Alliance transport (788 UC era)
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Alliance transport (796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE))
El Facil Revolutionary Government
Free Planets Alliance
|Armament:||16 frontal beam cannons (FFC1)|
This Alliance transport (Japanese: 輸送艦) design served as the standard transport design of Alliance fleets from the late stages of the Alliance–Imperial War to at least 801 UC (3 NIC / 492 IC / 3601 CE) under the successor states of the El Facil Revolutionary Government and Iserlohn Republic.
The standard Alliance transport was essentially rectangular in shape with a wedge prow, and 4 engines in the rear.
For self defence, 16 beam cannons were mounted in the prow.
Role and Capabilities
It served as the main Alliance military transport design, capable of transporting a wide variety of cargo types, including food, ammunition, and energy. It was critical to the effectiveness of fleets far from their supply lines, and the destruction of the Alliance transport fleet under Admiral Scott in 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE) was instrumental in bringing about the devastating defeat of the Alliance invasion fleet at the hands of Reinhard von Lohengramm. (LOGH: 'The Battle of Amritsar Starzone', 'The Battle of the Corridor: End of the Campaign')
Alliance warships were capable of docking alongside it for direct resupply.
Resupplying docked battleships (800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE))
These ships formed the vital link between the Alliance's rear supply bases and the front lines. They were commonly organised into squadrons of tens of transports each. Normally when moving in convoy, each transport would maintain a distance of 0.1 to 0.2 light seconds from each other, and link their sensors together via FTL communication links, creating a large virtual sensor array to keep watch for danger.
The bridge and crew quarters were located in the front section, and the engineering section at the rear. Aside from the captain, there were 6 navigational crew, 6 engineering crew. Communications, security, and logistics crew added up to another 12.
The 16 cannons mounted were purely for self defence. As the ship's sensors lacked high resolution capacity for long range targeting, and as the transport was not meant for combat, it was decided to fit small calibre, low power, rapid firing beam cannons.
The transport's cargo compartment measured 1,100 metres by 360 metres by 360 metres. The total effective cargo capacity was 135.4 million cubic metres. Using the standard of liquid hydrogen at its boiling point, the transport could carry 9,600,000 tons (rounded up to the nearest hundred thousand ton). In the middle of the compartment was a connecting structure between the forward crew sections and the engineering section at the rear. It contained power conduits as well as passageways for movement of crew. Normally the cargo compartment was not pressurised and was a vacuum. Any cargo requiring atmosphere or temperature control had to be carried in airtight containers.
The transport's size led to it being considered as a possible delivery system for high yield strategic planetary scale missiles, but the low mobility of the ship led to this idea being discarded.
One variant design that did come to fruition was the hospital ship variant. Modification of the cargo compartment and installation of medical facilities created a hospital ship with capabilities matching that of a large scale hospital on Heinessen. Of the hospital ships assigned to Alliance fleets, over half were converted transports. Naturally such hospital ships were completely unarmed, with the front 16 cannons removed.
Modular construction was used for the engines, which raised ship readiness rates. (Fleet File Collection Vol.1)
A sketch of the Alliance transport appear in the extra features of the DVD box set.