Named for Admiral Janice Oakenwald commander of the fleet which first engaged Roue AI warships at the Second battle of Jupiter and later a massive counter attack to drive Najuhlim forces from the Kuiper Belt during the third Najuhlim incursion, the Oakenwald is older class of battleship but is still a a mainstay of the Terran Alliance Unified Defense Fleet.
The Oakenwald was launched in time to see action ina major dispute with a combined Q'sa, Najuhlim Zealot coalition.It's heavy firepower and rugged design proved to be more than a match for the smaller cruisers, and battlecruisers deployed in support of the hostile fleet.The Name Bearer of the Class The TWS Oakenwald, was able to engage and defeat a Najuhlim Battleship in direct engagement with only moderate damage from the heavier ship. In the same engagement its heavy guns destroyed numerous enemy corvettes, and frigates, and disabled four cruisers, despite the difficulty in achieving positive hits on the smaller vessels.
Intended for direct engagement against other battleships it has heavy armor, powerful screens, and numerous internal bulkheads to absorb tremendous fire from hostile warships. Armed with a mix of Particle beam, railgun, and Fusion cannon weapons in it's main battery it can breach enemy armor and board enemy crews with lethal radiation even through thick armor. This combination of main weapons still pose a serous threat to the most common enemy forces the TAUDF faces.
Unlike earlier battleships it does not carry extensive auxiliary craft, marines, or drones for self defense. Instead it focuses on heavy bay mounted weapons, and it's armor to cope with numerous smaller attackers, and it's heavy main guns to smash enemy capital ship. the lack of an on board fighter screen has not prove to be a drawback in the multiple engagements and full scale battles it has participated in sine it's introduction.
Acting as the base of fire for battle groups the Oakenwald is well suited to being a command vessel, as well as a primary combatant. Fleet, and Squadron commanders have access to the ships powerful array of communications, fire direction, and tactical coordination systems in a large command center using the latest computer assistance systems, and utlra high resolution holographic displays.
However since the introduction of the Ark Royal, and Fuji Class battleships, and the Prometheus class dreadnoughts many Oakenwalds have had their command bridges replaced with more advanced fire control, and electronic warfare systems to enhance its ability too accurately engage enemy targets at range, and direct the massed fire of it's main batteries.
As newer battleships are brought into service planners have considered rotating the current Oakenwald battleships to forward deployed bases providing a stronger perimeter than the normal cruiser centered battle groups deployed to frontier regions. While slower, and less agile than most cruisers the Oakenwald is expected to increase the combat power of first lie Frontier fleets significantly despite their age, and limitations. Freeing up faster more flexible cruisers for deployment to areas currently without the presence of a major capital ship
A large number of Oakenwalds have been brought in for refit, and upgrades to their electronics, drives, and main weapons. this program will increase engine and reactor output, and install automated point defense systems. The Block IV refit program has been fully implemented, to allow modernized Okenwalds to be viable for deployment to Planetary fleets, and Client System/colonial reserve fleets.
with increased tensions and conflicts with Hostile stellar forces, the need for heavy front-line ships such as cruiser and battlecruisers has led to the possible reclassification of the Oakenwald as a battle cruiser. This would allow its release to client states. the program is under consideration since the refit and reclassification process of the Oakenwald is cheaper and faster than designing and constructing new battlecruisers. Since the Oakenwald can match the capabilities of most battle cruisers once drives are upgraded to "Block IV" standards the Likelihood of renewed construction of upgraded designs is highly likely.
Class; battleship( under review for possible reclassification)
Role heavy anti-ship main battle line warship
Control System: Sentient AI enhanced.
Tonnage: 75,000 displacement tons
Thrust: 6 G sustained ( Block IV can attain 9 gees with fast burn reaction thrusters for several hours)
FTL: 3 Parsecs per week
Armor: Extremely heavy
Shields and screen: Meson Screens, Nuclear Dampeners
Hull Modifications: Internal Bulkheads, and reinforced hull
Advance military Sensors
Extended Sensor network
Enhance Signal processing
Military Countermeasures suite
Flag Command Bridge
Advanced Fire control Lvl 3
Battle control systems
Advanced Point defense control
Screen Optimization software
Launch solution systems
Spinal Mount Particle beam
With Auxiliary spinal mount railguns for close range combat
Heavy torpedo bays
Self defense weapons:
Barbette mounted missiles, particle beams, and railgun
Turreted lasers, and sandcasters.
Automated repair drones
Self Sealing hull
Number in service
45: currently active
23: detached, Reserve fleet, Training
53: mothballed, or in for refit/upgrades (total refit and upgrade/completion of this force expected within Six Years)
25 proposed New production of Block IV variant as Battlecruisers