Name: Ocean Class (Military version only)
Operators: Risallas Dominion Navy (RDNS)
Built: 2112- Present
Successor: Not Applicable
Type: Cruiser, Utility
Displacement: 2,340,000.00 tons
Length: 2,100.00 meters
Beam: 603.60 meters
Draft: 462.00 meters
-18 Chernov-Kakuma Helical Hyper Field drive mk. IV
-36 High yield Tetra-cyclic FTL capacitors.
-36 Constant flow Ambient Temperature Fusion Reaction Systems
Speed: 7.99/11.96 ikn
-25.0 Parsec per full jump, recharge time of 3 hours per parsec.
-Capacitors allow an additional two 25 parsec jumps with a recharge time of 6 hours per parsec.
-660 officers, 3,340 crew, 1,300 flight deck crew, 800 passengers (SOMC/OFC.).
24 × Triple Mount, AGML Bank, Mark IV
24 × Triple Mount, DRAIL, Light-10M*
24 × Single-Mount, AMP-ASM Mk VII
28 × Single-Mount, AGML Bank, Mark I
144 × Single-Mount, DRAIL Type 4/AA*
144 × Single-Mount, AGML Array, QF6
144 × Single-Mount, AMP-AAF/4i
400,000 tons of TIND mk IV alloy
200,000 tons of TIND-G mk III alloy
* DRAIL is shorthand for Directed Rail Assisted Impulse rifLe.
The design of the Ocean class cruiser was accepted for construction under naval construction project number 800 in 2112 AEC which for note was the same year that both the Waring and Mercer class destroyers were also approved for construction. The intentional design and deployment of all three designs is not a coincidence, as the Dominion navy noticed they at the time had an interesting flaw in the way the arrangement of naval assets was handled. The existing cruisers of the time were the Gloucester, the Somerset and the Burlington. The Gloucester found its main use not as a cruiser but generally in the role of a heavy destroyer of sorts as it had the speed to chase down fast enemy vessels. The Somerset was deemed a true cruiser while at the time the Burlington was considered a comparatively heavy cruiser. For note the Otun, Starslayer and Neosho would not be in service until roughly thirty years later. But at the time the lack of a general-purpose cruiser once with adaptable features that could be made in numbers to lessen the work load of the Gloucester, Somerset and Burlington classes was a legitimate need. The idea of a ‘utility’ cruiser concept came about due to the aforementioned need, the Admiralty of the Dominion Navy was very clear about what that would mean.
“The requirements of this ‘utility-cruiser’ are simple; it must be able to maintain a cruising speed of 7.9 ikn for long duration operations, it should be reasonably well protected and bear a moderate armament. We expect that it will carry a fair amount of large craft and dropships thus increasing its tactical usefulness in COIN operations, it’s weapons arrays should be designed with a mixed type battery of primary, secondary and tertiary weapons with enough tonnage allotments in the main and secondary to mount some form of extended long-range armament.” – Staff Admiral S.J. Palov
As a result of the requirements, the Ocean class ended up being a the most numerous cruiser design in the Dominion navy with a number of fleet-specific variants which proved that it was truly as adaptable as its designers hoped it would be. The original final product ended up being 2,010 meters long, 402 meters tall and 503 meters wide with a total standard mass of 1,800,000 standard tons. In the last twenty years or so the production variance on the design has changed somewhat to account for what the vessel commonly faces while in service to the Dominion Navy. At the current time (2138 AEC) there are two primary models of the Ocean class in operation, NCP-800-G and NCP-800-Ex; the former is the Dominion naval standard model of the cruiser while the latter is the export version which is available to all nations in good standing with the Dominion. For the sake of keeping this document brief, this document will only cover the military version of the Ocean class.
