AFSB | TROOPSHIP
Length: 397 meters
Width: 56 meters
Draft: 15.5 meters
Displacement: 170,974 tons empty
The AFSB is based on the Maersk S-Class of container ships, a well-established and reliable class of ship. Used world wide and with an exceptional average of 99% time at sea, the AFSB is useful to a Naval Legion at all times.
The ship is cost-effective and reliable, and greatly enhances the capacity of the New Hayesalian Navy in missions such as disaster relief, equipment and personnel transportation, and for it's intended role as a mobile offshore base, mitigating problems where onshore army bases may not be available or vulnerable to attack. The AFSB supports joint and multinational operations, from Joint Campaigining Phases I-IV. All equipment is able to be loaded in a roll on/roll off fashion.
At full capacity, the ship meets full 30 day self sufficiency requirements. The AFSB can be used as a command centre, up to major command levels. The ship is equipped with a modular 200+ bed hospital with a full surgical equipment, as well as aviation MEDEVAC and medicinal refrigeration.
The AFSB can support up to 6,000 personnel, with sleeping quarters, food service, recreational spaces, personal equipment storage, armouries, office and briefing areas, laundry facilities and fire protection units.
A total crew of 2,145 is required to operate the AFSB vessel when it is fully embarked with a Marine Battalion. These crew range from general naval hands to specialised engineering and aviation handling hands. A total of 3,700 Marines live aboard the vessels for extended periods. Enlisted ranks are housed in berthings fitting 40 bunks each with separate accommodation for non commissioned and commissioned officers. There are three gyms aboard, a considerable galley with three messes, with Marine's lounges well equipped for troops in their off-time.
Training equipment for Marines includes areas for theoretical training, weapons training from the vessel's flight deck, equipment maintenance, and time spent on the weapons training and simulation system.
The flight deck is capable of operating 12 helicopters or tilt-rotors simultaneously. The AFSB can also facilitate short take off/vertical landing fixed wing aircraft, and the New Hayesalian Navy provides 10 such aircraft for air defence and air support purposes. While aircraft can launch vertically, it is preferred practice to conduct a short landing at the forward port-side of the vessel. No launch catapult is required.
The New Hayesalian Marines use a combination of amphibious vehicles and helicopters to disembark marine infantry, with heavy vehicles including artillery and tanks brought to shore by the embarked Ship to Shore Connectors launched from the well deck of the AFSB.
The AFSB mounts a selection of radars for surface traffic tracking, air traffic control and 3D air search radars.
The ship has self-defense facilities in the form of 4 Millennium Gun close in weapons systems, 48 missile or torpedo launch tubes, 16 vertical launch cells at the fore of the vessel and 6 Udav-1 anti-submarine and anti-torpedo weapons.