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Holy Imperial Navy Press Statement:

 

In part due to the current political and military climate in Europa, and partly due to the impotency of the Holy Imperial Navy, we are announcing the creation of a new battleship class. This ship will be one of the largest ships of its class in Europa when completed, and will have some of the most up-date and advance weapon systems in the world, as well as radar, sonar and other, more classified systems. Due to its size, it will be able to carry four helicopters as well. The battleship is going to steer away from the older, tradtional style of armament for the battleship, and will bring the class into the 21st Century.

 

It is denied that it is a direct answer to the Royal Akiiryan Navy's Titan class, rather as a replacement for the older Caesar class big-gun battleships, no examples of which survived the rebellion and destruction of the Holy Imperial Navy during the Civil War. It is to fill a niche in the Navy that has, since that conflict, remained empty. It will also act as a support vessel for the new Maximus class aircraft carriers recently purchased by the GHET from Adaptus.

 

The name of the battleship class is to be Basileus, and three are being built, one of which is nearing completion as we speak. Each will take their names from three of the GHET's most famous warrior-Emperors. The first will be launched with in th next few weeks (days real-life time, although this maybe subject to change if it is thought to be unrealistic). The port of construction and launch is being kept secret.

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To: Haken Rider

From: Tagmatium

Re: Basileus Class

 

We realise that the battleship is, by today's standards, an almost out-moded concept. But this particular ship is not going to be armed with the old large calibre guns (well, it may have some) and is not built to engage other, similar ships in gunnery duels until one or the other is hit enough times to force it to either disengage or be sunk be through weight of fire or a critical hit. It is designed to take on ships or fortifications from long range, well before it is know the ship is in the area, or by using its state-of-the-art weapon systems to strike a critical hit from medium range, potentially crippling the enemy vessel with one hit. This vessel is probably going to make other battleships obsolete.

 

The fact that older battleships were mainly vunerable to air attack has hopefully been addressed, but we may be telling your good selves more than we should.

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OOC:

 

To: The Sublime Principate of Akiiryu

From: The Greater Holy Empire of Tagmatium

 

We congratualate you on the launching of your new capital ship. On another, related note, we hope that the launching of this doesn't lead to some sort of arms race, as nation attempt to compete with each other over the capabilities of the ships.

 

Irony is a wonderful thing...

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OOC:

 

To: The Sublime Principate of Akiiryu

From: The Greater Holy Empire of Tagmatium

 

We congratualate you on the launching of your new capital ship. On another, related note, we hope that the launching of this doesn't lead to some sort of arms race, as nation attempt to compete with each other over the capabilities of the ships.

 

Irony is a wonderful thing...

OOC: OOC?

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To:Tagmatium

From: Adaptus

 

 

We would also like to congratulate Tagmatium on this new class of battle ship, we would also like to offer our Exoset III missles as munnitions for your new vessles, as there will be coming on sale soon. The FIN (Federation Imperial Navy) uses these missles to a large extent, so much so that battleships are now relegated to artillery and divertion dutys only now. so if your navy is intrested, please keep an eye on the Vickers Weapon Systems catologe for an up and coming update.

 

 

 

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Holy Imperial Navy Press Statement

 

As the first of the new Basileus class is prepared to be launched, the Holy Imperial Navy wishes to dispell some of the confusion which has grown up about the vessels. Although called "battleships", they will act in combat situations more like the Kirov Class Russian Heavy Missile Crusier, bombarding the enemy from afar with its state-of-the-art "Pyr Thalassion" missile batteries, six of which will be located on the ship. This is to be its main, long-range armament, and is useful for both ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore combat. It also mounts several large gun turrets, but these are tertiary weaponry. The Basileus class also has good anti-aircraft and anti-missile defences, in order to prevent it falling to the traditional battleship weakness, air attack.

 

It has a large compliment of Naval Guard soldiers, as well as capabilities to have up to four or five helicopters or even VTOL aeroplanes, to either provide strengthened air defence or support for other vessels.

 

It will be powered by nuclear reactors, and whilst unable to atain the speeds of the Akiiryan Titan class, it will be quicker than most other vessels in this class. A large amount of power is for its weapons systems.

