U.S. CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt class Multi-Role Aircraft Carrier:

The Nimitz class carriers were the largest, finest ships built in their day. Designed as the follow-on to the Enterprise, America, and Kennedy, they were enormous ships with tremendous capabilities. In many ways, the Nimitz class ships represented a "worst-case" design, able to accommodate the most difficult conditions and threats. The were designed against the first Cold War expectation of immense Soviet conventional and nuclear firepower.

In the beginning of the "Mega-Damage" revolution. as many people called it, the leaders of the United States were convinced that peace would rule the future and as such was reluctant to finance large military expansion. While Russia had gone back to a Communist style government, it was not seen as a threat by most government leaders. In general, military leaders did not agree with their government leaders, but they did not control finances. The United States Navy, with virtually all of their navy becoming obsolete with the introduction of new materials and weapon systems, wanted to construct a new super carrier class. As well, the Nimitz class carriers were simply getting old and refitting them was not considered cost effective. The president did not want to finance a new class of super carriers and instead had his defense secretary work on some less expensive alternatives. One project was for a conventionally powered carrier which was smaller than a fleet carrier and would be a minimalist design. This eventually became the Avenger class of escort carriers. Funding for the refit of the Nimitz and Coral Sea class carriers was allotted in the early mid-Twenty-Thirties as the SSSR began to grow more powerful. The US Government did not want to cause concern with its citizens and explained the refit of the Nimitz class with the new super-strength materials was to help defend the ships against corrosion and natural weathering. Because of their age, the first three Nimitz class ships were not fitted as the others were. As the super strength carriers came out of refit, the Nimitz, Eisenhower, and Carl Vinson were retired, mothballed, and eventually scrapped. Beginning with the Ronald Reagan, the refitted carriers made their presence known around the world by showing the flag whenever and wherever needed.

Much of the class's refit was taken straight from the follow-on Coral Sea class carriers. The ships were refitted and reconstructed using new super strength materials as the came in for extensive refitting. Afterwards they were less effected by corrosion. This greatly reduced further refit that the carriers required. Radar absorbent materials were extensively used on the outer hull of the ship to help lower the cross-section visible on surface search radars. The effects were to reduce the signature of the carriers, although no where near as much as the Coral Sea or Ranger classes. Massive automation was incorporated into the design, vastly decreasing the size of the crew. The crew was reduced to 2350 with an Air Wing of 1750 compared to 2900 personnel and an Air Wing of 2100 in their unaltered state. The old steam catapults were kept because replacing them with electromagnetic catapults would have been virtually impossible because of the ships' structure. This became less of a problem as more of the ship’s airwing was VTOL capable. All weaponry on the vessels were defensive and mostly designed to stop incoming missile strikes. MK-29 RAM launchers replaced the Mk 29 "Sea Sparrow" launchers and Phalanx point defense Gatling cannons. Long range defense was normally performed by escort vessels but the carrier was well protected against missile strikes in general. The SPS-88 radar replaced the SPS-48 while a protective housing was built around the SPS-49 similar to that of the experimental Spruance class destroyer Radford. This housing was continued on the Delaware class of cruiser later in the century. The vessels used four powerful fission reactors to achieve a top speed of 34 knots. Refueling the ships for the remainder of their careers was more cost effective than replacing the reactors with newer models. The main craft of the Air Wing were a mix of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and early versions of the Joint Strike Fighters. ;

Seven of the original nine Nimitz class carriers were refitted between 2034 and 2049. The Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) was already scheduled for Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) and was the first to be overhauled. She emerged from Newport News in 2037 a completely rebuilt ship. The others followed quickly. Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)was ;completed in 2039, Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in 2041, George Washington (CVN-73) in 2043, John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in 2045, and Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in 2047. They held the line against the United States' enemies ;along the side of the newer Coral Sea and Avenger classes. As the newer Ranger class carriers came into service, the Theodore Roosevelt's were decommissioned and scrapped. Roosevelt was decommissioned in 2045 and Abraham Lincoln in 2048. The George Washington was decommissioned in 2051 when the USS Ranger was commissioned. She was retained as a reserve carrier until 2055 when she was recommissioned as a training carrier. She served in that capacity for forty plus years until 2097. The coming of the Rifts kept her from being scrapped and Golden Age Weaponsmiths was able to salvage her in 95 P.A. (2381 A.D.) The Ranger class USS Lexington and USS Intrepid replaced the decommissioned John C. Stennis and Harry S. Truman respectively in 2061 and 2064. ;

