Lilly Black Class DDG (Guided Missile Destroyer) at sea
Lilly Black Class DDG
Type: Guided Missile Destroyer Warship
Displacement: 7500 Tonnes
Length: 150 Meters
Beam: 20 Meters
Draught: 8 Meters (Normal Load)
CODAG-WARP System, consisting of:
- 2 x Merlin MD418/1 Diesel Engines
- 2 x Merlin MGT21 Gas Turbines
- 2 x Shafts
- 2 x five-bladed reversible controllable-pitch propellers
- Water Jet
2 x Merlin MS564G Diesel Engine Generator each producing 12000 HP (8800 kW)
Speed: 30 Knots (55 Km/ph)
Range: 15 000 Kilometers at 20Km/ph
Endurance: 50 Days at sea
Complement: 120 (Includes Air Crew)
- RN/PAMSS15-A: Surface Search Radar
- RN/PAMAS15-A: Air Search Radar
- RN/FCR15-A: Fire Control Radar
- RN/WS95-F: Weather Surveilance Radar
- SN/AE92-C: Sonar
- SN/LFAS/T: Towed Array Sonar
- V/UHF; VHF; HF; VlF Radios
- Satelite Communication System
- Legend System: Tactical Data Link
Thunder X21 EWS, consisting off:
- 4 x Chaff Launchers
- 4 x Flare Launchers
- Radar Warning Receiver
- Radar Jammer
- Signal Jammer
- Surface Ship Torpedo Defence System
- 120 x Mk VI Cells (Anti Air / Anti Sub / Anti ship)
- 1 x Trident Gun System
- 1 x HHC-04/N 75mm QFC "K.O"(CiWS)
- 1 x HQAS-35/15-N 35mm QFC (CiWS)
- 4 x Torpedo Tubes
- 1 x Helipad
- 1 x Aircaft Hanger (2 x Medium Helicopters)
2 x Hydra Blue Albatross Helicopters
- 1 x RHIB
- 1 x Recon UAV
Country of Origin: Republic of Port Ember
Build By: Umberlee Shipyards
First Commisioned: 2017
Export Price: $3 Billion NSD
Users of the Vessel (other than Port Ember):
- The Militarized Nation of Iarann Grudaidh x 14 Vessels
- Pulsroth x 3 Vessels
The Republic of Port Ember Security Forces Navy (PESFN) has since its Independence from Great Britian in 1950, relied solely on purchasing foreign naval vessels. This was easier, and more cost effective than designing and building its own vessels. However in recent times, Port Ember's international political focus has evolved into becoming more active and influential in their region. Port Ember became involved in three wars over a very short period of time, and it was realised that reliance on purchasing foreign vessels could no longer be the sole modus operandi of the navy.
Therefore the government started the process of starting its own domestic naval vessel production.
Even though Port Ember would start its domestic naval construction projects so late in the 21st Century, it had the following advantages to assist it with the startup:
- Port Ember has over 400 local shipyards in the private sector, which has been building all manners of civilian vessels for centuries.
- A few large international military purposed shipyards has been located within Port Ember for many years, leading to locals aquiring a wide set of skills and knowledge in the industry.
- The Port Ember Maritime University is a leading academic centre in all kinds of maritime studies and research, and has a enormous pool of intellectual knowledge and skills which could be tapped.
Thereafter a private company with its focus on designing and building military naval vessels for Port Ember was born - Umberlee Shipyards.
Two projects was commisioned, and have proven to be a huge success. The Jolly Roger Class Patrol Missile Boat and Justice Class Offshore Patrol Cutter was small vessels build, but it was a indication that Port Ember had the funds, knowledge, skills and technology to build world class and even pioneering naval vessels from scratch. Therefore a large Frigate Warship was constructed, building on the success of the previous ships, which came in the form of the Orca Class Frigate. This ship surpassed everyones expectations and is known as one of the greatest anti air and anti submarine warships today.
Inspired by the recent massive successes and desire for a even better success at domestic production - the top structure of the PESFN, commisioned yet another project - Project Hunter.