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Due to the recent announcement by several parties to the extent that they have re-equipped and updated their navys The Republic of Smoog wishes to announce the flotation of its own navy. The small flotilla of ships is lead by the flagship 'Spirit of Bognor' consists of 3 class II pleasure dingys. These state of the art light interecpt craft are equipped with the latest in rapid response systems 'the multi inflatable valve' and the highly guarded 'out-board motor and multi oar propulsion system'. Also incorprating the latest in safety devices 'the inflatable water wings' to ensure its two man crews are adaquately protected. The Smoogia Ministy of Defence.

 

Soon to be announced - The Republican Airforce

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>>>Begin transmission

 

From the office of the Counciler

 

The Principality of Elysii would like to congradulate the Holy empire on its newfound naval superiority. We hope this newfound strength will act as a deterrant to any attack by anyone.

 

Signed,

 

Wiley H. Kimball

Counciler Most High, Council of Elysii

 

"Quo in loco ludent electi, ab Originis angelis circumda"

 

>>>Transmission ended

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Holy Imperial Press Statement

 

We thank all the nations who have congratulated the Greater Holy Empire on the construction of the 21st Century's newest battleship. The first of the Basileus class was launched this morning, and is making its way towards its first posting. The new ship, H.I.S Demitrias I, is to be sent to police the Tagmatine territorial water border near Northern Vanarambaion, along with the Maximus class aircraft carrier, H.I.S Imperial Oak.

 

This is to be the new class's maiden voyage and first mission, and will hopefully see the vessel preform as well as to be expected. This will also be the first time plasma weaponry is to be used on a ship, and the first time Tagmatium has been able to make such a weapon combat-worthy. The battleship will mount two "onager" class cannons in two turrets along the dorsal section of the ship. The ship also mounts six "Pyr Thalassion" ship-to-ship/ship-to-shore long range missile launchers, capable of destroying most ships. It also mounts several, smaller 130mm cannon turrets along its decks.

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An image of one of the two "onager" turret mounts on the vessel.

OOC: This information is being released as now the ship has left port, it can be seen anyway.

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Holy Imperial Naval Press Statement

 

The second of the Basileus class battleships has been launched, and has set sail to join the small fleet led by the Nika off Adaptus. The vessel, named after the Holy Emperor Maurice I, the man who re-united the Empire after the Heretics' War in 1103-1111, will be escorted by several smaller ships, who will also join the Tagmatine Adaptus Task Force (TATF) in the Gulf.

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To: Tagmatium

From: Adaptus

 

We would like to congradulate you on the launch of your new vessle, and we would also thank you for sending this other controbution to our war effort. may your nation prosper

 

PM Ramsey

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Holy Imperial Naval Press Statement

 

The third and final Basileus class battleship has been launched. Named the Commodus II, the vessel will be stationed in Petrium as part of the home fleet, along with the two Maximus class carriers that make up the two other capital vessels in the home fleet. The HIN is considering production of a sub-class of the Basileus class, armed with standard cannon and without some of the state-of-the-art technology that the battleship mounts to complement its missile and plasma weaponry systems. It will still be a ship worthy of the 21st century, and also faster than the standard ship, as the reactors which were devoted to powering the "onager" plasma cannon now will be able to power the engines. This vessel will be available for export to allies of the GHET, rather than for use in the HIN.

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***Byzantine Newsweek Special Report***

 

Byzantine Naval command has requested more funds to retrofit the existing Angelus -class dreadnought Mikael and build at least two more as a effort to finally modernize the navy. After lot of crumbling noises from the senate the request reached the Emperor who gave a permission to build the ships. According to NavalHQ this will mean also scrapping some of the older ships but it can?t be avoided.

 

(OOC: another BIG SHIP -builder? hehe welcome to the club. tongue.gif

 

Mikael has been around for some time now and already taken part in several conflicts although it has needed its firepower only once. Angelus class ships are huge- about the size of Yamato if you know it (they are basically floating fortresses and cost a lot.) and armed in similar manner as Basileus- class although it has although the earlier version that is to be retrofitted was armed with normal long range naval guns, heavy AAA defence batteries and standard byzantine cruise missiles. It also had about a company of Imperial Marines and some Imperial Commandos on board. New version will have its guns replaced with several missile systems etc. Mikael also has some experimental very advanced anti-radar technologies on board.)

