Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby JMISBEST » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:27 pm

Would I be able to classify them as Capital Ships if , when Drinax is big enough to afford it, Oleb decided to sell Artwork, antiques, jewels and jewels for 26,400,000,000 credits and spend around 21,980,670,000 credits on 4 of these 5,000 ton Beauties and 1 10,000 ton version of The 8,000 Ton Ritchey Escort, which will, if their recently revealed plan for part 7 goes right, give Drinax A Royal Guard Fleet of 4 5,000 ton, 1 10,000 ton and 1 8,000 ton ships
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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby baithammer » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:12 am

Just remember that its not just the cost of building / buying capital ships but maintenance costs and manpower. ( Not to mention you need the correct facilities to build or buy them from.)
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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby phavoc » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:21 pm

baithammer wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:12 am
Just remember that its not just the cost of building / buying capital ships but maintenance costs and manpower. ( Not to mention you need the correct facilities to build or buy them from.)
Purchasing them, either new or used, shouldn't be a terrible problem. Shipyards are always willing to take credits, and jump-capable ships can travel from a more technologically advanced area under their own power.

But you point out a valid issue that whenever a more advanced ship is purchased and it's meant to be stationed far away from where they need to source spares it's a problem. A supply chain makes the ship vulnerable in space dock as in battle.
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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby baithammer » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:21 am

Capital Ships also get the notice of the major powers which can lead to blocking sales to lesser powers, also hard to get personnel with experience in operating capital ships out on the fringes.
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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby phavoc » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:26 am

baithammer wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:21 am
Capital Ships also get the notice of the major powers which can lead to blocking sales to lesser powers, also hard to get personnel with experience in operating capital ships out on the fringes.
Not as had as you might think. Smaller planets and navies will send their officers to larger naval academies to get training, and even serve. Same goes for senior non-coms. Ratings would be obtained locally.

It was relatively common in the late 1800s and early 1900s for England to build state of the art warships for smaller powers like Chile, and Brazil. The major powers still sell or transfer older warships to nominal allies and neutrals today. While they may have outlived their usefulness to the major power, they are highly valued by the new owner.

And England helped with naval officer training as well. For Traveller you could have mercs provide some training, though I woudn't want them to provide crew for naval warships.
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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby Condottiere » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:35 pm

Most countries who have or want to develop a shipbuilding capability, work on trying to transfer technology and hire military advisers, who sometimes actually assisted during combat.
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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby baithammer » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:07 pm

JMIBEST was referring specifically to Drinax and only looking at the profits of the adventurers.

Most neutral powers have a relationship and are in a specific sphere of influence in order to get hand me down military hardware, capital class assets require more care in order not to upset balances in the spheres of influence.
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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby steve98052 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:06 pm

Self-aware explosives can be a problem:

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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby Condottiere » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:03 pm

They eventually have an existential crisis.
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Re: Sub-Capital Escort Carrier

Postby baithammer » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:37 pm

That would be sentient weapon systems, self-aware is still limited enough to no run into such crises.

I've been thinking of changing the name of this class to Escort Convoy Carrier to better label it.

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