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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: July 3rd, 2021, 8:58 pm
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St Katherine class battleship

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The St Katherines were a one-up on contemporary Wesmeric and Salian battleships that came before. As the navy had alot to catch up on if it was to challenge Aemoric navies in their own seas, the Antarans would need to push even more for quality over quantity. In this vain, the class of 27k ton capitals was chosen over previous proposals for 20-23k ships, which would've been ordered in triples from between 1310 to 1314, numbering 12 new battleships to be commissioned by 1317.

The navy settled with 8 vessels commissioned between 1316 and 1318, the St Katherine and St Mia classes, all named for Antara's patron saints of the past. This was also the more reasonable proposal, as shipyards with enough slipways were still somewhat limited at the time. St Katherine saw the jump in artillery caliber from 305mm to 356mm, this was to match foreign trends. The 356mm/50 had a troubled early history as its barrel life was short and its accuracy leaving much to be desired. These issues were only ironed out after the Great War had ended, but it's range and penetration was good for the time, however by then the navy had moved onto 406mm guns. Aside from the artillery upgrade, the ship's design was standard for its period, as was its speed of 21 knots.

The St Katherines were part of Antara's central battle group of the Great War and saw much action as Battleship Division 4. At the Battle of Hampton in 1320, BatDiv 4 encountered Wesmere's own 4th Battleship Squadron, as well as the 3rd, made up of a total of 9 capital ships. With the assistance of Sieg battle lines, and the trailing BatDiv 3, the Antarans and Siegs pummeled the opposing fleet. St Naomi and St Lucian suffered considerable damage, whilst St Camilla was fired on by Konig Armin and Kaiser Friedrich in a friendly fire incident. The similiar profiles between Antaran and Wesmeric battleships caused considerable confusion once each squadron had begun to move independently as the battle waged on. The confusion also created doubts as to which warships sank the other, however the engagement between the battleships alone still resulted in six Wesmeric capitals sinking, four Antaran, and one Sieg.

All four ships remained in service throughout the interwar period and in the World War. St Camilla, St Katherine, and St Lucian were all moored at Port Isla at the surprise attack that brought the Antarans into the war in 1342. St Camilla was struck by six torpedoes and capsized as a result of flooding, whilst St Katherine was struck by two and listed heavily to starboard, but was saved by damage control. St Lucian was ignored throughout the attack. St Camilla was irreparable and was broken apart over several months of work. St Katherine was repaired after four months. St Lucian was boxed in by surrounding wreckages and did not resume service until St Katherine had returned from mainland waters in early 1343. These two vessels saw extensive combat in the Scyllic fleet thereafter.

Whilst this was going on, St Naomi had been stationed on the East coast as a part of the Freyatic Fleet, she was lost to air attack by Salian forces in 1345. After the war, the remaining vessels had been in service for over 20 years and were obsolete. St Lucian was elected for nuclear testing and was sunk as a result. St Katherine was to be scrapped, but with funding from the public, she was instead preserved as a memorial ship in the city that shared her name. In 1392, the battleship was permanently moved to a dry berth where it still remains.

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Tonnage - 26 800 tonnes standard, 30 000 full load
Speed - 21 knots
Range - 8000nm at 12 knots
Main battery - 5xII 356mm/50
Secondary battery - 12xI 152mm/45
Tertiary battery - 16xI 76mm/50 (as commissioned)
Hull armor - 305mm main belt, 76mm upper and extended belt, 356mm main CT, 254mm secondary CT, 76mm armoured deck
Turret armor - 356mm MB face, 305mm barbettes, 254mm MB sides, 152mm casemates

Ships in class

St Katherine - decommissioned and preserved as museum ship, 1350
St Naomi - sunk by air attack, 1345
St Lucian - sunk in nuclear testing, 1352
St Camilla - sunk during attack on Port Isla, 1342

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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: July 5th, 2021, 5:43 pm
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Antaran river gunboats

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The PG-3 and PG-10 class gunboats primarily patrolled the lakes and rivers of North West Antara, particularly lakes Pantabury, Montase and Calito, as they served as the border between Antara and Ilyanora. They were also capable of patrolling the Dendara Sea due to its calm waters. These ships were the result of lobbying from the army who believed the country's neighbors to be a threat, which wasn't quite shared amongst many politicians. Both classes were designed by the navy and operated by them until 1334, from then onwards they were given to the army. They were particularly anomolous as no other theater required riverine vessels until late in the World War.