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Holy Imperial Press Statement

 

Due to the recent proliferation of battleships in Europa, released by the Vickers Weapons Systems Company, the Greater Holy Empire is once again considering the expansion of its capital ship fleet.

 

Whether this expansion will be of home designed and built vessels has not yet been released. The different types of ships available on the regional market, and their strengths and weaknesses, will be assessed, as well as the recent operations of the current capital ships in the Holy Imperial Navy, especially of the Basileus class in the CLT conflict in Adaptus. The malfunction of the computer systems of the Demetrias I, which allowed a missile to be launched at a friendly vessel will be taken into account.

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Constantinople, At the SBFB Constantinople Command Centre

 

"It looks as if our neighbours are beginning to seriously outgun our naval forces." Said Admiral of The Fleet Basilieus. "We are still using ballistic and missile weapons on all our vessels. We are still perfecting the G.O.D. project, much less having shipborne versions of it. The defence budget reached the one trillion mark 35 years ago, and defence expedentures during peace time have never exceeded the 40% mark. In fact, only 2 years ago have defence expedentures reached the one trillion mark, due to massive r&d into the space arm of our air force and the commissioning of the Ark Royal class aircraft carriers. The other 1.5 trillion per annum dollars has gone into reserve funds to be used explusively for war times and for funding our space program and developing a fleet of space vessels capable of operating independantly and traveling to other celestial bodies within the Sol system. While it is commendable that we are attempting to expand into the cosmos, we must not forget that there are hundreds of individual nations that do not answer to us, and any of the alliances that currently exist could overwhelm usconsidering we have a total manpower of 1.4 million military personnel."

 

"We are aware of world events Admiral, we have a very capable intelligence network. You knwo as well as anyone that the public does not want as large a military as possible, if anything, it is felt that it is not necessary to go over the 1 million mark. We maintain a large enough fleet to be able to defend the Outreach Space Centre from the high seas. You know as well as I do that in sheer terms of firepower, air power has always dominated, and soon it will be spatial power. The whole point of the space program is to expand humanity beyond Earth, and once we have self sustaining colonies, we no long need concern ourselves that humanity will erase itself from existence with a nuclear holocaust or a massive natural disaster. What exactly do you propose, considering no nation has shown any hostile tendencies towards us for decades, Admiral?" The Department of Defence Minister, Nikephorus Phokas said, while sitting opposite of the Admiral, at a Chiefs of Defence Staff meeting.

 

"I propose that we increase our defence expedentural to the 60th percentile, 1.5 trillion denarii per annum. It will allow us to commission a doubling of the number of aircraft carriers and Kirov II missile battlecruisers, hell, we could commission an enitrely new class of missile cruiser capable of mounting a possible shipborne G.O.D. system, and a widespread implementation of cybernetic enhancements of all legions willing to volunteer for the program." The Admiral replied

 

"You are proposing that we switch 500 billion denarii into the military, increase funding into two very controversial military programs and carry through with the more controversial one, including the weaponization of space, because of a completely hypothetical threat? Do you really want to shift away that much money from the space program and place it into the military over your unsubstanciated fears? Perhaps I will consider expanding our naval forces to incorporate, say, 3 Ark Royal carriers, and possible development of a Kirov III class battlecruiser, or entirely new class taking into consideration the G.O.D. project. However, I make absolutely no guarantees. Moving onto other matters, Air Commodore?"

 

"Thank you Mr. Phokas, as you are aware, ever since announcing the formation of 22 new fighter squadrons..."

 

The meeting continued

 

 

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Holy Imperial Press Statement

 

The latest vessel of the Holy Imperial Navy has been launched into the Borean Strait. It is the HIS Constantius III, and is probably the last vessel of the Basileus class to be constructed, mainly due to the sheer cost of the huge battleship. It has updated computer systems to make sure that the events of late last year, which saw a missile being fired at a friendly vessel, are repeated. The other three battleships have had a minor systems refit as well.

 

Plans are afoot to expand the Sebastus class Guided Missile/Air Defence Battlecruiser to eight vessels, and the Nobilissimus class Escort Carrier to six vessels. It also looks likely that a light cruiser class will also be made.

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