- "The Caerleon Class Air Destroyer was the main ship-of-line for the Britannian Air Force and its Air Fleet, through the Second Black Rebellion and into the Third Great War. This small airship is well-loved by its crews and to many its an honor to serve on board such a ship. For the Caerleon Class ships were the ship of choice for many in the Air Force..."
- ―General Arthur Harrington, 5th Earl of Harrington, Commander of the Britannian Air Force's Fifth Air Division
|Ships of the Line||
|Unit type||Air Destroyer|
|Manufacturer||Douglas Aerial Fleet Yards|
|Operator||Holy Empire of Britannia - Britannia Royal Air Force|
Maximum Weight: 31,667 metric tons
|Equipment and Design Features|
The Caerleon Class Air Destroyer is the Holy Empire of Britannia's Escort-Class Airship design and is heavily based on the earlier prototype Avalon Class Aerial Cruiser developed by the Camelot Advanced Engineering Department.
The Caerleon Class appears to be a slimmer, cheaper version of the Avalon prototype air cruiser. It is for this reason that the Caerleon is known as Light Avalons or Mini Avalons to many in the Empire. The paint-job of the Caerleon Class is a dark gray with yellow highlights which has since stayed with the design since its inception which is one of the few to have the same paint-job from all the way through the Third Great War and before it.
First developed by the newly formed Douglas Aerial Fleet Yards in the Duchy of California the Caerleon Class had been developed from the start to be a smaller, cheaper version of the Avalon and Douglas came through with this promise. Overall it is a cheap yet dependable air destroyer design that can escort larger air-ships of the Britannian Air Force, yet still be in the thick of combat when needed.
The Caerleon Class is equipped with two main Float Units stacked on top of one another in the rear of the ship. These units are supported by a pair secondary units built into the stubby side-wings. The ship sports two pairs of these side-wings which sport ailerons similar to those built into the wings of planes. This is to support the float units and allowing an easier time in maneuvering the ship. For main defense the Caerleon Class like all Britannian air-ships is equipped with a "Blaze Luminous" MSV Particle Shield which protects the hull of the ship when it is up. However unlike the Radiant Wave Shield System equipped to Black Knight Air-Ships the "Blaze Luminous" Shields block a ship's own weapons therefore the shields need to be down to fire its weapons. A Britannian air-ship can get around this by opening a part of its shield to fire its weapons, but this does not become an option till Air Captain Henry Mass suggests it after the loss of the Glorious Britannia to the Black Knight Ambush of the ship when it was transporting the new Area 11 Viceroy Nuneally vi Britannia to the Area. There afters it becomes a standard Britannian Air-Ship practice to open small holes in its shield to fire its weapons at an enemy.
For weapons the Caerleon Class sports five high velocity railgun turrets spread across its entire body similar to that its closest contemporary the Kamikaze Class Aerial Destroyer of the Black Knights. It also sports eight small close-in machine guns that are hidden in small silos spread across the ship's body and are deployed when needed. Unlike the Kamikaze Class the Caerleon Class sports six forward missile tubes, located just above its catapult in the ship's "nose". These tubes are able to fire a variety of different missiles from typical anti-ship missiles to "Chaos-II" Anti-Knightmare Charges.
HVC3C 35cm High-Velocity Cannons
The Caerleon Class mounts five of these weapons spread across the hull with three on the dorsal and the final two flanking the catapult deck. These cannons are a bit more powerful the similar Type-C3 35cm High-Velocity Cannons mounted on the Kamikaze Class Aerial Destroyer. Each one fires a single constitutive round that with constant firing can break down enemy shields given time. It also can destroy a single Knightmare in a single hit if it manages to hit.
CAW2 “Phalanx” 20mm Point-Defense Cannons
An improved version of the original CAW1 cannons mounted onto the Avalon Class prototype air cruiser. Basically it is quite different from the turret like Type-A3 CIWS gun on the Kamikaze and is basically a large anti-Knightmare rifle mounted a pivot mount that moves it around to fire on enemies. When not needed it can be retracted into the hull in a dedicated silo. While these weapons a bit more powerful then the Type-A3 it doesn't sport the mobility of the turret-like form of the Type-A3.
VMA92 Forward Missile Launchers
The Caerleon Class sports six of these forward-mounted internal missile tubes that can fire a variety of different types of missiles at an enemy. This can be the basic SASM-3 Anti-Ship Missile or the new AKMM-1 "Chaos-II" Anti-Knightmare Missile. However due to the small body of the ship the Caerleon Class only sports a small magazine for these launchers therefore only has enough missiles for a single engagement before it has to resupply its magazines. Normally a Caerleon Class will carry eighteen SASM-3 Missiles, twelve AKMM-1 Missiles and six heavy SASM-6 missiles.
System Features Edit
XS-1E "Blaze Luminous" MSV Particle Shield
An improved version of the original XS-1X MSV Particle Shield mounted on the Avalon during the First Black Rebellion. It has been vastly improved since then and now covers the entire ship in 360-Degree sphere of protection. Unlike the similar shields mounted on the Logres Class Air Battleship and the Avalon Class Air Cruiser the shields on the Caerleon Class are quite weaker due to the smaller powerplant but its enough to last against several salvos of enemy fire before failing. It also needs to be opened before the ship can return fire though currently a new policy has been added that has a small hole made in the shields to fire.