The project was an ambitious one, as the navy now were used to successfull quality ships, and wanted a modern large warship, capable to stand tall - or taller - than comparable vessels amongst the global community.
The Navy commisioned the new project, and the contract was awarded to their usual supplier - the joint venture of Umberlee Shipyards, Merlin Industries, Hydra Armaments and Port Ember Maritime University with the following specific requirements:
- Large Guided Missile Destroyer Warship
- Vessel capable of complete destruction of other surface vessels - whether they are smaller or bigger vessels.
- Vessel capable of supporting ground troops with shore bombardment.
- Vessel capable of limited but effective anti submarine and anti air defence.
- Fast vessel to keep up with any other vessel in the fleet, present or future.
In summary, the navy needed a Fast and Heavy Guided Missile Destroyer, capable of sinking any enemy vessel, while being able to defend itself and against submarines and aircraft, and in a warzone - provide bombardment support to friendly troops.Thus the Lilly Black Class Destroyer was born.
The Lilly Black Class Destroyer received its name from the historical figure of the same name, a famous pirate figure in the 16th century - who's death managed to unite the fragmented island for the first time in its history.
The Lilly Black Class Destroyer was build as a modern high-tech warship which fulfilled anti surface duties, fill a critical multi role in a combined fleet and be able to operate effectively on its own.
Construction of the Lilly Black Class started in late 2014, with the knowledge and experience gained from the Jolly Roger Class, Justice Class Offshore Patrol Cutter and Orca Class Frigate as an foundation, and passed its sea trials in late 2016. The first vessel of the class was commissioned in late 2017.
Both the ship's hull and superstructure is manufactured from a high quality steel.
The vessel is of a single-hull design, ensuring hull strength and further increases seaworthiness.
The hull is long and narrow, with a V shaped bottom. This increases speed and stability during high speed.
The bow (front deck) of the ship contains the 76mm Quick Firing Cannon and the 35mm Cannon.
The bow is 40 meters long (measured from the front end of the superstructure to the tip of the stern)
On the bow, starting from the middle, the vessel's HHC-04/N 75mm QFC turret is located. In front of the turret the chaff luanchers is located. There is a single steel door on the front of the superstructure giving access to the bow; as the superstructure ecompasses the entire width of the vessel. One therefore cannot walk "around" the ship while on the deck.
The revolutionary Trident Gun System is also located here.
The stern (rear) of the ship is 40 meters long (measured from the end of the superstructure to the tip of the stern).
The stern has three distinct features, namely the helicopter pad, the RHIB System and the UAV System.
The Helicopter Pad is 25m long and 20m wide. The aircraft hanger is adjacent to the pad, located within the superstructure.
Behind the Helicopter Pad, a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and its special crane is located portside on the stern. The crane is able to be folded down onto the deck and be securedly locked down when not in use.
Next to the RHIB crane to its right, on the starboards side of the vessel, is an pneumatic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) launcher and a Recovery Wire for the drone.
The superstructure itself is 70 meters long and 20 meters wide. The door granting access to the superstructure is on the portside corner of the rear of the superstructure, and one door of the center of the superstructure on the front.
The superstructure is two stories tall. The deckfloor houses the crew cabin, ablution facilities (toilets and showers), galley with its attached galley stores (kitchen and mess hall) and a one room medical bay (doctors office). A door leading below decks are located in the galley.
The crewman cabins is luxurious when compared to other ships in its class. Each room is airconditioned, with four bunkbeds per room. Therefore each sailor has his own bed and does not need to share with anyone else. Each bunk is fitted with a curtain, to provide some manner of privacy. The 15 officers of the vessel has cabins on the second story.
The second story houses the two officers cabins, officer's lounge and the Bridge.
Seven officer cabins houses two bunks stacked in two's, fitted with a curtain each. The captain has his own cabin and does not share it with any of his crew. He has a single bunk and table in his cabin (serving as his personal office as well). His cabin is situated next to the bridge.
The officers lounge is a small room where the officers of the vessel eats and relaxes. It is equiped with a dining table, sofas, TV and a bookcase.
The Bridge is the most important room in the superstructure. Here the ship is steered and commanded from. All the equiped radar stations, comms stations, navigation stations and weapon control stations is located here.
Below deck (accessed via a hatch in the galley on the deckfloor) houses the engine room and ammunition storage room.
The engine room is located below deck, at the stern (rear) of the vessel and contains the vessels two diesel engines.
The rest of the below decks is the ammunition storage room. Here the on-deck weapon systems is fed from.
This class of warship has seven independent air-conditioning plants allowing the ship to operate at a preset temperature and moisture level in ocean water ranging between 4 °C and 30 °C, and the air temperature between −4 °C and 32 °C. This also keeps the air pressure in the citadel five millibars higher than on the outside to prevent the drawing in of RBC (radioactive, biological, or chemical) contamination. These ships are also fitted with seawater fire-fighting pumps and sprinkler systems. These are also ready to wet down the warship's ammunition magazines. In addition, a CO2 fire-extinguishing system protects the gas turbine and diesel engineering areas. The galleys are fitted with an ANSUL system and the flight deck and hangar with a foam fire extinguishing system. Two reverse-osmosis plants generate 15 cubic metres of fresh water each every 24 hours. This water is provided to the galleys, messes, and drinking water supplies, and it is also used for cooling the guns, the air-conditioners, and the engine room, in addition for washing the helicopters. Water pumped to the guns, sensors, and air-conditioners is chilled by two refrigerators. An oil-fired hot-water boiler, made by the same company, provides the ship's heating, whereas the hot water for the galley and messes comes from a 600-litre, 45 kilowatt electric geyser.
The Lilly Black Class Destroyer is propelled by a Combined Diesel and Gas Turbine - Water Jet and Refined Propellers (CODAG-WARP) with steerable propeller and a water jet Propulsion system.
This Propulsion System utilises 2 x Merlin MD418/1 Diesel Engines - the same engines which is used in the Jolly Roger Class PM, Justice Class OPC and Orca Class Frigate. Individually they produce 15 000HP. It also consists out of 2 x Merlin MGT21 Gas Turbines. Individually they produce 40 000hp. This gives a total combined output of 110 000HP.
The CODAG-WARP Propulsion System is coupled to two shafts, each driving a five-bladed reversible controllable-pitch propeller.
Merlin MD418 Diesel Engines
These reciprocating Marlin Diesel Engines is well known for their operating simplicity, robustness and fuel economy.
It is a 4 stroke, 18 cylinder twin turbo diesel engines which produces 15 000HP each (total of 30 000 HP).
Each of the Medium Speed engines runs at approximately 800 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM).
The engines are manufactured in a trunk layout engine, enabling a short engine to fit under deck - while retaining a long stroke, to reduce strain on the engine, requiring less maintenance.
The connecting rod is located within a large-diameter hollow piston rod. This "trunk" carries almost no load. The interior of the trunk is open to outside air, and is wide enough to accommodate the side-to-side motion of the connecting rod, which links a gudgeon pin at the piston head to an outside crankshaft.
The walls of the trunk is bolted to the piston. The working portion of the cylinder is ring-shaped, with the trunk passing through the centre of the cylinder itself.
The horizontal cylinders is what ensures the low profile of the engine, allowing the engine to fit under deck - and beneath the vessels waterline to protect the engines against possible enemy fire.
The two engines is connected to two shafts, turning two five-bladed reversible controllable-pitch propellers. The rotation of the crankshaft is connected to the camshaft on the motors. The engines each runs at approximately 800 RPM
Each engine is connected to a reduction gearbox, which has a clutch, allowing one engine to be removed from the shaftline, and forcing the remaining engine to power both shafts. This allows for maintenance and repairs on a engine, even while the ship is in motion. One engine can easily propell the vessel without causing harm to it, however the vessel will lose its high speed capability for this duration.
These engines have a good proven track record of operating simplicity, robustness, fuel economy and manufacturing simplicity.
Merlin MGT21 Gas Turbine
The Merlin MGT21 Gas Turbine delivers 40 000HP - with a combined total of 80 000HP. It has a thermal efficiency of 39 percent at ISO conditions.
