Southampton-class destroyer

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Southampton-class destroyer
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Type Destroyer
Primary User Terran Confederation
Additional Users Union of Border Worlds
Free Republic of the Landreich
General Characteristics
Length 490 meters
Mass 19,000 tonnes
Spacecraft Carried Light
Performance
Acceleration 10 k/s2
Velocity
Cruise 100 kps
Maximum 200 kps
Armament
Turrets
Dual-Mount Laser Turrets (9)
Default Missile Loadout
Capship Missile Launcher
Components
Decoys No
Cloaking Device No
Jump Drive Yes
Defense
Shields
Fore 2000 cm equivalent
Aft 2000 cm equivalent
Right 2000 cm equivalent
Left 2000 cm equivalent
Armor
Front 1000 cm
Rear 1000 cm
Right 1000 cm
Left 1000 cm
Source Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger

Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom



Southampton-Class Destroyer (Confederation Colors), circa 2669

The Southampton-class destroyer was a warship that was widely used by the Terran Confederation during the Terran-Kilrathi War. It is also used extensively by the Union of Border Worlds.

Class Overview

The Southampton is everything a true destroyer is: A small, heavily-armed warship capable of taking on any capital ship without the need for fighter escort. It fills many roles on the front lines, including system patrol, escort ship, and capital ship interceptor. Many Confederation task forces include at least one of these powerful warships as an escort, defending the fleet carriers that would otherwise be destroyed by the Kilrathi.

Some models of the Southampton class possess a small fighter bay, located on the stern of the ship between its engines. Ships with this feature are capable of carrying a small half squadron of fighters, numbering five ships.

History

The Southampton was serving in just about every sector along the front lines by the later stages of the Terran-Kilrathi War. Two famous ships in this class were the TCS Sheffield and the TCS Coventry, which served alongside the TCS Ajax in Destroyer Squadron 67, the task force assigned to escort the TCS Victory. Famed Terran pilot Jason Bondarevsky commanded DesRon 67 on the Coventry, and was badly injured when that ship was crippled by a Kilrathi mine (Bondarevsky recalled it is a missile strike in 2670) during the Behemoth debacle. Both vessels participated in the numerous engagements fought by the Victory up until the end of the war.

Southamptons served with both the Confederation and the Union of Border Worlds during the Border Worlds Conflict of 2673.

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