In the early 1990's, the United States Navy realized that a Global Conflict with the Eastern Co-Prosperity Sphere (ECPS) forces was a real possibility. Control of the sea-lanes would be of critical importance to allow the Western Alliance the capability of shipping war material from the United States to its European and Asian allies. As the current Nimitz class carriers, even under wartime conditions, would take nearly four years to complete, a new design was necessary to speed up the rate of carrier production to replace ships which would inevitably be lost in combat. In an effort to save on production costs the United States and Royal Navies entered into a joint program which would take the best characteristics of the Nimitz class and place them on a new class of carriers which could be massed produced.
The resultant Gibraltar class carrier has the same basic hull, flight deck, command tower, elevator, and catapult locations as the older Nimitz class carriers; however, its modular design allows much of the fabrication of the ship to be carried out off site. This same basic hull design allows the Gibraltar class to carry one squadron of F-14 "Tomcats" and three squadrons of F/A-18 "Hornets" along with numerous other electronic attack, airborne early warning, and support aircraft (see ship's compliment).
The Gibraltar class does feature a new nuclear propulsion plant which leverages from the previous three generations of shipborne nuclear technologies and is rated for 50 years (or the lifetime of the ship) without the need for refueling. In addition to the reactors a new electrical system was added to the Gibraltar class of carriers. The newer system is completely redundant and will require reduced maintenance over the previous generation.
The joint United States Royal Navy design was approved in July 1990 with two sister ships laid down simultaneously, CVN-86 USS Langley in the Newport News shipyards and the HMS Gibraltar by Vickers Shipbuilding in the UK. Difficulties resulting in the construction of the Royal Navy's first nuclear propelled carrier pushed the commissioning of the Gibraltar back nearly 12 months after the Langley. However, the design proved so successful that other Western Alliance members, mainly France, expressed an interest in obtaining the new carrier design. The technology was quickly transferred to the DCN International Shipyard in Brest France and they began construction on the Layette 14 months prior to the commencement of the Global Civil War.
As the prospect of a conflict with ECSP forces became evident the number of new carriers laid increased at a feverish rate. Once the conflict broke out in early 1995 the Western Alliance had four ships in commissioned with three under construction in the US, one in the UK, and one in France. Throughout the four year conflict, both the Nimitz and Gibraltar class carriers participated in nearly every major battle with the ECSP forces. A total of 15 Gibraltar carriers were produced during the war (10 for the US, 3 for UK, and 2 for France) and 8 were lost during the course of the war. Of all of these losses only CVN-95 Monterey and the R92 Lafayette were sunk as a result of airborne attacks. The other six Gibraltar carriers were lost as a result of torpedo or submarine launched cruise missiles.
Although the arrival of the SDF-1 did result in the destruction of one of the most fabled carriers of the conflict the CVN-90 Kenosha when she was caught in a seismic title wave, the arrival did bring about the end of the Global Civil War and the formation of a new United Earth Government. Any new military operations would occur mainly in space and as a result any earth bound surface ships would be extremely vulnerable to bombardment from low orbit All of the Gibraltar carriers under construction were scrapped to clear the way for the next generation of Prometheus and Daedalus submersible carriers which were currently under design.
When the United Nations Naval Force was created in 2001, five of the surviving carriers were transferred to the new UN Navy where they continued to serve over the next decade battling anti-unification forces around the world, but at no time did they come under direct attack as they were positioned well away from the front lines. All of that changed in April of 2011 when the Zentraedi armada bombarded the planet destroying all but CVN-87 Intrepid and CVN-94 Oriskany.
During the reconstruction years, these carriers traveled around the oceans providing stability to war wracked locations. Both of the surviving carriers were sent on no less than 35 humanitarian missions over the next 5 years flying much needed food, water, and medical supplies to regions in need. Although, the combat mission had decreased for the conventional super-carrier as both the Daedalus and Prometheus class carriers were superior in all aspects, both ships served as mobile bases for RDF forces in South American providing air support for ground units.
Both carriers were transferred to the Armies of the Southern Cross with the
departure of the REF in December of 2022. The Intrepid was destroyed by
bioroid forces while protecting the UEG headquarters in Scandinavia at the end
of the 2nd Robotech War. The Oriskany and sole survivor of the
once proud class of super-carriers was finished off by the Invid during their
invasion of the planet in 2031.
US Navy Names and Dispositions
|CVN-86 - Langley||NNS||31-Dec-1992||Destroyed during Zentraedi Rain of Death, Apr-2011|
|CVN-87 - Intrepid||LIS||16-Aug-1993||Sunk off north sea at end of 2nd Robotech War,|
|CVN-88 - Franklin||NNS||31-Jan-1994||Destroyed during Zentraedi Rain of Death, Apr-2011|
|CVN-89 - Randolph||LIS||9-Oct-1995||Sunk in Java Sea during Global Civil War, July 1997|
|CVN-90 - Kenosha||NNS||12-Dec-1995||Destroyed near Macross Island when SDF-1 landed, July 1999|
|CVN-91 - Hancock||LIS||15-Apr-1996||Sunk in Arabian Sea during Global Civil War, Nov 1998|
|CVN-92 - Bennington||NNS||6-Aug-1997||Sunk in Japanese Sea during Global Civil War, Jan 1999|
|CVN-93 - Kearsage||LIS||2-Mar-1998||Destroyed during Zentraedi Rain of Death, Apr-2011|
|CVN-94 - Oriskany||NNS||3-Jan-1999||Sunk in pacific during Invid Invasion,|
|CVN-95 - Monterey||LIS||17-Mar-1999||Sunk in 2nd Battle of Philippine Sea during Global Civil War, June 1999|
|CVN-96 - Coral Sea||NNS||-||Scrapped while 75% complete|
|CVN-97 - Shangri-La||LIS||-||Scrapped while 55% complete|
|CVN-98 - Lexington||NNS||-||Scrapped while 35% complete|
Royal Navy Names and Dispositions
|R-101 - Gibraltar||VSE||16-Dec-1993||Sunk in North Sea during Global Civil War, Feb 1997|
|R-102 - Vengeance||VSE||23-Feb-1995||Sunk in Mediterranean during Global Civil War, June 1998|
|R-103 - Triumph||VSE||2-Oct-1998||Destroyed during Zentraedi Rain of Death, Apr-2011|
|R-104 - Colossus||VSE||-||Scrapped while 60% complete|
Marine Nationale Names and Dispositions
|R92 - Lafayette||DCN||11-Apr-1996||Sunk in Mediterranean during Global Civil War, Feb 1997|
|R93 - Richelieu||DCN||7-Jul-1998||Sunk in South Atlantic during Global Civil War, Mar 1998|
MDC BY LOCATION:
|Location||Gibraltar Class Carrier
|Main Elevators (4)||300 each|
|(1) Flight Deck
|(2) Command Tower||1,300|
|(3) Sensor Array||250|
|(4) Main Body||6,500|
|(5) Propellers (4)||200 each|
|Sea Sparrow Missile Launchers (3)||75 each
|20mm Phalanx (4)||50 each|
|RIM-116 RAM (2)||50 each|
|Hull & Deck (per 10 m2)||100|
|Interior Walls (per 10 m2)||25|
Random Hit Locations
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Gibraltar Class Carrier
Main Elevators (Hanger)
Flight Deck (Main Body)
Sensor Array (Command Tower)
Hanger (Main Body)
Sea Sparrow (Flight Deck)
Phalanx (Flight Deck / Command Tower)
RIM-117 RAM (Flight Deck)
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