In 2074, the remaining carrier, Ronald Reagan, was refitted again with a SPX-1A system, and the SPS-49 was removed altogether. The MK-29 RAM launchers were replaced by ; Mk 44 "Sea Sabre" combination rail gun and short range missile turrets. The catapults were deactivated with the retirement of the last Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft from the carriers' deck. A ski-jump similar to that of the Soviet Kuznetsov was built over the bow to help ease take-offs of heavily loaded aircraft. There was concern over a projected reduced deck-handling capability, but these fears never panned out due mostly to the superb training and experience of the US Navy deck crews. The arrestor cables and associated machinery was removed. The additional room was utilized in other areas of the refit of the vessels. Later versions of the F-35 replaced the Super Hornets and JSFs. By the coming of the Rifts, the main fighter compliment was composed of the advanced Sea Hawk fighter. These were supported by variants of the EV-84 Kingfisher. The inclusion of these nuclear powered aircraft as well as the removal of the catapults and arrestor systems allowed the crews to further be reduced to 2150 with an Air Wing of 1310. This made for a much more roomy ship, and allowed for the berthing of 400 troops for power armor. The ships' interior was redesigned to rapidly reconfigure for missions other than those traditionally associated with "big deck" carriers. The changes included air wing enlisted berthing areas with extra personnel stowage (weapons, ammunition, etc.) required by Marine or Army personnel who might be embarked in place of the normal air wing. Additionally, air wing planning, control, and unit spaces were more capable for joint operations, so that special units like Army helicopter battalions or Marine Air Wings could use them with a minimum of modifications. ;

The Thomas Jefferson (CVN-77) was considered built with more advanced capabilities and is considered to be a half-sister to the Nimitz class. The basic hull and power plants were the same and the Nimitz class, but many changes separated her from her siblings. Many of the "Smart Ship" systems tried out on the USS Yorktown (CG-47) were incorporated to reduce the manning of the ship. Nearly 25% less crew were required to run the ship. These systems were incorporated into the refit of the other Nimitz class ships and were continuously developed and improved the further reduce the crew in other refits. Process and work flow improvements were implemented into the design. Additional weapons elevators and ; fuel spots were built into the flightdeck in the area at the base of the island. This "pit stop" was incorporated to more easily refuel and rearm aircraft for a faster turn-around. Instead of the SPS-48 ; radar, a SPY-3A AEGIS array was built into the island structure. The SPS-49 long-range air-search radar was also incorporated into the island, eliminating the need for the separate tower for the unit. The redesigned island had additional new features including a wider bridge with a new starboard bridge wing to help conn the ship during underway replenishments. RIM-116 point defense SAM units were included from the beginning instead of the older Mk15 Phalanx mounts. Several early style eight-cell Mk41 VLS launchers were also included in the design on the edges of the deck. Like the other Nimitz class ships, the Jefferson ; was overhauled in 2051. The ship underwent M.D.C. conversion ; and had her SPS-49 enclosed in a structure similar to those on her sister ships. In 2077, she underwent a second refit that replaced her RAM launchers with Mk44 Sea Sabre CIWS mounts. The catapults and arrestor cables and all associated equipment was removed and finally a ski-jump was built over the bow of the ship. The radar was upgraded to the SPY-3H array though there was some thought to replace it with a SPY-6D system. The proposal was rejected as not cost effective and shelved. When she emerged, the Jefferson was a close sister to the Reagan, and the two ships were often mistaken for each other.

The Ronald Reagan remained in service until 2084, when she was decommissioned and scrapped. ;The ; Thomas Jefferson was scheduled to remain in service until 2102, when the Ticonderoga class carrier USS Enterprise would replace her, and was at sea with the 4th Fleet off the coast of Chile on December 22, 2098 when the Rifts came. It is unknown what became of her crew, but the New Navy found the Jefferson grounded in Antarctica in the Bellingshausen Sea in 2165. The ship was in perfect condition, mostly because of her strengthened anti-corrosive hull, save for her aircraft being thrown around the hanger. Not a soul was found on board, nor were any signs of struggle found anywhere. The ship was thoroughly inspected, her engines replaced, and was tasked as the flagship of the New Navy's 2nd Fleet. The fleet operates in the Pacific Ocean to keep the oceans safe from Naut'Yll and Horune raiders.

