United Communes Navy

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United Communes Navy
Ul'ussi Topnada (Maviba)
Active 493 TE–present
Allegiance Flag of Darya.svg United Communes
Type Navy
Role Power projection; territorial defence
Size 3.5 million active duty personnel
1.2 million Home Guard and reserve personnel
2,800 deployable ships
3,000 total ships
>50,000 small craft
Part of Vashkurum
Headquarters Starbase 2
Motto(s) Nos on se tar (Monbana for "Not for self but for country")
Commanders
Supreme Commander Paron Vakat
Chairman of the Admiralty ADMN Nalesi atSarul
First Vice Chair of the Admiralty FADM Rasadi Malir
Second Vice Chair of the Admiralty FADM Kamani Natel


The United Communes Navy (Maviba: Ul'ussi Topnada; UTN), also known as the Darsi Navy (Darsi Topnada) is the naval warfare service branch of the United Communes Defence Force. The United Communes Navy is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the Far North Arm, with one of the region's highest combined battle fleet tonnages. With 3.5 million personnel on active duty and 1.2 million in the Navy Reserve, the Navy is the second-largest of the service branches, surpassed only by the United Communes Army. It has 2,800 deployable combat vessels and more than 50,000 operational fighter- and shuttle-craft as of 544 TE.

Formed with the assistance of Eteno military advisors in 493 TE, the Navy is distinct from the much older and smaller United Communes Interstellar Corps, the UP's civilian exploratory and diplomatic fleet, which prior to the Navy's creation also provided for national defence. Following discovery of the ongoing Buyuk Wars, the Union government concluded that the Interstellar Corps' defence capabilities were no longer adequate, and in 493 TE the Montash authorised the remilitarisation of the United Communes. In 500 TE, the Military Personnel Training Department was established, and thereafter the Navy quickly grew into a powerful and well-armed force.

As with all other branches of the Defence Force, the United Communes Navy has a hierarchical command structure, which is unlike societal organisation in the civilian UP. It is administratively managed by the Admiralty, a council composed of officers elected by the Navy's officer corps. The Admiralty itself is subordinate to the Vashkurum, which is headed by the similarly elected Chairman of the Vashkurum.

History

Command and organisation

The United Communes Navy is collectively headed by the United Communes Admiralty. Members of the Admiralty all hold ranks of Admiral (Fevekton) or above, and are elected to the Admiralty by their subordinates. Unlike civilian political offices, membership in the Admiralty is not restricted by limited terms, and instead lasts until resignation or death. New elections occur upon vacancy. The Admiralty is in turn headed by a Chairman, who holds the unique rank of Admiral of the Navy (Topnadi Fevekton). The Admiral of the Navy is also a member of the Vashkurum, and is directly elected by the Navy's officers from the existing Admiralty. The Admiralty is based on United Communes Starbase 2, the headquarters of the United Communes Defence Force. Navy fighters are operated by the United Communes Navy Fighter Corps (Ulussi Topnada Avcisela, UPNFC). The Corps is headed by the Chief of the Fighter Corps, who holds the rank of Admiral and sits on the Admiralty.

Ranks and insignia

The uniforms and ranks of the United Communes Navy are very similar to those of the Navy of the Union of Eteno Socialist States.

Commissioned officers

Commissioned officers of the United Communes Navy have grades ranging from C-1 to O-11. The only O-11 position in the Navy is that of the Admiral of the Navy, currently Nalesi atSarul. Ranks superior to Commander (O-4) are all elected. Electors for each successive rank afterward are the officers under the command of the rank in question (for example, captains are elected by the crews of the ships they are to command). Ranks of Commander and below are meritocratic in nature, though promotions may be recommended by a candidate's peers as well as their superiors. Officers ranked O-8 (Vice Admiral) to O-11 (Admiral of the Navy) are known as flag officers. O-5 to O-8 are senior officers, and those ranking O-4 and below are referred to as junior officers. All officers of the Navy receive a commission from the Montash.

Naval officers are trained at the United Communes Navy Academy at Starbase 182.

Commissioned officer rank structure of the United Communes Navy
Admiral of the Navy Fleet Admiral Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain
Topnadi Fevekton Donanmi Fevekton Fevekton Yonfevekton Gerfevekton Kla'arkon Arkon
O-11 O-10 O-9 O-8 O-7 O-6 O-5
Top-Fe | TF | ADMN Do-Fe | DF | FADM Fe-Vek | FV | ADML Yon-Fe | YF | VADM Ger-Fe | GF | RADM Kla-Ar | KA | CDRE Ar-Kon | AK | CAPT
Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Ensign Senior Cadet Officer Cadet
Min'arkon Klatemenon Temenon Mintemenon Genson Kladiron Diron
O-4 O-3 O-2 O-1 O-0 C-2 C-1
Min-Ar | MA | CMDR Kla-Te | KT | LCDR Te-Me | TM | LEUT Min-Te | MT | SBLT Gen-Son | GS | ENSN Kla-Di | KD | SCAD Di-Ron | DR | CADT

Enlisted ranks

Subordinate to the officer corps are non-commissioned, enlisted personnel. Enlisted ranks are staffed by MPTD cosmonauts trained at the MPTD Navy Facilities in Delan, Islin and Merar. Enlisted ranks are meritocratic in nature; junior NCOs do not elect their superiors. NCOs are furthermore not eligible to vote for Admiralty positions.

