Data File Updated: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Terran Colonial Authority (TCA) is a treaty organization formed in 2107 by the Six Worlds of Humanity to manage interstellar affairs and provide for the common defense of Humanity. TCA forces comprise two arms: the exploration vessels of the Scout Corps, and the defense and patrol ships of the Colonial Fleet.

The destroyer-class vessels of the Colonial Fleet perform routine spacelane patrol and escort duties throughout Terran space. The larger cruiser-class ships, too expensive to keep operational full-time, spend most of their time drydocked at space stations while their crews keep busy with training simulations. The long-range vessels of the Scout Corps receive a large percentage of the TCA's operational budget, often operating from small outposts at the edge of known space, working to map unknown star systems and push back the veil of the unknown that surrounds Humanity. The Scout Corps is also responsible for patrol and search & rescue in systems that are not on the regular trade routes covered by the Fleet.

Colonial Fleet vessels are mostly named after the nations and continents of Earth and the other five worlds; often, prominent ships are named after a nation as a political concession. Scout Corps ships are named after famous explorers of the early colonial period and prominent former members of the Corps.

Data current as of 17 May 2160 CE, at the time of the Bellarmine's departure from Esperanza, 82 Eridani. This is not an exhaustive list of human space-going vessels, but does include all active military classes heavier than police frigates. It does not include civilian vessels.

Many Terran vessels house weapons in turrets with multiple mounts; in the entries below, "04x2" indicates four twin turrets, with a total of 8 weapon mounts.

See this page for descriptions of weapon mounts.

Key:
m - meter
t - metric tonne (1.102 short tons)
kt - kilotonne (1,000 metric tonnes)
G - one Earth gravity (9.8 m/sē)
~ - approximately
SR - short range
MR - medium range
PD - point defense
ECM - electronic counter-measures
deadweight - weight of a vehicle excluding load or contents

Victory
Class: Battlecruiser (BC)
Length: 375 m
Crew: 275
Screens: none
Max. Acceleration: 6 G
Armor Rating: 80
# in Class: 1: (ECS-201 Victory*)

Weapon Mounts
05x2 Heavy Laser
04x2 Medium Laser
08x2 Point-Defense Laser
24 Missile Tubes

02 Anti-Missile Launchers
01 Mjolnir Particle Beam Cannon

Note: *Victory still under construction. ECS-201 was laid down as the America-class heavy cruiser Antarctica, but along with ECS-180 India was cancelled due to budget issues and the unpopularity of the heavy cruiser program in a time of peace and prosperity. After alien contact in 2158, both cancelled programs were crash-restarted, with ECS-201 receiving a substantial redesign. She has been lengthened by 55 m (the extended bow replaces the hangar space sacrificed for the Mjolnir module), with improved engine power and heavier beam armament, and renamed Victory.

America
Class: Heavy Cruiser (CA)
Length: 320 m
Crew: 250
Screens: none
Max. Acceleration: 4 G
Armor Rating: 80
# in Class: 5: ECS-062 America, ECS-099 Pacific, ECS-103 Europe, ECS-149 Afrika, (ECS-180 India*)

Weapon Mounts
04x2 Heavy Laser
02x2 Heavy Mass Driver
02x1 Heavy Mass Driver

07x2 Point-Defense Laser
04 Missile Tubes

02 Anti-Missile Launchers

Note: *India still under construction. As civilian starships grew in number, size and power, the TCA's response to deter potential conflict was the controversial America-class heavy cruiser program. Six vessels were planned, but only four were completed before funding of the program was reduced. Because of their expense to operate, the heavy cruisers are usually kept at dock and patrol duty is left to smaller vessels. In 2158, construction resumed on India, and America became the first to undergo the "Mjolnir" conversions, in which the forward ventral shuttle bay is replaced by a large spinal particle beam cannon.

Centaur
Class: Light Cruiser (CL)
Length: 280 m
Crew: 200
Screens: none
Max. Acceleration: 4 G
Armor Rating: 65
# in Class: 3: ECS-020 Centaur, ECS-029 Aldea, ECS-037 Esperanza

Weapon Mounts
02x2 Heavy Laser
04x1 Heavy Mass Driver
02x2 Point-Defense Laser
02 Missile Tubes
01 Anti-Missile Launchers

Note: The Centaur-class cruisers were the first formal heavy military starships of the newly-formed Colonial Fleet, replacing the makeshift armed freighters that had been pressed into service during the Aldean Crisis. With the subsequent introduction of the larger America-class heavy crusiers, the Centaurs are now classified as light cruisers or patrol cruisers. Though they are among the Colonial Fleet's oldest vessels, they are reliable and comparatively inexpensive to operate, and so are still the heaviest Fleet vessels commonly found on patrol.

