Victorious-Class Light Fleet Carrier
Type: Light Fleet Carrier
Architect: Freyaspace Corporation
Tech Level: 11
CVL-B7244E3-050000-32000-0 MCr 1,655.287 2.4 KTons
Bat Bear 8 62 Crew: 175
Bat 8 62 TL: 11
Cargo: 47, Fuel: 676, EP: 96, Agility: 3 Shipboard Security Detail: 2
Craft: 3 x 50T Modular Cutter, 1 x 30T General Purpose Module, 15 x 15T Kurnass Fighter-Interceptor, 30 x 6T Dagger Attack Fighter
Fuel Treatment: On Board Fuel Purification
Architects Fee: MCr 15.633 Cost in Quantity: MCr 1,342.629
HULL: 2,400 tons standard, 33,600 cubic meters, Dispersed Structure Configuration
CREW: 12 Officers, 163 Ratings
ENGINEERING: Jump-2, 4G Manuever, Power plant-4, 96 EP, Agility 3
AVIONICS: Bridge, Model/5fib Computer
ARMAMENT: 6 Triple Beam Laser Turrets organised into 6 Batteries (Factor-3), 2 Single Plasma Gun Turrets organised into 2 Batteries (Factor-2)
DEFENCES: 16 Triple Sandcaster Turrets organised into 8 Batteries (Factor-5)
CRAFT: 3 x 50 ton Modular Cutters with Fuel Modules(Crew of 1, Cost of MCr 30), 30 ton General Purpose Module (Cost of MCr 2), 15 x 15 ton Kurnass Fighter-Interceptors (Crew of 2, Sold Separately), 30 x 6 ton Dagger Attack Fighters (Crew of 1, Sold Separately)
FUEL: 676 Tons Fuel (2 parsecs jump and 28 days endurance, plus 100 tons of additional fuel), No Fuel Scoops, On Board Fuel Purification Plant
MISCELLANEOUS: 90 Staterooms, 47 Tons Cargo (Includes 20 additional berths for the Task Force commander and staff.)
COST: MCr 1,578.919 Singly (incl. Architects fees of MCr 15.633), MCr 1,250.629 in Quantity, plus MCr 92 of Carried Support Craft
CONSTRUCTION TIME: 135 Weeks Singly, 108 Weeks in Quantity
COMMENTS: The Victorious class light fleet carrier was the first effort by the navy of the newly formed Confederation of Ursa Major (a.k.a the Freya Pact) to build a true multi-role carrier that could keep up with its own escorts.
There were some critics who believed that the embarked fighter group of 45 fighters was too small to be truly effective. This lead to calls to build a larger ship that could carry 75 fighters in three "full" squadrons, or to trade off maneuver drive and power plant capacity in order to carry a larger force.
The problem with building a larger ship was that the existing design for the Victorious class had already come close to the upper allowable size, -- fifty-percent of shipyard capacity -- for construction in the yards on Freya and Galtswelt at that time in the early years of the Confederation. The navy, especially its Freyani cadre, also had extensive experiece with the slow merchant vessels that had been converted to "escort" carriers and had strongly objected to building any new ships that were slower than the escorting frigates and destroyers. This objection was reinforced by the inclusion of twenty additional personnel berths on board in order to allow Victorious class ships to used as the flagships of the carrier task forces.
Of the three units of the class, Victorious and Intrepid were built at Freya, and Glorious was built at Galtswelt.