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Noble-class Aircraft Carrier
Class: Supercarrier, (Carrier Vessel/Nuclear)
Hull Style: Trimaran Tumblehome
Length: 1336 feet
Width: 395 feet
Height: 256 feet (from waterline) 300 feet (with draft)
Draft: 44 feet*
Speed: 52 knots
Freefall Lifeboat Launch: 2
Ship's Force: 3420†
Air Wing: 2380†
11 30mm Shield CIWS
10 25mm Mk3 Rapier Defense Autocannons
11 .50-cal Dagger ROADS
7 NRAM-32 Longsword (24 Missiles each)
40 VLS Tubes
64 Cluster Countermeasure Packs
180 Active Anti-Torpedo Decoy-Explosives
6 Active SONAR Decoys, towed
14 .50-cal Machine gun posts
2 Torpedo Tubes
Full Command Electronic Warfare & Deterrence Suite
Power & Propulsion
Power Source: 3 A2H2 875Mw LMTR
Back up Source: 3Mw Diesel Generators
Battery Back up: 24 Hour life, 6 for propulsion
Propulsion: 6 Asimov Engineering CV-2 Azipod Motor-Propulsors
Secondary Propuslion: 4 Internal Asimov Engineering CV-2 Motor-Propulsors
Tertiary Propulsion: 24 Azipod-mounted Quad-Jet/Positive Displacement pumps, 8 Maneuvering & Docking Motors, 2 Tertiary Jet Pumps, 2 Bilge Pump Assemblies, 3 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 Noble-class carrier is an extensive refit to the older Citadel-class carrier. While still quite similar in outer appearance, the Noble fixes internal problems not foreseen with the Citadel and creates an entirely more streamlined lifestyle for the crew. In addition come more advanced and better ventilation systems. The entire ship maintains heating and air conditioning systems suited to maintaining a comfortable living condition in any environment the world has to offer it, as well as better particulate filtering and dehumidifiers.
The A2H2 Reactor plant is, as well, a further improvement, utilizing ideas both from crews of the Citadel on how to make the plants more serviceable and to help with maintenance. It adds several new reactor safety systems, refits old ones, and makes the entire plant far more of a sailor's dream to operate and speed up qualifications by making the overall design more simple, effective, and powerful. The A2H2 still utilizes thermocouples and photovoltaic cells for all-electric system, eliminating the need for a steam plant, making the entire system far more safe and reducing possibility of a nuclear accident from releasing fission products to the environment. To increase efficiency, the Noble adds small steam-plant, adding four large turbine generators and four boilers per plant, cutting out some of the thermogenerators in the process.
Coming from the Citadel's success with the six-elevator, six-catapult, two-trap system, the Noble still uses a centerline island, but utilizes a larger bridge to make up for the sacrificed space from utilizing the island for island space. The windows on the island also allow for old-school visuals of the flight deck in addition to the many cameras. 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. Unlike the Citadel, this crane is far better protected and it's support more internal.
The propulsion system itself is the largest advancement; the addition of a new azipod aft - meaning that the two most centerline azipods do not maintain a full range of motion - as well as using the same engines for six internal engines, allowing for speeds that would normally be considered ridiculous for carriers so large. The six internal engines have some vectoring to their discharge as well, allowing for lateral motion of the carrier, allowing for docking without tugboats and for increased maneuverability. The azipods themselves allow for turning so drastic that, were the Noble not trimaran, it would cause severe listing.
Ideal aircraft complement is denoted as being 118 aircraft; the ideal figure includes allowances for several COD aircraft, AWACS, and eight to twelve helicopters, the remainder of aircraft expected to be fighter-sized.