PRNC Navy and Merchant Marine . Small boats built to support game play in a war group on the pages. Link here.
Sea Löwe amphibious landing craft (SLAC). Capable of transporting 16 MBTs over water, snow, ice, sand, mud, mangrove, swamp, and any flat surface (a road if you can find one big enough, maybe all 4 lanes on the autobahn?) Crew of 12, max speed of 20 KMPH fully loaded, and 30 KMPH empty. Combination lateral mounted water jet and vectored air thrust for locomotion, and air cushion to increase speed.
An MBT size vehicle leaving the SLAC via its large under prow ramp. The SLAC can be loaded by overhead crane through the cargo hatch on the top deck, or by roll on via the ramp.
Overhead shot of SLAC with MBT parked on deck for scale. Robust pushers (black wedge at leading edge of forecastle), cargo hatch, armored bridge, thrust cones, thrust vectoring surfaces (rudders) all visible. This is a prototype. It has room for upgrades, but features none here. There is space for an AA system, more radar, light turrets, but the platform shown here is the "no options package".
Even with sensor and weapon add-ons Sea Löwe is still a task built transport. It is fast, has a decent cargo capacity, and can exploit rugged or undeveloped landing sites. It was designed to allow theater level commanders to exploit options that do not exist for most vessels of this size. The SLAC has only limmited range and is not meant to operate without the support of larger vessels (except when crossing short distances like channels or when operating between islands in a cluster).
Kraken amphibious landing craft (KRAC). Capable of transporting 32 MBT over water, and broken, ice. Crew of 20 (may vary as later versions are fielded), max speed of 20 KMPH fully loaded and 25 KMPH empty. Combination lateral mounted water jet and vectored air thrust for locomotion, and air cushion to increase speed.
An MBT follows a guntrack onto the objective via Krakens large double bow ramp. The entire foredeck (between the forecastles) elevates on landing, to allow vehicles to offload at optimal angel even on rough beaches where rocks counter measures, or debris would otherwise block or slow the assault discharge. The foredeck holds 6 MBTs when loaded at maximum capacity. These 6 MBTs are parked directly on the ramps, and are the first vehicles off the Kraken when conducting assault operations.
Unlike the Sea Löwe, the Kraken cannot move reliably over sand, sheet ice, or through mud, swamps and mangrove terrain. It is highly susceptible to “high grounding” on terrain that varies even slightly from the perfectly flat. It’s powerful air cushion and it’s shallow draft flat hull do allow Kraken to move quickly over water and also allows it to place its ramps on the sand well beyond the surf line. The flat hull allows Kraken to navigate in fairly shallow water (like the water right on beaches…). The air cushions function mostly to reduce the friction between the large flat hull and the water. Most of the directional locomotion is provided by the two water jets on the sides of the vessel, and the two stern mounted vectored thrust generators. (and the stern at the water line is … missing. Need to put some kind of vectored thrust deal down there).
Overhead shot of Kraken with MBT and Guntrack on deck for scale. The largest features visible are the 4 intakes for the air cushion and vectored thrust systems. The armored bridge is identical to the SLACs. Like SLAC, KRAC can be loaded via the numerous cargo deck hatches, or the ramp beneath the foredeck. Also visible are the KRACs two Triple barreled 105 auto cannon turrets. Intended for use in support of assault landings, these turrets can also be used against vessels, and have limited indirect fire capability.
KRACs dual ramps just visible beneath the foredeck and behind the bow. SLACs single ramp, is smaller and lacks the advantage of the extra elevation provided by the elevating foredeck. But SLACs is lighter and her bow is arched higher to allow discharge even on fairly steep beaches.
The most striking similarity is between KRAC and SLAC is the modular armored bridge. It holds 7 mariners with stations for communication, active and passive ECM, Navigation, Targeting for any assault support weapons, loading and unloading operations, helm and command. The water jets on the KRAC are just about 2.3 times the size of those on the SLAC. The SLAC requires no additional intakes for its air cushion generators, and the prototype mounts no weapons of its own.
Kraken is larger and slower than Sea Löwe. But she carries much more fuel and is capable of crossing much larger distances without the assistance of a support vessel. In order to deploy across global distances, ideally, both of these vessels would be transported on larger task built deep water transports. But both are capable of “bouncing” along a coast line (Viking style). It is slower, it takes more fuel, and is harder on flat hulled vessels like this, but it is possible. A transport for either of these vessels would be a massive expense.
SLAC and KRAC parked on a… snow covered beach? A commander who has a few of these vessels under his command is looking at an entirely different map than one who has only smaller short range landing craft or a normal amphibious assault carrier. They offer a unique ability to deliver a fairly large combat force to any location. A more conventional amphibious carrier may have more lift capability, (and support capability like attack helicopters and MEDIVAC!) but it can only be in one place at a time. A fleet of these would allow a theater commander to pursue numerous, simultaneous, re-enforcing or self contained objectives.
Orca diesel electric picket sub. A small submarine designed for localized air, surface, and sub-surface interdiction, and regional maritime surveillance. Crew of 12. Speed 17 KNPH on surface, 10 while submerged. In this image, Orca is shown with it's weapons and AA RADAR stowed in hte submerged configuration. The satellite uplink (gray sphere on dorsal stern) and SONAR array (black mast and sphere on keel) are visible. The satellite uplink is crucial to the mission of the picket boat as it allows the picket boat to share all sensor information with all other boats in its own pack, and to receive targeting or evasion data via satellite (in order to avoid being surprised by high or fast moving aircraft while the picket boat is most vulnerable on the sea surface).
