The Australian Space Navy (ASN) is comprised of ship primarily purchased from other nations.
The ships presented here have been designed using the Naval Architect Manual included in the Star Cruiser boxed set. Ships that have been published by others have an abbreviated write-up and list the source where full information may be obtained.
Original Date of Design: 01 Feb 2299 First Example Laid Down: 16 Nov 2299 First Example Completed: 09 Mar 2301 Fleets of Service: Australia
A star-faring power, Australia has colonial holdings in the American Arm. The route there is long and shares a common starting path with the Chinese Arm. A haven for piracy, the Chinese Arm has always caused concern for the Australian and American authorities. The Royal Australian Space Navy, RASN, has always depended on foreign designed and constructed warships for defense of her colonies and trade routes. Ships have been procured from France, Ukraine, and most recently, America. The American Kennedy-class cruiser, Victoria, is the flagship of the RASN, and one of only three such cruisers in operation. The smaller escorts consisted of French built Aconit-class frigates and Ukrainian built Kiev-class destroyers.
Following contact with the Kafer aliens on the frontier of the French Arm at Eta Bootis in 2298, the French made a request to all nations of Earth for men, material, and warships. A violent race, the Kafers had destroyed a French squadron centered on the Ste Jeanne D’Arc battleship. Though far removed from the battlefield, both the American Space Force and RASN decided to send small squadrons. Faced with operating far from friendly logistic bases, the RASN committed the Kangaroo, a Ypres-12-class destroyer and Bushranger, a Kiev-class destroyer. Both vessels were fission powered and not dependent on fueling sources. Three merchant vessels acting as supply tenders rounded out the squadron. Arriving after cessation of hostilities, the RASN squadron remained on station, conducting patrols into the nearby Arcturus system as part of the combined human fleet based at Eta Bootis.
The success of the Eta Bootis Squadron was largely due to the minimal logistics needed to keep it functioning in the field; a point not lost on the upper command levels of the RASN. Though not an active battlefield, the American Arm also presented similar logistic problems for ships patrolling beyond the immediate colonies. Combined with an increasing need for anti- piracy raids into the Chinese Arms, the RASN saw the future of their force moving away from fuel dependent ships to more autonomously powered vessels.
In late 2298, the RASN issued a request for tenders for a new class of warship. Of the bids received, the Adelaide-class designed by the Canadian firm Quarry Machine Works, proved most suitable. An initial order for six ships with the AusCan Consolidated, a shipbuilding corporation with yards in the Proxima Centauri system. The first ship, Adelaide, was laid down in November 2299 and commissioned in March of 2301. The other five vessels are scheduled to be constructed at a rate of one every twelve months with the Darwin fitting out in late March of 2302.
The Adelaide-class destroyer is a mix of new and mature technologies. The requirements for reduced dependence on logistics dictated that MHD planets be excluded from the primary power type selection. Budget constraints further narrowed the type of power plant with the result that a fission plant was selected. Utilizing existing technology transfer programs, an American military-grade stutterwarp was procured, along with American built sensors and fire control equipment.
Armament consists of lasers and missiles built by Wombat Defense Systems on the Australian colony world of Botany Bay, supplemented with American submuntion dispensers. The missile bays support the modular missile system designed by Wombat Defense System, which allows a mix of missiles to be carried, depending on the mission of the destroyer.
The crew compliment includes a troop detachment of Royal Australian Marines and an American OLL-29-class lander as the Adelaide is not streamlined. The troop detachment has the primary duty of conducting boarding actions against hostile vessels and showing the flag planetside.
Navigational: Navigational Radar, Deep Space Scanner, Gravitational Scanner; Military: Active sensor (range=10), Passive sensor (range=10); Survey: none
Bridge: 10 (Command, Navigation, Communications, Engineering-Helm, Computer x2); TAC: 14 (Command Staff x1, Sensors x2 (Active x1, Passive x1), Fire Control x6, Remote x3, Flight Control x1, Computer x1); Engineering: 17; Shipboard Vessels: 3, (Lander - Crew x2, Maintenance x1); Ship's Security: none; Ship's Troops: 20; Steward Section: none; Scientific: none; Medical: Medic x3; Passengers: none
Warp Efficiency: 2.73 (2.53 loaded); Power Plant: 20 MW Fission; Fuel: none; Range: 7.7; Mass: 2,650 tons (3,300 tons loaded); Cargo Capacity: 165 m³ (100 tons) fuel tankage for lander, 100 m³ (200 tons) ordnance re-loads, 119 m³ (358 tons) cargo; Hanger Decks: one (6m high x 8m wide x 20m deep) holds one OLL-29-class lander each; Comfort: 0, Total Life Support: 72 for 180 days; Ordnance: WDS-202 lasers, LAAM-101 missiles, Grapeshot submunitions; Small Craft: one OLL-29-class lander ; Price: Lv 63,342,000 including ordnance and excluding smallcraft
Movement: 5; Screens: none; Radiated Signature: 2 (5); Radial Reflected: 5; Lateral Reflected: 6; Targeting Computer: +2; Radial Profile: -1; Lateral Profile: 0; Armor: 3; Hull Hits: 13/25/50; Power Plant Hits: 6/26; Surface Fixture Hits: one x2+0 UTES with arc 812, one x2+0 UTES with arc 234, one x2+0 UTES with arc 456, one x2+0 UTES with arc 678, two Communicators, two TTAs, two Grapeshot submunition dispensers; Active Sensors: range=10 with primary antenna; Passive Sensors: range=10 with primary antenna; Critical Hits - Ship Sections: Computer, Life Support, Drive, Hanger Deck, Missile Bay #1, Missile Bay #2, Missile Bay #3, Continuous; Critical Hits - TAC: Active Operator, Passive Operator, 6x Fire Control, 3x Remote, 1x Flight Controller, 1x Command Staff; 1x Computer; Critical Hits - Bridge: Captain, Navigator, Communications, Engineering, 2x Computer; Damage Control: two 3 man and one 2 man teams; Comfort: 0; Ordnance: 12 LAAM-101 in three bays of four missiles, 48 Grapeshot submunitions
DD Adelaide Ship Status Sheet - for use with standard rules
DD Adelaide Ship Status Sheet - for use with SC-R01 Alternative Component Hit Values
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The Kiev-class destroyer is an official GDW design. It first appeared in Star Cruiser on page 18 of the Rules Book. The Ship Status Sheet for the standard rules is found in Star Cruiser, and is not available on this site.
