Ships of the Fleet 

Last Updated June 24, 2007
Tharnatha Dreadnought


Courata Imperium
Class Capital Ship
Availability Unlimited Deployment
In Service 1684
Out of Service n/a
Source Silhouettes in the Shadows
Author Tyrel Lohr
Last Updated February 20, 2005
Tharnatha Dreadnought
After the failure of the Staretha, the Courata turned away from the dreadnought for a time. A series of new, esoteric designs were fielded in an attempt to find a better alternative. Such efforts may have succeeded if not for the development of the Tharnatha Dreadnought.

The Tharnatha Dreadnought revolutionized the dreadnought philosophy. Bucking conventional wisdom, the engineers in charge of the ship’s design believed that “less is more” and incorporated that ideal into their construction. The Tharnatha rejected the belief that the dreadnought had to be literally bristling with weaponry. Rather, the armament was re-aligned to take advantage of emerging missile delivery apparatuses.

The success of the Tharnatha as a ship of the line is largely due to improved missile technology developed near the time of its introduction. The new high-yield nuclear missiles were capable of being installed in the Tharnatha’s fast-firing box launcher system. These missiles were classified as “ship-killers” because a single warhead was potentially capable of destroying small destroyer class units.

The Tharnatha was the last of the Courata dreadnought to rely on connection struts. Connection struts allowed the Courata to assemble and field larger ships than their shipyards would typically have capacity for. It also allowed for shipyards to be specialized, producing one particular section of a ship in each yard in preparation for final assembly. As the Courata Imperium’s ship construction infrastructure matured, larger shipyards became the norm, allowing for ships with large integrated hulls to become commonplace.

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Tharnatha Dreadnought - SCS
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