By Bryn Monnery, Laurent Esmiol and D Hebditch
The Paris Class Destroyers were the first
class of French destroyers launched following the defeat by
Artwork is by Laurent Esmiol.
Below: Strasbourg on trials in the Alpha Centauri late in 2298. (MSIF Media Ops.)
The Dunkerque hung in utter silence on the cusp of Hochbaden’s FTL shelf as she had for the preceding two weeks. Hochbaden was a dead system now, a hecatomb thanks to the genocide the Kafers had inflicted on the once thriving German colony here. It was something of a no-man’s land now, humanity lacked the power to do anything more than raid while the Kafers could station only a limited garrison in the inner system to keep it open for supply convoys and contain Borodin at Eta Bootis.
Dunkerque had mapped almost all activity in the system since taking over from a small privateer that had scuttled back to Aurore to resupply. The captain was confident now that she could successfully complete her mission and ensure Rochemont’s 3rd Relief Expedition could slip almost un-noticed into the system before discharging and moving on to reinforce Borodin’s hard pressed fleet.
All she had to do now was destroy the Kafer Oscar Class piquet ship that was guarding this approach, which surely wouldn’t miss the arrival of almost the whole of Rochemont’s fleet. The engagement was now only an hour or so away as the roving picquet’s route brought it towards the silent Dunkerque and its pre-deployed missiles. In space alongside the ship killers was a mobile sensor drone configured to mimic the signature of the Oscar and broadcast copies of its routine messages. It was crude, but it might just work.
The Paris-class started out as a privately funded project to develop a highly capable destroyer class warship following on from the classic 70’s Maréchal-class but incorporating advances in space naval technologies that had been developed since then. Initial development from 2289 and was spurred on by Central Asian War experience but political infighting within the Junta delayed any decision on building any of these new ships.
it took the fall of the Junta and the defeat to
Below: Strasbourg closed down for action re-fuelling at QAS prior to crossing into the Beta Canum Cluster in early 2302. (MSIF Media Ops.)
- A combination of sensors and primary hard hitting missile armament.
- A strong secondary close combat and point defence armament.
- Combat speed to match the fastest warships then in production.
- Sustainability to allow for extended operations in remote areas of the frontier.
The hull has three main components and is armoured with RSC 10 advanced composite and with advanced stealth masking:
- The bow which includes the bulk of the sensors, the missile arrays and the TAC as well as some recreational areas.
- The spin habitats which include the main living areas, galley and entertainment areas. The ship’s primary med section is located in one of these arms. Like the Suffren-class these habitats are retractable for combat operations.
- The stern is divided into five main levels and includes bridge and secondary med centre, hanger and small ship operations, cargo and storage, primary engineering area and drive space and the secondary engineering area.
- Length 80m
- Tonnage 5,200 tonnes
The armament of the Paris-class has remained standard throughout their service and includes:
- 20 RITAGE-2 missiles with 5 bow launchers with five remote pilots
- 8 Guiscard LL-120 lasers (x 1 +1 dbl) in masked turrets with UTES capability
- 2 LL-7 (6, 5x2) submunition dispensers
Sensor systems are provided by DARLAN OPTO-PHYSIQUE while the targeting computer is part of the P-25T integrated fighting system provided by ROCHARD.
-Active-Passive with one working station:
- DSAP S-2295. (Active: 16)
- Passive with one working station:
- DSMSP S-2296T (Passive: 12)
- Standard Navigation systems, Gravitational sensors, Deep system scanners.
- Power Plant: ROUCHARD-LIGGET 50Mw fission reactor.
- Fuel: 25 cubic meters to refuel utility shuttles docking with the ship.
- Drive: ROUCHARD-LIGGET “Propulseur Jérôme” PJ-50M; 50MW new military stardrive.
The two classes have a standard crew of 97 crew distributed as below:
- 20 in bridge.
- 15 in TAC
- 36 in engineering.
- 20 in troop bay.
- 2 in small craft.
- 4 in medical bay.
departing from Adlerhorst orbit in late 2301 prior to the 3rd Relief Expedition.
near simultaneous completion of Dunkerque and
their return to Beta Canum DC-10 was re-tasked by the 3rd Fleet to participate
in a piracy suppression mission following fears that a Kafer raider
could be operating deep in human space. In fact the pirate turned out
to be a simple human raider, who was soon tracked down and forced to
surrender. Following this operation and on completion of their somewhat
eventful shake-down cruise the Dunkerque and
The Kafer invasion and the destruction of Hochbaden saw the swift dispatch of DC-10 back up the French Arm where they were placed under command of Rochemont’s 3rd Fleet where they were given a free roving raiding and reconnaissance role. In more than a year of operations these two ships were at the forefront of Allied operations and often worked in combination with other crack squadrons such as Shane’s Australians out of Eta Bootis and Campbell’s Anglo-Germans from Grosshiddenhafen.
Currently the two ships are undergoing much needed maintenance at Beowulf and are officially in reserve. However it is expected that within months they will be involved in operations at the end of the Eta Bootis Finger.
clip of Strasbourg departing from Kimanjano orbit. (Requires
Divx 4.5.1 driver)
Video clip of Strasbourg departing from Kimanjano orbit. (Requires Divx 4.5.1 driver)
on return to Sol late in 2300.
Date of Design: 2289-2294
Warp Efficiency: 3.72 (all power to engines), 3.07 (tactical systems powered up), 1.60 (sustained cruise); Power Plant: 50 MW fission (Fuel: 200 tons for lander); Range: 7.7; Mass: 5,200 tons; Cargo Capacity: 860 m3; Comfort: 0; Total Life Support: 100 people for 180 days; Ordnance Carried: 20 Ritage-2 missiles in 5 launchers, 12 LL-7 submunitions (5x2) in 2 launchers; Crew: 97 (20 Bridge, 15 TAC, 36 Engineering, 2 Small Craft Maintenance and Pilot, 20 Troops, 4 Medical)
Movement: 6 (7 with all power to drive); Targeting Computers: +2; Radiated Signature: 3 (6); Screens: None; Armour: 4; Radial Reflected: 6; Lateral Reflected: 7; Radial Profile: -2; Lateral Profile: +1; Hull Hits: 48/12/24; Power Plant Hits: 60/12
8 x1+1dbl masked turrets (2x 1234, 2x 1238, 2x 5678, 2x 4567), all UTES
Critical Hits, Crew Section
Captain; Navigator; 2x Communications; Helm; Engineer; 3x Computer
Damage Control: 18 (6 teams)
Price: MLv134.278, exclusive of ordnance