PROTECTOR CLASS | LOGISTICS SHIP
Length: 205 meters
Width: 30.4 meters
Draft: 7.8 meters
Displacement: 28,264 tons
Protector class vessels deliver petroleum, personal and sailor supplies, and munitions simultaneously to battle groups using fuel hoses, line guides and helicopters. They can carry ship and aviation fuels, munitions, dry stores and refrigerated stores. They have highly automated cargo handling equipment to minimise crewing requirements.
Protectors will conduct underway replenishment in support of operating forces by simultaneously providing POL from 5 stations (2 starboard and 3 port); ammunition~ provisions~ stores~ fleet freight, mail, personnel and other items from 3 stations (1 starboard and 2 ports): for periods normally not to exceed 32 hours per week. For purposes of SMD development, UNREP hours are considered to commence with “first line over” and terminate with “last line clear.”
The Protector also conducts vertical replenishment in support of operating forces by providing ammunition, provisions, stores, fleet freight, mail, personnel and other items from one helicopter platform. Two CH-47F Chinooks are deployed for this purpose with the support of an EC-725 Caracal helicopter for special tasks.
With naval task forces deployed globally the need to resupply these forces is of paramount importance. Depending on region a friendly port to resupply in is not always an option, and this poses a further security risk. The Protector helps to mitigate the risks of a hostile or dangerous port visit.
The Protector has a considerable endurance, and is able to keep up with New Hayesalian action groups. With bases all over the world, New Hayesalian forces are usually able to rendezvous with a Protector for any resupply they may require, and dedicated Logistics Support Squadrons exist to provide additional support where needed, where a Protector is escorted by a Decatur class frigate.
Four Millennium Gun systems are established aboard, acting both as the ship's main gun and close in weapons systems. All sensor systems are housed in an integrated mast comprising a SeaMaster 400 SMILE air warning radar, a SeaWatcher 100 active phased-array surface detection and tracking radar and the GateKeeper infra-red/electro-optical (EO) warning system. With these systems the ship is able to monitor 140 nm using an Integrated Sensor and Communication Systems (ISCS).
The ship's company live in updated sleeping arrangements including sit-up berths and have good access to modern facilities and amenities. The Protector class vessel is a class seen commonly in foreign ports to take on supplies, and they are a fine symbol of New Hayesalian naval reach.