Uniform Badge of the UNN Pete Knight. This is worn on the Uniforms of the Knights crewmembers. Normally it is either patched directly onto the left or right side of the chest or beneath the Battlegroup badge on the left shoulder. It is also engraved on many of the plexiglass walls of the ships elevators, printed on the floor or walls and shown as a screensaver on unused terminals.
The Badge combines grace in the form of a female head and power through manuverability in the form of a flying dragon to symbolize the Knights two most defining aspects.
The Pete Knight is a brand new Battlecruiser Version of the venerable Truman-Class Dreadnought. It was designed with a focus on greater speed, even surpassing the pure power of dedicated racing pinnaces, although the ship is not able to properly put this power to use due to human regulations. Weapons power and armor is sacrificed for greater maneuverability through overall less mass and better RCS placement.
The UNN Pete Knight represents a joint project between the UNN, ONI and multiple private Corporations. This was required to even be able to fund a single new ship due to the UNs impenetrable bureaucracy and the lack of military funding. In fact, 75% of the required funds alone were brought up by private Corporations.
Additionally, a great deal of the new technologies that have been implemented into the ship was donated by private companies or ONI.
In order to preserve funds for the actual advancements, the ship was not built from the ground up. Instead, one of the aging Truman-Class Dreadnoughts still in use was completely stripped down to the frame and fundamentally rebuilt.
One of the main private donors was the Chief Operating Officer of Global Interest, better known as William Meyer, though this remains mostly secret.
After the joint prototype project to build a new Battlecruiser Version of the Truman-Class was mentioned by the at that point, not Rear Admiral Gwenael Suess who had been involved into the backing of this idea on one of the Meyer Charity Galas, William Meyer began to get involved with funding the project.
Not only did William use his influence to advance the project and fund it, but he also offered technology stolen from Mars, this, however, was done in secrecy. Additionally, he made use of his connections throughout the business world
On paper, his name was never mentioned though, instead only the name Solar Defense appeared from time to time.
Pete Knight was the nickname of William John Knight, an American air force test pilot from the 20th who held the world's speed record for flight in a winged, powered at the time.
Command of this ship was granted to Rear Admiral Gwenael Suess, a very promising upcoming officer that has proven himself over the course of his career and who was deemed to be perfectly fitted to properly apply the strengths of the new ship.
She is the Flagship of Battle-group Knight.
The Knights engines were directly developed with the team that designed the Series-6 Proserpina Sunflare Racing Pinnace. They applied many of the principles and concepts that had been used for the Supercharged Destrier-4 High-Velocity Epstein Drive of the Proserpina Sunflare. The superior experience of the development team led to the creation of the most capable and powerful Engine Systems in the history of the UNN, the Supercharged X-15 Series High-Velocity Epstein Drive, named after a famous rocket plane from 1959 that broke all speed records and went into the history books as the fastest plane. It held this title for years to come.
Its new Epstein Drive based RCS grid is by far one of the most unique parts of the ship and exclusive to this ship. They replace the normal chemical RCS Thrusters in use by most ships and instead use miniaturized Epstein or Fusion drives to be used as RCS. This results in more powerful maneuvering thrusters which allow the ship to change its trajectory a lot faster than normal. This however also causes more stress on the ship's frame which required special adjustments to be made to be able to properly use the system. Additionally, these thrusters require special care and are not to be taken lightly should they get damaged.
The particular nature of the Drives also means that they are not cheap to replace and often take more time to install than standard RCS, especially since none of the engineers has much experience with these systems. The system was named Raptor-35 after two of the most maneuverable jet fighters from the times of aerial combat.
The battlecruisers complement is fairly standard in type.
Though it is regularly worked on by the engineering crew of the ship to improve the dropships and vehicles the vessel does hold.
DropshipsThe Knight like any other Truman-Class can hold a complement of up to six L-Type Dropship Skiffs though the amount and configuration of these may vary from mission to mission.
Two L-Type Dropships may also be exchanged to hold one K-Type Vehicle Dropship and one Nomad-Type Light Reconnaissance Rover.
