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Lysander Submarine-Carrier
Production information
Manufacturer Various
Use Submersible Aircraft Carrier
Artillery Support Vessel
Mobile Hospital
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Chassis Type (Size) Naval Vessel (Large, Template D)
Cost 250,000,000 C-bills[1]
Introduced 3047[2]
Technical specifications
Mass 26,000 tons
Speed 30 kph
Top Speed 30 km/ph
Power Plant Fusion
Fuel (Type/Range) Unlimited
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[3]
Heat Sinks 174
Armor BAR 10
Crew 26 Officers
70 Enlisted/Non-Rates
106 Gunners
60 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 DCMS encountered 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.[4]

During the Jihad Athenry was attacked by the Word of Blake. Several Lysanders evaded capture and continued to fight the Word until the planet was liberated. Apparently the Word was impressed by the Lysander and the Argo carrier submarines. Some intelligence analysts think that the Word based their Wyrm SDS fortress on the Lysander and Argo.[5]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Lysander is designed to carry four squadrons of Aerospace-type aircraft which act as the ship's principle offensive weapon. Usually, a Lysander will carry three fighter-type aircraft squadrons and a single VTOL squadron. Aircraft are stored in thirty fighters bays while take-off/landing is provided for by a flight deck and four helipads.

Weapons on the Lysander includes eight ER Large Lasers on single-turret mounts with six ER Medium Lasers. Mounted in the ship's bow are four additional ER Larger Lasers, four Twenty-tube Long-Range Torpedoes 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. The total amount of ammunition stored on the ship includes forty Arrow IV missiles, eight tons of SR Torpedoes and four tons of LRM-20 missiles. All of the ship's weapons are guided by an Advanced Fire Control system.

The ship is protected by 1,389 tons of Standard Armor and receives additional protection from a Guardian ECM. Other features include two field kitchens, a MASH unit, Communications Equipment and thirty lifeboats. Accommodations include two hundred crew quarters and forty second-class passenger quarters.

In addition to its fighter compliment, infantry detachments are sometimes assigned to the ship.[6]


The ship carries 2,549 tons of standard cargo, which is used to supply the ship on long voyages and sustain its aerospace compliment.

The ship has three Heavy Vehicle Bays with doors mounted in the rear of the ship.


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.[7]


  1. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex p. 178 - Cost listed end of article.
  2. MUL Profile for the Lysander Carrier Submarine - Introduction Year.
  3. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 178
  4. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex p. 178 - Lysander Submarine-Carrier - Vehicle description & history.
  5. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 168
  6. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex, p. 178 - Weapons and Equipment of the Lysander Submarine Carrier.
  7. Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex Revised, p. 178 Lysander Carrier Submarine - Noting Type lists Lysander "Block II" suggesting earlier version exists.