With the recent transpiring of events in the Providentia system, the shipwrights at Covenant have secretly unveiled their fleet construction program. OOC: Nobody but the Consulate and the engineers at Covenant know about this program. Parts of the program violate Donnager's Law and are only to be implemented at a later date. The plan is intended to span decades, due to Covenant Shipyards' small size. Again, this is merely an announcement of a plan going forwards far into the future, not a declaration of existing fleet size. For the existing fleet size, go to the Nautilus Consular Freehold Navy wiki page. The ship designs in the new fleet are intended to be well protected and able to take sizable amounts of damage. This is a list of all new designs in the VFN, and as such excludes existing Archer-class, Corvette-class, Morrigan-class, Silhouette-class, and Dirk-class vessels. Keystone-class Battlecruiser The Keystone-class battlecruiser is a rather unconventional design. The design lacks a hangar and doesn't support small craft. It has several batteries of redundant PDCs for enhanced defense, including the new grapeshot round, which is an empty PDC shell filled with smaller, rocket-propelled projectiles in the hopes that they can take out multiple torpedoes at once. It is triple-hulled with carbon-silicate lace, as well as having many angles in the armor so as to deflect incoming PDC rounds. The interior is mostly rounded, a sharp break from MCRN ship design philosophy. The idea is that sailors will not injure themselves in combat by slamming into a sharp wall. The ship is also notoriously hard to board, with engineering and CIC decks only accessible by five chokepoints with zigzags, intended for Nautilian marines to repel boarders. It has one main drive along with four hidden, smaller drives. The purpose of the smaller drives are to provide gravity in the event of an engine shutdown, so that blood leaking out of injured Nautilians can clot. Its offensive armament consists of five heavy autoloading torpedo tubes as well as a VX-12 "Foehammer" railgun, reverse-engineered from the two on the liberated Baltisk. There are also two smaller railguns, the same designs as those found on a Raptor-class cruiser, intended to be quick-firing secondary guns. If the negotiations go well, a Providentian design will replace the outdated Martian guns. The main drive itself is an enlarged version of the drive found on the Alicorn, Mobius, and Maximillian Clancy. It has proven rather reliable in testing, and is defended by eight PDCs on the armor protecting the drive cone. It is 314 meters long and bears a crew of 194 sailors. Most of the redundant jobs have been automated away, leading to the small size of the crew. Four ships have been ordered, with the designations BB-1 through BB-4. Polaris-class Light Cruiser The Polaris-class cruiser is a take on the light cruiser design, and it is also rather small, being comparable in size to a large destroyer rather than a cruiser. It is intended to be a tactical weapon serving with scouting groups as well as flying columns and attack units. It has several redundant defense features, as well as a brand-new drive assembly, allowing a larger drive assembly to fit in a smaller frame. It is armed with two turret-mounted coilguns as well as four forward and two aft torpedo tubes. Its advanced PDC grid allows it to defend exposed locations with ease, and in the event of a boarding action, the interior of the ship is modeled in the same way the Keystone's is, with very few direct pathways to CIC or engineering. There are also PDC outriggers near the engines for all-around defense in the event that a PDC grid was knocked out.The design is expected to be the workhorse of the Vernier fleet for decades to come. It has a crew of 72 and is 134 meters long. Eight have been ordered as of now, with the designations CL-1 to CL-8. Anlace-class Destroyer The Anlace-class was originally a Martian design, and ninety-two were constructed at Callisto Shipyards for Mars. The Nautilians have taken the design and upgraded it significantly, allowing it to take even more hits than before. Four have already been constructed and are currently undergoing sea trials. It has a crew of 44 and is 84 meters long, however the Nautilian version has cut the crew size down to 38. Twelve are on order as of now, with the designations DD-1 through DD-12. Charger-class Missile Frigate The Charger-class frigate is a break from the standard doctrine of small ship construction, and is more focused on long-range standoffs as well as screening the fleet. It is armed with forty-four light torpedoes in single-use launchers, a keel-mounted coilgun, and two dual-turreted EMP launchers. These are high-caliber rocket-propelled PDC rounds that contain a plasma charge, and are built to disable ships as well as torpedoes. It is intended to replace the Archer-, Corvette-, and Morrigan-class of ships, and carries a crew of 22 at a length of 42 meters. Eighteen have been ordered and six constructed, with the designations FF-29 through FF-53. Albion-class Carrier The Albion-class carrier is the first of its kind, developed out of an intermediary need. The first Covenant Shipyards plan had built sixty-four Silhouette-class fast interceptors. High Command had no use for these ships as they realized that Expeditionary Force interceptors had to refuel and receive maintenance constantly on the trip to Providentia. As these were converted to the more survivable and armored Silhouette IV standard, the shipwrights at Covenant decided to have a shot at making a carrier that can simultaneously fill the role of a supply ship and a tender. The two Albion-class carriers have been constructed, however they currently serve as shipbuilding, repair, and freight ships. They are currently unarmed, though designed to be equipped with two rotating torpedo bays, a wide array of PDCs, and two backwards-facing railguns. The railguns are arranged that way because the Albion is intended to remain out of the battle in a parking orbit, with the front end facing away from the combat zone, where the railguns would then have free reign over the battle area. A commercial variant is currently under construction for sale to mineral and shipbuilding companies. It is 219 meters long and 78 meters wide, with a crew of 400 and the designations CV-1 and CV-2.