Battleships, aka Dreadnoughts, have replaced heavy cruisers as the flagships of the line. At hull size 20, dreadnoughts are the mightiest vessels to travel between the stars. The UPF has only a few of them, and they usually stay near the larger space stations. Battleships have never fought in ship-to-ship combat, so their effectiveness is a matter of theory.
Hull Points: 120
Acceleration/Deceleration Factor: 2
Maneuver Rating: 2
Weapons: 2 laser (or xaser) assault-cannons, 4 laser (or xaser) batteries, 8 (anti-matter) torpedoes, 10 missile batteries
Optional Weapons: comet gun (4 shots), 20 gravity well-projectiles
Defenses: reflective hull, 4 masking screens (or x-screens), 20 ICMs
A battleship carries about 400 crew members. Boasting excellent maneuverability and acceleration, it can also absorb considerable damage. In addition, the durable engines mounted on these ships allow 12 jumps between overhauls. The biggest disadvantage of the battleship is its extreme cost; only three have been commissioned at the current time.
The first time a battleship saw action was in the Battle of Fortress Kdikit, where the Admiral Clinton led UPF forces to a narrow victory (the Sathar were wiped out, but the dreadnought lost half its crew and the fortress had to be abandoned). Since then, the battleships have had a major retrofit to increase overall firepower, as weapon development grew in the onslaught of Sathar invasions. During the Second Sathar War, all three battleships proved instrumental for driving out the invading Sathar fleets.
Ships of the Line
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