FA-X3 Aerial Float System
The FA-X3 Aerial Float System mounted on the Caerleon Class is a small version of the FA-X1 system mounted onto the Avalon. When compared to the Air Glide Wing System of the Black Knight Airships the Float System doesn't sport the stability of this system nor the ability to work underwater. Even then the Float System remains rugged and easy to use for lengthy cruises not to mention one of the faster of the different types of Float Units.
SA-7 Multispectral Sensor System
This sensor system is actually a series of different sensors and radars combined into one system that is basically a larger and expanded version of a Knightmare's Factsphere System that is able to be mounted onto airships like the Ca Class.
EP-1A "Bumblebee" Escape Pods
The EP-1A Escape Pods is a system first envisioned by a group of Britannian Air Force Generals who saw that a flying warship would need some sort of escape craft for its crew in case of emergencies. Therefore when the first new airships were being laid down at the new Douglas Airship Yards they asked for these new ships to sport some sort of escape system. The engineers at Douglas soon came up with the EP-1A Escape Pod System using the Cockpit Block of a Knightmare as a basis. Each one of these pods are capable of taking eight crewmen to safety and are therefore equipped with not only parachutes but flotation devices as well.
Notable Ships and Crew Edit
HMAS Cornwall Edit
- Air Captain Henry Mass
The Cornwall was one of the four Caerleon Class ships assigned to escort the Britannia Sub-Class Aerial Battleship Glorious Britannia which is transporting the recently assigned Viceroy Nunally vi Britannia to Area 11. However the Battleship and its escorts would be intercepted by the Black Knights who lacking Float Systems would drop their Knightmares onto the Airships by VTOLs, thankfully unlike the other ships in the fleet the Cornwall only had one Knightmare land on its hull. With some tricky maneuvering by the Cornwall’s commander Air Captain Henry Mass they would throw off its Knightmare Passenger, but would be damaged as a result. By the time the overall battle was finished the crew of the Cornwall would have repaired majority of the damage and would help in chasing off the rest of the Black Knights. It would also pick up the escape pod of Lord Gilbert G.P Guilford during all this.
With the battle over Knight of Seven Sazaku Kurangi would tell the Cornwall to divert to the nearest Imperial Airbase for more dedicated repairs, but Captain Mass refused saying he was honor-bound to finish escorting the Viceroy to Area 11. This act would impress many and the Cornwall after getting repaired would be personally requested by Prince Schiezel to become one of his escort ships for his flagship the Avalon Class Air Cruiser Arcadia.
HMAS Cadberry Edit
- Air Captain Samuel Upson
- "Oh do shut up! You are going to sink anyways..."
- ―Knight of Ten Luciano Bradley, after using his Knightmare's slash harkens to throw the damaged HMAS Cadberry at the BKS Empress of China
The Cadberry had been one of six Caerleon Class Air Destroyer, four Avalon Class Air Cruisers, and three Logres Class Air Battleships assigned to Area 11 soon after the formation of the United Federation of Nations to reinforce the military forces already assigned to Area 11. The Cadberry would then be assigned to the defense of the Kagoshima Settlement when the UFN started its attack. During the resulting Battle of Kagoshima Settlement it would be heavily damaged in an attack from several Black Knight Knightmares and would start to withdraw from the battle when it was used by Knight of Ten Luciano Bradley as a makeshift missile to destroy the Black Knight flagship Empress of China no matter that the ship had only been damaged and still had crew on board. Even then this failed and the injured Cadberry would then be destroyed by the XT-409 Shen Hu piloted by Black Knight General Li Xingke.
Variants and Subclasses Edit
Newhaven Class Air Transport Edit
The only variant class of the Caerleon Class and is mostly an aerial transport for not only supporting the Airship Fleet but for the newly formed Britannian Airship Merchant Service. About sixty of these ships were produced by Douglas, with twenty or so serving in the Airship Fleet as support auxiliaries and the rest with the AMS. These ships basically look like a regular old Caerleon Class air-ship just without the long catapult deck and a large cargo bay replacing the hanger-bay of the ship.
Caerleon Class Air Destroyer [Flight-II]/London Class Air Destroyer Edit
The second flight of the Caerleon Class which is produced between the end of the Second Black Rebellion and the Third Great War. Not much has changed with the design besides some slight modifications added due to the lessons learned from the handful of engagements during the Second Black Rebellion. They were started to be called London Class Air Destroyer instead just Caerleon Class Flight II soon after the start of the Third Great War.
After the successful testing and use of the Experimental Avalon Air Battleship during the Black Rebellion, the creators of the Avalon would go back to the drawing board to simplify the overall design of the ship for mass production. The result of this would be the Caerleon Class Aerial Destroyer, a far cheaper design that could and was mass produced. The design was developed and built by the newly formed Douglas Aerial Fleet Yards located at Long Beach, California which used the plans of the Avalon sent to them by Camelot to design the ship. Unlike the Logres and Avalon Class ships the Caerleon has no major Sub-Classes though it does sport the Newhaven Class a variant design built to be an aerial transport to support the fleet and for other purposes.
The Caerleon Class Air Destroyer would become the main airship of the new air-ship fleet of the Britannian Air Force and would often used as an escort for larger airships, a heavy raider ship going after enemy supply lines, or as a patrol ship keeping the skies of the Britannia Homeland and its various Dominions clear of any enemy presence.
- The ship prefix used by the Caerleon Class and all of the Britannian Air-Ships means His Majesty Air-Ship which makes it different from the regular HMS prefix used by the ships of the Royal Navy.
- The hull-number prefix letters of the Caerleon Class can be expanded to mean Destroyer, Air Force.