Among the first jump-capable warships, the Hobart-Class destroyer was the pride of the Oceanic Federation's fleet. The first one rolled off the New Perth orbital shipyards in 2102, and the class served with distinction until replaced by the Artemis-Class in 2140 after the development of more stable and effective artificial gravity. The Hobart was one of the last warships in the field that retained the use of rotational gravitaty living quarters. Due to the power requirements of the early artifical gravity systems developed at the end of the 21st century, it was impossible to power the lasers and Gauss cannons while maintaining gravity. Since naval combat at that time often lasted days, crews would rotate through the gravitational sections for rest to prevent physiological degradation.
Armed with three double-barrel 450mm railgun cannons and eight potent pulse laser emitters, the Hobart's most potent offensive weapon was the 2,500mm heavy Gauss cannon spinal mount. As one of the handful of superpowers that rose out of the ashes of the Fall in the first half of the 21st century, the Oceanic Federation had established substantial industrial and mining operations throughout the Sol system, and was among the first nations to settle the newly-discovered habitable worlds in nearby systems as jump technology evolved in 2085. Many nations squabbled for mining and settlement rights, with such squabbles coming to blows more often than not. To protect their colonial expeditions, no less than six Hobart-class destroyers and eight Nichols-class frigates would escort every colony ship to provide the backbone of a colonial defense fleet.
Several Hobart-class vessels still remain in private collections, the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum orbital above Terra, and in the Australio-Pacifica Coalition- the nation the Oceanic Federation eventually evolved into- at the Museum of Naval Technology in the Dunedan orbital above Ganelon.
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