These Skiffs are specifically designed to deploy the few ground vehicles onto the surface and do not contain any more personal than the single pilot operating the Dropship.
On one rare occasion, the Knight has also carried two experimental Prototype SB-17 Long Range Stealth Torpedo Boats. These 32-meter boats were docked at special external mounts.
The Nomad-Type Light Reconnaissance Rover or better known as "Hell jumpers" by most of the UN Military. Originally these light Rovers had been intended to be directly deployed from ships orbiting a planet, using integrated thrusters to slow down the descent and function akin to typical dropships. This effort, however, did not succeed at first and after trying to control the massive balance issues by adding more thrusters on the whole Rover, effectively giving it a fusion drive based RCS, the project was discarded. However, in an effort to stock up the numbers of the decaying UNN Fleet and the UNMC the remaining Rovers were dragged back out of the UN scrap yards to be used by the UNMC in ground operations.
Only 100 of these Rovers were initially constructed for these purposes and 56 of them were re-serviced.
The thrusters of the Nomad proved to be a highly effective tool for experienced Drivers who made use of these mostly unused functions to execute complex maneuvers. The best of them often appear more like pilots than actual Drivers, utilizing ridges and crates on low gravity worlds and then using the thrusters to propel themselves over the battlefield or to give them extra grip by using the torches to push the vehicle against the ground or just to generally give more room for maneuvering.
Though this feature isn´t as effective as it´s made out to be. The RCS provides a danger to anyone who didn't receive extensive training with this system and makes the vehicle completely uncontrollable. Due to the cheap technology used to develop the thrusters, they burn through fuel pellets in a fashion that might remind one of the fusion torches of the 21st century that are now only used by belters to power their slingshot racers. The lightweight of this Rover adds onto this problem by requiring additional down-force through the thrusters to keep the Rover on the ground and not have it fly away after every second bump in the ground.
Nomad pilots are therefore not valued by their ability to perform crazy maneuvers and fly around planets, but by their ability to use the fuel they have as conserving as possible and extend its mission duration.
The Rovers are very lightly armed with a single two-barrel 40mm Flak turret mounted on top of it and a light anti-personnel machine gun mounted underneath its cockpit.
One Rover normally only holds two soldiers. Though it can transport four extra marines if necessary.
Captain Rear Admiral Gwenael Suess
XO Commodore Livia Clark
1st Pilot/Navigation Officer Ltd. Alanna Agresta
Sensor Officer Ltd. Byrne Davin
Systems Monitor Officer Ltd. Dan Frost
Comms Officer Ltd Laila de Fiore
EM Officer MCPO Gerald North
Weapons Officer MCPO Kord Parma
Head Engineer Ltd. Otmar O´Doyle
Assistant Engineer CW4 Rodney Harford
UNMC Operations Coordinator Col. Curtis Falconer
UNMC First Lieutenant Henrik De Leon
UNMC Private First Class Walter Jenkins
Head Medical Staff Dr. Simon Favire
Ship Chaplain Zoran Lowell
Aide-de-camp Thomas Hsu
Advanced Medical Facilities
Medical Facilities are positioned all over the ship. Sadly many of the interior facilities did not benefit from the Funding and Modernization effort that this ship received. Due to this, the medical facilities are still the same as they would´ve been on any other Truman-Class vessel.
Comfortable Living Quarters
The Living and Recreational Areas on the Knight are unusually extensive for a Truman-Class, this is possible due to the lower amount of crew members the ship requires to run. But instead of wasting the extra space the constructors invested into a better spacing of the ships facilities.
One 12 bed Sailor Barrack.
Extensive Cargo Space
Here Munitions, Equipment, Tools, and Supplies are stored. These Cargo Areas are spread around the ship and their contents differ depending on their location and are built with a focus on effective weight distribution.
Experimental Weapons Workshop
This small Workshop allows the Engineers of the Maintenance crew to work on custom weapons for special missions or specialized torpedo warheads for unique uses.
Dropship Loading and Repair Facilities
The comparably small Hangars of the Truman-Class are equipped with docking space for 6 L-Type Dropship Skiffs and three of the very practical Repair Skiffs that can be used to perform maintenance or to transport personnel. The amount of dropships carried by the Knight is kept low on most missions to reduce the mass of the ship and improve its performance.
