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A carrier is a type of starship that deploys and recovers large quantities of small craft such as shuttles and fighters as its primary mission role.

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Starship classification
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Alphanumeric I • II • III • IV • VVIVIIVIIIIXXXIXIIXIIIXIVXV • XVI

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DC Comics

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From DC Database

Vehicle Template Vehicle Template
Shiftship


Carrier
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Official Name
The Carrier
Status
Active

Universe

Vehicle Details

Current Model
Merchant Vessel

Current Owner

Dimensions
50 miles long, 35 miles high and 2 miles wide

Origin
A abandon merchant class vessel with mysterious origins that was discovered by Jenny Sparks as the Authority's vehicle/base.

Creators
Warren Ellis; Bryan Hitch

First appearance

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History

The Carrier is the base of operations of The Authority. It is a shiftship, a ship capable of moving through the Bleed, the red space which separates alternate universes in the Wildstorm/DC multiverse. It is 50 miles long, 35 miles high and two miles wide. It is powered by a caged baby universe.

It is known that the Carrier was originally a trading ship, used to travel and trade between alternate dimensions, but its black box was found all but wiped and so its true origins remain unknown. The Carrier was parked in Earth orbit sometime in the past and remained dormant until it was discovered by Jenny Sparks of The Authority and used as their base of operations from 1999 onwards.

The Carrier exists in orbit around the Earth but at the same time continuously sails through the higher dimensions of the multiverse. It is capable of opening "doors" between any two points in space, allowing quick access from the Carrier to anywhere on Earth, as well as to the past, future and to alternate universes. While it is also itself capable of traveling almost literally anywhere, the Carrier stays tied to Earth orbit so that whoever left it there can come back to collect it. It is reluctant to leave although will do so if convinced that it is necessary. Its talents have been used on many missions, such as to infiltrate (physically entering) a vast biological lifeform threatening Earth and to actually evacuate Earth itself when another situation endangers it.

It once crashed to Earth after being infiltrated by the government sponsored super-hillbilly, Seth Cowie. For some time after this, the Carrier was controlled by a government-run replacement Authority team (G7 Authority); it did not co-operate as well with these newcomers. Eventually this team was slain by the original Authority.

Death

It is later revealed that the original Carrier was placed in Earth orbit primarily for the benefit of Henry Bendix by an alternate Bendix from another universe. Unable to make use of the Authority's Carrier, Bendix instead obtains an identical Carrier of his own from the same (still as-yet unrevealed) place the first Carrier originated. It is visually similar to the authority's Carrier, though doubled and connected at the center between them. Follwoing the defeat of Bendix only at the cost of the destruction of the Authority's Carrier; the Authority take over Bendix's Carrier instead.

Worldstorm

Following after the reboot of the Wildstorm Universe (now designated as Earth-50) the Carrier remains active and replaced Bendix's Carrier. Though it have changed its dimensions slightly: it is now only 20 miles tall, but 8 miles wide.

World's End

The Carrier in "UnLondon".

After the catastrophic battle during the events of the Number of the Beast, the Carrier is damaged by a cadre of cloned superheroes, formed by the remains of The High, and the miniature 'baby' universe powering it is ripped out of its damaged containment field and shunted into Jenny Quarx's body for safekeeping. As a result the Carrier "dies", crashing into the ruins of London, called UnLondon. Due to its universe-hopping nature, the Carrier shuts down while out-of-sync with reality. As a result its ruins are now "transcendentally fused" with the surroundings, becoming part of the UnLondon landscape and still housing a huge amount of space. While Angela Spica, now powerless, searches daily for a way to revive at least partly the Carrier, or for still usable technology to scavenge, the remaining members of the Authority now use the marooned Carrier as a fortress and a shelter for the surviving humans.

The Authority was later visited by Stormwatch Prime who helps in powering up the Carrier as a functioning city by having one of the Carrier's spire as a power conduit in receiving Skywatch III's energy reservoirs.

The Carrier suffered two major attacks from the forces of The Eidolon and Kaizen Gamorra, but both these events were prevented by the Authority (and helped from Stormwatch during the former).

Recently the Carrier is struck by an unknown continuous beam of light that originated out of the Milky Way Galaxy, and causing the shiftship to fly once again. But, the Carrier intends to automatically leave Earth to where the beam, which it is guiding it, to where it came from.

Sentience

The Carrier has always been shown to have some degree of intelligence. It was explicitly revealed that it is, in fact, sentient.[1] It is also able to control time in a small area, for a short period. At one point, Kevin Hawkins almost destroys the Carrier with an alien-controlled atomic bomb. The Carrier puts up its defenses and saves approximately seventy percent of itself, but not the living quarters, causing the members to 'lose all their stuff'.

