British Type 45 Daring class Destroyer (Early):


At the end of the twentieth century the British Royal Navy urgently needed a replacement for their aging Type 42 Air Defense Destroyers, which were undersized, underpowered, under armed and more than at the end of their useful service life. Enter project Horizon. Conceived as a powerful Air Defense Destroyer featuring the latest technology, Horizon would be built in cooperation between Italy, France, and Great Britain, because all needed a ship design with much the same characteristics. Cost would go down, there would be a large commonality of parts, it would promote better relations between the three nations, and it would be delivered on time. It sounded too good to be true, and it was.


The Horizon project entered history as a classic example of why not to cooperate with the French. The project was delayed numerous times, and because the French insisted on having far much more influence on the design than their involvement merited (they required only two ships, the Royal Navy *twelve*), the ship would ultimately have few of the characteristics that the Royal Navy wanted it to have. Early 1999 the British government withdrew from the Horizon project and left the Italians and French to muddle on with their own for several more years.


But the RN still needed an Air Defense Destroyer. In a remarkable crash program, in which the RN gave out basic requirements and defense companies were totally free to enter their own designs, a design was decided upon. In less than eighteen months BAE systems had designed and submitted the Type 45 Destroyer. Halfway through 2000 the British Ministry of Defense ordered the first batch of three ships out of a total of twelve. The new class was to be called the "Daring" class.


The Daring class was large and stealthy ships, almost light cruisers. They had plenty of space available for upgrades, and were very stable and reliable ships. Their propulsion was the then revolutionary Integrated Electrical Propulsion, in which two dedicated gas turbines supplied electrical power to the entire ship, including two huge (100 ton!) electrical induction engines which drove the ships propellers.


Radar systems were the magnificent SAMPSON Phased Array Radar which was used for tracking and guidance, and the long range Marconi/Signaal S1850M surface/air search radar. These were integrated with the weapons in the PAAMS (Principle Anti Air Missile System), and provided the ships with more raw tracking power than the United States AEGIS system. A powerful Ferranti sonar was also mounted.


But due to budgetary constraints the weapons fit was very marginal, at least on the first batch of ships. Only armed with a Vickers 4.5 inch gun, a inefficient 48 cell Sylver type VLS, two manually aimed 30 mm cannons, four torpedo tubes and two Phalanx CIWS, the first ships were *very* under armed for their size. Later batches received larger MK-41 VLS systems, additional CIWS, and the powerful Storm Shadow SSM for anti-ship use. All ships had a large hangar which could house the powerful Merlin ASW helicopter.


Although the Royal Navy had intended for the first batch to be significantly upgraded, this never happened. By the time that sufficient money was available, the M.D.C. revolution was in full swing, and the British decided that the extra money would be better spend on a extra few of the FSC Trimaran "Frigates" (Ultimately these extra ships became the Hood class destroyers.), equipped as Air Defense Platforms. To raise some extra money, it was decided by 2020 to sell the first batch of ships. A willing buyer was quickly found in the Canadian Navy, which by then utterly lacked a real Air Defense capability, with their Iroquois destroyers being well and truly obsolete. The Canadians bought the first Batch of three ships, and ordered some significant upgrades. The ships were to receive M.D.C. armor, and additional weapons, some of which came from the Iroquois destroyers.


The most significant upgrade was that amidships, between the masts, there was still room for an additional 16 VLS cells. These came from the MK-41 VLS of the Iroquois, and were much larger than the Sylver cells, giving the ships some desperately needed diversity in their launch systems. The installment of the second MK-41 did mean that most of the Command and Control facilities on the ships had to be removed, but the Canadian navy really only needed parts of those facilities anyway. Between the raised forward VLS and the bridge the ships received two quad-tube LRM launchers, of a type which almost all western navies used. Unfortunately the CIWS was not upgraded, due to a lack of funding. Fortunately for the Canadians, it was an oversight which they were never forced to regret. The old Vickers 4.5 inch gun was retained, although it was upgraded to fire more rapidly.


The ships retained their original names (under much protest from some of the more nationally minded people in Canada), and served with distinction until the coming of the Rifts. The Daring and the Diamond were destroyed during huge ley line storms, but the Dauntless survived, although a freak accident (so common during those days....) froze her and her crew solid, and encased her in a huge iceberg. After many years, the iceberg has almost melted away, and only a small layer of ice (about a meter thick) now covers the ship, drifting near the coast of Greenland. There it awaits discovery, by those fortunate enough to find her. All her weapons are fully loaded, and once cleared of the ice (and the frozen bodies of her old crew....) she should be ready to sail, with only minor repairs needed.


Model Type: Type 45 Daring Class
Class: Air Defense Missile Destroyer
Crew: 180 (18 officers), berthing for up to 55 marines extra.


Vehicle Compliment:

1Westland Merlin HM 1 helicopter.