Standard Tightbeam Communications Systems
The Tightbeam Systems remain fairly standard, which means old in UNN, and they have been known to fail or break down on troublesome occasions.
This is not only true for the Tightbeam Communications but also for many of the ships secondary systems that weren't directly important to improving the combat performance of the ship. Systems regularly overload due to the advanced Fusion Plant that provides power for the ship's systems often putting out more power than the not updated secondary Systems can handle.
The Command Deck of the Pete Knight is vastly different from that of other Truman-Class Vessels. It makes use of more advanced computers and is laid out to have a crash couch for every crew member to ensure safety during high G acceleration. Additionally, the terminals had been laid out to be operable even while under thrust.
The Knights Bridge is not outfitted like usual Truman-Class Bridges to have a centered shape with no distinguished front and back, instead it uses a new technique utilizing different elevation levels, a bigger total space and a clear directional construction with the Captain seat being at the top center and a bunch of abundant stations capable of being staffed for a multitude of assignments, making the ship overall a lot more versatile. The very front side of the bridge features five large screens that can display a variety of data or 12k live images of locations around the solar system. When the ship left the dry dock control of these screens was allowed to most members of the bridge crew, although following a rather embarrassing accident control was permitted to the Captain and a few high-rank officers. Other personnel must be transferred control manually by these officers should they need the screens. There are also multiple screens built into the walls of the lounging and conference area that function as 12k windows. This bridge also utilizes directly accessible escape pods which are employed mainly to allow high-value personnel to escape a lost combat engagement immediately. Attached to the bridge is the CIC area which also includes the captains quarters and a lounging area for the bridge staff.
Shipboard Supplementary Hydroponic Facilities
The Knight also maintains a decent quantity of hydroponic facilities besides the standard complement of plants and growbeds spread throughout most ships. The plants of these facilities mainly serve the purpose of supplementing the ships airfilters, this saves cost, resources, and maintenance and allows the ship to last longer times without needing to restock. Additionally, it is possible to repurpose these facilities to grow edible plants and even medically useful herbs. Although usually the bays are filled with plants especially developed to be efficient at the recycling of air.
HistoryFollowing the ceremony in which the ship was revealed to the public, the Pete Knight was assigned to the Battlegroup Knight and send out to Saturn to perform patrol duties in the outskirts of the belt and beyond. The UNN Pete Knight has been in service for about 5 months, being rapidly developed and constructed as Earth is being faced with the ever-growing threat of Mars and has mostly filled in patrol and power display duties since then.
But as tensions rose in the belt she was assigned to the 2nd Ganymede Task Force and, together with a small group of three ships, dispatched to Ganymede to reinforce the UNN Ships there.
She was one of the 5 Truman-Class Ships in position over Ganymede and the Lead vessel of the 2nd sector task force.
Above Ganymede the Pete Knight had a heavy engagement with the MCRN Simurgh and was damaged significantly but managed to achieve superiority, forcing the Simurgh to retreat with heavy damage.
There it failed to arrest Captain Bartholomew Buttersworth and secure his ship the NPS Saxon.
During the attempted destruction of an Unmarked UNN ship by the MCRN, it went up against the MCRN Hotspur.
Following the Ganymede Incident, the Knight burned for the Iapetus Repair yard to take care of major battle damage.
After two weeks of extensive repairs the Knight and it´s Battlegroup burned for Jupiter to rendezvous with Admiral Bouchers Io Task Force. At Io, the Knight and three light cruisers from Battlegroup Knight participated in establishing a defensive perimeter. After some time the Pete Knight performed a 3 G burn after receiving orders from Admiral Boucher to escort the Nephthys to Io.
Glitter and Trauma: https://www.theexpanse-rp.com/threads/glitter-and-trauma.458/
The Hunter and the Hunted: https://www.theexpanse-rp.com/threads/the-hunter-and-the-hunted.471/
Bridge Art, Storage Art: https://www.artstation.com/nicholaslim