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The ships of the class were named after the monarchs of Manticore.
Design Notes Edit
It was the first RMN warship class of its tonnage rate to go into series production, based on lessons from the construction and service of the first RMN superdreadnought, HMS Manticore.
Once the first eight vessels of the class was completed, it became clear that countermissile batteries were getting more important in contemporary missile engagements. As a result, the Flight I ships were heavily refitted, and is the formal demarcation point for Flight II King Williams.
Early in the construction phase, it was planned to use new Mod 8 Capital Missile launchers, which were heavier and more robust than the Mod 3 launchers built into the Manticore. These weapons' feed tubes caused feed loading problems that were largely fixed in the Flight II designs. (Companion)
The class was one of the older pre-pod designs of the Royal Manticoran Navy, and was developed and built before the far more advanced Sphinx- and Gryphon-class superdreadnoughts. As such, they were slated for disposal and scrapping by the second Janacek Admiralty as part of a cost-saving exercise conceived by then-Second Lord of the Admiralty Reginald Houseman. (HH10) However, the majority of the ships were sold to other Alliance navies, such as the Erewhon Navy. ("House of Steel")
Technical Specifications Edit
- 80 Mod 8 capital ship missile launchers
- 38 Mk10 295cm lasers
- 12 Mk85 305cm lasers
- 42 Mk91 360cm capital ship grasers
- 8 Mk52 410cm capital ship grasers
- Barnett-Chung Mod2 grav lance
- 12 Mk6 energy torpedo projectors
- 72 Mod 5a countermissile launchers
- 76 Mk16(8) laser clusters
- 9,600 Mk19 capital ship missiles
- 103,680 Mk21 countermissiles
- 20 Mk47 electronic warfare drones
Known Ships Edit
- HMS King William – Lead ship of the class
- HMS King David
- HMS King Edward
- HMS King George
- HMS King Michael
- HMS King Roger
- HMS King William
- HMS Prince Charles
- HMS Prince Malachai
- HMS Prince Royal
- HMS Queen Adrienne
- HMS Queen Caitrin
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