United Provinces Navy
|United Provinces Navy|
Ul'ussi Topnada (Maviba)
|Allegiance||United Provinces of Darya|
|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
|Motto(s)||Nos on se tar (Monbana for "Not for self but for country")|
|Supreme Commander||Paron voKatya|
|Chairman of the Admiralty||ADMN Nalesi voHarel|
|First Vice Chair of the Admiralty||FADM Rasadi voMerar|
|Second Vice Chair of the Admiralty||FADM Kamani voDelan|
The United Provinces Navy (Maviba: Ul'ussi Topnada; UTN), also known as the Darsi Navy (Darsi Topnada) is the naval warfare service branch of the United Provinces Defence Force. The United Provinces 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 Provinces 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 Provinces Interstellar Corps, the UP's civilian exploratory and diplomatic fleet, which prior to the Navy's creation also provided for national defence. Following Darsa financial and other indirect involvement in the Union Civil War, the new Socialist Eteno government agreed to assist the United Provinces to create a new military capable of the forward defence of the rapidly expanding United Provinces. With the use of soldiers bred in the United Provinces Military Personnel Program, the Navy quickly grew into a powerful and well-armed force.
As with all other branches of the Defence Force, the United Provinces 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 personnel. The Admiralty itself is subordinate to the Vashkurum, which is headed by the similarly elected Chairman of the Vashkurum.
Command and organisation
The United Provinces Navy is collectively headed by the United Provinces 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 Provinces Starbase 2, the headquarters of the United Provinces Defence Force. Navy fighters are operated by the United Provinces 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 Provinces Navy are very similar to those of the Navy of the Union of Eteno Socialist States.
Commissioned officers of the Darsi 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 voHarel. 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 three Naval Training Facilities at Delan, Harel and Merar.
|Commissioned officer rank structure of the United Provinces Navy|
|Admiral of the Navy||Fleet Admiral||Admiral||Vice Admiral||Rear Admiral||Commodore||Captain|
|Topnadi Fevekton||Donanmi Fevekton||Fevekton||Yonfevekton||Gerfevekton||Kla'arkon||Arkon|
|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-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 rank structure of the United Provinces 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|
|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|
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.
The names of commissioned ships in the United Provinces Navy are prefixed with the abbreviation "UPS", which stand for "United Provinces Starship", while non-commissioned vessels carry the prefix "UPNS", designating a United Provinces 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 Provinces 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 (Avci Tashica, lit. "hunter transporters") are the flagships of the Navy's large fleet units. While most large starships in the United Provinces 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 (Silazhuma, lit. "weapon ships") constitute the majority of the UP Navy's capital ships. UP 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 (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 (Bumma'arica, lit. "bomb seekers") are one of the many smaller vessel types used by the UP 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 (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 ships are often used in hit-and-run operations independently or as auxiliaries of a strike group. There are currently 300 stealth ships in service.
The United Provinces 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
- Repair ships
- Atmospheric reconnaissance ships
- Electronic support ships
- Experimental testbeds
- Training ships
- Barracks ships