A head on shot, again with AA weapons and RADAR stowed for sub-surface movement. The two bow torpedo tubes easaly visible.
This overhead shot reveals the location of Orcas AA missiles when in the stowed position. The missiles are roughly equivalent to the U.S. Patriot missiles. The AA radar is of limited range and power, but Orca is alerted to the approach of aircraft well before she detects them herself. She is informed via satellite, both by orbital detection, and by relayed information from other picket boats operating in the area. The concept of the picket as one platform in a swarm, operating in coordination with other pickets is central to Orcas design. One of these pickets by itself poses an extremely limited threat. But a pack, operating regionally, with sensor data beyond what each element can gather on its own results in a pretty tight sub-surface, surface, and air net.
Orca with ADA RADAR and AA missiles deployed.
Fuel. The life blood of the modern world. The regionalized production and refinement of Bio-fuel is essential to the Peoples Republic of Neu Charlemagne at it seeks to realize it’s strategic objectives. Mobile Fuel Production and Refinement Plant #1 (MFPRP #1)is the crown jewel of the PRNC Merchant Marine. Built on the re-purposed hull of an antiquated super carrier, she still holds many of the lines of her original design.
MFPRP #1 can receive raw Bio-fuel components, distil them, refine them, and store limited amounts of finished fuel, prior to transferring that fuel into transports, or directly into a fuel distribution system on the main land. The MFPRP concept is meant to provide PRNC military forces and Merchant Marine vessels with locally produced bio-fuel almost immediately after a territory is integrated, well before that territories fuel production industry can be built up from scratch. The vessel acts as an “economic catalyst” which allows impoverished young territories to produce commercially viable fuel quickly which is in turn used to pay for the installment of permanent local fuel production infrastructure. Once a territory gains viable production capability, the MFPRP can re-deploy to the next newly integrated territory. Systems like this illustrate the PRNCs commitment to bringing economic equality to all of its citizens as quickly as possible.
The refinery itself. The main stack frequently burns off byproduct gasses before they can accumulate in dangerous quantities. This constant flame often become a local symbol of regional progress and the hope of a better tomorrow shared by all PRNC citizens.
The bio-fuel storage tanks. Although intended for production only, MFPRP #1 maintains a small quantity of ready fuel on hand for non-scheduled fueling operations, and to allow for buffering in the complicated fuel production/ fuel transfer cycle.
A slurry of water and raw bio-fuel ingredients are accumulated in the larger “Belly” tank of the vessel, and when enough of the slurry has matured sufficiently, it is transferred to the smaller “cooker” tank where it warmed, mixed with catalysts, and pressurized. In the cooker tank the slurry is nursed to the first level of crude fuel grade solution.
In this shot of the MFPRP the entrance to the internal fueling bay (used mainly by smaller local vessels) is visible at the water line. On the Right of the main deck, the dark gray bridge (a throwback to the platforms original air craft carrier design). On the left, the dark gray crew habitat module with the VTOL aircraft landing pad on its roof. The hab-module is physically isolated from the industrial section of the craft for safety as well as comfort. The black surfaces are three story tall tinted windows allowing the crew to enjoy the sea vista while eating, and engaging in activities such as basket ball, soccer, and poetry reading. The module also contains an extensive digital library and video teleconference center. Here, both vessel crew members, and fuel plant operators can stay in touch with family members at home or pursue on line degree programs.
The Merchant Marine is the PRNs primary maritime fuel mover. Smaller faster ships like this one: The Merchant Marine Fuel Transport #3 (MMFT 3) are the main stay for this mission. The three spherical tanks are isolated to mitigate the effects of leakage and damage. These fast ships run on the same fuel they transport, allowing for their claim to be the world’s longest ranged non-reactor driven transport vessels. Ships like MMFT3 are capable of taking on fuel pier side, or from coastal distribution systems (like those supported by MFPRP 1). They can also provide fuel to other PRNC vessels while at sea. The presence of vessels like MMFT3 is crucial to the deployment of military vessels like the KRAC, SLAC, and Picket Sub packs.
MMFT3 takes on fuel form MFPRP1. The operation takes place under MFPRPs mega boom. The gigantic crane located just aft of the hab-module. MFPRP crew members can observe the operation from the air conditioned comfort of one of the vessels restaurants or coffee shops while listening to Jackson Browns classic: Running on Empty. The sensitive fueling operation would be impossible to conduct safely without the consistently high standards of professionalism and technical skill that are enforced across the PRNC Merchant Marine. The world’s best mariners, given the world’s best training, and equipped with the world’s best gear. The PRN Merchant Marine: The Best Afloat.
With a 30 man crew and lots of fuel to burn, the MMFT3 can move under diesel power at a a steady 25KMPH
“In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own”…Jackson Brown had arrived on MFPRP 1 moments before this photo was taken. He was flown in on the dark gray executive transport (parked on the roof of the hab-module). It was part of his publicity campaign prior to his futile comeback tour.
Lime Green is the color of all PRN Bio-Fuel Operators .
The next generation of energy efficient PRN transports: the Del Sol class.
The Del Sol incorporates the Diesel Sail (D-Sail) format of the older Santa Fe class transport, and increases its efficiency by using the surface of the sails as solar collectors. The Diesel Sail Solar hybrid is the most efficient cargo transport afloat.
D-Sai-lor transport: Slow at 15 KNPH, but un-beatable in terms of drachma per kilo mile.
The PRNC Merchant Marine: Bringing the best of the world all the way home!