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|Use|| Submersible Aircraft Carrier |
Artillery Support Vessel
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Chassis Type (Size)||Naval Vessel (Large, Template D)|
|Top Speed||32.4 km/h|
|Armament|| 12 x ER Large Lasers |
6 x ER Medium Lasers
4 x LR Torpedo 20s
8 x SR Torpedo 6s
8 x Arrow IV Launchers
|Armor||78 tons (BAR 10)|
|Crew|| 19 Officers|
80 Bay Personnel
The Lysander-class Submarine Carrier was a creation of the Draconis Combine during the late 3040s, by order of Theodore Kurita. The carrier was created due to the difficulties the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery encountered while fighting on oceanic worlds during the War of 3039, such as Athenry. The Lysander was designed to provide a substantial presence at sea and a mobile base for aerospace craft for defense against orbital threats, submerging to protect itself and its aerospace assets from orbital fire.
Due to the ship's size, each Lysander must be built on-site by companies on their respective water-dominated worlds, though their costs allow for companies on these worlds to turn a considerable profit. These carriers saw action during the Combine-Ghost Bear War, where some were deployed at sea for up to six months.
During the Jihad Athenry was attacked by the Word of Blake. Several Lysanders evaded capture and continued to fight the Word of Blake until the planet was liberated. Apparently the Word of Blake was impressed by the Lysander and the Argo Submersible Carrier; some intelligence analysts think that they based their Wyrm SDS fortress on the Lysander and Argo.
Weapons and Equipment
The Lysander is designed to carry five squadrons of aircraft which act as the ship's principle offensive weapon. Usually, a Lysander will carry four fighter-type aircraft squadrons, either aerospace or VSTOL-capable conventional types, and a single VTOL squadron, including search-and-rescue and early-warning types. Aircraft are stored in thirty fighters bays while take-off/landing is provided for by six Helipads.
Weapons on the Lysander includes eight ER Large Lasers and six ER Medium Lasers mounted on a single turret. Mounted in the ship's bow are four additional ER Larger Lasers, four Twenty-tube Long-Range Torpedo launchers, and four Six-tube Short-Range Torpedo launchers. Another four rear-firing Six-tube Short-Range Torpedo launchers are mounted in the aft section. For artillery support, the ship carries eight box-launched Arrow IV launchers; these can be fired either submerged a few meters below or on the surface. The total amount of ammunition stored on the ship includes eight tons of Arrow IV missiles, eight tons of SR Torpedoes and four tons of LR Torpedoes. All of the ship's weapons are guided by an Advanced Fire Control system.
A massive 1,404-ton Fusion Engine, large enough to supply a city, propels the Lysander to a cruising speed of 21.6km/h. When used in conjunction with advanced air and water reclamation systems, the range and endurance of the submersible is limited only by its massive cargo capacity and willingness of the crew to live in cramped conditions. The ship is protected by 78 tons of armoring and receives additional protection from a Guardian ECM. The ship's hull also uses an advanced composite material to protect it when operating in hazardous environments such as Athenry's sulfurous oceans; in less hostile environments this has the added benefit of reducing maintenance.
Other features include two field kitchens, a MASH unit with one operating theater, ten tons of Communications Equipment and thirty lifeboats. Accommodations include two hundred and forty second-class quarters, which provide enough living space for the crew and additional units to house occasional infantry detachments stationed on-board. Recreation facilities are also provided, consisting primarily of computer and virtual reality systems given the tight spaces.
- 3,869 tons standard Cargo Bay - 1 Door (Bow)
- 30 Fighter Bays - 4 Doors (1 Fore Left/1 Fore Right/2 Aft)
- 4 Super-Heavy Vehicle Bays - 2 Doors (Aft)
The ship has a Equipment Rating of E/X-X-E/E. It features Armored and Submersible Chassis Modifications, including 6 helipads (locations T2-T7) and 30 maritime lifeboats.
As of this writing, there are no published record sheets for this support vessel. In the Revised edition of TRO: Vehicle Annex, the Lysander listing notes that the ship listed with stats as the Block II. This suggests an earlier variant, however aside from this entry, there no canon information regarding what the Block I maybe had for weapons and equipment as of this time.
- Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex p. 178
- MUL Profile for the Lysander Carrier Submarine - Introduction Year.
- Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 178
- Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 178
- Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 168
- Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 178 Lysander Carrier Submarine - Noting Type lists Lysander "Block II" suggesting earlier version exists.