Edit Battleships are huge ships, with colossal amounts of weapons and shields, and usually serve as the flagship for the Admiral of the Fleet, though this is not always necessarily the case. Although very powerful, battleships are very slow, hard to maneuver and cannot react quickly to enemies that rapidly change course. The two most often used classes are the Emperor which can carry an immense amount of attack craft in addition to its normal, incredibly powerful weaponry and the Retribution which is noted for its powerful broadside firepower and its very large amount of torpedo tubes. There are other rarer Battleships, such as the older Apocalypse and Oberon classes. Other Segmentae battlefleets may rely on yet other classes, but the Emperor and more recent Retribution are by far the most common in the Imperial Navy.
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Edit Battleships are huge ships, with colossal amounts of weapons and shields, and usually serve as the flagship for the Admiral of the Fleet, though this is not always necessarily the case. Although very powerful, battleships are very slow, hard to maneuver and cannot react quickly to enemies that rapidly change course. The two most often used classes are the Emperor which can carry an immense amount of attack craft in addition to its normal, incredibly powerful weaponry and the Retribution which is noted for its powerful broadside firepower and its very large amount of torpedo tubes.
There are other rarer Battleships, such as the older Apocalypse and Oberon classes. Other Segmentae battlefleets may rely on yet other classes, but the Emperor and more recent Retribution are by far the most common in the Imperial Navy. Battleships can be up to 8 kilometers from prow to stern a An Oberon class battleship with all guns blazing nd displace billions of tons.
Because they represent such a vast expenditure of resources and require a fairly advanced technical base, these are typically constructed only in the largest shipyards above the major Adeptus Mechanicus forge worlds. These vessels are precious assets and are carefully husbanded, usually employed in only larger fleet formations and screened by dedicated escort squadrons.
Grand Cruiser Edit Grand cruisers are significantly smaller than battleships, yet distinctly larger than cruisers. These vessels are usually very old in design and do not incorporate many of the features that are typical in current Imperial Navy vessels, like the armoured prow, and are not entirely compatible with current navy tactical doctrine.
Due to this, many are retired from active duty, but are still used by reserve fleets. The Avenger, with its powerful broadside firepower, is one such example. There are also some modernized versions of grand cruisers in service, but since these are much larger and more heavily-armed than their predecessors, they are more often classed as battleships. These kinds of vessels are usually purpose-built or modified from battlecruiser hulls and are not commonly encountered in the Imperial Navy.
Cruiser Edit Cruisers make up the majority of a fleet. Though not as powerful as a battleship, cruisers are much faster and can still deliver a deadly blow.
There are multiple classes of cruiser, most based on the same general hull design but incorporating different combinations of broadside batteries, lance turrets and starfighter hangars. Examples include the all-round, ubiquitous Lunar-class, the Gothic with its powerful lances and the Dictator attack craft carrier. Cruisers can carry a crew complement of anywhere between and , and including Imperial Navy armsmen and military police squads , depending on sources.
While cruisers are still particularly complex, it is not uncommon for them to be constructed on smaller forge worlds or any civilized world that has a shipyard suitable for constructing vessels of their size.
A note on Imperial ship classes — while naval warships can be defined along a fairly limited number of classes based on weapon configurations approved by the Adeptus Mechanicus, the form these vessels takes varies widely throughout the Imperium. For example, a Lunar cruiser constructed above Cypra Mundi in Segmentum Obscuras may bear little resemblance to a Lunar cruiser constructed above Kar Durniash in Ultima Segmentum and even less so to a Lunar constructed among the vast shipyards of Mars.
Nonetheless, they will all have roughly the same operating characteristics and weapon configuration, and thus can be easily serviced by any orbital facility throughout Imperial space. Note there are also classes of battlecruisers. Although based on a hull-design that is similar to the regular cruisers, these ships are generally somewhat larger and more heavily armed, incorporating more advanced power distribution systems capable of supporting battleship-grade weaponry in a cruiser hull.
A notable example is the Mars-class battlecruiser, with its fighter bays, broadside batteries, dorsal lance turrets and an immense, prow-mounted Nova Cannon capable of attacking targets at extremely long range. A subset of the cruiser category are the light cruisers.
These ships fall in size between cruisers and escorts, mixing the firepower and durability of the former with the speed and manoeuvrability of the latter. The Dauntless is a very common light cruiser class in the Imperial Navy.
Extremely self-sufficient, it is fast and has enough firepower to be a threat to both escorts and capital ships. There are o A Dauntless class light cruiser.
Light cruisers are a fairly common ship class, for they are relatively simple to construct for being a capital ship, and they are uniquely suited for reconnaissance patrols and for making a presence where their speed and maneuverability are an advantage, and where having a larger number of smaller hulls allows the Navy to monitor a wider area of space. Ironclad Edit Ironclads, much like their contemporary counterparts, are vast 15 kilometre vessels which lack the void shielding of their counterparts in favour of dozens of meters adamantium plate armour.
These ships, built before the advent of void-sheild technology, have since been phased out of production, for the main part, to be replaced by more modern designs. These ships are rare in the Imperial Navy, due to their archaic design and the lack of facilities still capable of repairing, let alone producing them. Escort ship Edit Escort ships are the smallest type of ship in the Imperial Navy fleets, found in two distinct sub-classes.
The larger of the two are frigates, which are better armed and more heavily armoured. Destroyers are generally smaller, but they are by far the fastest and most maneuverable interstellar warships employed by the Imperial Navy.
They are usually organised in squadrons of 2 to 6 vessels and will always operate as a group. The main task of the escort ships is to serve as a screen for capital ships against enemy torpedoes and attack crafts so that they can get into position more quickly and safely.
They are also employed behind the gun line to finish off enemy cruisers that have been damaged so that the larger vessels can concentrate on the most important threats in an enemy formation. Most escort classes specialise in a certain role, such as the Cobra-class torpedo boat destroyers or the Firestorm-class frigate with its armour-piercing prow-mounted Lance.
Escort ships are normally not more than 1. Imperial Shipyards The Imperial Navy is made up of billions of different ship designs, although they are squeezed into three categories.
Each category has a number of ship designs that verge on the line between the categories.
Imperial Navy ships look like giant fucking Vaticans with warp drives and cannons. According to the rule book they have massive fucking crews and apparently zero actual technology to move shells weighing hundreds of tons into gun breeches and such. The book shows slaves running on massive treadmills to move them about. If only we had a bunch of crazy ass priests who are fucking insane about technology on board to sort that shit out for us! This probably had something to do with with the fluff being from 3rd edition, in which Grimdark levels were at their highest to the point of being retarded.
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