Fisher always enjoyed the constant hum of the life support systems that went with living in the Star Navy. Flicking his hand deftly across the data slate, he reviews the forces at his command.
“Hmmm, Warspite,” he thinks to himself. “She is a grand old fleet escort carrier.”
Although of an antiquated design the Warspite commands heavy shield protection, good stand off capabilities with four beam cannon batteries and two torpedo tubes, and a reasonable load of 12 Viper medium fighters and 3 Raptors. Ancillary armament includes four anti aircraft point defence batteries.
Of the three support ships the Achilles is the more powerful. Whilst not a heavy capital ship, she does none the less boast medium phase shields and one beam and two plasma batteries. Importantly she also provides additional anti aircraft defence with three batteries and ancillary small craft carrying capacity with her compliment of two Vipers and a Raptor.
Ajax is the fastest of the fleet but she only possessed light shields. She does project good firepower support with one beam and one plasma battery plus two anti aircraft batteries. She is quite fragile however and won’t be able to undertake any substantial battlefield repairs.
Exeter is neither fast nor powerful but she does carry a Raptor and a beam, a projectile and a anti aircraft battery. Whilst the projectile battery is outdated and next to useless in a modern naval engagement, the anti aircraft capability will inevitably be valuable should they face opposing fighters.
The fleet has in its possession a total of 7 beam batteries, 3 plasma batteries and 1 projectile battery. The beams would give them good range but the main firepower against heavy capital ships would come from the plasma cannons.
The fleets main strike arm will be the fighter compliment. Whist the Vipers only possessed short range firepower, compared to their main opponent, the X Wing, their 3 rail guns possess a serious rate of fire advantage. A typical missile load consists of three Fire and Forget missiles giving the Viper good long range capability until they can close to use their guns.
The Raptors possess heavier point weapons and are able to carry a good range of missiles including torpedoes as part of a standard load out. They are however fairly slow and unmanoeuvrable and will need protection in a dogfight.
Whilst most of the fighter and bomber pilots are straight out of the academy, Starbuck, Apollo and Boomer are veterans and will be able to take the fight to the enemy.
Fisher puts the data slate down and thinks of the upcoming engagements.
Looking out the view port he can see some of the fleet on manoeuvres, preparing for the engagement ahead.
He reflects on the capability of the fleet. It’s endurance, strengths and weaknesses. And all the while the life support systems hum.