In FY 3401, the Technocracy of Umeria continues its "Fleet 3410" construction program, building new ship types known collectively as the "Century Fleet."
The lead waves of screening vessels of the latest type have already been completed under the program. Frigate and cutter-tender designs have received only incremental upgrades. The most noteworthy advances found among the Fleet 3410 construction are in the new Renata Fields
-class destroyers, which are greatly superior to the older classes in energy-efficiency and component service life. While closely equivalent to the older Scheele
and du Chatelet
classes in gross measures of firepower and reactor output, their greater endurance and lower operating costs increase their multirole capability. Analysts predict that the Renatas
will begin to intrude on the interdiction, patrol, and reconnaissance missions, traditionally the province of the lighter but higher-endurance Umerian frigates.
In addition, the latest Flight III Hero
-class light cruisers are updated to carry electronic warfare and C3I systems noticeably in advance over what was practical on the older hulls of the class. Upgrades to the Hero
-class show a significant improvement, though not a sea change compared to the Flight I and II designs.
Most foreign observers believe that once an adequate number of Hero
Flight III's are in service, SpaceSec will begin retiring the Conductor
-class cruisers. These older ships are at best mediocre in the light cruiser mission by current Umerian standards. However, this process may not begin for several years, as there are an enormous number of Conductors
among the system control forces. Since all current cruiser construction is devoted to escorts for new capital ships, replacing the Conductors
is simply not an option for the next several years, barring an increase to the already liberal construction budget.
Improvements to the FF-7000
series frigates and cutter tenders are unremarkable- mostly of interest to the Umerians themselves, rumors of new enhanced-yield missile and torpedo warheads deployed during the Zebes campaign in mid-3400 notwithstanding.
Meanwhile, most popular attention regarding the "Century Fleet" focuses on the capital ships: the Vindicator
-class dreadnought and Aurora
-class battlecruiser. Both classes are equipped with the Mk XV Block 5 ion cannon, which offers roughly a 50% increase in firepower over the older Mk XIV proton guns. The Vindicators
enjoy similar increases in shielding, electronic warfare capabilities, and broadside armament, at the price of greatly increased tonnage and considerably increased design complexity.
are less changed structurally, representing a predictable scaling up and rearming of the Patriot
-class heavy cruiser, in the same way that the Explorer
-classes evolved from the older Bombardier
cruisers. Foreign analysts believe that the Auroras
will benefit less from upgrading to the Mark Fifteen, as Umerian battlecruisers are already 'glass hammers,' greatly overgunned for their tonnage and defensive armament; further increasing their firepower out of proportion to the rest of their systems is unlikely to make them all that much more effective in combat. Some have already predicted that the Auroras
are going to prove a disappointment.
Possibly in light of this, the Umerian government has ordered a hold on completion of the initial wave of six Auroras
. This appears odd, as the ships' structure was almost entirely complete by December 3400. Normally, they would be starting commissioning trials shortly.
Some speculate that they may be spending extra time on internal refits, though security around the Auroras
' building slips is even tighter than usual and no one has gotten close enough to be sure exactly what's going on.
This year Umeria is laying down another six Auroras
and two Vindicators
, with the third Vindicator
being delayed on account of disruptions to shipyard schedules because of the delays in completing the lead wave of Auroras
. In addition, the Space Security Force will be laying down screen elements for three new capital ship squadrons, along with a number of additional units to replace ships destroyed in action during the Zebes campaign.
For detailed descriptions of all Umerian warship designations, see the following data
Umerian GDP: 59,000 terastarbucks ($)
Fleet construction budget: ~5900 terastarbucks ($)Capital ship construction:
x2 FY 3401 $650 Vindicator-class ion dreadnoughts:
Laid down January 3401, due to leave yards July 3403, due to commission March 3404.
x3 FY 3400 $650 Vindicator-class ion dreadnoughts:
Laid down January 3400, due to leave yards July 3402, due to commission March 3403.
x6 FY 3401 $250 Aurora-class ion battlecruisers
Laid down January 3401, due to leave yards January 3402, due to commission July 3402.
