Alliance Naval Star (Raven Alliance)

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Alliance Naval Star
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname
Parent Formation Clan Snow Raven Touman
Formed Ca. 3091

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

In or around 3090 the Raven Alliance found its need for a dedicated transport fleet of WarShips lessening, and Clan 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 Nightlord-class battleship 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 from the Snow Raven Eden Rose Naval Transport Star.[1][2][3]

The Raven Alliance renamed the Tracy and the Architeuthis to the Marshal Ney and the Mulhacén respectively; the Terror of the Deep was renamed the Lynn McKenna, while the Swift Strike was renamed the Kutkh. (See notes)

The Dark Age[edit]

By 3101 the bulk of the Raven Alliance WarShip fleet had been mothballed, but the Marshal Ney remained active throughout the Dark Age, serving alongside the Lynn McKenna 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.[1]

When Star Admiral Iqbal Lankenau was elected saKhan in 3132 his successor was Star Admiral Loretta Gilmour. Under Admiral Gilmour the Marshal Ney 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 Mulhacén and 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.[1]

The Marshal Ney and the Alliance Naval Star actively 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.[1]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Alliance Naval Star
Star Admiral Iqbal Lankenau 3132[1]
Star Admiral Loretta Gilmour 3132 - 3145[4]

Tactics[edit]

Unknown.

Composition History[edit]

3091[edit]

Alliance Naval Star[1]

  • Nightlord-class battleship Lynn McKenna
  • Essex-class destroyers Marshal Ney and Mulhacén
  • Fredasa-class corvette Kutkh

3101[edit]

Alliance Naval Star[1]

  • Nightlord-class battleship Lynn McKenna
  • Essex-class destroyer Marshal Ney

3145[edit]

Alliance Naval Star (Elite/Fanatical)[4]

  • Nightlord-class battleship Lynn McKenna
  • Essex-class destroyers Marshal Ney and Mulhacén
  • Whirlwind-class destroyer William Adams
  • Fredasa-class corvette Kutkh
- At this point the Alliance Naval Star was operating from Hazelhurst as a part of Gamma Galaxy.

Notes[edit]

  • It was confirmed via a question in the "Ask The Writers" forum of the official Catalyst Game Labs forum that the Tracy had been renamed the Marshal Ney:
The Diamond Shark fleet (what survived from the Jihad) was turned into ArcShips or traded to the Snow Ravens for vessels to turn into ArcShips.

Terror of the Deep --> traded to CSR (Lynn McKenna)
Nagasawa --> Talismantia (Spina Beta)
Space Hunter --> Caleuche (Tiburon Gamma)
Tracy --> traded to CSR (Marshal Ney)
Architeuthis --> traded to CSR (Mulhacén)
Swift Strike --> traded to CSR (Kutkh)
Devourer --> severely damaged and scuttled over Twycross circa 3085
Kraken --> Fox ArcShip
Poseidon --> Spina ArcShip
Titanic --> Tiburon ArcShip
Tsunami --> ilKhanate ArcShip

  — Roosterboy, Catalyst Game Labs "Ask The Writer" Forum, 26 Oct 2014

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Era Report: 3145, p. 74-76, "Alliance Naval Star"
  2. Field Manual: 3145, p. 166, "The Alliance Fleet"
  3. Field Report: Clans, p. 18-19, "Fleet Assets"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 173, "Alpha Galaxy (Swift Wing Galaxy)"

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