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The flagship Barbarossa (796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE))
Affiliation: Galactic Empire
Flag officer: High Admiral Kircheis
Type: Battleship
Purpose: Flagship (Kircheis Fleet)
Length: 986 metres(FFC10)
Width: 257 metres(FFC10)
Height: 231 metres(FFC10)
Armament: 6 forward cannons
21 port cannons
21 starboard cannons
Crew: 945(FFC10)
Status: Decommissioned
Decommissioned: 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE)

The Barbarossa (Japanese: バルバロッサ) was the Imperial flagship of Siegfried Kircheis.


Service history

The Barbarossa first saw action in Reinhard von Lohengramm's campaign to defeat the Alliance's invasion of Imperial space in 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE), leading the Kircheis Fleet against the 7th Fleet and subsequently the 13th Fleet in the Dverger System. When the remnants of the Alliance fleet regrouped and faced the Imperial fleets at the Battle of Amritsar, the Barbarossa attacked the fleet from their rear at the head of 30,000 ships (together with the Lutz Fleet and Wahlen Fleet), using its main guns to ignite the Seffle particles dispersed on Vice Admiral Kircheis' orders, and clearing a path through the Alliance minefield. (LOGH: 'The Battle of Amritsar Starzone')

The Barbarossa's final campaign would be against the Lippstadt Alliance in the Imperial Civil War in 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE), leading the campaign to pacify rebel star systems whilst Reinhard von Lohengramm personally attended to the conquest of Geiersberg Fortress. In the major battle of that campaign, the 40,000 ships of the Kircheis Fleet, Lutz Fleet and Wahlen Fleet fought a fleet of 50,000 enemy ships under the command of Maquis Littenheim at the Kyffhäuser Starzone. In the course of the battle, Kircheis took the Barbarossa at the head of a mere 800 ships and cut through the enemy formation, throwing the enemy fleet into confusion and causing Littenheim to retreat. (LOGH: 'Courage and Loyalty')


The Barbarossa was decommissioned after Kircheis's death. It was left permanently moored next to the Brünhild on Odin. (LOGH: 'Lost Things')




Name variations

Background information

The name Barbarossa means red beard in Italian, and was the nickname of Frederick I, 12th-century Holy Roman Emperor.

Licensed sources

The Barbarossa was completed in 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE). Like Brünhild, Barbarossa was an experimental ship to test the integration of multiple new technologies, without consideration of mass production costs. The difference in design ideology between the two ships was likened to that between a battleship and cruiser respectively. The Brünhild had a balance of strong firepower and ample defence, while the Barbarossa had sacrificed some defence for the sake of manoeuvrability.

Its main armament consisted of 6 large calibre beam cannons. These were new cannons, using a new particle accelerator design and were equipped with large scale directional fields, yielding a more tightly focused beam.

The sides of the ship mounted numerous lasers and small missile launchers for use against enemy small craft.

The main fighter hangar was mounted on the dorsal hull near the rear of the ship. Fighters were accelerated out using a gravitational catapult, reducing the vulnerable window period of fighter launching, when the ship would be vulnerable.

The section of the hull jutting out ventrally mounted a variety of integrated sensors. Its enemy detection capability was superior to even the Brünhild. Combined with its extensive navigational route database, the Barbarossa was well suited for independent operations and border patrols.

The engines were a new design with reduced propellant consumption and quick acceleration/deceleration response times.

Its active service life was short, after which it was moored permanently on Odin as a memorial ship. (Fleet File Collection Vol.10)

FFC drawing


Fleet File Collection

The Barbarossa is included as a model in Fleet File Collection Vol.10.

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