Chain of Command
- Admiral of the Navy Robert Stark
- Fleet Admiral Jack Tyler Harmon
- Chief of Naval Operations Gerald R. Ford III
- Vice Admiral Oliver Powell
- Vice Admiral William Rollins
- Vice Admiral Henry Parnell
- Rear Admiral Chester Guy
- Rear Admiral Elizabeth Hoults
- Rear Admiral Michael Green
- Captain Thomas Chandler
- Commander Mike Slattery
Ships of the Wall
Use the prefex "USNS".
Main Battle Tanks
Rocket Artillery Vehicles
Armored Personnel Carriers
The backbone of USNiE naval space doctrine, missile pods are relatively small containers, loaded with missiles, towed behind warships. Their primary purpose is to supplement the shipboard missile tubes, creating denser missile salvos.
The most common pod model currently in service is the Valkyrie Mk. 4. The Valkyrie Mk. 4 holds either five BGM-240 Impeller or BGM-204 Tomahawk-II cruise missiles, or AGM-150 Guardian anti-ballistic missiles, within itself. It's onboard computer is tied the to fire control of its mother ship as it is being deployed, allowing the mother ships broadsides, and the missile pods, to fire in a seamless wave.
Currently, only USNiE ships of the wall, such as the Arcturus and Admiral Nimitz classes, have the ability to deploy pods, which they do so from internal magazines. The need to maintain magazines for the broadside armament, however, restricts the number of pods capable of being carried. On average, USNiE ships of the wall carry between one hundred and two hundred pods, depending on the class.
One of the USNiE's greater achievements, the impeller drive is a new propulsion system. Powered by a nuclear fusion power plant, the drive creates two inclined bands of stressed space, known as the impeller wedge, above and below, with the wider end facing towards the direction of motion. Within that space, local gravity icreases from roughly 0Gs to over 100,000Gs, so great that the bands become visible as deep reddish-hues as the space beyond is red-shifted drastically.
Motion is achieved by minute fluctuations with in the wedges, shifting the gravity well created by the drive, propelling the vehicle forward. Theoretically, the impeller drive is capable of accelerating any vehicle instantaneously to light speed, and indeed some early prototypes tore themselves apart because of instant accelerations to the vicinity of .99c.
Because USNiE inertial dampeners are not yet capable of counteracting the forces at work in the impeller drive, no current USNiE ships are equipped with impeller drives as their primary propulsion method. However, impeller-equipped missiles have become a primary weapon of the fleet. The extra-atmospheric Atilla missile is used in the shipboard tubes and missile pods of the space fleet, and who usually reach .2c before burning out and going ballistic.
Impeller missiles also provide the backbone of the surface fleets Iron Dome defense grid. The atmospheric models are modified, however, since c-fractional speed would burn up the missiles in question. As such, they trade speed for endurance. Being reduced to a top speed of "only" Mach 15 (which still produces tremendous heat on the leading edges), the atmospheric missiles can maintain power for up to ten minutes.
Another feature of the impeller drive is the prospective defensive potential. Due to the immense increase in gravity in a matter of feet, any projectile weapon that strikes the roof or floor of the impeller wedge is crushed immediately. Energy weapons are hardly any more effective, as the gravity change is enough to, as one engineer who worked on the project described, "turn photons into pretzels". As a result, an energy beam, like a laser, would either be dissipated completely, or weakened to the point of ineffectiveness. Though the downside is that sensors, even sensors onboard the drive-equipped ship, cannot get reading through a wedge. The prospect in appealing, for if a ship is in danger, it can turn to put either the roof or floor of its wedge between it and the enemy as an impenetrable shield while it escapes. However, since USNiE ships cannot currently use impeller drives (relying on either hyperspace or slipspace drives), this is for the moment something it cannot utilize.
Wall of Battle
An adaptation of the line of battle used by the wet-water navies of years past, the wall of battle is believed by the USNiE Admiralty to be the among the most efficient strategies for three-dimensional naval combat.
The standard USNiE wall of battle consists of three rows stacked vertically (relatively speaking), creating what would appear from the front as a 3x3 square. Length-wise, there is no standardized limit, though divisional admirals have expressed concerns of the feasibility of overly lengthy formations.
The square formation is used during cruises in normal space. When combat is approaching the formation shifts. Two vertical columns move either upward or downward, relative to the stationary column. The motion creates "windows" in between the ships in the formation, allowing them to fire without shooting into the near side of their own warships. The final result of the shifts is what appears as a tilted diamond from the front.
Dome of Battle