[Analysts predict that like the FY 3400 wave, these ships will be delayed for further systems installation, which would take place in FY 3402]x6 FY 3400 $250 Aurora-class ion battlecruisers
Originally due to leave yards January 3401; an additional six months has been scheduled for installation of [CLASSIFIED BURN BEFORE READING]
, also known as "internal upgrades to electronics fit," at additional cost of $100 each. Build plan thus revised to:
x6 FY 3400 $350 Aurora-class ion battlecruisers
Laid down January 3400, due to leave yards July 3401, due to commission January 3402
Capital ship cost: 2(650)+6(250)+6(100) = $3400Screen element construction:
RECEIVED FROM LAST YEAR: 3 CV, 4 CL, 13 DD, 10 AGP, 10 FF
x3 FY 3401 $150 Aviary
-class fleet carriers
Laid January 3401, due to leave yards September 3401, due to commission December 3401
x2 FY 3400 $60 Hero-class light cruisers
Third wave of two laid September 3400, due to leave yards January 3400, due to commission March 3401
x6 FY 3401 $60 Hero-class light cruisers
First wave of two laid January 3401, due to leave yards May 3401, due to commission July 3401
Second wave of two laid May 3401, due to leave yards September 3401, due to commission November 3401
Third wave of two laid September 3401, due to leave yards January 3402, due to commission March 3402
x5 FY 3400 $40 Renata Fields-class destroyers
Fourth wave of five laid October 3400, due to leave yards January 3401, due to commission February 3401
x18 FY 3401 $40 Renata Fields-class destroyers
First wave of four laid January 3401, due to leave yards April 3401, due to commission May 3401
Second wave of four laid April 3401, due to leave yards July 3401, due to commission August 3401
Third wave of five laid July 3401, due to leave yards October 3401, due to commission November 3401
Fourth wave of five laid October 3401, due to leave yards January 3402, due to commission February 3402
x2 FY 3400 $20 AGP-3700
-series cutter tenders
Last two hulls laid down in 3400 commission in months of January and February 3401.
x12 FY 3401 $20 AGP-3700
-series cutter tenders
Continuous series production: one new keel laid down per month; one tender commissions every month from February 3400 on to January 3401.
Screen element cost for keels laid in 3401
: 3(150)+6(60)+18(40)+12(20) = $1770Small craft construction:
x260 $0.5 cutters, various types (small craft complement of thirteen AGP-3700
-series tenders), constructed at a rate of ~22/month
x2250 $0.1 AI drone fighters, various types (fighter complement of three Aviary
-class carriers), constructed at a rate of ~200/month
Small craft cost: 260(0.5)+2250(0.1) = $355, or $6.83/weekSupplementary construction:Replacement of Losses in Zebes Campaign:
x1 FY 3401 80$ Hibernia
-class strike cruiser
One laid down January 3401, leaves yards May 3401, commissions July 3401
x2 FY 3401 40$ Renata Fields-class
One laid down January 3401, leaves yards April 3401, commissions May 3401
One laid down April 3401, leaves yards July 3401, commissions August 3401
x2 FY 3401 30$ FF-7000 series
One laid down July 3401, leaves yards October 3401, commissions November 3401
One laid down October 3401, leaves yards January 3402, commissions February 3402
x1 FY 3401 $20 AGP-3700
-series cutter tenders
Laid down January 3401, leaves yards March 3401, commissions April 3401
Program cost: 200$Additional Supplementary Construction
x4 FY 3401 $30 FF-7000 series
One laid down January 3401, due to leave yards March 3401, due to commission April 3401
One laid down April 3401, due to leave yards June 3401, due to commission July 3401
One laid down July 3401, due to leave yards September 3401, due to commission October 3401
One laid down October 3400, due to leave yards December 3401, due to commission January 3402
Program cost: 120$
Total fleet cost: 3400+1770+355+200+120 = $5845
(additional $55 of fleet procurement budget vanishes into the black budget and/or someone's pants, never to be seen again by the civilized galaxy)