The Merlin MGT21 Gas Turbine is a continuous combustion, internal combustion engine. There are three main components:
An upstream rotating gas compressor;
A downstream turbine on the same shaft;
A combustion chamber or area, called a combustor.
The basic operation of the gas turbine is a Brayton cycle with air as the working fluid. Fresh atmospheric air flows through the compressor that brings it to higher pressure. Energy is then added by spraying fuel into the air and igniting it so the combustion generates a high-temperature flow. This high-temperature high-pressure gas enters the turbine, where it expands down to the exhaust pressure, producing a shaft work output in the process. The turbine shaft work is used to drive the compressor; the energy that is not used for compressing the working fluid comes out in the exhaust gases.
The CODAG-WARP System
The Diesel engines is used while the vessel is cruising, as it is more efficient and economic to utilise than the gas turbines for this purpose. One or both diesel engines can be used for this purpose. The vessel is faster and more fuel economic when both engines are used similtaniously, but one may be switched off without stopping the vessel, in order to conduct maintenance and/or repairs.
The Gas Turbines are used when top speed is needed, as the power ouput is immediate and highly effective when used at full power.
In addition to these features, the propulsion system which is composed of a water-jet drive, in addition to two propellers. Its CODAG-WARP system (COmbined Diesel And Gas turbine-WAter jet and Refined Propellers) consist of a steerable propeller and a water jet.
As mentioned, the propulsion power is provided by a combination of diesel engines and gas turbines. The propulsion plant can be operated in four modes:
I – Economical mode: One diesel engine driving both shafts.
II – Maneuvering mode: Both diesel enginess driving both shafts.
III - CODAG-WARP: Both diesel engines and the gas turbines turned on.
IV – Gas turbine only: Gas turbines powering water jet only.
The four engines are placed on vibration emmiting rubber blocks inside a seperate metal container sound capsule, lined with acoustic tiles. This makes the vessel silent to avoid detection by a submarine's acoustic sonar.
Please note that the Power Section describes the energy production of the vessel and not the propulsion devices.
The Lilly Black Class generates its electricty by means of two installed Merlin MS564G Engines of which individually is a 5675 cm3 (5.7 litres, 345-cubic-inch) displacement inline 6-cylinder 4-stroke Diesel engine, each producing 12000 HP (8800 kW)
The engine is water-cooled, and is produced using cast-iron cylinder block, with cast-in cylinders. The engine utilizes diesel fuel delivered in a direct injection method from a PES style inline injection pump. The cylinder head is a single unit for all cylinders, and the cylinder head cover and air intake are shared by a single cast aluminum alloy. Exhaust ports 2&3 and 4&5 are siamesed together, presenting an exhaust manifold with only four outlets.
The crankshaft is a precision forged unit running in seven three-layer bearings, with counterweights bolted onto the crank webs. The middle bearing is also the thrust bearing. The connecting rods are of a split design, with bronze bushings for the piston pin.
The two onboard generators never runs at the same time. Only one generator is used at a time to generate the power to the vessel, and the generators runs on a relay system - working only 4 hours before shutting down for 4 hours while the other generator takes over the power generation duties. This allows the generators not to overwork and reduces wear and tear - and eases constant maintenance. The relay system works automatically and does not need the input of a human operator. The relay system also makes sure the switch is completed smoothly - without shutting down power to the vessel, even for a second.
The power which is generated by the on board generators is then distributed efficiently throughout the ship via the power distribution system.
The distribution system consists of different component for distribution and safe operation of the system, including: the Main Switch Board; Bus Bars; Circuit Breakers and transformers.
For the rare possibility of both generators failing, backup power is stored in a Lithium Battery Stack, which is recharged by the generators itself.
The Lilly Black Class was designed to encompass many stealth feautures. The experience gained with the previous ships build assisted immensely.
Radar Cross Section Reduction:
Where possible the shape of the ship avoided vertical surfaces, which would perfectly reflect any such beams directly back to the enemy's emitter. Retro-reflective right angles were eliminated where possible.
