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Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
The Nibasha-Class is a Heavy Freighter initially designed to move large quantities of materials for Yamatai Star Empire's Department of Colonization and later adapted for use by Star Army Logistics. It became available in YE 32 and has been constructed in large quantities since then.
The Nibasha-class is intended to fill the need for a Heavy Freighter to move large amounts of supplies and material from one location to another.
Nibasha is Yamataigo (邪馬台語) for wagon.
During YE 32, the second year of the Second Mishhuvurthyar War, the Department of Colonization needed to upgrade their capability to move supplies to colonies and to the Star Army's fleets. They contacted Ketsurui Fleet Yards after the release of Minori-Class Hospital Ship, which was based on the Henry Chen-class Training Ship. KFY took the existing hull and made a cargo-transport variant. The Nibasha-class quickly caught the attention of Star Army Logistics, which was feeling the crunch of trying to get materials to where they were needed. They quickly became the Star Army's main workhorse for shipping, replacing the Courier 2B Star Army Freighter in several fleets.
In YE 41, the 100 Nibasha-class freighters of Sixth Fleet fought valiantly to the end in the Battle of Hanako's Star during the Kuvexian Invasion of YE 41. Their cargo bays were loaded with extra weaponry and fighters and whatever could be found to augment their combat capabilities but the Kuvexian Military forces were overwhelmingly numerous.
At the end of YE 41, there were 2,230 Nibasha-class freighters in service in the Star Army of Yamatai. 2,000 of those were in Star Army Logistics and the rest were scattered in various fleets, task forces, and the Star Army Rikugun.
The Nibasha-Class has the same basic lines as the Minori-Class Hospital Ship. The Department of Colonization version has a white hull and the flag of the Yamatai Star Empire on each side. The Logistics version has the Star Army Hinomaru on top, and is painted Star Army blue. Both versions the fins are painted orange. The point defense system of sixteen Star Army Anti-Fighter Turret, Type 31 can be seen dotting the perimeter. The three large Turbo Aether Plasma drives are also prominent.
See Damage Rating (Version 3) for an explanation of the damage system.
Hull: 32 Shields: 40 (Threshold 2)
|One||Cargo Hold A, Freight Elevator|
|Two||Cargo Hold A, Freight Elevator|
|Three||Cargo Hold B, Freight Elevator|
|Four||Cargo Hold B, Freight Elevator|
|Five||Cargo Hold C, Freight Elevator|
|Six||Cargo Hold C, Freight Elevator|
|Seven||Engineering, Bridge, Avionics, Wardroom|
|Eight||Engineering, Computer room w/MEGAMI, Crew lounge, Ship's Store, Post Office, Armory|
|Nine||Engineering, Crew Quarters, 8 Laundry, Crew Mess & Galley, Armory|
|Ten||Fabrication Area, Recreation / Fitness Area|
|Eleven||Cargo Hold D, Freight Elevator|
|Twelve||Cargo Hold D, Freight Elevator|
|Thirteen||Shuttle Bay, Freight Elevator, Vehicle bay|
|Fourteen||Shuttle Bay, Freight Elevator, Vehicle bay|
The Nibasha-Class uses a lighter hull than the Ke-L6-H3100 hull. The exterior is a 1.25-meter-thick layer of Yama-Dura attached to the Durandium Alloy frame of the ship. All windows on the Nibasha are made of Transparent Durandium.
The cargo holds are designed for intermodal containerized cargo and span two normal decks. They have all the Standard Star Army Cargo Area features. A network of catwalks are present on the sides for access to the equipment.
|Hold||Dimensions||Capacity||SSCC Huge||SSCC XL||SSCC Large||SSCC Medium|
|A||144m x 48m x 5m||34,560m³||66||171||532||1064|
|B||144m x 72m x 5m||51,840m³||98||252||784||1568|
|C||264m x 96m x 5m||126,720m³||247||646||1976||3952|
|D||144m x 72m x 5m||51,840m³||98||252||784||1568|
Note: Total Hold Capacity capacity excludes the freight elevator space. Hold D is modified so that it has four separate temperature zones. It can be used as freezer or refrigerator section for perishable goods.
There are four freight elevators that run from the bottom to the upper deck. They are designed to handle Standard Starship Cargo Containers. Two of them are large enough for Huge-size SSCC's and two are for size SSCC-Large.
Located on deck ten of the Nibasha-Class Heavy Freighter is the recreation and fitness area. This large area is designed to help keep the crew physically fit. The fitness side contains an assortment of exercise machines: weights, treadmills, etc. The other side is for recreation. It is configurable, for various activities; such as group calisthenics, practicing katas, martial art matches, other sports. Due to the size of the Nibasha-Class Heavy Freighter's compliment, there is an actual running track that surrounds the fitness area.
The Nibasha-Class Heavy Freighter is armed to defend itself from small craft and missiles. It depends upon escorts for protection from starships.
Article and artwork by Nashoba.