Terran Confederation Warships
During the Interstellar Wars the Terran Confederation did not use the
common later Imperial forms of designations for their warships. Instead
they used a system of nomenclature that owed more to the Terran 2nd Age
of Exploration (2050 AD - 2095 AD). Thus rather than dividing their ships
into the more familiar groupings of Battleships, Cruisers, Destroyers etc.
the Terrans used the following ship types
were large capital ships designed with the sole purpose of meeting enemy
warships in battle and defeating them.
term was only introduced during the 9th Interstellar War. When the Terrans
developed meson guns they found that they were most effectively employed
in ships smaller than their current Battleships. Hence the term "Battlecruiser"
was introduced to refer to capital ships mounting meson guns. These ships
were closer in size to the large Frigates that were common in the Terran
fleets at that time (circa 35,000 Td as against circa 120,000 Td for Battleships
and circa 20,000 Td for Frigates). Their role however was not that of a
traditional cruising ship but that of a capital ship.
were designed as "Cruising Ships". Their roles were scouting, commerce
raiding and commerce protection.
were small ships designed for general patrol duties. Frequently encountered
in peacetime as picket vessels.
Missile boats: These
were small non-jump capable vessels. Built around a small mass produced
hull fitted with a large number of missiles to counter the heavy missile
armament of Vilani vessels. The Missile Boats
were one of the two "elite" branches of the Confederation Navy.
Mother Ships: Jump
capable tenders for the Missile Boats.
were small "expendable" ships designed to destroy enemy merchant vessels.
Generally featured long endurance and a powerful armament. Extensively
used in the scouting role in addition to their anti-commerce roles. The
Raiders were one of the two "elite" branches of the Confederation Navy.
Bomb Ketches: These
were sloop sized vessels designed specifically for planetary bombardment
roles. Distinguished by their slow acceleration, heavy defences and strong
assigned to defend specific fixed locations. Generally these were an assortment
of obsolete warships no longer suited for frontline duties assigned with
little or no modifications. However some purpose designed guardships were
built for strategic systems. These were similar to non-jump capable capital
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