Junction Room

The Carrier exists outside space and time, but is technically also in the same place as Earth, because of the reality anchor that was dropped there. The "Door" works, when it is requested a destination and walk through, the Authority can get where they want because the Carrier is everywhere on Earth at the same time.

Carrier Traveled Dimensions

  • The Bleed: Superposed Channel between alternate realities.
  • Devachanic Realm: where it moved as a speed of twenty-five dreams per second.
  • Outer Oceans of Ideaspace: during the spawning season, keeping pace with a school of obsession fish.
  • Mind Barrier Reef: where the brains of the latent telepaths grow together in their sleep.
  • The Center of a Superstring
  • Sliding Albion: world where open contact between aliens (the blues) and humans during the 16th century led to interbreeding and an imperialist culture similar to the Victorian British Empire.
  • Edge of the Millennium
  • Keeping Pace with the Dead: "swimming up reality to witness the conception of an infant parallel universe".

Notes

  • In Captain Atom: Armageddon, the Carrier appears to consist of two identical Carriers joined together, which is in line with the one acquired from Bendix at the end of Authority: Revolution. During Wildstorm Comics' WorldStorm event the Wildstorm universe was given a "soft reboot". As a result several Wildstorm titles have been re-launched, including a new Authority comic in December 2006. The new Authority comic is set on an Earth entirely without superheroes, and the Carrier is found buried and inert at the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. It also appears to have changed dimensions slightly: it is now only 20 miles tall, but 8 miles wide.
  • The origins (at least partially) of the Carrier is revealed in Final Crisis: Superman Beyond that it and other vehicles/shiftships that can travel The Bleed as being pieces of Monitor technology.

Trivia

  • The somewhat parodic version of The Authority, The Elite, possessed a large vessel, similar to the Carrier, called 'Bunny' in which it is used as a base of operations.

See Also

Links and References

  • None.

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Halo

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A Carrier is a general starship classification, with warships of different sub-classifications within the UNSC and Covenant fleets. Such a vessel is formally defined as "a large warship carrying fighters equipped with flight decks for takeoffs and landings". There are likely multiple classes of carrier within this general designation.

The general combat role of a carrier in combat is to deploy starfighters, such as Seraphs or Longswords. They also possess weapons themselves, not just starfighters, to protect themselves in combat when their fighters are unable to defend them. In planetary occupation missions, carriers are mobile deployers of ground forces to subjugate an enemy planet, launching dropships and top-cover fighters.

The navies of the UNSC and the Covenant had different classifications of carriers. For example, the Covenant sported Light Carriers, Assault Carriers, and Supercarriers. Assault Carriers were on the scale of five kilometers long, giving a scale of the keel length of carrier-type warships.

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Classifications

UNSC Carriers

Covenant Carriers

See Also


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ST Expanded

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A carrier was a type of starship — whether Federation, allied or threat force — on which were embarked several types of auxiliary craft, including (but not limited to) attack fighters and shuttlecraft.

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Designations within type

Appellations were dependent on size of the vessel (e.g., light carrier, heavy carrier, supercarrier) or purpose (e.g., attack carrier, escort carrier).

Escort carrier

An escort carrier, or CSE, is a type of Starfleet vessel capable of performing the roles of both a small spacecraft carrier and a cruiser. In fleet operations these vessels often protect the larger ships of the line. These vessels carry a variety of shuttles and star fighters, but cannot carry as many as the larger dedicated star carriers. In addition, they often carry a substantial armament of their own, which the larger carriers often lack as most of their space is dedicated to the air wings.

Classes of this type include the Constellation class, Excelsior II class and Akira class. (Star Trek: New Order)

Shuttlecarrier

The 23rd century designation shuttlecarrier for vessels exceeding a deadweight of 1,000,000 tonnes — e.g., Ariel-class, Fredrikstad-class and Normandy-class — has been largely supplanted by the term supercarrier.

Carriers by race

Dominion

Federation

Klingon

Mirak

Romulan

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Starwars

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

The Endurance-class had an extensively reworked hull from its Nebula-class origin.

A carrier was a type of military starship specifically designed to focus on the transportation of small starships. They were generally considered separate from the warship, any vessel honed to be a weapons-platform on its own.[1]

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Characteristics

The term carrier can be divided into two main types: dedicated carriers, generally with few weapons and weak shielding,[2] the other type being warships which also had a substantial capacity for carrying starfighters.[1]

History

Vong carriers and Hapan Battle Dragons are caught in a blast from Centerpoint Station.

