Under the Naval Armament Program of 1922, the Miodóg-class Sloops were planned as the patrolling workhorses of the SDF-Navy. The SDF acquired 45 of these vessels. They were developed for long range, endurance and operations far away from home, even in the roughest conditions, from the Northern Islands to the Oileánra-Archipelago and beyond, if needed. While they could carry an Admiral an his staff for operations far away from home, the only instince of a sloop carrying an Admiral was SDFS Stilin - in 1944, she was used to carry the remains of Admiral Shane Marbhán and his three ships' crews back home from the Northern Islands, where they rested in the ice for three centuries.
Due to their need to operate in even the roughest climates, the hulls could be sealed almost hermetically, even had primitive airlocks in place, so that warmth could stay inside - alternatively, there was air conditioning for operations in warmer climates as to keep the interior cool. That also made her very comfortable to be stationed on as well, if one asked the crews of her time.
Their small floatplane was lowered into the water by a flimsy crane prone to breaking down, until it was replaced in the 1936 refit. It was also supposed to be stored in a telescoping hangar, which was taken off in the same refit - in practice, the aircraft was covered with a large tarp to be protected from the elements.
Affectionally called Stilly by her crews, SDFS Stilin was the sixth of the 24 Miodóg-class Sloops of the SDF-Navy.
SDFS Stílín and her sisters were the workhorses of the SDF-Navy, being the first vessels of the SDF-Navy to be in combat in 1928, fighting a Lutetiian Protected Cruiser. It was also her, who scored the first kill in the SDF-Navy's history: During that battle, the Battle of Mount Vellenge, SDFS Stílín was incapacitated by an engine-overhaul taking longer then expected, so her crew improvised a catapult on dry shore, firing depth charges at the enemy, exploding it by coicidence. Diplomats could later ask kindly, what the ruddy hell was going on and why a Lutetiian cruiser was so deep in Selkie-Waters without permission - the whole thing became known as the Venier-Incident, after the Lutetiian vessel.
During the Second World War, Miodóg-class Sloops patrolled the Waters of the Free Lands and had hard contacts with unidentified submarines several times, Stilly had such a pleasure twice in her career, sinking the enemy submarine in one instance. As these operations were led from the cruiser Abhcan, they became known as Abhcan's Little Daggers (the term Miodóg means dagger and the Order of Abhcan's armed servants since ancient times are the Daggermaidens).
Driven to exhaustion as workhorses, these vessels were refitted in 1939 and 1946 until being retired in 1963 and 1964, the Stílín being scrapped in 1965. Rumour had it, that her metal was used to build railway tracks.
The name Stílín means stiletto, either as in the heel or in the blade - whichever you prefer.
- Displacement: 1,900 tons standard, 2,500 full load
- Length (overall): 99.7 m
- Width: 11.5 m
- Draught: 4.1 m
- Propulsion: 2 diesel engines, two shafts, 1,700 kW
- Speed: 16 knots
- Complement: 175 men
- Armament: 2x single 135mm guns, 6x 40mm AA guns, 4x twin Gabha G-36 20mm Guns, 100 mines or depth charges
- Armour: None.
- Notes: Sonar, floatplane
It was her who invented the common trick of the SDF-Navy sloops to sling depth charges at the enemy.
In the RP itself, she made friend with the Kraician Gibson Grover, developing a crush on him, and the Sterkistani Diamantina.