DD Kiev Ship Status Sheet - for use with standard rules - published in the Star Cruiser from GDW
DD Kiev Ship Status Sheet - for use with SC-R01 Alternative Component Hit Values
Original Date of Design: ?? ??? 2278 First Example Laid Down: ?? ??? ???? First Example Completed: ?? ??? 2281 Fleets of Service: France, Australia, Bavaria, Russia
The Aconit-class frigate is an official GDW design. It first appeared in 2300AD on page 76 of the Director's Guide. It was a heavily exported design, used by numerous countries. The Ship Status Sheet for the standard rules is found in Star Cruiser, and is not available on this site.
FF Aconit Ship Status Sheet - for use with standard rules - published in the Ships of the French Arm Sourcebook from GDW
FF Aconit Ship Status Sheet - for use with SC-R01 Alternative Component Hit Values
Original Date of Design: 19 Dec 2256 First Example Laid Down: 30 May 2257 First Example Completed: 21 Jun 2259 Fleets of Service: France, Anzania, UAR, Mexico
The Ypres-12-class frigate is an official GDW design. It first appeared in Ships of the French Arm on page 14. Anzania purchased two of these French-designed frigates. The Ship Status Sheet for the standard rules is found in Ships of the French Arm, and is not available on this site.
FF Ypres-12 Ship Status Sheet - for use with standard rules - published in the Ships of the French Arm Sourcebook from GDW
FF Ypres-12 Ship Status Sheet - for use with SC-R01 Alternative Component Hit Values
Original Date of Design: 04 Dec 2298 First Example Laid Down: 22 Jan 2300 First Example Completed: 29 Jun 2301 Fleets of Service: America, Australia
The Fighter, Missile, Production Variant 1B, or FM-1B was a joint design effort between the American Space Force and Royal Australian Space Navy. Begun in late 2298, the design arose from a need by both navies for a missile-capable fighter having similar characteristics to the Fighter, Strike, Production Variant 1A, known as the FS-17A.
The primary armament of the FM-1b is a single missile held in a magnetic sling. This will most likely be a SIM-14 missile, though any other missiles in the arsenals of the two navies could be carried. For defense, the fighter carries a pair of Big Clip submunition dispensers. The craft carries a crew of two, with a pilot and weapons officer. Both stations contain identical controls, allowing either crewmember to control the fighter or weapons in the event of an emergency.
The FM-1B is not streamlined and therefore cannot conduct interface operations. Given its primary purpose of delivering an anti-ship missile rapidly into combat, the ability to launch from a planetary base was not considered necessary. Instead, the craft will be based off of orbital installations and carried aboard ships.
Navigational: Navigational Radar; Military: Active sensors (range=7), Passive sensors (range=10); Survey: none
Cockpits: 2 (Pilot, Weapons Officer)
Warp Efficiency: 3.45; Power Plant: 3 MW MHD; Fuel: 43.2 tons, sufficient for 24 hours; Range: 7.7; Mass: 200 tons; Cargo Capacity: none; Hanger Decks: none; Comfort: 0 for crew; Total Life Support: 2 crew; Ordnance: missile in magnetic sling, twin Big Clip Submunition Dispensers; Price: Lv 19,300,000 including ordnance
Movement: 7; Screens: none; Radiated Signature: 0 (3); Radial Reflected: 5; Lateral Reflected: 5; Targeting Computer: +1; Radial Profile: -3; Lateral Profile: -2; Armor: 6; Hull Hits: 2/4/7; Power Plant Hits: 2/8; Surface Fixture Hits: two Big Clip Dispensers, missile in sling, communicator; Active Sensors: range=7 with primary antenna; Passive Sensors: range=10 with primary antenna; Critical Hits - Ship Sections: Computer, Life Support, Continuous; Critical Hits - TAC: Weapons Officer; Critical Hits - Bridge: Pilot; Damage Control: none; Comfort: 0; Ordnance: one missile in sling, six Big Clip submunitions in two dispensers
FTR FM-1B Ship Status Sheet - for use with standard rules
FTR FM-1B Ship Status Sheet - for use with SC-R01 Alternative Component Hit Values