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The Destroyer class White Star project was a joint Earth/Minbar venture to create a larger, more-powerful warship for use by the Interstellar Alliance to complement the White Star fleet. The resulting ship class is sometimes referred to as a Victory-class destroyer after the first ship of the line.
History and BackgroundEdit
The earlier generation of Ranger/ISA vessels was designed to suit the purpose of the Anla'Shok: to be small, agile vehicles that could be used to engage in everything from reconnaissance up to ship-to-ship warfare. As such, they were designed to be multi-purpose and function in single units or in strike groups. However, events during the Shadow War and later events proved them to be unequal to going toe-to-toe with a large, well-armed military force without support from larger ships.
In mid-2267, President John Sheridan came up with the idea of creating a destroyer-class White Star to bolster the ISA fleet. This was after he was forced to intercede against a group of Narn and Drazi vessels that were bombing Centauri Prime. He said that the best option was to get Earth and Minbar to work together on the project. The Minbari would provide the technical specifications, including all of the advanced gravity-based technology as well as construction assistance, and the Earth Alliance would handle finance and construction. This would have the up-shot of getting the much-promised technology into the hands of Earth, re-focusing the efforts of the Worker Caste in line with the restoration of the Grey Council, as well as get a new class of ship for use by the Interstellar Alliance.
From 2263 to 2267, construction occurred at the Valen's Eye manufacturing point in the Chi Draconis System. The location - being on the outskirts of the Minbar system - kept it free of prying eyes. The project, headed by Samuel Drake, saw to the construction of two prototypes: the Victory and the Excalibur. The chief challenge of the project was to get the artificial gravity and gravity-based propulsion system to work with Earth tech as well as integrate the powerful Vorlon-derived technology, such as the main gun. President Sheridan asked his friend and colleague - former ISA Covert Intelligence director, Michael Garibaldi - to act as a go-between to maintain the secrecy the project required.
The Drakh attack on EarthEdit
President Sheridan and Earthforce Captain Leonard Anderson appropriated the prototypes to head off the Drakh attack of Earth, as Sheridan believed only something as powerful as these new destroyers could take out the Drakh's main weapon, a Shadow Death Cloud. They succeeded in stopping the Drakh invasion and destroying the Death Cloud, but not before the Victory was destroyed and the Drakh released a plague on the Earth.
Before retreating, the Drakh traced the ships' origin to Chi Draconis and destroyed the manufacturing facility along with the plans for the ships. The one remaining prototype, the Excalibur, remained a one-of-a-kind ship. The ISA gave the ship to an Earth Alliance group set on finding a cure for the plague.
Advanced Technology & SystemsEdit
The destroyer is based on technology from the White Star fleet - being a combination of Minbari and Vorlon technology - combined with Earth tech in function and aesthetic. The two greatest applications of alien technology with human is in the artificial gravity and associated gravimetric engines of Minbari design, coupled with the powerful weapon system derived from Vorlon tech.
As opposed to the Warlock class destroyer used by Earthforce - which used conventional ion drives and weak artificial gravity - the destroyer would have a full-gravity environment in which the crew could move freely as well as full gravimetric propulsion. This made the ship as maneuverable and as jump capable as a Minbari capital vessel, able to jump into and out of hyperspace repeatedly.
|Interstellar Alliance Ships|
|White Star class medium cruiser Snub-nose White Star Valen class cruiser Destroyer class White Star Ranger vessel|
| Excalibur Victory Enfali Liandra Valen Interstellar Alliance One|
White Star fleet