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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: July 14th, 2021, 9:22 pm
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St Mia class battleship

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Originally planned to be a repeat of the St Katherines, the St Mias were modified in the late design phase and up-gunned. This was again a response to trends in ship design where Wesmere were launching battleships with 12 gun broadsides. To match, the St Mia mounted an additional main battery turret amidships, bringing her gun count to 12 to match. The ship needed to be lengthened as a result, however her beam remained unchanged. This led to stability issues that were only rectified after the water with torpedo bulges that were larger than the last classes. Her secondary battery was also increased as a result.

Four vessels were constructed under the class and commissioned during the Great War. St Vandillo was sunk in action at the Battle of Hampton Island, while sistership St Dominique received damage so severe that she was scrapped instead of repaired after arriving back in home waters. St Mia and St Ysolda were nominated for carrier conversion during negotiations of the Evinheim Naval Treaty, however they rejected due to pre-existing stability concerns.

St Mia and St Ysolda were modernized throughout the inter-war period and saw extensive action in the World War. St Ysolda was sunk in port by naval aircraft at the start of the war, raised up, rebuilt and sent into action. She was sunk once again by naval aircraft two years later. St Mia survived the war and was scrapped at its conclusion.

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Tonnage - 30 000 tonnes standard, 33 200 full load
Speed - 21 knots as built. 20 knots (1330)
Range - 8000nm at 12 knots
Main battery - 6xII 356mm/50
Secondary battery - 20xI 152mm/45
Tertiary battery - 16xI 76mm/50 (as commissioned)
Hull armor - 305mm main belt, 152 upper, 76mm extended belt, 356mm main CT, 254mm secondary CT, 89mm armoured deck
Turret armor - 356mm MB face, 305mm barbettes, 254mm MB sides, 152mm casemates

Ships in class

St Mia - Scrapped, 1351
St Ysolda - Torpedoed by aircraft, 1344
St Vandillo - Sunk in action, 1320
St Dominique - Scrapped, 1321

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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: July 25th, 2021, 6:19 pm
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Cambria class destroyer

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The Embers and Cambrias differed from the previous classes of destroyers with their newer armament of 533mm torpedoes, replacing the 450mm torpedoes that had been the standard before. The Cambrias used a mix of almost forward-firing single torpedo launchers and a twin centerline mount aft wards, for a total of four torpedoes. Along with increased speed and tonnage, these destroyers mounted larger 100mm guns as opposed to numerous 76s.

The first Cambrias were commissioned before the Great War, but all vessels saw action by the end of it. They were deemed too slow by 1920s standards and were scrapped not long after the conclusion of the war.

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Displacement - 1000 tonnes standard
Speed - 29 knots on trials, 32 knots in some circumstances
Range - 5000nm at 10 knots
Armament - 3xI 100mm/45
Torpedoes - 1xII + 2xI 533mm

Ships in class

Cambria - scrapped, 1323
Stella - scrapped, 1324
Wilson - scrapped, 1322
Davila - sunk in collision, 1321
Barker - scrapped, 1324
Eastwood - sunk in surface action, 1316
Davies - scrapped, 1324
Luna - sunk as breakwater, 1323
Weber - torpedoed, 1320
Kain - scrapped, 1324
Griffin - scrapped, 1324
Richmond - scrapped, 1324
Shannon - scrapped, 1324
Hughes - sunk in collision, 1321
Navarro - scrapped, 1323
Galloway - sunk in surface action, 1317
Analia - sunk as target ship, 1322
Tara - scrapped, 1324

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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: August 26th, 2021, 6:38 pm
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Ashington class light cruiser

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The Ashingtons were a series of light cruisers built for and commissioned into the Antaran Navy between 1311-1315. They served as fast scouts, trade defense ships and battle pickets. They were plagued with problems however, which ranged from being overweight, being fast but having unreliable engines and being crewed by unexperienced sailors. Ashington and Saki collided during an exercise before the Great War, twice, and were stuck in drydock until after it had started. Mizriah's engine broke down during an engagement with Salian cruisers in the Veravane in August 1317, and was forced to surrender. Her sailors were captured but returned after the war. Davenport capsized in port after taking on water during an unknown but accidental breach in the hull. Davenport was raised, repaired and returned to action.

