Enterprise

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This article is about the SLS Enterprise, a McKenna class WarShip. For the failed carrier WarShip class, see Enterprise (WarShip).


Enterprise
Vessel Profile
Type WarShip
Class McKenna

History[edit]

The SLS Enterprise was a modified McKenna class battleship and was one of six McKennas in service with the SLDF navy that had been the subject of special modifications to allow them to service as specialized command ships,[1][2] each capable of acting as a mobile headquarters for either the First Lord or members of the High Command.[3]

In 2764 the Enterprise was under the command of Vice Admiral Santiago Mroczkiewicz[1] and was the command ship of the High Command squadron within the First Fleet;[3] the Enterprise typically spent most of its time above Terra or deployed within the borders of the Terran Hegemony.[1]

During Stefan Amaris' coup on Terra in late December 2766 the Enterprise and its squadron were responsible for destroying the Rim Worlds Republic flagship, the RWS Stefan Amaris along with numerous other Republican WarShips, as well as covering the evacuation of the surviving SLDF High Command staff from Terra before being destroyed by surface to orbit fire from defences on Terra under the control of the Republican forces.[4]

By the time the High Command decided to evacuate from the Citadel on Terra, it was already 1910 TST; the evacuation then ran late, with the emergency DropShips not launching from the Citadel until 2000 TST, by which point the Enterprise and her escort group had been reduced to just three vessels - the Black Lion-class battlecruiser SLS Theodor Logan, the Sovetskii Soyuz-class heavy cruiser SLS Kharkov and the Enterprise itself, while the rest of the 14th Line Squadron fought in higher orbit. Only two DropShips survived to reach the rendevouz with the Kharkov, and as soon as DropShips had docked with the Kharkov all three vessels made for the nearest LaGrange point at top speed.[4]

As soon as the Kharkov had jumped out of the Terran system, the Enterprise and the Theodor Logan returned to the fight, rendevouzing with an ad hoc attack squadron at the Metz Station and then leading this squadron on attack against the main concentration of Rim Worlds Republic vessels, which were located over Eastern Europe at the time. The Republican forces on the ground had also seized three ground based space defense weapons, and as the SLDF engaged in a sixteen hour battle that saw every Republican ship in orbit destroyed, the ground defenses added their fire to that of the Republican navy. The Enterprise was destroyed during this battle, having taken significant damage from the ground-based defenses; the Theodor Logan, last of the Enterprise's group, was one of six SLDF vessels to survive the battle and withdraw back to the Metz for the final day of the struggle for control of Terra.[4]

Notes[edit]

The other sister command ships to the SLS Enterprise were the SLS Caph, SLS McKenna's Pride, SLS New Earth, SLS Star League and SLS Terra.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 46, "First Fleet"
  2. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 46, "Second Fleet"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Field Manual: SLDF, p. 44, "First Fleet"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 79, "Struggle For The Terran System"

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