The Glorium-class Command Ship is the result of a request for the development of a battleship and flagship by the Navy of the Republic of Corilan. The Glorium-class' main usage is that of a command and control ship, leading other units, bigger and smaller, in battle, not fighting by itself.
The Glorium-class is a revolutionary new design, a trimaran of by now next to unreached size.
Due to the multihull-design came a lot of new challenges and terminology, mainly three terms: Vaka, the main hull, Ama, the outrigger, and Aka, the connection between Vaka and Ama.
It should be noted, that this is the first trimaran of this size constructed by SDY. The superstructure, with all command facilities, sensors and the majority of the armament, spans the entirety of the beam, meaning along all of the Vaka, the Aka and the Ama, creating one steady procession of hull, which helps in stealth measures. Stairwells, the anchorhouse and other such things are placed inside.
A large flat flight deck is mounted at the aft of the Vaka, providing landing space for onboard helicopters, one at a time, with the hangar directly in front of them. The flight deck is rated to handle VTOLs of the vectored-thrust variety, those with dual-ducted air fans and helicopters. The adjacent hangar can handle up to six medium-sized helicopters or equivalent.
The superstructure houses, besides the bridge, the command centre for the admiral destined to lead from the decks of this command ship, equipped with the highest high tech in regards of communications and command and control installations. Entire fleets or invading armies can be led from the command centre of a Glorium-class Command Cruiser.
The Glorium-class Command Ship is powered by a nuclear reactor producing energy for both the ships systems and the engines, which have an output of 140,000 shaft horse power, capable of speeding the vessel up to 36 knots maximum speed. Due to the nuclear reactors, the range is only limited by the supplies being carried, which, with full crew, admiral staff and marines aboard (1,800 men in total), suffice for three weeks. We therefore recommend to have supply ships nearby (see packages).
Due to the inclined flanks, few vertical lines and very clean lines in general it achieves a radar crosssection compareable to a far smaller ship. Detection can not be avoided with a ship of that size, so we made it as hard as possible to determine the size and firepower of the Glorium-class Command Ship. To that end, we also used radar absorbing synthetic materials for building the superstructure.
For additional stealth, the Glorium-class Command Ships is equipped with radar jammers, which will be explained in depth below.
Although radar is one of the most common ways of detecting surface combattants, it isn't by far the only way. The thermal signature is reduced by funneling the exhaust gases of the engines through a series of small pipes instead of one large stack, exiting the ship at a lower temperature.
Speaking of the engines, this major provider of an acoustic signature, despite being nuclear (the nuclear reactor's generators, mainly), is silenced by being settled on noise absorbers, mainly vibration absorbers.
Of course, being stealthy is nice and dandy, but sometimes, the Glorium-class Command Ship will be detected. There are three kinds of defenses against that: Decoys, defensive armament and electronic warfare.
Firstly, the Multi-Ammunition Softkill System, MASS for short, is connected to the radar and uses the data to launch radar decoys operating on all relevant wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, confusing advanced, sensor-guided missiles. It can either be operated by a sailor or operate autonomously.
Three Chaff-launchers launch chaffs, hot decoys for heat-seeking missiles, when necessary. They, too, are either operated by a person or by a computer and will distract most heat-seeking missiles, making them hit a 'target' safely away and overhead.
The decoy suite is completed by three torpedo decoy launchers, simple acoustic decoys used to lure acoustic homing torpodoes away from the targetted ship - in that sense, these decoys can also be used to defend other ships in the battlegroup around the Glorium-class Command Ship.
One of the most remarkable things about the Glorium-class Command Ship is the complete lack of any offensive gun armament. Instead, all offensive firepower can be fired from the two hundred and fifty Feadán Fe-10 Mark IV VLS-shafts, basically singled out cells of the Feadán Fe-12 Mark I 8-cell VLS, like the Sealgaire-class Helicopter Carrier carries it.
Reason for that and not using 32 Fe-12 VLSs, is the grouping of the VLSs on the Glorium-class Command Ship's VLSs: Not as one large grouped battery, ten times 25 shafts on one deck right besides each other, but as four, two groups with fifty cells and two of seventy-five. The larger groups flank the helicopter landing pad, three rows of twentyfive cells on either side, while the two smaller groups sit on the foredeck.
