Meh. First ship of the year!
And it's BSG!
Havent done BSG in awhile
Colonial Fleet Aircraft Carrier
First laid down 10 years after the Cylon War, the Callisto-class Carrier was due to be one of the first postwar carrier designs. Designed in cooperation with the now-united 12 Colonies of Kobol, the Callisto incorporates all lessons learnt during the Cylon War.
The Callisto's Hull incorporated a new and radical design aspect, an open flattop. First deemed too fragile and too exposed to be built into warships, the Cylon War proved that aircraft recovery was a key aspect in carrier based warfare. The open flattop allowed quick recovery of the carrier's Viper and Raptor squadrons when required. Six elevators on the deck ensured craft were brought down to the hangars quickly. Her engines are mounted on pods to the side, allowing landing vipers to have a clear space to land, especially during combat landings. All Callistos have undergone a major refit recently, adding an engine guard to her engine pods to protect the rather exposed thrusters, as well as to shield radiation emitted by the engines which can be detected by enemy forces.
As an Aircraft Carrier, the Callisto's primary weapons come from her complement of 4 squadrons of Vipers, with room for 2 reserve squadrons. As a Carrier, the Callisto often only carries defensive flak rounds for her main batteries, though a small store of antiship rounds are also carried. The Callisto also houses eight missile silos on her dorsal bow, which can carry Nuclear-tipped warheads. Due to concern of her exposed armored landing deck, fully-articulatable point-defense batteries are positioned alongside the deck.
Vipers are launched from tubes from the ship's sides, while the larger Raptors and Shuttles can deploy from the underside of the vessel (upside down). Cranes and Grapplers on the deck ensure that response is quick during emergencies. Most of the hull is used as a hangar, allowing repair of damaged craft. Callistos also carry enough space to house extra fuel and ordnance for her Vipers, allowing Callistos to support Viper squadrons from other carriers and battlestars.
The Callisto-class Carriers are expected to serve the Colonial Fleet for the years to come. Due to their simple design, maintanance costs are low and easy. The fleet is currently ordering two more Callisto-class Carriers for service in the Fleet.
The battery configuration next to the landing deck was inspired by WWII carrier antiaircraft battery emplacements. ^.^