UNION TALL SHIPS | TRAINING VESSEL
The Union Tall Ships are a special fleet of tall ships, specially built for the New Hayesalian Navy in celebration of the Amalgamation in 2009. The fleet of eight ships are used for training of midshipmen at the Navies Academy. Tall ships naturally capture public attention as they sail into ports in New Hayesalia and overseas, with ships and their crews also supporting Navy recruiting, and performing as an ambassador of New Hayesalia and the Navy.
Three masted, fully-rigged clipper offers sea-faring challenges for teams of cadets. The ship's rigging is very robust, with proven track record in up to gale-force winds with reduced sail area. The vessel's hull design is based on proven STV 2630 design which can reach speeds of up to 18 knots underway.
Each Union Tall Ship features three generators plus an emergency back-up unit, allowing simple developments such as each cabin having air conditioning. For reasons of redundancy, the vessel will also have a twin propeller and motor shaft arrangement. All internal spaces have been designed for low noise and vibration.
Even for experienced sailors, this is a complex sailing ship with 35 sails, each of them operated via eight ropes. The vessel uses wooden floors and traditional decor, providing the vessel with a 19th century appearance and character.
The vessel also carries lifeboats and two rigid hull inflatable vessels, supporting training and support to the vessel. While the vessel is unarmed, weapons lockers are located aboard with Ripper Mk3 rifles provided for roles such as port guard duty, firearms training, and support of diving operations preventing shark attacks. The Union Tall Ship is not a warfighting vessel.
The average sailing period is about five to six weeks, and typically include a number of port visits in New Hayesalia or in friendly ports or fleet reviews. A permanent crew of 35 is maintained on each vessel, who handle important roles such as food service, maintenance, command and protocol, medical staff, and training.
Trainees can be any member of the Navy who are recommended by their chain of command. A tour aboard a Union Tall Ship is considered a reward for commendable service, as well as an opportunity to develop careers and seamanship skills. During their time aboard the vessel (though not in port), trainees are 'unranked' during day-to-day sailing and are considered equal team members. In this way, senior officers and junior sailors are able to relax the usual compliments of rank between them and focus solely on the job at hand.
Each vessel has a cheatline along the length of it's hull, corresponding to the vessel: