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TSS Reston F-s 11
The Reston was is an improvement over the Herndon. As the Herndon was the first ship in the class, the Reston was built with several improvements. The first improvement was an extension to the fantail where two anti-gravity auxilery craft are stored in a hanger. This gives the Benson class the organic space craft protection that is desperatley needed. Initial space trails showed that this first ship in the class relied on ships from the carrier space wing to protect it, often the space craft on the Herndon remained docked for several days acting as ferries and anti-mine warfare. The two auxilery craft can also fly half an AU ahead of the strike group and act as an electronic/early warning warfare space craft. It is possible that the Herndn could be put decommissioned or sold to countries with less technology like the United States or the European Union.
The space frigate was designed to be the front line protection for the carrier fleet. As new strike force tactics were developed for space combat, so were the combatants that were to partake in ship versus ship combat in space. The space frigate provides maximum firepower focused in an area for a short duration of time. The new an improved Reston can fire it's directed energy weapons four times before going into a recharge mode, this is done by channeling the energy through a mallenex cooling spindal which produces"cool energy", still with multiple guns firing four times the guns still get extremly hot and can burn out. This new capability make the Reston very powerful, still this energy allocation does not allow for any missile or torpedoe banks at this time.
The TSS Reston is the second in the Benson class. THe TSS Reston has two closed cold fission reactors capable of powering Lacron City for 2,000 years. t also housed the Saab Mallenex Cooling Spindal, that allows the Reston four sustained bursts from it's main guns. The Reston is capable of traveling Mach 71 at a sustained rate for almost one month. It takes the herndon one day to reach maximum velocity and two days to slow down. maximum effective cruising speed of the Herndon is Mach50.
The Herndon is equiped with 4x Dalgren type III Main Direct Energy Weapons. This energy is extracted right from the fission reactor and channeled through the Mallenex cooling spindal. If all four guns are fired at once fout times at a sustained burst of 20 seconds or more the ship needs to recharge and allow it weps to cool. this takes approximate 17 minuets.
The Herndon also has 33 Vickers anti-spacecraft guns that fire structure piercing lasers. These lasers can fire for 24 hours during general quarters situations with out replacing the battery. This space craft has a dual hanger bay capable of supporting two auxilery of gravity mine hunting ships. It can dock with several ships at once.
Builders- Lacron Space Craft
Length- 570 Ft
Beam- 60 Ft
Propulsion- 2x General Electric Cold Fission Reactors
Max Speed- Mach 70
Range- 13Astronomical Units (AU)
Crew- 200 with 30 Officers
Main Guns- 4x Dalgren type II Main Direct Energy Weapons
Anti-Spacecraft- 19x Vickers Type I Anti-space craft guns
Mine Capable- Yes
Sensors- Main Sensor, Erickson Ice Pick Sensor Suite, Navigation Sony Type 33Astronomical DD, Search Sensors- RCA Type 40, EW package U/K. Scientific Equipment- Classified- u.K