Basically every missile fitting into the shaft can fired from the cells, some can even be double or quad-packed into the cell. We do, however, recommend reading the manuals before blindly stuffing missiles into the shafts.
The rest of the armament of the Glorium-class Command Ship is purely defensive in nature:
- The Ceantar C-84 Mark II CIWSs, two along each broadside and one on the foredeck, as well as the Ceantar C-78 Mark II RAMs, are the short range missile defense systems. While the C-84 has a high rate of fire with large 30mm shells spewed at every incoming aircraft or missile is the last resort, the C-78 has a longer range and, thanks to the small missiles fired by it, can destroy most incoming missiles with one shot. Both systems use data provided by the radars of the Glorium-class Command Ship and is aimed by onboard-computers. It is fully automized.
- The first lines of defense however are six Ceantar C-44 Mark II 40mm AA-guns, three along each broadside, and four Feadán Fe-3 Mark I triple SAM-launchers. The first system is a multi-purpose system, used against aircraft, missiles (to some extend), incoming watercraft and other such threats. It is automated, but can be both remote controlled or controlled directly at the turret, using the data from the fire-control radars to aim and fire. The Fe-3 on the other hand is a system dedicated to be used against aircraft, firing Surface-to-Air Missiles with proximity fuses and fragmentation warheads, blowing up the missile to become 200 bits of high-velocity small tungsten pieces, shredding through any combat aircraft once the proximity fuse triggers.
The Glorium-class Command Ship is equipped with full suites for Electronic Countermeasures (ECM), Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Protection (EP).
Electronic Countermeasures, or ECM for short, are used to deceive and trick enemy means of detection and ultimately not having a guided missile slam into the ship's side. Be they sonar decoys or radar jammers (Rasberry Jammers is the system we usually use), active ECM measures confuse the enemy's sensors, while passive measures include for example the jamming of the guidance systems of enemy missiles.
Electronic Support Measures meanwhile detect, intercept, identify, locate, record and analyze sources of radiated electromagnetic energy (for example radar) for threat recognition and other purposes, amongst them intelligence information. With these information, a commander can make the tactical and, if necessary, strategic decisions needed. It also provides the means necessary to gather information about the Electronic Warfare Systems of the enemy either in order to avoid an attack or to attack more effectively.
With Electronic Protection (EP), or Electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM), the ship is hardened against every kind of electronic attack, for example against scrambling and jamming. This allows to attack the enemy even when he feels safe with his jammers in place and activated.
Sensors and Processing Systems
The Glorium-class Command Ship comes equipped with a multitude of sensors for the detection of and combat against the enemy.
Chiefly among them is the radar suite, with the Nuacht N-13 Mark III Air/Surface Search Radars leading the way. This combined radar, with an air-surveillance and a surface search radar rolled into one, was originally developed for the use on far smaller ships, but quickly prooved to be just as effective on larger ships as it was on smaller ones.
The other major radar systems of the Glorium-class Command Ship are the three Nuacht N-38 Fire Control Radars, developed and optimized for the fight against incoming missiles and aircraft, using the data gathered by the radar to coordinate and adjust the defensive firepower of the CIWSs, the RAMs and the SAMs.
In order to fight against subsurface-threats, the Glorium-class Command Ship is equipped with a Hull-mounted Sonar by the bow, not only allowing for submarines to be detected, but also other threats like underwater cliffs.
The Type 900 Datalink is a system for Duplex Communication in both directions in real time, processing said data in real time as well. Not only sensors and weapons are connected by this system, but virtually everything onboard the ship, from consoles on the bridge to the mobile coffee maker by the helipad. Personal Computers and gaming devices of the crew use another system, utilizing a satellite uplink and being disconnected from the Datalink in every way, shape and form imagineable.
The Glorium-class Command Ship is the result of a request for prototype-development by the Navy of Corilan, first known as the XYZ-class Command Ship, signifying a, by then, unnamed ship. The Navy of Corillan decided to name these ships Glorium-class.