Paris Class



By Bryn Monnery, Laurent Esmiol and D Hebditch




The Paris Class Destroyers were the first class of French destroyers launched following the defeat by Germany and the fall of the Junta. They were to be true multi-role warships capable of independent long range operations along the colonial arms. These ships were very expensive but were designed to be highly capable and able to engage all but the most powerful enemy ships and run from those they couldn’t engage. Only three Paris Class ships were built partly as a result of these costs, however they are prestigious and glamorous commands skippered by some of the MSIF’s highest flyers. 




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.   




Development History

Design Characteristics

Service History


Development History


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.


Indeed it took the fall of the Junta and the defeat to Germany to get the Paris-class onto the slips. It was one of the first acts of the Ruffin government to authorise the construction of these three ships as a move to show his commitment both to the defence of the French Union and to the free market. Each of these new ships were to be built by a separate construction yard; two in the Sol system and one above Tirane.


The Paris used several components from the preceding Maréchal and Soldat classes and its bow shape makes clear its lineage from the classic CESAD destroyers. However in terms of capability the Paris were to be a step change up from what had gone before, combining the combat capability of the Soldats with the sustainability of the Maréchaux. The price of all this capability was substantial however, even for France, and only three Paris were commissioned with the Planète-class developed from the Soldats being preferred as a follow on design.


The Paris was laid down in 2294, with her sisters Dunkerque and Strasbourg following two years later. Construction of the Paris was not without some teething troubles and she emerged from the yards in 2297 and was the first new ship commissioned into the renamed MSIF with the creation of Ruffin as Emperor in 2298. The Dunkerque and Strasbourg were completed in that same year and were in turn commissioned in 2299.  


Below: Strasbourg closed down for action re-fuelling at QAS prior to crossing into the Beta Canum Cluster in early 2302. (MSIF Media Ops.)


Design Characteristics


The Paris had four main design characteristics.


-          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.


Hull design


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. 


Overall dimensions:


-          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.


Engineering Systems


-          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.


The Paris is regarded as relatively comfortable when compared with other similar ships, designed as it was for long duration operations.



Above: Strasbourg departing from Adlerhorst orbit in late 2301 prior to the 3rd Relief Expedition. (MSIF Media Ops.)

Service History


The Paris has so far been assigned almost entirely in the core worlds since its commissioning on Bastille Day 2298. Officially the ship has been assigned to the Escadre de Chasse Spéciale, a unit that specialises in OPFOR duties for the MSIF. The Paris is capable of simulating virtually any potential warship opponent the French might come up against. However many have pointed out that using a ship as powerful as the Paris in this role is a horrendous waste of combat power. There are two common conspiracy theories about this; either that the Paris has a serious and recurrent drive defect, or that the Paris is actually frequently used for special missions using MSIF exercises for cover. Naturally the MSIF refuses to comment on either of these theories.


The near simultaneous completion of Dunkerque and Strasbourg allowed these ships to be grouped into a single manoeuvre unit the 10e Division de Chasse or DC-10. Their first deployment was to the frontiers of the French Arm on a mission whose details were never released to the public. Rumours abounded that it involved a confrontation with Germany over a remote and mineral rich planet, whilst others speculate on a reconnaissance of Kafer Space.     


On 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 Strasbourg returned to Sol and unfortunately missed a real Kafer incursion involving the ‘Loup Solitaire’.


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.  


Video clip of Strasbourg departing from Kimanjano orbit. (Requires Divx 4.5.1 driver)



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Below: Strasbourg on return to Sol late in 2300. (MSIF Media Ops.)



Original Date of Design: 2289-2294
First Example Laid Down: 2294
First Example Completed: 2297
Fleets of Service: France


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


Surface Fixtures


Weapons: 8 x1+1dbl masked turrets (2x 1234, 2x 1238, 2x 5678, 2x 4567), all UTES equipped
TTA's and Submunitions: 8 LL-7 submunition launchers (6 shots each, 5x2 warhead), 4x Remote Communicators, 2x Bridge Communicators
Sensors: Active: 16; Passive: 12; Deep System Scan; Grav Scan; Navigational Radar


Critical Hits, Crew Section

Bridge: Captain; Navigator; 2x Communications; Helm; Engineer; 3x Computer
TAC: Active Operator; Passive Operator; 4x Remote Pilot; 8x Gunner

Damage Control: 18 (6 teams)

Price: MLv134.278, exclusive of ordnance



Below: A rare shot of Dunkerque on operations in the Eta Bootis system . (MSIF Media Ops.)