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Citadel-class Aircraft Carrier by Afterskies Citadel-class Aircraft Carrier by Afterskies
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Citadel-class Aircraft Carrier
Class: Supercarrier, (Carrier Vessel/Nuclear)
Hull: CVN-Alpha
Hull Style: Trimaran Tumblehome
Class: Supercarrier
Length: 1350 feet
Width: 395 feet
Height: 311 feet
Draft: 26-29 feet*
Tonnage: 125,000
Aircraft: 116
Boats: 4
Skiffs: 2
Ship's Force: 3450
Air Wing: 2320

4 30mm CIWS
4 SeaRAM, 4 Missile Pack, Enclosed Guidance And Computing Package
2 SeaRAM, 8 Missile Pack, Command Guidance
14 VLS, Six Missile Packs
40 Guided Munitions, Cluster
6 "Nixie" Decoys
24 .50-cal Machine gun posts
2 Torpedo Tubes
Full Command Electronic Warfare & Deterrence Suite

Power & Propulsion
Power Source: 3 650Mw LMTR
Back up Source: 3Mw Diesel Generators
Battery Back up: 20 Hour life, 6 for propulsion
Propulsion: 5 Azipod Motor-Propulsors
Secondary Propulsion: 40 Azipod-mounted Quad-Jet/Positive Displacement pumps
Tertiary Propulsion: 6 Maneuvering & Docking Motors, 2 Tertiary Jet Pumps, 2 Bilge Pump Assemblies, 2 Scoop Pumps

6 Aircraft Elevators
6 Weapons Elevators to Flight Deck
6 Weapons Elevators to Hangar Bay
6 Aircraft EMALS Catapults (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System)
2 Five-Wire Traps
2 Auxiliary Aircraft Nets

*Pending speed and load
: Denotes ideal specification

The Citadel-class sports a center-line tower, allowable by it's added girth in comparison to other carriers, though the tower, though long, still maintains itself as being a couple dozen feet wider than an elevator. Inside both the fore and aft ends of the tower are aircraft elevators, reinventing the concept of internal elevators, dropped after WWII due to the interruption of flight-deck space; rather, now, sacrificing tower-space. The added two elevators are necessary in assisting in moving aircraft about the flight deck during Flight-Operations (FLOPS), taking into consideration the ability to land twice as many aircraft as a typical carrier while also launching the same volume as it's predecessors. These covered elevators also provide an added degree of protection from both enemy munitions and prying eyes, allowing for normal flight-deck preparations to be performed relatively outdoors and rapidly launching the aircraft from a safe location, in the event of war, high-seas, or a black-operation.

In addition, each of the external elevators sports a crane which can reach as far out as seventy-feet from the edges of the boat, and as far in as near the center-line of the carrier, where cargo can be rapidly transported by internal ceiling-bound cranes or mobile cranes. The crane's support arms are imbedded beneath the flight-deck, fixing it in place. In the event of a failure of the primary and secondary hydraulic locomotive drives of the elevators, the crane can act as a tertiary lift, albeit slow.

The Tumblehome bow, sterns shape, and trimaran hull lends the carrier to be more stable than average in high seas, allowing for FLOPs in more treacherous conditions; and overall, leads to a smaller profile, smaller wake, and smaller RADAR profile.

The largest innovation seen in the Citadel is a jump in it's propulsion plant technology. While still a Liquid Metal-Cooled Thermal Reactor, the rest of the plant is a no-steam plant; it utilizes thermocouples, photovoltaics, and the like to remove heat from the reactor plant and power the ship; giving extra space for an additional reactor plant.
Each reactor is capable of both propelling the ship and launching the EMALS catapults, however, for both maximum speed and launching all cats at once, higher-power output from both reactors must be achieved, leaving a third to act as a backup; All three reactors, designed to work together, can easily achieve maximum efficiency reactor power, leading to an overall reduction in fuel usage, or, at the very least, an enhanced ability for reactor department personnel to train throughout the day without interrupting ship's operations.

The Citadel-class operates it's Combat Systems via a Module-organization:
Module-Accipiter: Pri-Fly Radar
Module-Bastian: Point Defense & Sensory
Module-Cutlass: Vertical Missile Launch
Module-Dagger: Sonar/Anti-Submarine
Module-Echelon: Fleet Command/Communication
Module-Firefly: Flight Control RADAR/Non-Pri-Fly
Module-Gold: Overwatch/Lookout/Surface Scan RADAR
Module-Hazard: CBR
Module-Intelligence: Communication
Module-Justice: Non-RADAR Sensory
Module-Katana: Flight Coordination

Each of the above modules, located throughout the ship, can perform base communication functions, and most can perform base sensory functions.
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
Beyond amazing!
kilo139 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
i used to draft ships...had some good designs......lost intrest....good job.
Sochiru Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014
Packless1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
WOW! The superstucture looks quite 'stealth-ish'...
Is the your design influenced by the new Zumwalt-Class?
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cerberus04 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
I don't know if I can say this about this carrier....but it's sexy....It's very sex.
Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Love the any Destroyer escorts?
Afterskies Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Not yet. I have a cruiser.
zippy5 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
would love to see an over-head view
Kylerobin5on Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
I would like to see a full interior (3d) and a 3d version of the ship including close ups, also stars such as length width and hight (I plan on building this ship in minecraft, IF I HAVE MORE VIEWS)
Afterskies Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Was working on one, then my computer died and the harddrive destroyed itself, and I didn't have my external at the time. I may get around to doing a redux in Illustrator now that I have it, and include both a top view. Right now I'm working on my CoM stuff though.
zippy5 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
good luck
Zinjo Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
With the bow shape inverted would that not encourage water to splash on to the flight deck?

Not something you would want to encourage...

That island looks huge!

Impressive artwork to be sure.
Afterskies Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The flight deck itself is raised up high enough, as well as having enough of an overhang, to compensate. The bow shape as well also reduces waves produced. But thanks for the criticism.

The island isn't much wider than an elevator. It's just rather long.
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
fmr0 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Neat work!
decophoto32 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
AresXVIII Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
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