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Battlecruiser Squadron 5 was a tactical unit of the Royal Manticoran Navy, reestablished in 1904 PD.

Service record Edit

A unit of the same designation previously existed in the RMN, but it was disestablished during the last major fleet reorganization before 1904 PD.

In 1904 PD, just when it was created, Battlecruiser Squadron 5 was assigned to Task Force Hancock, operating from the station established in the Hancock System. In 1905 PD, the Squadron performed terribly due to its being brand-new and only a few of the ships have ever served together.

The following year, when Task Force Hancock was splited, the squadron became a core of the Task Group Hancock-001 and mounted provisional defense of the Hancock Station against the Admiral Rollins' Task Force of the People's Navy, based in the Seaford Nine System. (HH3)

See: First Battle of Hancock

After it returned to the Manticore Home System, the squadron was assigned to Task Force 4 of the Home Fleet. (HH4)

Organization Edit

Chain of command Edit

  1. Rear Admiral Mark Sarnow - Commanding Officer
  2. Commodores Banton - second in command
  3. Commodore Prentice - third in command
  4. Captains (SG) Dournet and Rubenstein - junior division commanding officers
  5. Captain (SG) Trinh[1]

Captain (SG) Honor Harrington was seventh senior skipper.

Staff Edit

Known members of staff (1904-1905 PD):

Very likely they were members of Rear Admiral Sarnow's staff, when he was the first Commanding Officer of the Hancock Station and a light task group stationed there initially.

Initial phase Edit

Squadron, commanded by Rear Admiral Mark Sarnow, was understrength. Distribution of the vessels between divisions wasn't finally determined[3]. Generally units had no experience as a team. Order of acquisition of ships was as follows:

  • the first group of ships:
    • HMS Irrestible, CO Captain Parsons, the first temporary flagship of the squadron[4]
    • first division for gunnery practice purposes[5]:
      • HMS Achilles
      • HMS Cassandra
    • second division for gunnery practice purposes:
      • HMS Invincible
      • HMS Intolerant
      • HMS Agamemnon
  • HMS Nike, designated flagship of the squadron[6]
  • HMS Defiant, determined flagship of the Division 53[7]
  • HMS Onslaught[8]

Until battle of Hancock Edit

Commanded by Rear Admiral Mark Sarnow[9]:

In the Home Fleet Edit

After Battle of Hancock acting Commanding Officer became probably Captain Rubenstein, as the senior survived officer. Despite the heavy loses and temporary disabling of damaged units, squadron wasn't dissolved. Designated Commanding Officer when the squadron was assigned to the Home Fleet was Rear Admiral Mondeau.

  • Battlecruiser Division 54
    • HMS Onslaught, division flagship
    • HMS Invincible
  • Division flagships for Battlecruiser Divisions 51, 52 and 53 were destroyed, further organization of that divisions is not certain. Survived units were:
    • HMS Nike, squadron flagship - planned to be send to the Santander System; when Captain Harrington was beached, acting CO became Commnader Eve Chandler (HH4)
    • HMS Intolerant
    • HMS Cassandra

References Edit

  1. HH4
  2. K.I.A. during battle of Hancock
  3. or described
  4. because of damage appeared on HMS Nike her departure to the Manticore was delayed, the ship didn't appeared during gunnery practice
  5. transferred in from Battlecruiser Squadron 15
  6. appeared damaged after arrival
  7. arrived after gunnery practice
  8. the last acquired ship
  9. when Admiral Sarnow was injured de facto acting Commanding Officer became Captain Harrington, flag captain of the squadron
  10. supposition based on Jayne's
  11. supposition based on Jayne's


RMN Basic Tactical Units *
Battle Squadrons: 7 | 8 | 9 | 12 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 21 | 23 | 29 | 31 | 61 | 81
CLAC Squadrons: 3 | 4 | 6 | 7
Battlecruiser Squadrons: 5 | 7 | 12 | 15 | 17 | 21 | 32 | 81 | 106 | 108
Cruiser Units: 7 | 12 | 17 | 18 | 31 | 94 | 96 | 114 | 237
Light Cruiser Units: 18 | 42
Destroyer Units: 7 | 17 | 265 | 301
LAC Units: 1 | 5 | 16 | 17 | 19 | 711 | 1007

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