TVtropes, STO, and the standard Sci-Fi Fleet
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Join Date: Oct 2012
01-16-2013, 12:14 AM
I've never liked the separation of the terms "Battleship" and "Dreadnought/Dreadnaught".
The latter term came from the 1906 Battleship, HMS Dreadnought, which was considered so revolutionary in her "All Big Gun" design compared to her contemporaries that all ships that followed her principle were named "Dreadnoughts", and all the ships made obsolete as a result of her creation were aptly named "Pre-Dreadnoughts". As WW1 loomed, further developments created "Super Dreadnoughts", which exhibited the concepts of the all mainline armament . The point is that all these ships were still officially classed as Battleships by their respective nations. The world then went on to see the creation of the so called Treaty Battleships, and then the more modern Battleships of the WW2 era.
Battlecruisers are another misunderstood term. They are not simply intermediate ships between Cruisers and Battleships. They are a uniquer concept whereby, as Jacky Fisher envisioned: "What they cannot outgun, they can outrun, and what they cannot outrun, they can outgun". These ships had the main armament of a Battleship of the same era, but sacrificed protection for superior speed. Smart in concept, they were actually used poorly during the Wars, and a number were lost particularly when put up against true Battleships (Invincible, Indefatigable, Queen Mary, Hood, Lutzow).
Now, nearly 500 years separate these ships, and the ones of STO, and in the case of other sci fis, vast amounts of time and space. But since we are using quite clearly an early 20th century classification system for our sci fi fleets, we might as well get it