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Sakurajima Class Guided Missile Cruiser

The Sakurajima-class guided missile cruiser is one of the newest designs in the Japanese fleet, commissioned in the 2290's. They are equipped as flagships for either squadron/fleet, or ground operations. During the later stages of the 2nd Invasion, both moved to Joi, where Asahi carried the Japanese squadron commander and Sakurajima the ground force commander and staff.
It is Japanese practice to recycle names and pennant numbers, hence the low numbers of these vessels.
In combat, these vessels are entirely armed only with ordnance. Their main long range weapons are 24x Ritage-2 missiles, refitted to Sakurajima in 2298, while Asahi was launched equipped for them. These large missiles dominate the crafts profile.
At close range, they carry Big Clip launchers for anti-ship work and Grapeshot for anti-missile work. The lack of energy weapons means they cannot stand for long in a close range broadsides fight, but the submunitions allow them to strike decisively in the initial exchange and hopefully withdraw or board/destroy the crippled enemy.
The passive defences are impressive, and these ships are some of the most heavily screened and armoured Terran warships, while their high sprint speed generally lets them determine the range of the engagement.
In combat, it is current doctrine that these vessels will hang back and provide missile fire for their squadron mates during the initial first few hours of a battle and then move to support them. The Japanese still do not use the (in their opinion) inflexible battlegroup tactics adopted by Britian, Germany and others, being far more influenced by the French and Americans.


Ship specifications

  • Warp efficiency: 3.71, unloaded but fully armed (3.6 with standard load)
  • Power Plant: 200 MW fusion
  • Fuel: 1,440 tons (for small craft)
  • Range: 7.7 light years
  • Mass: 15,742 tons (standard load with ordnance and 4x Sakura (Mistral) fighters)
  • Cargo Capacity: 5,216 cubic meters (much of this is taken up by the equipment of the carried Imperial Marine CW Company)
  • Crew: 200 (20 Bridge, 30 TAC, 30 Engineering, 12 small craft and pilots, 80 troops, 4 Science, 20 Stewards, 18 Flag, 4 medical);
  • Passengers: none (18 flag staff included above are sometimes not carried)
  • Comfort: 0
  • Emergency Power: 100 hours
  • Total Life Support: 200 for 90 days
  • Cost: MLv841.31 (includes multiple TC, and all small craft and ordnance listed)
Ship Status Sheet
  • Move: 7
  • Screens: 6
  • Radiated Signature: 4 (7)
  • Radial Reflected: 9
  • Lateral Reflected: 11
  • Target Computers: +2
  • Radial Profile: -1
  • Lateral Profile: +2
  • Armour: 6
  • Hull hits: 150
  • Power Plant Hits: 130/26
  • Active: 15
  • Passive: 10
  • Other: 2 External Magnetic Slings
Weapons
  • 12 Grapeshot Launchers (24 shots, 1x1 warhead, anti-missile) in jack mount (has armour save)
  • 12 Big Clip Launchers (3 shots, 5x2 warhead, anti-ship) in jack mount (has armour save)

Ordnance Load

  • 24 Ritage-2 missiles in 12 bays, 12 missile communicators
  • 2 Voir drones in magnetic slings (requires a small craft communicator, usually not used when fighters are used)

Sensors and Electronics

  • Spherical Active-15
  • Spherical Passive-10
  • Navigation Radar
  • DSS
  • Gravitational
  • Advanced Life
  • Advanced Cartographic

Crew Hits

  • Bridge: Captain, Navigator, Helm, 4 Engineer, 2 Communications, 3 Computer
  • TAC: 12 Fire Control, 12 Remote Pilots, 4 Flight Control, Active Operator, Passive Operator

Damage Control: 15 (plus spares)



Class ships
IJS-CG01 Sakurajima 1st Combined Fleet (Earth)
IJS-CG02 Asahi 1st Combined Fleet (Earth)
IJS-CG03 Aso h 4th Combined Fleet (Joi)
IJS-CG04 Kuttara 䑽y 4th Combined Fleet (Joi)
IJS-CG05 Nasu ߐ{ 61 Cygni battlegroup (non-canon)
IJS-CG06 Tokachi \ (under construction)
IJS-CG07 Kirishima (under construction)
IJS-CG08 Unzen _ (under construction)
Other names which may be used for ships in this class (named after volcanoes in Japan) include: Adatara, Akan, Asama-yama, Azuma, Bandai, Fuji, Hakone, Iwo-jima, Izu, Kikai, Komaga-take, Kusatsu-Shirane, Kuttyaro, Mashu, Nantai, Nikko-Shirane, Nipesotsu-Upepesanke, Oshima, Oyama, Rausu, Shikotsu, Shin-dake, Shiretoko-Iwo-Zan, Showa-Shinzan, Towada, Tsurumi, Usu, Toya, Yake-dake

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