Despite these troubles, Union Grove's , Saki's and Mizriah's combat performance was on par with the rest of the fleets, all having achieved between 4 and 6 battle stars by the end of the Great War. All remaining vessels were refitted as fast minelayers, and were all scrapped by the late 20s.

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Tonnage - 3700 tonnes standard
Speed - 30 knots
Range - 8 000nm at 12 knots
Main battery - 5xI 152mm/45
Secondary/AA battery - 2xI 76mm/50, 2xI 25mm
Torpedoes - 2xII 533mm
Armor - 50mm belt, 50mm forward gun shield, 100mm conning tower, 20mm deck

Ships in Class

Ashington - scrapped, 1329
Saki - scrapped, 1328
Crestwood - sunk as target ship, 1324
Davenport - torpedoed, 1320
Union Grove - scrapped, 1328
Mizriah - scuttled, 1317

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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: August 26th, 2021, 7:15 pm
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Excellent! I especially like the minelayer version. Whats not to like about a fast minelaying cruiser?


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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: August 26th, 2021, 9:36 pm
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maomatic wrote: *
Excellent! I especially like the minelayer version. Whats not to like about a fast minelaying cruiser?
Thanks! :D

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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: September 5th, 2021, 5:23 pm
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Heidi class destroyer leader

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Classified as a destroyer leaders officially, the Heidis were really an evolution of standard destroyers and signaled Antara's desire to throw out treaty limitations as world tension was beginning to rise. Heidi was well above even destroyer leader tonnage even if it did not seem like it. With this vastly increased tonnage she was afforded a heavy armament of eight guns in four mounts and a respectable speed of 37 knots. The succeeding Shannon class adopted the same gun and torpedo layout, but on a larger and stronger hull.

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Displacement - 2000 tonnes
Speed - 37 knots
Range - 5000nm at 15 knots
Main battery - 4xII 127mm/45
Torpedoes - 5xII 610mm
Armor - 8mm gun houses

Ships in class

Heidi - Scrapped, 1350
Southerland - Torpedoed, 1342
Deadre - Sunk in action, 1346
O'brien - Scrapped, 1349
Yushio - Sunk during attack on Port Isla, 1342
Tamzin - Scuttled, 1343
Indiana - Sunk during attack on Port Isla, 1342
Kaikura - Sunk in action, 1343
Porter - Scrapped, 1349
Coleman - Sunk by Kamikaze, 1348
Foley - Sunk in action, 1345
Landon - Sunk in action, 1344
Ambrii - Scrapped, 1350
Heila - Sunk in action, 1344
Kuvara - Sold to Osora, 1354

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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: September 6th, 2021, 11:14 pm
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Batchelor class protected cruiser

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The Batchelors were a series of protected cruisers built for the Antaran Navy between 1309-1310. They were originally meant to serve as battle scouts and patrol ships, but were reduced to just patrol vessels and pickets as faster light cruisers entered service not long after.

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Tonnage - 3900 tonnes standard
Speed - 25 knots
Range - 8 000nm at 12 knots
Main battery - 6xI 152mm/45
Secondary/AA battery - 6xI 76mm/50
Armor - 38mm deck, 100mm conning tower

Ships in Class

Batchelor - scrapped, 1326
Jacinta - sunk as reef ship, 1325
Essington - scrapped, 1324
Marshland - mined, 1318

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Post subject: Re: Antara 2.5Posted: September 22nd, 2021, 1:04 am
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Campbell-class torpedoboat destroyer

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The Campbell class destroyers saw a sizable bump in torpedo power from the Daysons, with no compromises elsewhere. While her dimensions were enlarged to accommodate the increased weight, Campbell was still somewhat overweight.

Specifications

Displacement - 740 tonnes standard
Speed - 29 knots
Range - 1000nm at 10 knots
Armament - 5xI 76mm/50
Torpedoes - 1xII + 4xI 450mm

Ships in class

Campbell - scrapped, 1322
Yukio - scrapped, 1322
Isla - sunk in surface action, 1319
Raymonds - scrapped, 1322

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