In the Clone Wars era, the Venator-class Star Destroyer was used as a dual destroyer/carrier. By contrast, the Victory-class Star Destroyer was assigned to strictly a destroyer role, as it had a small complement of fighters relative to its size.[1] This tradition of using similar hull design, but with a separate carrier and a destroyer version, was carried on in the New Republic's New Class modernization program, with the Endurance-class carrier sharing the same hull as the Nebula-class Star Destroyer.[3]

Due to the pre-existing communication and coordination capabilities of carriers, they were often used as command ships. The New Republic's Fifth Fleet flagship during the Black Fleet Crisis was an Endurance-class carrier. In contrast, the Galactic Empire used different Super Star Destroyers for command and carrier purposes, respectively.[4]

EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigates and Strike-class cruisers regularly had a small complement of fighters.[2] Additionally, some other ships such as Corellian corvettes could be modified to carry a handful of fighters.[5][6] Carrack-class light cruisers did not have an internal hangar, so exterior rack was added for up to five TIEs for use on reconnaissance or courier duties.[2]

The carrier concept was not limited to the Republic, Empire, and New Republic, as at least the Ssi-ruuk[7] and the Yuuzhan Vong[8] had their own carrier analogs.

Known dedicated carrier designs

A-vek Iiluunu

A Yuuzhan Vong carrier type, 800 meters long on average.

Acclamator-class

A type of troop carrier used during the Clone Wars.

The Defender-class carrier.

Defender-class assault carrier

The 700 meter Defender-class was originally developed for the Defender program in the early New Republic, but was taken up by the New Class Modernization Program and improved upon. The design also became an inspiration for the Majestic-class heavy cruiser, using its hull as basis.

Endurance-class fleet carrier

Based on the Nebula-class Star Destroyer hull, the 1,040 meter Endurance-class carried a large complement of fighters.

Escort carrier

A 500 meter Imperial support carrier design, it could carry up to 72 starfighters, like the Imperial-class Star Destroyer.

The standard Imperial Escort Carrier.

Galactic-class battle carrier

The 1,600 meter Galactic-class was based on earlier Star Destroyer designs, but with a larger mass, and extensive carrier facilities. It held several squadrons-worth of fighters.

Imperial escort carrier

This escort carrier design was used exclusively by the Storm Commandos during the Galactic Civil War. In addition to a large, central hangar, the craft also had several heavy cannons lining its hull.

Kalla's Stanchion

This vessel resembled an oversized EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate and had several hangars lining its hull.

Mon Cal heavy carrier

This was a heavy warship class built by the Mon Calamari in the lead-up to the Second Galactic Civil War.

Quasar Fire-class modified bulk cruiser.

Quasar Fire-class bulk cruiser

This bulk cruiser design was retrofitted to serve as a dedicated fighter carrier.

Republic carrier

These vessels served the Republic Navy as dedicated carriers rather than warships, during the Clone Wars.

Sh'ner-class planetary assault carrier

This 750 meter carrier design was used by the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium and could store landing craft in its 12 launching bays.

Starfighter carrier

The Galactic Empire employed some Super Star Destroyers as dedicated fighter carriers.

Dual-role carrier designs

Providence-class carrier/destroyer

The 1,088 meter Providence-class had an extensive hangar system lining its sides. On modified ships like the Invisible Hand, this was enlarged even further.

Venator-class Star Destroyer

The 1,137 meter Venator-class Star Destroyer served the dual purpose of both a fighting ship and a carrier, being capable of holding 420 small Republic starfighters inside its dorsal hangar bays that ran along much of the ship's length.

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Notes and references


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Traveller

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Traveller Wiki - Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far future

Carriers are designed to carry large numbers of small combat craft (under 100 tons), which in turn attack the enemy’s combatants or world surfaces.

Imperial Carrier Classes

The massive fleet carrier VF-11 was produced to provide support for the vast numbers of fighters that fleet tactics required. The size and design of the VF-11 call for an independent refueling tanker, the TV-11. The technological development of the VF-11 into the VF-12 also called for a similar tanker, but rather than design a new vessel, the TV-11 was used without change.

The VS-13/-15 strike carrier series is a new line of carriers designed independent of the VF-11/-12 series.

The higher-tech trend is to smaller carriers. The VL-15 light carrier and the even smaller VP-15 pocket carrier are examples of this trend.

See also Heavy Carrier and Fleet tender (tenders are intended to carry 100+ ton combat ships).

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Fighting Ships of the Shattered Imperium

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