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Macronesian Honorious class Fleet Submarine Carrier (CVSN)

Class:
Honorious class Fleet Submarine Carrier (CVSN)

Estimated Construction Cost:
7.5 Billion USD Per Unit

Keel Laid:
Honorious CVSN-01 2037

Launched:
Honorious CVSN-01 2039

Commissioned:
Honorious CVSN-01 2039

Dimensions:
Length: 260.0m
Beam: 124.0m
Height: 50.0m

Submerged Displacement:
40,200 tonnes

Hull Composition:
Double Titanium Hull. Reinforced with ceramic composite armour.

Crush Depth:
Estimated at 10,000 feet. Exact limit classified; but unable to match UEO vessels.

Propulsion:
1 Deon Intl. Fusion Reactor Core powering 6 Aqua-return hydrojet drives

Speed:
Substantially less advanced than most UEO drives; maximum speed of 83 knots observed.

Computer System:
Deon Systems Mark-XII-A Fiber Optic Computer Network

Sensors:
Internal: Hypersonar; active and passive sensor suites
Effective Range : Approximately 120 nautical miles

Armament:
8 auto-loading 21" torpedo tubes
4 Minotaur-class Particle Decelerator Rifles (PDRs), otherwise known as "Subduction guns"
10 VLS tubes mounting Griffon-II Hypersonic Cruise Missiles (nuclear or conventional payload) (mounted midships)

Defensive systems:
Intercept Torpedoes
ECM Packages and Noise Makers

EVA Assets:
70-80 subcraft of varying types, including SA-29 Lysanders, SA-33 Broadswords and SA-35 Nosferatu Stealth Fighters
Presumably carries shuttles and maintenance craft of varying size.

As of 2041, the Honorious class carrier is the most formidable sub-carrier platform in the world deployed as a 'mainstay' unit. (That is to say, excluding consideration of the Atlantis class DSV and Adraeleus Dreadnought - these are not considered part of a standard order of battle.) With upwards of 80 subcraft, this dedicated-carrier represents a very serious force to be reckoned with on a field of battle; able to disgorge more fighter forces than any other ship in a standard order of battle, with the capability of achieving total marine-superiority in just a matter of hours, over an incredibly large area of responsibility.
in contrast to the UEO's "hybrid" carriers which combine the weapons of a battlecruiser with fighter-carrying capability, the Honorious represents the first truly dedicated class of submarine fighter carrier in the world; giving over much of its hull and internal structure to vast hangar and flight deck facilities.

Crew Complement:
Estimated 400-500 officers and crew.


Development history and class background...

Perspective...

Since 2024, the Military of the Macronesian Alliance has been on a steady increase in power, capability and flexibility. It was not always a hemisphere-spanning superpower rivalling the enormous military of the United Earth Oceans, and during the 2020s, the small attack subs developed by the then-Confederation of New Australia were assigned peacekeeping and patrol duties throughout the waters of the confederation, it's allies... and even the UEO. Once only concerned with coastal defence and border watch, the needs of the Australian military expanded a hundred fold with the advent of maritime colonization. The emergence of pirates, rival powers and the rapidly expanding economies of its new colonies demanded a force that was capable of defending these new holdings. And so it was that the Australian Confederation began its military expansion in the wake of the UEO's apparent inability to defend these fledgling states.

Advent of the Subcarrier...

The origins of submarine fighter carriers go back as far as 2013, and the commissioning of the NORPAC 'super-sub' seaQuest DSV 4600. At the time, there was much debate about what the seaQuest should have been classified as; under its original US Navy development program, it was considered an SSBN - a Ballistic Missile Submarine - and when it was transferred at first to NORPAC and then later UEO command, refits of the vessel prompted it to be redesignated as a "DSV". Of course, DSVs (Deep Submergence Vehicles) were nothing new; having been used for decades to that point for deep-ocean research, salvage and rescue operations; but seaQuest herself represented a radical departure from previous DSV design philosophies - being as long as a Nimitz-class supercarrier and heavier than a Typhoon class Ballistic Missile sub; until that point the largest submersible in the world.
One of the defining features which made the seaQuest unique in her day was its unprecedented ability to act as a carrier for large numbers of smaller submersibles. At the time, this small flotilla of subs was limited primarily to shuttles, deep sea utility submersibles and other similar classes of minisub. Over the next few years, the vessel would receive a small number of light combat-capable speeders and 'stingers' (Since designated the YSF-01 Subfighter...) which expanded this "EVA" capability to a new realm of operation, arguably making it the first 'subcarrier' in the world. Just as the aircraft carrier had changed the face of naval warfare in the 1940s, the subcarrier would do the same for warfare of the 21st century... but it would be a long time before this was fully realised.

In the 2020s, the subfighter began its steady rise to dominance beneath the waves. The stinger failed to win an important contract within the UEO that would see the creation of the "SF-1" class subfighter, the privately-built, shark-inspired prototype ultimately losing to its other major competitor, the "Vash" Variable-Altitude Submarine Hydrofoil. Serving as a testbed for high-speed underwater engines, weapons and sensors, Vash would never make an appearence in the UEO Navy as a line-fighter, and by 2022 - just two years after the submarine's creation, the UEO officially rolled out the SF-2 Spectre class subfighter, which would remain one of the most dominant classes of submarine fighter for the next 18 years. Overnight, the concept of naval warfare dramatically changed as these high-speed, highly capable submarines rendered every defence of the world's surface fleets redundant. Early wargames and exercises were frighteningly effective; with many UEO Spectres able to easily and swiftly penetrate the defence perimeter of even the US Navy's carrier battlegroups to 'sink' the giant surface behemoths. Never before had such capability been available to the world's navies, and very quickly, the subfighter became the weapon of choice for countless navies across the world; most especially for those nations which were unable to afford the giant battle-subs being designed by the UEO.

in 2024, Deon International exhibited the SA-29 Lysander class subfighter to the world; providing an affordable and effective alternative to the UEO's indigenous Spectre class. A year later when the Macronesian Alliance was declared, the Alliance Military was quick to sign contracts that virtually guaranteed near-exclusive distribution of the fighter to its new fleet... a fleet which would radically alter the way submarine wars would be fought.