England
Class: Destroyer (DD)
Length: 200 m
Crew: 120
Screens: none
Max. Acceleration: 6 G
Armor Rating: 40
# in Class: 9: ECS-036 England, ECS-038 Hellas, ECS-051 California, ECS-054 Russia, ECS-060 Chryse, ECS-063 Australia, ECS-088 Norway, ECS-096 Cydonia, ECS-152 Madagascar

Weapon Mounts
01x2 Medium Laser
04x1 Medium Mass Driver
04x2 Point-Defense Laser
04 Missile Tubes

02 Anti-Missile Launchers

Note: Older destroyer model, most used as a patrol vessel.

Arcadia
Class: Heavy Destroyer (DD)
Length: 240 m
Crew:
135
Screens: none
Max. Acceleration: 5 G
Armor Rating: 50
# in Class: 6: ECS-153 Arcadia, ECS-155 Tharsis, ECS-170 Alberta, (ECS-200 Nihon*, ECS-204 Brasilia*, ECS-206 Arisilon*)

Weapon Mounts
02x2 Medium Laser
04x1 Medium Mass Driver
03x2 Point-Defense Laser
04 Missile Tubes
02 Anti-Missile Launchers

Note: *Nihon, Brasilia and Arisilon still under construction. A heavier, more modern military escort vessel.

Bennet
Class: Long-Range Scout (SC)
Length: 190 m
Crew: 80
Screens: none
Max. Acceleration: 6 G
Armor Rating: 30
Specials: Scanner, Extended Fuel Tanks
# in Class: 6: (ECS-067 Bennet*), ECS-102 Pellew, ECS-150 Utsumi, ECS-154 Bellarmine, ECS-175 Matveyev, ECS-177 Galvin*

Weapon Mounts
01x2 Point-Defense Laser
02 Missile Tubes

Note: *Bennet and Galvin received Yorktown-class refits. Galvin has completed refit, but Bennet is still undergoing refit.

Yorktown 
(Modified-Bennet)
Class: Heavy Scout (SC)
Length: 190 m
Crew: 95
Screens: none
Max. Acceleration: 6 G
Armor Rating: 35
Specials: Scanner
# in Class: 4: ECS-178 Yorktown, ECS-181 Valmy, ECS-182 Agincourt, ECS-189 Cape St. Vincent

Weapon Mounts
02x2 Point-Defense Laser
04 Missile Tubes
02 Medium Mass Driver

Note: Yorktown is a more heavily-armed modification of the Bennet class, produced for the Colonial Fleet.

L'Amour
Class: Long-Range Transport
Length: 275 m
Crew: 25
Screens: none
Max. Acceleration: 5 G
Specials:
Extended Fuel Tanks

# in Class:
8: ECS-049 Actium, ECS-050 Prabhu, ECS-052 Tartakovsky, ECS-053 Puebla, ECS-057 Midway, ECS-095 Panipat, ECS-148 Plataea, ECS-156 Red Wall  

Weapon Mounts
01x2 Point-Defense Laser

Note: Long-range cargo vessel used to run supplies to distant outposts and to refuel extended-range Scout missions. (The class ship ECS-48 L'Amour was lost during jump transit in 2155.)

Hayes
Class: Frigate (FF)
Length: 180 m
Crew: 100
Screens: none
Max. Acceleration: 7 G
Armor Rating: 35
# in Class:
12: ECS-058 Hayes, ECS-059 Gianelli, ECS-061 Hampton, ECS-065 Elliot, ECS-066 Clay, ECS-068 Wegland, ECS-069 Hayter, ECS-070 Croft, ECS-089 Benwick, ECS-090 Russell, ECS-091 Moss, ECS-100 McGarry

Weapon Mounts
02x1 Medium Laser
02x2 Point-Defense Laser
04 Missile Tubes
01 Anti-Missile Launcher

Note: These heavy police frigates were designed and built by the TCA, but are operated by the extra-Solar colonial administrations of Alpha, Aldea and Esperanza. These vessels were provided as an allotment for local patrol and law enforcement duties, with the condition that the Colonial Fleet can call upon them as a reserve in time of emergency.

Freeman
Class: Fire Support Destroyer
Length: ~200 m
# in Class: 6: (ECS-209 Freeman*, ECS-210 Ibaka*, ECS-211 Cunningham*, ECS-212 Ernest*, ECS-214 Kambeitz*, ECS-215 Chebet*)

Note: *Construction status unknown. A new destroyer class authorized since the alien contact, still in the design phase. Few details are known, other than the number of hulls and their designations.

Cavadini
Class: Heavy Tug
Length: 250 m
Crew:
55

Note: A jump-capable tug operated both by the Fleet (as a general purpose tug) and by the Scout Corps (for use in deep-space rescue and salvage).

McCracken
Class: Medium Transport
Length: 209 m
Crew:
21

Note: A standard medium-range transport used for supply and refueling by both space services.


See also: Shipboard Weapons Profiles, Umiak Warship Classes, Loroi Warship Classes