The Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel is a small, frigate-sized ship built for desaster-relief operations. It can act as 'flagship' for desaster-relief efforts, carrier for goods and personell and as a link to the outside world, should all communication be lost.
The Savior-class Emergency Response is a classical monohull design, built for withstanding heavy sea conditions, up to Sea State 7 (at least as far as we tested it). The hull should be capable of withstanding Sea State 9, but we haven't tested it. It is also capable of operating in heavy weather, including hurricanes and worse.
The hull is reinforced with steel we usually use to build warships with, simply to protect the ship against any swimming debris and to give it additional stability at sea. This armor also works as a reinforcement of the structure itself.
Inside the hull the Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel houses a fully equipped hospital with one hundred beds, plus twenty emergency patient facilities plus five operating theatres plus a small maternity ward with three beds.
Two cranes on both sides of the Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel enable the vessel to lower RHIBs, small boats or equipment lighter then fifteen tons and no less then ten meters away. Since the lifts down into the major cargo hold is within this range, it can work for that purpose as well. These cranes can also be operated in heavy sea.
The Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel is equipped with a satellite uplink capable of contacting every satellite in orbit in addition to her normal communication suite, which is a scaled down version of the communicated suite used on board the Glorium-class Command Ship from our Military Branch.
As engines, the Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel utilizes a system known as 'Integrated Electric Propulsion' or IEP for short. It basically means, that the fuel on board is used to power electric generators, which then transmit the electric power through cables to the engines and the shaft, which then turn the propellers to make the ship move, which then indeed move the ship.
As a considerably less complicated design then for example Combined Diesel and Gas (CODAG for short), it is cheaper in maintenance and operation, as well as easier to check and repair in case of problems. The Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel gets quieter and sheds weight, especially due to the fact, that the same engines, that move the ship, also provide the electrical power needed on board anyways, reducing the costs considerably.
The two onboard diesel generators provide a total of 50,000 kW and even if one is not operational anymore, the other is capable of providing enough power to make the essential functions, like engines, communication and medical devices, work, enabling the Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel to limp back to a friendly port even when the armour fails (although that will not happen, it is better to be safe then sorry).
Sensors and Processing Systems
The Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel is equipped with a S-Band Doppler Weather Radar, the Nuacht N-92, similar to the ones used by Weather Agency of the Free Lands, and a fully equipped weather station, including a weather rock. The station uses data collected by the radars and transmitted by the Type 901 to make relatively accurate forecasts.
Additionally, the Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel is equipped with a combined Air/Surface Search Radar, doubling as a Navigation Radar, and a Hull-Mounted Sonar for detection of eventual underwater threats.
The Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel is equipped with a Type 901 Datalink, a civilian cousin of the Type 900 Datalink found on SDY's military vessels. It is a system for Duplex Communication in real time, processing the gathered data in real time. The system connects the sensors, labs and the bridge, storing the resulting data both locally and transmitted home via satellite connection. Personal computers and gaming devices are usually disconnected from this system, but can be connected.
The Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel is completely unarmed, as much as ship weaponry goes.
Four positions, two port and two starboard, along the sides of the Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel are intended for being refitted with SDY-Gabha SG-1 Mark III 30mm autocanons for defense against light targets, but delivery contents do not contain these self-defense weapons.
However, the Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel has two small armouries, or rather weapons lockers, on either side of the ship, each capable of holding up to five rifles and sufficient amounts of ammunition for an onboard security team.
The Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel is capable of carrying two medium-sized helicopters, with the flight deck being rated fit for vectored-thrust VTOLs. Both helicopters have onboard facilities available for refuelling and maintenance, including an enclosed hanger with reinforced doors.
The aircraft facilities are capable of operating in heavy Sea States, including heavy winds. We do not recommend it, though.
The Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel is equipped with a new experimental technology, the reinvention of an old one: In older times, before the invention of the helicopter, large warships used to carry onboard floatplanes, launched by catapult and collected by crane.
Of course, this had many disadvantages, the floatplane not being a fully fledged fighterplane, only operateable in calm sea, need of time for launching and collecting - it was a quite obvious choice to discard the floatplane in favour of the helicopter.
However, new technologies enable the Savior-class Emergency Response Vessel to carry a drone catapult, optimized for small surveillance drones. These drones, remote controlled from a control room aboard the vessel, can be used for a multitude of missions. A twenty meter long, collapseable, electro-magnetic catapult launches the drones, although this catapult can also be used as a launching rail, without having to use it as a catapult.
A small hangar, more a workshop at the side of the catapult, provides space for maintenance and storage of up to six small drones.
From the Dawn of Time itself, one of the major questions in case of desaster was: How do I get people and material to the place as fast as possible with as little effort as possible?
In the early 2000s, SDY began with the studies for a vessel of roundabout 5000 tons to transport personell and equipment to a desaster zone. Although the project never reached anything remotely workable, it was stored in the archives - until the Holy Republic of Free Missouri approached Silverport Dockyards in 2016 with a request for such a vessel.
Someone remembered the old 5000-ton-design for similar purposes, before throwing the idea out of the window and starting from scratch. Designed from keel upwards, the new design was made to have a hull strong enough to withstand much of what could possibly be thrown at it, carry dinghys, provide aerial reconnaisance by the way of newest technology and act as a swimming hospital, command post and communications array.
It was not made to be a pretty design, but both tough and reliable, both things one wants to have when facing desaster.