In 2025, the ANS Aleus was completed in the Macronesian shipyards of Brisbane, marking the introduction of the world's first dedicated submarine carrier. Dozens of these submarines would be built over the ensuing years, serving alongside a mainstay fleet of Orion class attack submarines which would form the backbone of Alliance power for the next decade, and these submarines would ensure that Macronesia's territory would only expand in years to come, with the Aleus class offering unprecedented mobility of subfighter forces across the entire Pacific. The UEO, so far relying on only its static bases and SSN-fleet to keep the peace was hard pressed to match the Alliance move-for-move, and the 'second cold war' was, at first, very one sided.

The Submarine "Super Carrier"...

With subfighters proving to be the dominant force in naval warfare throughout the 2020s, the major powers were quick to capitalize on their respective subcarrier designs. While Macronesia continued to much of its construction efforts in to bolstering its fleet of Aleus boats, the UEO focused on larger, more powerful vessels, but still struggled to maintain a defendable ratio in subfighter forces. In January 2029, the keels of the UEO Poseidon class carriers Poseidon, Reverence and Constellation were laid down, and in an extraordinary display of industrial strength, were completed and operational by January of 2031. Unbelievably, three of these vessels were completed every year for the next 10 years, the last Poseidon class carrier being the UEO Saipan, commissioned in 2040 as SCVN-75, and the 35th vessel of the class; a reflection of the highly volatile cold war which reigned in the Pacific for over a decade.

Technically speaking, the Poseidon could be considered the 'first' of the supercarriers, being almost as large as the seaQuest DSV, but with capabilities purely dedicated to maintaining a wing of subfighters; up to 60 in total. (Typically, it is rare that Poseidon will go to sea with or operate this many subfighters at once with an average of about 36 fighters for every carrier) The Poseidon would remain the principle carrier in UEO fleets for many years to come... but it was in 2037 that they began to seriously consider larger, more powerful designs.

The reason for this were the reports from UEO Intelligence showing Macronesia's development of a newer, even more dominating class of carrier being built under the codename "Caesar". Details were of course vague at best, and nothing was known about the new class other than this name, the facilities being used to build it, and the size of those facilities. Over time, Intelligence was able to learn the name "Honorious", and confirmed that, when finished, it would be the largest submarine carrier ever created; displacing in excess of 40,000 tonnes and having the capacity to maintain and deploy over 70 subfighters; practically twice what any UEO carrier at the time routinely carried aboard. The UEO was not necessarily concerned by the development at first; with development of the new Atlantis class Deep Submergence Vehicles showing promising and speedy headway, there was already a counter for this new carrier looming on the horizon.

While development and construction of the Honorious continued, the UEO directed its own carrier building efforts to the proven, smaller and - by their theory - more manageable 'medium carriers' which were steadily filling out the fleet. by 2039, two years later, the UEO would have countered by commissioning the first of the powerful new Reverence class battlecruiser-carriers, offering a formidable hybrid between heavy cruiser and heavy carrier, and boasting some of the most advanced systems thus far employed aboard a submarine.

Honorious...

In 2039, the ANS Honorious was commissioned in to the Alliance Fleet along with four sisterships. By 2041, and the all-out Alliance invasion of the Pacific, 20 of these vessels would be completed and in service to the navy; a stunning perspective on the industrial prowess posessed by Macronesia and its vassal states. While the rate at which these vessels were/are produced is intimidating, it's also symbolic of the relatively simple manner of their technological components. Indeed, by just 2040, many of the technologies that culiminated in the creation of this formidable carrier had already been surpassed, with both the Octavian and Adraeleus class ships already well under construction. Honorious represents the last of an old generation of carriers; and while at the top of this tier, it will, in all likelyhood, be unable to compete with the latest generation of vessels already being developed by the world powers.
While rightly feared by the UEO's carrier groups that stand against them, the Honorious is not invulnerable. In 2041 during a surprise attack launched by bombers and fighters of the UEO Atlantis DSV, nine of these carriers were destroyed in just a matter of minutes; the Honorious herself amongst them.
This battle for the UEO, so briefly before the Alliance's Rising Thunder offensive was a phyric victory at best. The loss of nearly half of this principle carrier force made sure that Macronesia would not be able to press their invasion beyond their objective of Hawaii... but despite this, the overwhelming numbers of the Alliance navy meant that victory at Pearl Harbor still eluded the embattled UEO fleet.

The remaining carriers of the Macronesian navy are being used as 'surgical' elements of the fleet's war efforts - a departure from the usual "anvil and hammer" approach employed by Macronesia to this point. The loss of more of these powerful warships would likely tip the balance of power dangerously in the UEO's favour, and until the fleet's numbers can be once again bolstered, or new classes of carrier pressed in to service, those which remain in the fleet are likely to be the focal point of the Alliance's war, and will remain a considerable threat to the UEO's already-crippled forces.

The Honorious class was named for Roman Emperor Flavius Augustus Honorious - who ruled the Roman Empire from 395AD until his death in 423AD. His reign saw the sack of Rome at the hands of Alaric the Visigoth, and in his wake he left an Empire on the verge of collapse. Ironically, the Alliance intended the 'empire' in this metaphor to be the UEO, but much like it's namesake, the loss of the Honorious class will likely lead to the complete and utter collapse of the Macronesian war effort.

 

 

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