Furthermore, round shapes on the vessel were eliminated or covered up, especially on the gun turrets. Cavities that present a horizontal face were actively avoided during the design since they act like a trap and are very visible to radar. To achieve this, reflective surfaces were covered with panels.
Noise Emmisions Reduction:
In an attempt to reduce the vessels noice signature, the Lilly Black Class uses a muffled exhaust system on its two diesel engines and its two propellers have been shaped to reduce its noice emmision. Lastly, in the engine room - the four engines are placed on vibration emmiting rubber blocks inside a seperate metal container sound capsule, lined with acoustic tiles. This makes the vessel silent to avoid detection by a submarine's acoustic sonar.
Signal Emission Reduction:
The Lilly Black Class emits lots of electromagnetic radiation in the form of radar, radio, and even bleed-off from the ship's electrical systems. The vessel has a mode available that switches as much of the electronic emissions off temporarily, the downside of course is that the ship then has to rely on passive sensors and can't easily send messages further than line of sight.
The high tensile steel of which the ship is constructed is more effective at blocking radio waves than normal steel. This protects the ship's electronics against an electromagnetic pulse. In addition, it stops any radio frequency signals generated by the ships electronic devices escaping outside. Except for the bridge, the vessel has no windows that would allow the signals to escape. However these windows have been shaped to absorb radiation as well.
Thermal Emissions Reduction:
To add to their stealth characteristics, the exhaust fumes from the gas turbines and diesel engines are cooled by spraying water into the exhaust duct and then expelled just above the ship's waterline, making the destroyer almost invisible to most infrared detectors.
Furthermore the vessel's plumbing consists out of pipes mounted against the hull walls, which can pump cold water through it in an attempt to cool down the hull as a whole.
The vessel is fitted with a wide variety of sensors, of which most components is fitted on the mast of the vessel. The mast is a tower mounted on the deck directly behind the superstructure. The various radio's and radars uses a combined (single) antenna, located here. The following sensor components are installed on the vessel:
RN/PAMSS15-A: This S band Active & Passive, Passive Phased Array Surface Search radar was designed and developed by the Port Ember Maritime University and sold to Hydra Industries for production. The combined antenna is mounted on the Mast of the vessel, with the LED Screen PPI (Plan Position Indicator) located in the Operational Room (Bridge). It can detect ships up to 250km.
RN/PAMAS15-A: This Active & Passive, Passive Phased Array Air Search radar was designed and developed by the Port Ember Maritime University and sold to Hydra Indusries for production. The combined antenna is mounted on the Mast of the vessel, with the LED Screen PPI (Plan Position Indicator) located in the Operational Room (Bridge). It can detect aircraft up to 500km and track 200 targets simultaniously.
RN/FCR15-A: This C Band Fire Control radar is linked to the ships CiWS (Close in Weapon System), to track incoming objects (missiles) and guide and aim the weapons (the 35mm and 75mm cannons) to accurately engage its target. This system was designed and developed by the Port Ember Maritime University and sold to Hydra Industries for production.
RN/WS95-F: This C Band Weather Survailence Radar detects and warns the vessel of severe weather conditions.
SN/AE92-C This active sonar and echo sounder is used to determine water depth, bottom contour, and bottom composition.
SN/LFAS/T This Towed Sonar is a Low Frequency Active Sonar (LFAS) and consists of both active and passive sonar arrays. It is a towed-array that enables ships to hunt the latest submarines at considerable distances and locate them beyond the range at which they submarines can launch an attack.
Legend System: The Legend System is considered a world bechmark system. It is a system which is an integrated network which identifies the position of all friendly vessels in the area and distinguishes between friendly/unknown vessels. The Legend System combines both interrogator and transponder functions. It is a dual transponder - both a military transponder, and a civilian transponder. Any of the two transponders can be switched off at any time.
It is also a Tactical Data Link- exchanging digital information among airborne, land-based, and ship-board tactical data systems. It is the primary means to exchange data such as radar tracking information beyond line of sight.