M.D.C. by Location:

Vickers 4.5 inch/55 MK8 cannon:180
Phalanx Gun CIWS (2):100 each
30 mm cannon (2):50 each
Sylver 48 cell VLS (1, Forward):220
MK-41 Tactical 16 cell VLS (1, forward)100
Missile Canisters (8 total, 2x4 amidships)100 each
Torpedo Tubes (4, Sides)70 each
[1] Sampson Active Phased Array Radar System:500
[1] Marconi/Signaal S1850M Air/Surf. Search Radar:350
Hangar (aft):200
Bridge:300
Outer Hull (per 80 ft area):50
[2] Main Body:1,200


Notes:
[1] Destroying both Sampson and S1850M Air Search System radar system will eliminate the ship’s long range air search ability but weapon systems have backup fire control systems. Both air search systems are separate so both systems are not likely to be disabled from a single hit.
[2] Depleting the M.D.C. of the main body destroys the ship’s structural integrity, causing it to sink. There are enough flotation devices and inflatable life rafts to accommodate everyone aboard.


Speed:
On Water: 29.5 knots (33.9 mph / 54.6 kph)
Maximum Effective Range: 8,000 nautical miles (9,206 miles / 14,766 km) at 18 knots (20.7 mph/ 33.3 kph).


Statistical Data:
Draft: 16 feet (4.8 meters)
Width: 66.7 feet (20 meters)
Length: 503.3 feet (151 meters)
Displacement: 5,800 tons standard and 7,200 tons fully loaded
Cargo: Can carry 400 tons of extraneous cargo. Each enlisted crew member had a small locker for personal items and uniforms, and junior ratings were housed in 6 berth cabins, with senior ratings sharing 2 berth cabins. Ships officers had far more space for personal items, and lived in individual cabins. Most of the ship’s spaces are taken up by extra ammo, armor, troops, weapons, and engines.
Power System: Two WR21 Rolls Royce Gas Turbine Generator sets and two Rolls Royce electric induction motors. The ship has a total of 40MW of power for the motors (54,000 shp) and the ship has two shafts.
Market Price: Not available.


Weapon Systems:

  1. One (1) Vickers 4.5 inch/55 MK 8 Mod 2 Naval Gun: Based upon a naval gun from the twentieth century, this design has changed little, except for a stealthy gun shield and improved reliability and firepower. It is fully automated, and is usually aimed by radar. The gun can be used against other ships, against ground targets, and against aircraft. The use of rocket assisted projectiles is also possible.
    The turret can rotate 360 and has a 90 arc of fire.
    Maximum Maximum Effective Range: 17.4 miles (28 km)
    Mega-Damage: Standard Projectiles: 2D6x10 to a blast radius of 25 ft (7.7 m) for High Explosive, 3D6x10 to a blast radius of 6 ft (2 m) for High Explosive Armor Piercing, and 4D6x10 to a blast radius of 25 ft (7.7 m) for Plasma. Rocket projectiles: 2D4x10 to a blast radius of 20 ft (6.1 m) for High Explosive, 2D6x10 to a blast radius of 4 ft (1.2 m) for High Explosive Armor Piercing, and 3D6x10 to a blast radius of 20 ft (6.1 m) for Plasma. Use the statistics for 105 mm artillery warheads (Go to Battlefield Artillery for Rifts for more information - standard or rocket assisted as appropriate).
    Rate of Fire: Up to six single shots per melee.
    Payload: 800 rounds total.
  2. Sylver 48 Cell VLS (1): A French design, this launcher is mounted in the raised portion of the deck in front of the bridge. Because was a relatively inefficient launcher for its size, it could not fire the diversity of missiles that the American MK-41 launcher was capable of.
    Maximum Effective Range: As per long or medium range missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Mega-Damage: As per long or medium range missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Rate of Fire: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of any amount up to eight (8) missiles in any combination and at multiple targets at the same time.
    Payload: 48 missiles cells in forward VLS launcher (Can carry a total of 48 long range missiles). One long range missile or two medium range missiles may be carried per cell. The ship will often carried 32 cells loaded with long range missiles and sixteen cells loaded with medium range missiles, for a total of 64 missiles.
  3. MK-41 Tactical 16 Cell VLS (1): A American design which was much more flexible than the French Sylver launcher, the slightly larger cells allowed for two Long Range Missiles to be loaded into one cell. It also provided a better rate of fire. The launcher was located amidships, between the masts.
    Maximum Effective Range: As per long or medium range missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Mega-Damage: As per long or medium range missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Rate of Fire: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2), four (4), or sixteen (16) missiles per melee and can be fired at multiple targets at the same time.
    Payload: 16 missiles cells in VLS launcher (Can carry a total of 32 long range missiles). Two long range missiles or four medium range missiles may be carried per cell.
  4. Long Range Missile Canister Launchers (8): These launchers are special canisters mounted in two quadruple mounts behind the main mast. These canisters were copied from Old United States Harpoon canister launchers. While the launchers are reusable, they are still inexpensive and are easily jettisoned if damaged. While any long range missile type can be carried, usually special surface skimming missiles will be carried in launchers and are used against surface targets only.
    Maximum Effective Range: As per long range missile type (Surface skimming missiles have 25% less range than normal long range missile, Go to revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Mega Damage: As per long range missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Rate of Fire: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2), four (4), or eight (8) missiles (All launchers operates together.)
    Payload: 1 missiles each launcher for a grand total of 8 long range missiles (Has no missiles in storage for reloads).
  5. GE/GD 20mm/76 Phalanx 6-barreled [Mk-15] (2): The ship has two mounts on both sides of the superstructure, just aft of the quad LRM launchers. The system was designed in the twentieth century and the weapon system was used for ship defense. The Phalanx was fitted to use new ammo types that allowed the weapon to do enough M.D.C. to destroy the new missiles types. While the system can be used against ships, it is normally used against missile or aircraft. Each Turret can rotate 360 and has a 180 arc of fire. Each autocannon can fire on automatic at up to six targets per melee (Has +3 to strike missiles and +2 to strike aircraft).
    Maximum Effective Range: 5000 feet (1524 meters)
    Mega-Damage: 4D6 for a burst of 60 round (1 for each round but gun always fires in bursts).
    Rate of Fire: Six bursts per melee for each mount (Has +3 to strike missiles and +2 to strike aircraft).
    Payload: 600 rounds (10 bursts) each. Ship carries an additional 18,000 rounds of ammunition in magazines. Autocannon requires 2 minutes (8 melees) to reload by properly trained personnel (Double for untrained crews).
  6. 30 mm cannons (2): Two 30 mm cannons were mounted just aft of the bridge, next to the main mast. These weapons had a good range and rate of fire, but lacked the punch to do damage to large targets. Since they were manually aimed, they were little good against missiles, and the crew often joked that they were only good for "Shooting life boats and survivors in the water".
    Each gun can rotate 360 and has a 180 arc of fire.
    Maximum Effective Range: 10,000 feet (3048 meters)
    Mega-Damage: 2D6 per round, and 1D6x10 for a burst of 30 rounds.
    Rate of Fire: As per gunners Hand to Hand.
    Payload: 600 rounds (20 bursts) each. Ship carries an additional 12,000 rounds of ammunition in magazines. Autocannon requires 3 minutes (12 melees) to reload by properly trained personnel (Double for untrained crews).
  7. Cray Marine Torpedo tubes (4): There are two launchers on each side of the ship. Each tube could launch 12.75 in (324 mm) torpedoes. Torpedoes are normally used against submarines but can be targeted on surface targets as well. Ship carries 40 reloads for torpedoes. Treat warheads as medium range missile warheads.
    Maximum Effective Range: 20 miles (32 km).
    Mega Damage: By Medium torpedo warhead type (See revised Rifts torpedoes for details.)
    Rate of Fire: Can fire torpedoes one at a time or in volleys of two (2) torpedoes per side. Reloading takes 2 full melees.
    Payload: 2 torpedoes each launcher for a grand total of 4 torpedoes (Has 40 torpedoes for reloads)
  8. Sea Gnat Chaff Launcher (4): Located on the superstructure of the ship, they are designed to confuse incoming missiles.
    Rifts Earth decoys systems are assumed to not operate on Phase World missiles due to technological difference. Reduce effects by 20% against smart missiles (Add +20% to rolls for smart missiles.)
    Maximum Effective Range: Around Ship
    Mega Damage: None
      01-35 - Enemy missile or missile volley detonates in chaff cloud - Missiles are all destroyed.
      36-60 - Enemy missile or missile volley loses track of real target and veers away in wrong direction (May lock onto another target.)
      61-00 - No effect, enemy missile or missile volley is still on target.
    Payload: 6 each for a total of 24. 96 reloads are carried, reloading takes two melees.
  9. SLQ-25F Towed torpedo decoy (1)A decoy which is towed behind the ship. It generates a sound like the ships propellers in order to confuse incoming torpedoes. Only effective at speeds below 25 knots. Otherwise the noise of the ships systems and propellers is to powerful to mask. This decoy can only be used when the Towed Sonar Array is not in operation.
    Rifts Earth decoys systems are assumed to not operate on Phase World missiles due to technological difference.
    M.D.C.: 10
    Effects:: The decoy has an 65% chance of fooling ordinary non military sonars and non smart guided torpedoes, the decoy has a 35% chance of fooling military level sonars (like those of the Coalition), and the decoy has a 10% chance of fooling advanced military sonars (Like those of the New Navy and Triax) and smart torpedoes.
    Maximum Effective Range: Not Applicable
    Payload: One ready to use, with three more ready to deploy It takes three minutes (twelve melees) to reel out another decoy.


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