NAVAL ENGINEERING DEPT.
It is with great pride and
pleasure that I now present to you the latest addition to our
fleet: the Calamari built Strike Carrier. After learning that
Wolfshead squadron has been assigned to testing this new ship
class we have named it the 'Wolfs Lair'. The ship will officially
begin her maiden voyage at a ceremony next week and we hope
you will all be able to attend.
In the following I will
attempt to give a brief technical description of the Wolfs Lair
as well as pointing out what tactical considerations has influenced
certain design features. Please refer to the minutes from the
High Command meeting when the ship was commissioned for further
details (see ref. ).
Due to limited resources
and constant shortage of personnel the Alliance has always relied
more on starfighters than large starships in stellar warfare.
This has proven to be a correct way of battling the much larger
Imperial fleet, which has been slow in adapting itself to our
One area of concern has
been the lack of specialized starfighter carriers, specifically
designed to carry Alliance starfighters. Our Nebulon B frigates
have long performed the role of carriers, but their limited
hangar capacity and rather outdated design was a main reason
for the proposal of a new starship class, put forward at a meeting
immediately following the battle of Hoth (ref. ).
The initial specifications
was as follows:
A compact, sturdy, frame
with a total length not exceeding that of a Nebulon B.
The capacity to carry no
less than 24 Alliance starfighters, complete with ammunition,
pilots, and maintenance personnel.
(After suggestions from
general Madine) In addition to the fighters, to carry up to
four troop/personnel transport/boarding ships and shuttles.
The ability to deploy ground
troops (using transports and shuttles) and a 'normal' on board
capacity of a full platoon of Alliance soldiers.
The ability to operate individually,
without the need to re-supply, for at least a year at a time.
A sub light speed comparable
to that of a Blockade Runner.
Adequate armament and shielding.
The ship should have good missile defense, offensive capabilities
will consist of deployment of the starfighters.
The ability to operate with
a minimal crew.
We have been able to meet,
and in some cases exceed, the above requirements.
In the following, I will
go through different features of the ship, hopefully without
boring you with technical details.
MGLT (4 MGLT using the low emission drives)
(70 officers, 724 enlisted). Ground troops and starfighter
pilots not included.
1 ion cannon
14 quad laser cannons
1 multi-purpose warhead launcher
two transports and two shuttles
Transports and shuttles
are normally stored in the hangar, while starfighters have a
dedicated storage area in the front of the ship. Elevators are
normally used to lower the fighters down to the hangar deck,
where they are armed and fueled before a launch.
In an emergency launching
can be done at a rate of one flight (four starfighters, launching
in pairs from both hangar openings) every 40 seconds.
The two way hangar makes
it possible to have crafts landing and taking off simultaneously
with little or no risk of collisions. There has been concerns
about hot-headed pilots actually flying through the hangar,
but we judge that to be highly unlikely due to the great risk
of doing such a foolhardy thing.
The strike carrier is also
equipped with adequate pilot quarters, complete with a briefing
room and flight simulator facilities. Pilot and crew quarters
are located under the primary bridge (in the ex-secondary bridge).
After suggestions from general
Madine, the strike carrier is also able to deploy troops and
commando units. In order for the troops to be able to stay on
board for longer periods of time, ample training facilities
have been added, both for weapons practice and physical excercise.
Although not so heavily
armed in terms of turbolaser turrets as an escort frigate, we
assume that the added ion cannon will be able to slow down larger
warships enough for the strike carrier to escape. We also assume
that with an onboard capacity of almost three full starfighter
squadrons, any such attack will cost the attacker dearly. Besides,
the strike carrier has not been designed for an offensive role,
at least not when operating alone.
We are also testing a new
propulsion technology on this the first model. It is not very
effective, but gives such low particle and energy emission that
the ship is practically invisible to most sensors when running
the 'silent engines'. We hope this might be helpful when traveling
through contested areas of space, or when trying to make a planetary
drop without being detected.
The bridge is located on
the side of the ship, all around view is provided by large view
screens. There is also a CIC located in the middle of the ship,
fully equipped with command consoles, etc, as the primary bridge
location is somewhat vulnerable. Our initial designs had a secondary
bridge placed in various locations on the hull, but after suggestions
from admiral Ackbar it has now been transformed to crew quarters.
It has been shown [ref. 2] that having a large view port, such
as the one on the Wolfs Lair, present in the crew quarters greatly
enhances the quality of crew accommodations. Also the crew resistance
to "space sickness", depression and anxiety due to
prolonged space travels, is greatly enhanced.
We hope that the ship will
be able to fulfill its intended role with flying colors, and
wish the Wolfs Lair a victorious journey.
May the Force be with you!
ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT, REF. NO: 09122234-532