On a second note, the George Washington (CVN-73) was found by Golden Age Weaponsmiths in 95 P.A. (2381 A.D.), and was sold to the Coalition States, which was renamed CSS Joseph Prosek. The carrier had been decommissioned in 2097 and put into mothball status. All weapon systems, radar systems, and aircraft gear such as catapults were either removed on deactivated. Some reports indicate that the Coalition mounted long range missile launchers with huge payloads for defense weaponry on the ship but this is false. Intelligence indicates that the RAM launchers have not been reinstalled and that Coalition rail-gun defense mounts have been installed in their place. Like the point defense weaponry, it appears that the Coalition has not recovered any newer US Navy fighters, and instead use a combination of old Pre-Rifts fighter designs and new designs that the Coalition developed. The use of sky cycles is interesting because while a large number can be carried, the aircraft are slow and have a fraction of the capabilities of a real fighter. There have also been reports of the vessels carrying 4 Death Bringer class armored personnel carriers. These craft are massive and weigh more than 1200 tons fully loaded and the flight deck could not support them. The size of the crew has been increased in Ranger class carriers in service in the Coalition. This is believed to be because the crew is less well trained than US Navy crews were in shipboard operations. The Coalition also has placed a huge number of marines on the vessel. The Coalition carriers carry a vast number of different power armor and fighter designs. This is believed to impede the general operations of the carrier due to a lack of similar capabilities in embarked vehicles. As well, the added personnel have causes the vessel to be far more cramped than the vessels had been in United States Navy service.

Model Type: CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt class Multi Purpose Aircraft Carrier
Vehicle Type: Ocean, Multi Purpose Aircraft Carrier
Ships Crew: 2150 (165 officers, 195 chief petty officers, 1790 enlisted [Has a high degree of automation]) ;
Air Wing:
1310 (200 Pilots, 105 flight deck officers, 1005 enlisted)
Troops: 400 (120 pilots for Semper Fi Power Armors, 120 pilots for SAMAS power Armor, 160 soldiers in body armor)

Robots, Power Armors, and Vehicles:
Power Armors:

100Semper Fi Power Armors (With Flight Packs)
Fighter/Aircraft Compliment:
6EV-84A General Cargo / Search and Rescue
6EVS-84A Anti-Submarine Warfare
6EVE-84A Electronics Warfare
30FV-45 Sea Hawk VTOL Jet Fighters
14FV-45-SW Sea Hawk VTOL Jet Stealth Fighters
6FV-45-EW Sea Hawk VTOL Jet Jamming Fighters
10Utility Tilt Rotors

M.D.C. by location:

[1] Steam Catapults (4) (Before 2053):100 each
[1] Arrester Cables (4) (Before 2053):50 each
[2] Elevators (4):300 each
Hanger Doors (4):300 each
[3] Flight Deck:2,500
Combination Anti-Missile System (8; 4 on CVN-77, Flight Deck):200 each
MK-41 Tactical 8-cell VLS (4, CVN-77 only)100 each
Chaff Launchers (4, Superstructure):10 each
[4] SPX-1A Active Phased Array Radar System (CVN-76 after 2074 only):200
[4] SPS-88 Active Phased Array Radar System (After 2037):160
[4] SPS-49 Air Search Radar (In protected tower behind island):400
[5] Bridge / Command Tower:2,000
Outer Hull (per 40 foot / 12.2 meter area):70
[6] Main Body:7,850

[1] If the catapults are destroyed, non VTOL or STOL aircraft cannot be launched. If Arrester Cables are destroyed, non VTOL or STOL aircraft cannot land until arrester cables are replaced.
[2] If all four elevators are destroyed, no aircraft can be moved from the hangers to the main flight deck.
[3] If the flight decks are destroyed, only VTOL aircraft can be launched or land. VTOL aircraft are at -15% to piloting.
[4] If Phase Array radars and Rear Control Tower are destroyed, the ship’s fire control systems will be destroyed but secondary systems have backup systems and panels can compensate for each other. All Bonuses are lost if panels are destroyed.
[5] If Bridge / Superstructure is destroyed, the ship can still be piloted from engineering but with a -15% to piloting rolls. Communication and sensor equipment are not concentrated on the bridge to reduce the effectiveness of bridge hits.
[6] Destroying the main body destroys propulsion and power systems, disabling the ship. The ship is fitted with an advanced polymer armors that allow the ship to withstand up to -3000 M.D.C. before losing structural integrity and sinking. There are enough life preservers and inflatable life boats to accommodate everyone on the ship.

Surface: 39.2 mph (34 knots/ 63 kph)
Maximum Effective Range: Unlimited due to fission engines (needs to refuel every 20 years and requires maintenance as well). Ship carries six months of supplies on board.

