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is one of the oldest ships in the Valkyrian fleet, however, Reliant
is not merely one ship; rather she is a more of an institution. Her name has been in continuous service for just over three hundred years. The first Reliant
was not actually a part of the Valkyrian Star Kingdom. Instead, the ship was actually a survivor of the original flotilla that escorted the colony ships to the Valkyrian sector from Old Earth.
When the colony flotilla came under attack by pirates shortly before the end of their journey, Reliant’s
captain interposed his ship between the flotilla and the raiders and fought a running battle into the Valkyrian star system—a battle that he could not hope to win. While Reliant
was lost with all hands, she succeeded in destroying four pirate cruisers before going down, and managed to delay the pirates long enough for the colony ships to reach their new home without further incident.
Sixty-five years later, King Rodney personally attended the commissioning ceremony for the new Courageous
-class heavy cruiser HMS Reliant
, in honor of the original ship. The second Reliant
served for over thirty years, primarily assigned to expansion operations to increase the young Star Kingdom’s sphere of influence. While not exactly glamorous assignments, Reliant
served with distinction protecting merchant convoys and colony ships from raider attacks until she was decommissioned after thirty-three years of service and seven commanding officers.
The third Reliant
was a Broadsword
-class battlecruiser and the first of the line to be considered a capital ship. This Reliant
was assigned as the squadron flagship for Battlecruiser Squadron 23 and led the Star Kingdom’s forces in the first battle of Sirocco after it had been discovered that the government of Sirocco had been unofficially sanctioning pirate activities and providing safe haven to pirate vessels operating within the Star Kingdom. The Valkyrian assault on Sirocco would become a defining moment for the Star Kingdom as a whole.
As the battle reached its peak, the bulk of the outnumbered Valkyrian forces had been scattered to avoid total destruction, leaving Reliant
and two squadrons of light cruisers to hold the center of the lines. Outnumbered 6-1 in numbers and 4-1 in firepower, Siroccans expected the center of the Valkyrian lines to break and scatter to avoid direct action against impossible odds.
drove into the center of the Siroccan wall of battle and miraculously succeeded in drawing the fire of the entire wall, which in turn allowed the remainder of the light cruiser squadrons to wreak absolute havoc on the Siroccan fleet. Thirty-six Siroccan Ships of the Wall were annihilated by a mere eight light cruisers while suffering only one loss in return: HMS Reliant
. The remainder of the Valkyrian fleets regrouped and proceeded to dictate terms to Sirocco in orbit of their own planet.
Star Knight-class (BC-435-A)
Fifty years ago, a new HMS Reliant
was commissioned; this one was one of the new Star Knight
-class battlecruisers. The fourth HMS Reliant
initially served as the command ship for Battlecruiser Squadron 21, and was assigned to Task Force 18 and sent to aid in suppressing the insurrection during the infamous Peacekeeping of Palamar. Over the next nine years Reliant
would see combat on over two hundred separate occasions during the insurrection.
Towards the end of the insurrection, the queen’s flagship HMS Atomos
was caught out of position with only a small picket force to defend her. A squadron of rebel battlecruisers led by the commandeered battleship HMS Agrippa
bore down on the unprotected Atomos
. While Reliant
and her squadron could not hope to intercept the rebels before they reached the queen, Reliant
was able to manage a spectacular feat of tactical legerdemain, by firing her total missile compliment in one massive volley in a slingshot around Palamar itself. The missiles, hyper-accelerated by the slingshot came up on the unsuspecting rebels from behind and destroyed three of the rebel battlecruisers and crippled the Agrippa
. Shortly thereafter, Reliant
and her squadron were able to close to within beam range at their leisure and obliterated the rebel force, taking the Agrippa
intact but badly damaged.
The current HMS Reliant
is named for her own class of battlecruisers. At present, she is the only one of her class in service while the admiralty works out budgetary issues with the mass-production of the class. Though new, Reliant
is not untested. She has already seen combat against a squadron of Arthian Q-Ships which were under orders to disrupt Valkyrian merchant traffic.
It was by mere chance that Reliant
discovered the Q-Ships while they were in the middle of an in-mission resupply. Three of the Q-Ships broke off their resupply and immediately moved to engage the Valkyrian warship, believing that they had a distinct advantage in both tonnage and firepower over what they perceived to be merely just another battlecruiser. Reliant
not only outmaneuvered the Q-Ships, but used that superior maneuverability to position herself for a brilliant three-for-one combination salvo of both beam and missiles that completely destroyed two of the Arthian vessels and severely crippled the third which immediately signaled her surrender. The remaining two Q-Ships broke off their resupply and fled. Reliant
was otherwise occupied with the surrendering Q-Ship and was unable to pursue.
Over the centuries, HMS Reliant
has achieved an almost legendary status within the Star Kingdom. Her battle record is unique with in the Star Kingdom, being carried from each previous ship to her successors--a phenomenon not found on any other Valkyrian ship. The legacy of the Reliant
and the prestige attached to the ship makes her an extremely desirable posting for any officer.
At present, HMS Reliant
is assigned as the sector flagship for the Valkyrian Star Kingdom’s 3rd fleet.
(author's note: at this time only the final ship is actually uploaded. please let me know if the other ships are required)