NationStates Jolt Archive

PCBG State Arsenals: Naval Vessels

Beth Gellert
23-03-2004, 06:55
Please refer to the Hub ( before making a specific approach here. Building warships for export in addition to supplying Beth Gellert’s own fleets is of course an exceptional undertaking and as such large contracts may take many months to meet in full. Rate of supply is subject to some unpredictable fluctuation and during times of many or large contracts, yards may temporarily reach capacity.

The tide of revolution is unstoppable, upon it rides our liberation.

-Comrade Katerina Ivolgin, Commonwealth People’s Coast Guard.

Surface Combatants

Radar Reduced Hunter Frigate BODKIN CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Ship to ship warfare, mine laying, anti-aircraft self-defence
Complement: 214 (including 22 officers)
Displacement: 3,970tons
Dimensions: 430ft, 131m length, 41ft, 12.5m beam
Powerplant: Gas turbines, 47,000hp
Maximum Speed: 27knots, 31mph+
Armament: 1x76mm quick-firing cannon, 1x4 SS-N-22 Sunburn anti shipping missiles and 2x4 Qian Wei anti shipping missiles in ready-to-launch configuration with more in magazine, 2x3 517mm torpedo, 1x5 LY-60 SAM, 2x30mm BG-CIWS, mines
Aircraft: 1xhelicopter (SH-60 Seahawk or Ka-27A/28/29/32C Helix in BG service)
Unit Cost: US$198million
Notes: All three BG frigate classes are often referred to as “stealth ships” though the term is something of a stretch. They do at least present a reduced radar cross section, often taking longer to detect or target, appearing smaller and less significant than is actually the case.
Line Drawing (Bodkin Class- all frigates built on same hull and with largely similar works, Trebuchet’s silos partially visible over deck fore and aft): Bodkin Class (

Radar Reduced Defender Frigate GAUNTLET CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Fleet and self defence against air and subsurface attack
Complement: 215 (including 22 officers)
Displacement: 3,941tons
Dimensions: 430ft, 131m length, 41ft, 12.5m beam
Powerplant: Gas turbines, 47,000hp
Maximum Speed: 28knots, 32mph+
Aramament: 1x2 Citadel-S SAM, 2x5 LY-60 SAM, 2x30mm BG-CIWS, depth-charge launcher
Aircraft: 1xhelicopter (SH-60 Seahawk or Ka-27A/28/29/32C Helix in BG service)
Unit Cost: US$200million
Notes: Veteran of several conflicts, the Gauntlets have proven themselves highly effective, combining deadly long-range SAMs with advanced low altitude missiles and accurate close-in-weapons-systems. While defending themselves, other frigates, and fleet formations, the Gauntlet Class may be used to sweep the skies for hundreds of kilometres around, even denying enemies their own airspace from far offshore.

Radar Reduced Bombardment Frigate TREBUCHET CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Shore bombardment, precision anti-material/anti-personnel strike
Complement: 209 (including 21 officers)
Displacement: 4,000tons
Dimensions: 430ft, 131m length, 41ft, 12.5m beam
Powerplant: Gas turbines, 47,000hp
Maximum Speed: 26knots, 30mph
Armament: 12xMangonel cruise missile silo, 1x5 LY-60 SAM, 2x30mm BG-CIWS
Aircraft: None, though it is possible to land a small helicopter aft there are no proper support facilities.
Unit Cost: US$202million

Light Carrier/Assault Ship NIBIRU CLASS

Technical Data:
Role: ASW patrol, assault, fleet and self defence
Complement: 307 (including 34 officers) + 150 aircrew + 450 marines
Displacement: 17,920tons
Dimensions: 607ft, 185m flight deck length 87ft, 26.5m flight deck width
Powerplant: Two Kraken diesel engines
Maximum Speed: 21knots, 24mph+
Range: 7,900miles, 12,700km
Armament: 2x5 LY-60 SAM, 4x30mm BG-CIWS, 3x12.7x107mm machineguns
Aircraft: Up to 20 helicopters or 6 Puffin VTOL strike fighters and up to 8 helicopters
Unit Cost: US$425million
Notes: Carries three landing craft that may each embark up to 150 marines. May also carry four CICV-2/3
Line Drawing: Nibiru Class (

Subsurface Combatants

Diesel Electric Hunter Submarine Sentinel Project 2 HOUND CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Coastal defence, anti shipping/submarine warfare
Complement: 23
Displacement: 1,185tons
Powerplant: Diesel engine, electric motor
Maximum Speed: 17knots surfaced, 10knots submerged
Armament: Eight 517mm torpedo tubes (four bow (8 torpedo), four stern (4 torpedo)), mine laying capacity
Unit Cost: US$95million
Notes: Known to be pervasive in New Tiamatian waters.
Line Drawing: Hound Class (

Nuclear Hunter Submarine Sentinel Project 3 ANUNKAI CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Anti shipping/submarine warfare, precision bombardment
Complement: 127
Displacement: 7,957tons
Powerplant: Nuclear reactor
Maximum Speed: 24knots
Armament: Six tubes (four bow (16 torpedo), four stern (8 torpedo)) for 517mm torpedo or Qian Wei anti-shipping missile (4 carried), eight silos for Mangonel cruise missile (16 carried)
Unit Cost: US$550million
Notes: Heavily engaged in recent War of Malagasy Liberation. Some fault them for relative sloth, but the compensation is seen to be the vessel’s exceptional quietness.
Line Drawing: Anunkai Class (

Nuclear Missile Submarine Sentinel Project 4 LIOPLEURODON FEROX CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Strategic deterrent, missile platform
Complement: 148
Displacement: 24,700tons
Powerplant: Two nuclear reactors
Maximum Speed: 23.5knots
Armament: Six tubes (four bow (14 torpedo), two stern (4 torpedo)) for 517mm torpedo or Qian Wei anti-shipping missile (2 carried fore), ten silo for ballistic missiles including nuclear weapons
Unit Cost: US$1.1bln
Notes: A massive vessel capable of remaining almost silently at sea for months on end.
Line Drawing: Liopleurodon ferox Class (



Technical Data
Role: Ammunition tender to fleet
Complement: 136 (101 civilian, 35 military)
Displacement: 18,000tons
Powerplant: 23,500hp
Maximum Speed: 24knots
Armament: 3x30mm BG cannon, sometimes mounts 12.7x107mm machineguns, short-range SAMs, and ASW mortars
Unit Cost: US$100million
Notes: Operates transport helicopters from its deck

Minesweeper RAPIER CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Minesweeping
Complement: 42 (including 3 officers)
Displacement: 1,000tons
Powerplant: 4,500hp
Maximum Speed: 15knots
Armament: 23mm cannon
Other Equipment: Minesweeping gear
Unit Cost: US$22million
Notes: Made of non-magnetic shock-resistant materials

Combat Stores Ship VERIX CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Supply of daily and combat essentials to deployed fleet assets
Complement: 110 (72 civilians, 38 military)
Displacement: 15,100tons
Powerplant: One Kraken diesel engine
Maximum Speed: 21.5knots
Armament: 2x30mm BG cannon, 2x23mm cannon
Unit Cost: US$125million
Notes: Very modern ships, these enjoy a high degree of automation and reliable refrigeration, as well as exceptional crew comfort.


Technical Data
Role: Fleet refuelling
Complement: 74
Displacement: 12,085tons
Powerplant: One Kraken diesel engine
Maximum Speed: 25knots
Armament: 2x30mm BG cannon
Unit Cost: US$105million
Notes: Nameship CS Brompton was recently lost in action off Madagascar. The relatively small tankers continue to serve well in the CPN.

Heavy Support Ships PALAEMON CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Ammunition, fuel, and stores replenishment and repair to deployed fleet assets
Complement: 187 (including 32 officers)
Displacement: 49,500tons
Powerplant: 70,500hp, driving three shafts
Maximum Speed: 26knots+
Armament: 4x30mm BG CIWS
Unit Cost: US$275million
Notes: Operates two helicopters


Technical Data
Role: Support to deployed subsurface assets
Complement: 1015 (including 68 officers)
Displacement: 21,200tons
Powerplant: 23,500hp
Maximum Speed: 19.5knots
Armament: 2x30mm BG CIWS, 3x12.7x107mm machineguns
Unit Cost: US$200million

Expeditionary Transport HYENA CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Transport of military supplies and vehicles to established overseas theatres
Complement: 59
Displacement: 47,000tons (empty)
Powerplant: 94,000hp, driving two shafts
Maximum Speed: 27.5knots
Armament: May mount 12.7x107mm machineguns and carry shoulder-launched SAMs.
Unit Cost: US$310million
Notes: Helicopter-capable to a limited degree. May transport up to 500 vehicles, Hyena follow up landings usually carried out by Nibiru, deploying major assets once a beachhead and preferably port facility is secured. A highly automated vessel of sleek design.

