Leonidas II (DNT)
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The flagship Leonidas II (797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE))
|Affiliation:||Free Planets Alliance|
|Flag officer:||Vice Admiral Legrange|
|Purpose:||Flagship (11th Fleet)|
Vice Admiral Legrange and the rest of the 11th Fleet sided with the National Salvation Military Council in the Alliance Civil War, and sortied from Heinessen to intercept and destroy the Iserlohn Garrison Fleet. The 11th Fleet was comprehensively defeated at the Battle of Doria Starzone, and Legrange surrendered immediately prior to committing suicide. The Leonidas II was presumably captured. (DNT: 'The Battle of the Doria Starzone')
The Leonidas II shared many design features with other Alliance flagships in the 'FB10' series, and appeared identical to the Leonidas and Kukulkan. Its most prominent distinguishing characteristic wass a two-tone color scheme of both blue and green. An arrangement of 9 launch bays on the port and starboard side of the rear hull were capable of launching two Spartanian fighters each, allowing for a complement of 36 Spartanian fighters.
The name Leonidas II is probably a reference to the destroyed Leonidas, which was in turn named after Leonidas, a king of Sparta and the leader of the 300 Spartans at the famous Battle of Thermopylae. There was also a king of Sparta known as Leonidas II, but it seems unlikely a flagship would be named after such a comparatively minor historical figure.