          10 x LIDAR (15 [2mkm]).
 ECM: 2 x Pas. Jammer (15).
 Power & Fuel:

Crew Details
 8 x Helm
 384 x Engineering
 62 x Maintenance
 122 x Gunnery
 10 x Screens
 30 x Troops
 102 x Command.
 26 x Stewards
 6 x Medical

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The Iron Duke Class were one of the earliest examples of the classic Terran Battleship (the first to be fitted with thrust plates) and even though it was a rapidly outclassed in terms of both size and power, the class exhibited most of the common features of the type; the large (41,000 Mj in this case) spinal particle accelerator, wedge hull form, extreme automation to reduce the crew requirements, extensive backup electronics and a heavy point defence laser battery. The Iron Dukes were designed shortly before the start of the 2nd Interstellar War and formed the backbone of the Terran fleet during the 2nd War and early 3rd War. In total 185 examples of the class were built, and though the class suffered heavily with the wholesale scrapings that followed the 3rd War, some examples survived in auxiliary roles for many years. The longest serving was the Hiei which survived as a guardship at Hades until 2402 AD.

The most famous example of the class was the Agamemnon on which the mysterious Lord Nelson incident occurred. The Agamemnon was a reserve squadron flagship during the critical Battle of Junction in 2152 AD. During the battle the Vilani broke through the Terran line and attacked the reserve; and the Agamemnon was struck by a spread of Vilani missiles which damaged the ship's control systems and killed or injured most of the bridge crew. At this point the "ghost" of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (1758 AD - 1805 AD) "appeared" on the ship's bridge. He exhorted the crew to attack the Vilani centre. Against all naval doctrine of the time, the senior surviving officer (Leftenant Pi Yu) choose to follow this course of action. The result was that against all expectations the reserve smashed the Vilani breakthrough and turned the tide of the battle in the Terrans favour.

The incident has thus far defied explanation. The ship's internal bridge sensors were offline due to battle damage at the time, so no accurate independent record exists, but the incident was confirmed after the battle by the Agamemnon's surviving bridge crew (some 17 individuals). It is known that
immediately prior to the incident the ship's jump grid had accidentally discharged due to the damage sustained. The most commonly accepted explanation is a mass hysterical delusion brought on by combat stress and the jump grid discharge; however the incident still remains a tantalising
mystery and is the subject of much popular debate.

The Agamemnon herself suffered severe damage during the battle, and though she was repaired, she was never again employed in frontline service. She served as a convoy escort until the end of the 3rd War and was then assigned as a colonial guardship at Midway until 2172 AD when she was designated as an escort for the long range colonisation program. The Agamemnon left for the rim in 2177 AD and her ultimate fate is unknown.

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