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The flagship Muffuese (800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE))
El Facil Revolutionary Government (former)
Free Planets Alliance (former)
|Flag officer:||Commodore Marino|
|Purpose:||Flagship (IRF, Marino Squadron)|
Flagship (EFRRF, Marino Squadron - former)
Flagship (Yang Fleet, Marino Squadron - former)
|Armament:||19 forward cannons|
17 port cannons
17 starboard cannons
Commodore Marino, former commanding officer of the flagship Hyperion, took the Muffuese as the flagship of a squadron of the Yang Fleet sometime after the Eighth Battle of Iserlohn. First observed in combat at the Battle of Vermilion in 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE), it led several unsuccessful attempts to break through Imperial lines to the flagship Brünhild, and later played an instrumental role in leading the Alliance decoy force which lured the Imperial fleet into a trap. (LOGH: 'The Battle of Vermilion (Part Two)')
El Facil Revolutionary Reserve Force / Iserlohn Republic Forces
As a battleship, the Muffuese was required to be scrapped under the Treaty of Ba‘alat. However, the Muffuese had not yet been dismantled when hostilities resumed. It became part of Fleet Admiral Yang Wen-li's El Facil Revolutionary Reserve Force, fighting at the Battle of the Corridor, leading its squadron against the much larger Steinmetz Fleet. The Muffuese survived the battle and became part of the fleet of the Iserlohn Republic. (LOGH: 'The Battle of the Corridor: Kaleidoscope')
- Muffuese (LD/DVD subtitles)
- ムフウエセ (LD/DVD subtitles)
- Muh'wäse (Japanese fan sources)
The Muffuese was a modification of the standard Alliance battleship design to act as a squadron flagship, specifically to lead squadrons of ships in breakthrough attacks of enemy formations. This necessitated modifications beyond the necessary addition of communications and command and control equipment.
The most noticeable modification was to the main weapons, with a hammerhead-like projection, housing a total of 12 medium range beam cannons. This modification came at the sacrifice of 2 of the standard battleship's 8 long range beam cannons. The use of mixed calibre and range cannons in the main armament was felt by some to pose problems with fire control particularly when the range to the enemy was short enough to allow both types to fire.
Due to its intended role of leading attacks and breakthroughs of the enemy formation, the defensive systems had to be upgraded. Adding additional armor was considered initially but rejected as additional armor would have increased mass thereby decreasing its maximum acceleration. Instead, the shield systems were upgraded, especially in the front, where the strength was equivalent to that of an Ajax class flagship.
To achieve high acceleration, the engine system of the standard battleship was reworked and modified to expel propellant at a higher velocity. The additional machinery of these modifications was housed in two bulges on either side of the engine section. Unfortunately the new design also had higher consumption of propellant and due to space limitations, the pure water tanks on the dorsal hull were smaller than that of standard Alliance battleships. This resulted in the ship having a short endurance. (Fleet File Collection Vol.8)
Ultimately however Alliance cost-benefit analysis of this practice of modifying standard ships to function as squadron flagships judged there to be insufficient merit compared to the cost so the practice was ceased. (Data Book: Mechanic & Seiyū Encyclopaedia, p. 135)
Fleet File Collection
The Muffuese is included as a model in Fleet File Collection Vol.8.
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