Hospital Ship YSBYTY CLASS

Technical Data
Role: Emergency and sustained offshore medical care
Complement: 1,215 (1,100 navy, 115 civilian (mainly doctors et cetera))
Displacement: 62,090tons
Powerplant: Two Kraken diesels driving one shaft
Maximum Speed: 19knots or below
Armament: None
Other Equipment: Furnished with the finest operating theatres and diagnosis facilities available under the considerable means of The People’s Commonwealth.
Unit Cost: US$400million
Notes: Helicopter capable (for airlift purposes- not intended to support active military function)


MANGONEL Cruise Missile

Technical Data
Range: 635miles
Speed: 605mph
Warhead: 1,100lbs high explosive, anti-personnel/material/armour submunition, or nuclear (nuclear arms not available for export)
Platforms: Trebuchet Class Bombardment Frigate, Anunkai Class Nuclear Submarine
Unit Cost: US$950,000

Two-stage long range shipboard surface to air missile
Range: 72-211miles, 115-340km
Guidance: Semi-active radar terminal
Unit Cost: US$750,000 (single missile- two mounted per launch platform)
Notes: Mounts electronic countermeasure-resistant monopulse receiver. The missile is directed towards the anticipated area interception towards which it travels during the first stage of its flight. Once the booster has fallen away (before 72 miles from launch) the fire-control terminal takes over guidance, updating target information until the missile enters the interception area where upon, during the final moments of flight, the weapon directly acquires its target and moves independently for the kill. Presently the weapon is at its production height, being required by air defence forces and the navy so the cost is relatively low. If large export orders are not soon secured this may rise significantly.

517mm Type 1-B MKI torpedo
Ship/submarine launched anti-submarine/ship torpedo
Diameter: 517mm
Warhead: 210kg, 465lbs
Speed: 41knots+
Range: 24km, 15miles+
Guidance: Wire guidance and passive acoustic homing
Unit Cost: US$1.8million
Platforms: Bodkin Class Hunter Frigate, Hound Class D/E Hunter Submarine, Anunkai Class Nuclear Hunter Submarine, Liopleurodon ferox Class Nuclear Missile Submarine
Beth Gellert
29-03-2004, 06:09
Beth Gellen warships take part in a re-enactment of the Battle of East Madagascar, part of the War of Malagasy Liberation:

Claiming that Malagasy aircraft had attacked and destroyed an Argyllian merchant vessel, the latter nation launched a unilateral invasion of the Republic of Madagascar.

Their allegations were never proven, but Argyllia none the less pressed ahead, implying that the republic’s democratic government was a terrorist organisation.

Soon the vultures smelled blood as the tiny and under-funded armed forces of the republic were forced to surrender. Roycelandia, colonial power in east Africa, made an arrangement with the evidently corrupt Argyllian government and soon Roycelandian troops were headed for the island.

The People’s Commonwealth of Beth Gellert, Indian Ocean neighbour to the Republic of Madagascar, issued strongly worded protests and, while dispatching civilian observers, called for multi-national mediation of the Argyllia-Madagascar dispute. Despite Portmeirion’s protests Argyllia continued to allow Roycelandian forces ashore on Madagascar.

The Commonwealth responded by sending Carrier Group Belinus west from its patrol in New Tiamatian waters, while continuing protests.
Beth Gellen demands and pleas alike continued to fall on deaf ears, and Portmeiron resolved to land troops on the east coast of Madagascar to ensure that Roycelandian forces did not advance out of the north. All the while Beth Gellert continued to demand UN involvement or further multi-national arbitration, and eventually to insist upon Argyllian and Roycelandian withdrawal.

Carrier groups Muishkin and Engels joined [/i]Belinus and Anunkai nuclear hunter-killer submarine squadrons Hyperion and Cronus were deployed. It was at this point that The People’s Commonwealth’s (then) 1.7 billion comrades laughed in unison as the Argyllian government condemned Beth Gellert. It was stated by a representative of the Argyllian government that, “As far as I am concerned landing on a nation that has not given you permission to land is an act of war and if you do land that is what it will interpreted as”. This of course inspired any number of satirists in The Commonwealth. Argyllia was openly condemning its own actions and advocating war upon itself in an attempt to belittle Beth Gellert for supposedly declaring war upon Argyllia due to the very actions Argyllia was now protesting.

Beth Gellert had not declared war, but this did not stop the imperialist Argyllians at Madagascar. Missiles were fired and planes launched against the Beth Gellen fleet, and war began.

At the time of the attack Beth Gellert was still not actively seeking engagement and the fleet was operating in a defensive formation, with a large frigate screen deployed. Comrade Captain Binney commanded the fleet since many of the involved ships had been dispatched from training exercises, patrols, and other defensive operations in troubled New Tiamatian waters and no Admiral was yet at sea.

The largest naval engagement in Beth Gellen history was fought over the next several days and, suffice to say, Antananarivo's democratic government now administers The Republic of Madagascar. The liberation of fifteen million people from the oppression of a capitalist tyranny originating in the 1st world cost the Beth Gellen People's Navy five vessels sunk, six damaged, twenty aircraft destroyed, 524 persons killed, and 106 wounded.

Does the revolution not deserve such favourable odds? Should not the oceans of earth be sailed by such proficient ships of the people's control?