Enlisted rank structure of the United Communes Navy
Warrant Officer Chief Cosmonaut Officer Cosmonaut Officer Class One Cosmonaut Officer Class Two Leading Cosmonaut Able Cosmonaut Cosmonaut
Yetkisubon Klakosmossubon Kosmossubon, Sinif An Kosmossubon, Sinif Tyo Klakosmosmon Kosmosmon Minkosmosmon
E-9 E-8 E-7 E-6 E-5 E-3 E-2
Yet-Su | YS | WO Kla-Kos-Su | KKS | CCO Kos-Su-An | KS1 | CO1 Kos-Su-Tyo | KS2 | CO2 Kla-Kos-Mon | KKM | LC Kos-Mon | KM | AC Min-Kos-Mon | MKM | COS

Equipment

As of 544 TE, the Navy operates over 3,000 ships, more than 100 orbital bases, 27,000 fighters and bombers of various configurations, 23,000 shuttlecraft and small transports, and over 400,000 non-combat vehicles.

Ships

The names of commissioned ships in the United Communes Navy are prefixed with the abbreviation "UCS", which stand for "United Communes Starship", while non-commissioned vessels carry the prefix "UCNS", designating a United Communes Naval Starship (in Mavibi, the terms are "UTZ", Ul'ussi Topzhuma; and "UTTZ", Ul'ussi Topnadi Topzhuma respectively). The names of ships are selected by the United Communes Admiralty, and often honour important people or places. Additionally, each ship is given a hull classification sequence to indicate the vessel's type and number. The navy also maintains a reserve fleet of inactive vessels that are maintained for reactivation when needed.

All vessels in the navy are equipped with warp drives and sublight antimatter engines, and antimatter is the primary form of propulsion used in the Navy. Fusion reactors are also installed on most large ships as power generators as well as to provide reserve propulsion should the antimatter drive be disabled or damaged.

Fighter carriers

Fighter carriers (Avci Tashica, lit. "hunter transporters") are the flagships of the Navy's large fleet units. While most large starships in the United Communes Navy carry small fighter complements, fighter carriers are specifically designed to serve as bases for fighter units, and some classes of carrier are capable of carrying more than one hundred fighters and shuttlecraft at once. Currently, the Navy operates 60 fighter carriers of various classes, with an additional 10 under construction.

Battleships

Battleships (Silazhuma, lit. "weapon ships") constitute the majority of the UC Navy's capital ships. UC battleships carry a wide assortment of weaponry, including particle cannons, antimatter torpedoes and nuclear missiles. They are capable of conducting anti-fighter and anti-missile warfare, as well as independent strike operations. Often, battleships are assigned to a battle fleet to act as escorts to fighter carriers. The Navy currently operates 200 battleships.

Defenders

Defenders (Vashzhuma) specialise in orbital and atmospheric combat. They are smaller and lighter than carriers and battleships, and are also highly manoeuvrable. Defenders are often assigned to planetary defence forces, but can also be found in strike groups. Defenders currently make up about 20% of the entire fleet, with around 1,000 currently in service.

Minesweepers

Minesweepers (Bumma'arica, lit. "bomb seekers") are one of the many smaller vessel types used by the UC Navy. Minesweepers carry more advanced sensor technologies on board, and are also equipped with automated hacking systems to disable mines. These technologies also give minesweepers a secondary cyberwarfare capability, and are sometimes used in strike groups for this reason. There are currently 400 minesweepers in service.

Stealth destroyers

Stealth destroyers (Gyolzhuma, lit. "shadow ships") are designed for stealth operations and long-distance combat. Their hulls are designed to make the stealth ships harder to detect using sensors. They also mask heat signatures. Stealth ships are furthermore equipped with long-distance torpedoes so that they can attack enemy vessels from a distance. Stealth destroyers are often used in hit-and-run operations independently or as auxiliaries of a strike group. There are currently 300 stealth destroyers in service. Stealth destroyers are also commonly employed by the Intelligence Bureau for deployment and extraction of agents.

Support ships

The United Communes Navy also operates a variety of smaller vessels which serve numerous support purposes. Many of these ships can commonly be found as auxiliaries in fleets and strike groups.

  • Hospital ships
  • Ammunition ships
  • Stores carriers
  • Tankers
  • Repair ships
  • Salvagers
  • Couriers
  • Atmospheric reconnaissance ships
  • Electronic support ships
  • Experimental testbeds
  • Training ships
  • Barracks ships

Weapons