|Name:||Dauntless-class Heavy Cruiser|
|Builders:||Transatlasia State Space Industries|
|Type:||Capital ship, space battleship|
|Installed power:||Plasma fusion drive|
|Propulsion:||6 ion pulse engines
12 lateral ion thrusters
|Speed:||1000 km/h (atmospheric)|
|50 Firesprite interceptors OR
75 F-18 fighters
Dauntless-class cruisers are a line of heavy space cruisers that serve as the capital ships of the Transatlasian space navy. There are currently two Dauntless-class cruisers in active service: TSC Dauntless (CA-7500) and TSC Fearless (CA-7501). Additional cruisers of this line might be in production, however. The prefix "TSC" stands for "Transatlasian Space Cruiser", and is the standard designation for warships in the Transatlasian space fleet.
Two large ship-to-ship heavy laser turrets are located at the fore of the ship just beneath the bridge, with two even larger ones on the dorsal spine of the ship. Sixteen smaller laser turrets of various size and power are located along the dorsal and lateral sections of the ship, particularly around the lateral hangars. It can carry any of a variety of missiles tipped with warheads, nuclear or conventional, or occasionally "planet-buster" ion missiles, the vehicle for these being a large missile array on the protrusion beneath the bridge. The class also carries one large railgun cannon within a small hangar on its underside, every firing of which has the output of (to use the BBC's infallible terminology) approximately seven Hiroshima bombs. To the best of anyone's knowledge, the weapon has never been tested, but no one has heard from the Chinese colony on the Saturnian moon of Dione for a while.
A Dauntless-class possesses a large hangar bay through the ship's midsection which can host up to fifty starfighters, or seventy-five atmospheric fighter planes during planetary operations. The preferred atmospheric fighter of the Transatlasian armed forces is the F-18 Hornet, appropriated from various sources since the fall of the United States. The mainline starfighter of the Transatlasian space fleet is the Firesprite-class interceptor, which was designed with the Dauntless-class in mind specifically. They commonly serve as escorts for the Dauntless and Fearless and saw limited action at Wetickra.
The Dauntless class was designed and manufactured by the Union-controlled monopoly Transatlasia State Space Industries, TSC Dauntless leaving drydock at an unknown time in the last decade, and its sister ship, TSC Fearless, soon after. The Dauntless has mostly served orbital defense functions since its inception, the most notable including its efforts to intercept and capture Gruekiller during his flight to Avalon when his path into orbit from Ethiopia crossed Transatlasian air space. TSC Fearless took part in the Battle of Wetickra soon after, as part of Bowie's efforts to bolster The Hacker's forces during the events of DYOS 11. The commanding officer on the Fearless at the time was an Admiral Tiago.
- It is believed that much of Transatlasia's military hardware, in fact, has improved significantly in the chaos following first the Enclave and then Coruscanti takeovers of the former USA - Transatlasian spies have been hard at work.
- Gruekiller Page #30 (GK30), DYOS 11 page 90, 07 March 2011. http://forums.civfanatics.com/showpost.php?p=10283014&postcount=1795
- GK84, DYOS 11 page 122, 19 September 2011. http://forums.civfanatics.com/showpost.php?p=10898765&postcount=2432