The Truman-class dreadnought is the second largest battleship class in the United Nations Navy (UNN) that primarily serves as a flagship of UNN battlegroups. Though smaller than its Martian counterpart at only 376 meters in length and not as sleek nor as sophisticated, the Truman-class is famed for its sturdiness and reliability and is one of the longest-serving vessels in the history of the UNN, having protected Earth's interests across the system for decades.
HistoryA distant relative of historic president Harry S. Truman contracted Bush Orbital Shipyards for a brand new vessel. It was to be the most powerful and versatile vessel the UN has ever built, and at the time of surging MCR and Belter population and power, it was dearly needed. The contractor designed the vessel himself, harnessing all of his experiences while serving on various vessels to create an all-in-one design while keeping the qualities of a dreadnought at hand. The vessel was constructed in 2280 by the best shipwrights Bush could offer. As it was a new vessel, it had a glorious ceremony upon its christening, and it went on an orbital tour before going into space trials.
The vessel fared incredibly well during space trials despite being constructed with supercharged S-395 Epstein drives, which were more like a stopgap measure for constructing the vessel on time without the new S-400 Epstein blueprints on hand. Numbers 24-47 in the UNN roster were taken mostly by the Truman vessels, from T-DRN-25 onwards being equipped by the standard issue S-400 series Epstein drives.
It would serve to be the flagship of many battlegroups, serving as a symbol of UN authority and being notorious in the eyes of pirates. Its size in the UN would only be surpassed by the much larger Xerxes-class battleship, of which even less numbers were built.
SubclassesHaving been a stalwart design, the Truman-class vessels were subject to experimental designs. Ships too damaged to be rebuilt to standard spec would be selected to experiment new technology on the Truman basis as well as older vessels going through refit, with suggestions from the crew of such vessels.
One significant vessel was the UNN Pete Knight, a shining symbol of old design to new technology fusion. Because it was much quicker than regular Trumans, it was reclassified as a battlecruiser, the only one of its kind.
- UNN Harry S. Truman, T-DRN-24 - Active
- UNN Agatha King, T-DRN-32 - Foundered during the Battle of Io
- UNN Pete Knight, T-BC-9 - Foundered during the Battle of Io
- UNN Thomas Prince, T-DRN-47 - Active
- UNN Okimbo, T-DRN-30 - Active
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Categories: UNN Ships