Statistical Data:
Length: 1092 feet (332.9 meters) overall
Draft: 38.4 feet (11.7 meters)
Width: 252 feet (76.8 meters)
Displacement: 78,243 tons standard and 107,500 tons fully loaded
Cargo: 10,000 tons of nonessential equipment and supplies. Each enlisted crew member has a small locker for personal items and uniforms. Ships officers have more space for personal items. Most of the ship’s spaces are taken up by extra ammo, armor, troops, weapons, and engines.
Power System: 4 Fission Reactors, average life span is 20 years
Market Cost: Not for Sale but costs around 1.5 billion credits to construct. If found and sold on the black market would probably cost 5 to 8 billion credits.


  1. Mk 44 "Sea Sabre" Combination Anti-Missile Defense Systems (8; 4 on CVN-77): These weapons are out on the sides of the hull below the carrier's flight deck. Four, two on CVN-77, are forward on the corners of the flight deck and the other four mounts, two on CVN-77, are mounted toward the rear on either side of the rear of the carrier. These anti-missile defense systems combine both a rapid fire rail gun and a short range missile launcher. While mounted in one system, both defense systems have separate tracking systems. The short range missile launchers can target up four targets and can fire a volley up too twice per melee. The rail gun is capable of destroying any missile or inflicting serious damage on aircraft. The rail gun can fire on automatic at up to six targets per melee (Has +3 to strike missile and +2 to strike aircraft). The system also can be used against other ships and ground targets. The system has a 360 degree rotation and can elevate up to 90 degrees to fire at targets directly overhead.
    Maximum Effective Range: Rail Guns: 11,000 feet (2 miles / 3.2 km). Short Range Missiles: As per short range missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Damage: Rail Guns: 3D4x10 MD per burst of 40 rounds (Can only fire burst). Short Range Missiles: As per short range missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Rate of Fire: Rail Guns: 6 attacks per melee. Short Range Missiles: 2 attacks per melee, can fire one at a time or in volleys of two or four.
    Payload: Rail Guns: 8000 rounds (200 burst) each. Short Range Missiles: 16 short range missiles each.
  2. MK-41 Tactical 8 Cell VLS (4; CVN-77 only): The standard VLS system used by the US Navy, the system was developed near the end of the previous ; century. Four eight-cell systems were built into the hull at the four corners of the ship. The tactical length version could not carry Cruise Missiles, but this mattered little for the necessities of the aircraft carrier design.
    Maximum Effective Range: As per long or medium range missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Mega-Damage: As per medium range missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
    Rate of Fire: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2), four (4), or sixteen (16) missiles per melee and can be fired at multiple targets at the same time.
    Payload: 8 missile cells in each VLS launcher. Two long range missiles or four medium range missiles may be carried per cell. The usual complement was 64 MRMs.
  3. Chaff Launcher (4): Located on the sides of the hull of the ship, they are designed to confuse incoming missiles. All four launchers must be operated or effects will be reduced. Reduce effects of launchers by 50% per launcher not used. Rifts Earth decoy systems are assumed to not operate on Phase World missiles due to technological difference. Reduce effects by 20% against smart missiles (Add +20% to rolls for smart missiles.)
    Maximum Effective Range: Around Ship
    Mega Damage: None
      01-35 - Enemy missile or missile volley detonates in chaff cloud - Missiles are all destroyed.
      36-60 - Enemy missile or missile volley loses track of real target and veers away in wrong direction (May lock onto another target.)
      61-00 - No effect, enemy missile or missile volley is still on target.
    Payload: 24 each for a total of 96
  4. Advanced Towed Decoys (4): The vessel carries four advanced towed decoy drones. They are each a small automated vehicle that creates a false sonar image designed to mimic the vessels. The decoy is dragged behind the carrier using a cable. If decoys are not destroyed, they can be recovered and repaired. Rifts Earth decoy systems are assumed to not operate against Phase World weapons due to technological difference.
    M.D.C.: 20
    Effects: The decoy has an 80% chance of fooling ordinary non military sonars and non smart guided torpedoes, the decoy has a 50% chance of fooling military level sonars (like those of the Coalition), and the decoy has a 25% chance of fooling advanced military sonars (Like those of the New Navy and Triax) and smart torpedoes.
    Maximum Effective Range: Not Applicable
    Rate of Fire: One can be deployed at a time and requires 2 minutes to deploy (Reel Out) another decoy
    Payload: 4 Decoys.

Special Systems:

The ship has all systems standard on a robot vehicle plus the following special features:

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