Lynn McKenna (Individual Nightlord-class WarShip)

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This article is about the Nightlord-class battleship. For the Clan Snow Raven Khan, see Lynn McKenna.


Lynn McKenna
Vessel Profile
Previous names Terror of the Deep
Type WarShip
Class Nightlord


History[edit]

The CDS Terror of the Deep Nightlord-class WarShip was constructed for the Clan Diamond Shark's Touman,[1] and was in service with the Diamond Sharks at least as early as 3061.[2]

The Jihad[edit]

The Battleship became the flagship of Touman's Aerospace forces. In 3077 the Terror of the Deep had traveled to the Inner Sphere and was permanently assigned to safe-guard Diamond Shark interests in Twycross system.[3] The Terror of the Deep subsequently served as a part of Task Force EARTHBOUND, the naval flotilla which defended the allied coalition forces attacking Terra in 3078.[4]

The Dark Age[edit]

In or around 3090 the Raven Alliance found its need for a dedicated transport fleet of WarShips lessening, and Diamond Shark Khan Nagasawa saw an opportunity for a beneficial trade. In 3091 he proposed to Clan Snow Raven that four Diamond Shark WarShips be exchanged for four Snow Raven WarShips. This proved a contentious proposal for the warriors of the Snow Raven touman, but ultimately the trade was agreed. The Diamond Sharks transferred four WarShips to the Snow Ravens - the Terror of the Deep, the Essex-class destroyers Tracy and Architeuthis and the Fredasa-class transport Swift Strike - and in exchange received three Potemkin-class cruisers (the Epimetheus, Treachery and Wild Swan) and the Volga-class transport Scavenger.[5][6][7]

The Raven Alliance renamed the Terror of the Deep to the Lynn McKenna, and she formed one of the ships of the Alliance Naval Star based out of the Dante system. By 3101 the bulk of the Raven Alliance WarShip fleet had been mothballed, but the Lynn McKenna remained active throughout the Dark Age, serving alongside the Essex-class Marshal Ney as the only two active ships from the Alliance Naval Star. The Lynn McKenna and the Marshall Ney engaged in numerous skirmishes with forces from the Draconis Combine during the Dark Age, and between 3095 and 3134 ships from the Alliance Naval Star would win the McKenna Wheel no less than twelve times.[5]

When Star Admiral Iqbal Lankenau was elected saKhan in 3132 his successor was Star Admiral Loretta Gilmour. Under Admiral Gilmour the Lynn McKenna and the Alliance Naval Star were a key part of the Raven Alliance defenses against the Draconis Combine and the Federated Suns; when the Raven Alliance began bringing their WarShip fleet out of mothballs the Essex-class Mulhacén and the Fredasa-class Kutkh returned to active service, bringing the Alliance Naval Star up to four active WarShips. The Alliance Naval Star then increased to five WarShips when the Whirlwind-class destroyer William Adams was added to the Star, but the reintegration of the three mothballed ships with the Star didn't go well. The Raven Alliance responded by sending the Star to the spinward frontier of the Alliance for more than a year to conduct training exercises before returning them to active duty and assigning the Star to pirate-hunting missions.[5]

The Lynn McKenna and the Alliance Naval Star active pursued pirates throughout the spinward frontier of the alliance before vanishing mysteriously; after a sixteen-month absence the Star reappeared in the Dante system just in time for the launch of the Draconis Combine's invasion of the Federated Suns.[5]

References[edit]

  1. Field Report: Clans, p. 8, "Clan Diamond Shark - Fleet Assets"
  2. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 65, "Naval Assets"
  3. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 153, "Terror of the Deep assigned to Twycross's mining moon as its permanent defender".
  4. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 95, "Classified: Eyes only - Top Secret"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Era Report: 3145, p. 74-76, "Alliance Naval Star"
  6. Field Manual: 3145, p. 166, "The Alliance Fleet"
  7. Field Report: Clans, p. 18-19, "Fleet Assets"

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