Retivyy Class Cruiser
From Autonomicon Mk. II
The Retivvy Class Cruisers are a type of military ship currently in service within the Red Space Forces. It serves as a key component of Soviet military strategy, with Retivvy class vessels a part of nearly every major combat line within the Soviet fleet. The appearance of the Retivvy class, and its subsequent performance within the Soviet-German War played a large role in the modernization of the Royal Navy in the mid-2280s.
The Retivvy Class is in essence, the sum of all the lessons learned by the Soviet Navy between 2250 and 2270, in particular, the combat action of the Slavny class, which served as a test bed for numerous systems onboard the Retivvy, and across the Red Fleet. It is what some consider a perfection of the cruiser/carrier hybrid design, pioneered by the Soviet Union.
Designed foremost for anti-cruiser warfare, the Retivvy class is built around 10 KN-983 dual barrelled deck guns, used in favour of large scale torpedoes, which at had at times proven ineffective against modern countermeasures. These deck guns, first used aboard the Slavny class, have gained a sort of reverence within the Soviet Navy, having demonstrated their effectiveness repeatedly in numerous engagements. Indeed, during the shakedown cruise of the Retivvy prototype, it managed to completely pierce the hull of a captured Italian battlecruiser, from outside the range of the Italian ships own weapons.
The Retivvy class is not completely without torpedoes however, with dual launchers within the ships prow. Other secondary armaments include three Makarov flak cannons and 4 KN-933 light deck guns.
The defining feature of the Retivvy is the cruisers air wing, unlike the Slavny class, the hangars are housed in the back of the ship, giving it greater protection against oncoming fire, and allowing fighters to return to the ship without sacrificing the firepower of the forward battery. Like the Slavny, it is primarily equipped with MiG-43 and Su-85 strike craft.
In a harbinger of the designs later found on the Odessa Class, the bridge of the Retivvy is built not only to coordinate the ships activities, but to also act as a command center for a Soviet line, division, or even battlegroup. It also is fully equipped to sync with Red Air Force and Red Army networks, giving added strategic capabilities in planetary invasions and defense.