External Communication: The vessel is fitted with a variety of external communication systems, such as:
● V/UHF; VHF; HF; VlF Radios
● Satelite Communication System
ELECTRONIC WARFARE SYSTEMS
The ship is fitted with a modern and sophisticated Electronic Warfare System, named the Thunder X21 EW System. This package was created specifically for the Jolly Roger Class, which was designed by a Port Ember Maritime University Think Tank and sold to Hydra Industries for production. It was then upgraded and improved for the Lilly Black Class. It is an integrated electronic network which aims to deffend the vessel against missile attacks. It contains the following:
- 8 x Chaff Launchers. The installed Chaff Launchers is a lightweight, quick reaction system for the self-defence of the vessel against surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missiles. Chaff dispensing rockets are fired to form a radar decoy screen around the vessel. There is 16 x small Launchtubes mounted right in front of the superstructure, with 8 x Starboard and 8 x Portside, of which side is loaded with 4 x chaff and 4 x countermeasure flares.
- 8 x Flare Launchers. The installed Counter measure flare Launchers is a lightweight, quick reaction system for the self-defence of the vessel against heat seaking missiles. The countermeasure flares are fired off to attempt to deceive infrared missiles. These flares burn at temperatures of thousands of degrees. There is 8 x small Launchtubes mounted right in front of the superstructure, with 8 x Starboard and 8 x Portside, of which side is loaded with 4 x chaff and 4 x countermeasure flares.
- Radar Warning Receiver. The vessel is fitted with a Radar Warning Receiver which detects and issues a warning when a radar signal that might be a threat is detected. This system then automatically activates the appropriate defence system (chaff/flare/CiWS) in order to defend itself.
- Radar Jammer. This system attempts to jamm incoming missiles which is radar guided. The combined antenna is placed on the mast.
- Signal Jammer. This system attempts to jamm incoming missiles which is radio signal guided. The combined antenna is placed on the mast.
- Surface Ship Torpedo Defence System. The system consists of:
- an acoustic passive towed array
- a towed acoustic countermeasure (flexible)
- a single-drum winch
- a processing cabinet
- 2 display consoles
- 2 expendable acoustic device launchers (1 port, 1 starboard)
- 16 expendable acoustic devices (8 in each launcher)
The passive acoustic towed array is specifically designed to detect torpedoes (unlike traditional ASW sonars) and has additional in-built non-acoustic as well as acoustic intercept sensors. Through advanced AI processing it is able to generically identify torpedoes as well as classify specific weapon types and modes and undertake threat evaluation and posturing analysis. The system provides tactical advice dependent upon the specific threat weapon, mode and posture to maximise vessel survivability, which typically involves vessel manoeuvres and also includes the deployment of countermeasures. The countermeasures - both towed and expendable variants - lure the threat away from the vessel in a soft-kill manner.
The TGS is a new generation and revolutionary 155 mm Gun. The gun barrel is 62 calibers long, and is able to fire the entire magazine (300+ rounds) with an average rate of fire of ten rounds per minute using a water cooled barrel. The TGS is mounted in a turret specifically designed for the Lilly Black class destroyer with fully automated ammunition supply and operation. The turret itself is designed to be stealthy, allowing for the entire length of the barrel to be enclosed within the turret housing when not firing.
A primary advantage of the TGS over the existing naval guns in the world is its increased capability for supporting ground forces and striking land targets. With a 10-round per minute capacity, it offers the ability to deliver the firepower of a battery of six 155 mm howitzers. This increases the utility of vessels equipped with the weapon, especially in areas in which the Navy exercises absolute sea supremacy.
The gun uses a newly designed 155mm Smart Guided Shell. The munitions is highly precise, with a circular error probable (CEP) of 50 m (160 ft) or less. It has an effective firing range of 200km. The ammunition features separate projectile and propellant portions. Total weight is 102 kg, including a bursting charge of 11 kg. The maximum length of the combined munition is 220 cm, amounting to about 14 calibers.