The NCP-800-G version of the Ocean class is the most common cruiser design in Dominion service. With that said it differs from the even more numerous export model in a number of ways starting with its increased mass of 2,340,000 standard tons. The increase in weight has also increased its dimensions somewhat and it is 2,031 meters long, 603.6 meters at its widest point and 462 meters in height. This change in dimensions and weight is due to the fact that the craft has to survive the rigors of Dominion service for the standard lifespan of a military craft, 50 years or more. As such the design could be considered almost an entirely differing starship when compared to the export model simply because of the fact that it is larger and far better armed. The first difference one might notice is the presence of six engines as a standard on the G model of the ocean class. The presence of six smaller but more advanced engine systems increase the vessels resistance to being immobilized by a hit to the engines while also allowing it to maintain the same top speeds as the export version. To further increase the durability of the design each engine has its own helical form hyperfield drive system meaning that even with one engine operable the ship can still manage a hyperfield jump but obviously at reduced range. In breaking with tradition, the Ocean class is the first warship with high yield storage capacitors that allow the vessel to execute two additional full range hyperfield jumps if the situation warrants. Normally this feature would be retrofitted on an individual as-needed basis however given the role of the Ocean class it would be detrimental to the vessel’s operations if it had to spend any more time in space dock than was absolutely needed. In terms of protection, as with all Dominion vessels the Ocean class lacks true shielding but does employ an ambiplasmatic envelope to prevent fouling of the hull by cosmic organisms. The ships armor however is very substantial as 30% of the ships total weight (540,000 tons) is devoted to equal amounts of dynamic and regenerative armor plating. Unlike the export version, the internal framework is equipped with regenerative factors also increasing the vessel’s durability significantly.
The military version of the Ocean class has a differing bay arrangement and larger crewing requirements as a result of it. Both the Export and military version have the same six internalized dropship docks, the military version has sixty-five small craft squadron bays (260 small craft) while the export has only 15 (60 small craft). This change in design allows the military version to exert a much larger zone of control by comparison. The ship’s primary crew consists of 4,000 officers and personnel while the flight deck has a 1,300-personnel staffing requirement, and then there is room for up to 800 passengers. The vessel’s armament is where one will see the real difference between the export and military models as the military version carries its primary armament in triple-mount retractable turrets. With the exception of some of the variants listed later in this document the primary armament of the ocean class consists of twenty-four AGML Bank, Mark IV directed energy weapons and twenty-four DRAIL, Light-10M kinetic energy weapons systems. The secondary armament of the Ocean class is comprised of twenty-four AMP-ASM Mk VII launch systems and twenty-eight AGML Bank, Mark I directed energy weapon systems. The point defense arrays of the military Ocean class have been significantly upgraded as one hundred and forty-four DRAIL Type 4/AA kinetic energy weapons, one hundred and forty-four AGML Array, QF6 directed energy weapons and, one hundred and forty-four AMP-AAF/4i missile systems. In all cases the armaments of the military model are spread evenly across the hull allowing for uniform offensive and defensive fire in all six fields of engagement.
There are a few known primary variants that are acknowledged and used by the dominion which technically aren’t considered to be altered enough to deserve an entirely new designation number or prefix and thus are identified by an amendment on the normal hull identification letter.
The GC model is typically used for stellar cartography and has had its small craft capacity cut in half to allow for additional sensor equipment. In recent times the Navy has started using it for reconnaissance duty because of the exceptionally long range of its sensors.
The GL model has been altered to carry fighters instead of its complement of drop ships and some of its normal small craft capacity. In effect it is a light or medium carrier depending on active role.
The GS model exchanges its normal bay space and a small portion of its cargo capacity and its ammunition dependent weapons and their ammunition for an all-energy weapon load out and three internalized corvette docks for use with Dominion made attack and/or reconnaissance corvettes.
[Author’s note: The Ocean class’s appearances in RP are as follows:
NCP-800-GC – Five of this type of vessel were performing the high-powered scans in the Vaanitas raid (See the journal ‘Across the Pickets’.)
NCP-800-GL – as of this writing this variant has not appeared in RP.
NCP-800-GS – two are alluded to as being near Nihno’s trade hub operating with a Burlington class cruiser.