There is 60 x Vertical Launch System chutes installed on the Orca Class, with 2 x Cells per chute, to a total of 120 x Cells. The standard configuration of the Lilly Black Class is as follows:
- x 20 Surface to Air Missiles: HMT-13/AA "Sterling" Anti Air Missiles
- x 20 Anti Submarine Missiles: HMR-10/A-AS "Dragon Slayer" Anti Submarine Missile
- x 80 Anti Ship Missiles: HMR-10/A "Dragon Slayer" Anti Ship Missile
The HHX1-04/N 75mm Quick Firing Cannon is a single barrelled, unmanned and remote controlled weapon. The weapon is housed in an unmanned capula located on the deck of the vessel, at the start of the stern. of the start of the superstructure. As part of the CiWS, it engages incoming air targets automatically. The operator can control the weapon from inside the Operations Room (Bridge) via remote control to engage targets manually. The weapon turret can traverse 360° and has a elevation between -15°/85°. It has an effective firing range of 16 kilometers and can fire up to 120 rounds per minute.
The weapon is fed through a autoloader, placed directly below the capula, from under the deck in the ammunition room.
The HQAS-35/15-N 35mm "Reaper" Quick Firing Cannon Close in Weapon System is a single barrelled, unmanned and remote controlled weapon. The weapon is housed in an unmanned turret, located on the deck of the vessel, in front of the start of the superstructure. As part of the CiWS, it engages incoming air targets automatically. The operator can control the weapon from inside the Operations Room (Bridge) via remote control to engage other targets manually. The weapon turret can traverse 360° and has a elevation between -15°/85°. It has an effective firing range of 2 kilometers and can fire up to 200 rounds per minute.
The weapon is fed through a belt system from the inside of the turret, from below deck.
Torpedo Tubes 4 x 324 mm Torpedo Tubes is located on the vessels bow.
The vessel has a Helicopter Pad and Aircraft Hanger in the superstructure. The Aircraft Hanger is large enough to store and operate 2 x Medium Helicopters, which is normally used to supplement the ship's Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability.
Any Medium Helicopters can be used, but the Port Ember Security Forces Navy currently uses only the Hydra Blue Albatross Helicopters.
- The vessel also carries 1 x Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). This RHIB is lowered into and recovered from sea via a crane, located at the vessel's stern. This is to include versatility to the vessel for boarding and inspecting suspicious vessels during its patrol role.
- Opposite the RHIB crane, on the starboard side of the vessel, is an pneumatic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) launcher and a Recovery Wire for the drone. The vessel is equiped with a ScanEagle Drone (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_Insitu_ScanEagle)
- Very fast and agile
- Stealth Ship
- Modern and effective surveilance systems
- Modern and effective defensive measures
- Very high level of firepower
- World leading Anti Surface Capability
- Effective at self defence against submarines and aircraft.
- Very high level of flexability. Works well alone and extremely effective in a combined fleet.
In summary, the Lilly Black Class Destroyer is a modern latest generation warship. It is unparralled in its anti surface warfare roles and still very capable in its defence against aircraft and submarines. It is also extrenely effective at supporting land forces with shore bombardment. Therefore the Lilly Black is effective to execute a large variety of missions, whether solo, escorting another vessel or as part of a combined fleet. Its anti surface vessel capability is the envy of the known world.
The LillBlack Class was designed and is being manufactured in a Joint Venture:
- Umberlee Shipyard manufactures the hull and superstructure.
- Hydra Industries manufactures the weapon and electronic systems.
- Merlin Industries manufactures the vessels engines.
- Port Ember Maritime University conducted most of the advanced Research and Development of the ship and weapon systems for the vessel.
The current Port Ember Navy Doctrine for the Lilly Black Class dictates its use:
- Escort other vessels when an escort is needed.
- Execute any solo tasks given anywhere in the world. Capable to survive on its own no matter the threat.
- Form part of the nucleas of a Aircraft Carrier Strike Force - defending the fleet against enemy warships and provide offshore bombardment support.
- I went to great length to ensure the Lilly Black is both badass and actually realistic. I am however no expert and if you spot a technical glitch, please drop me a TG.
- The pic displayed here is obviously not realy the Lilly Black. Reason being - i have zero experience/skill in drawing and do not have access to a PC atm. Me and my android phone can not get a pic drawn for the Lilly Black.. and this pic provides a very rough (almost kinda) idea of what she looks like.