GVD Hatshepsut

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The GVD Hatshepsut is an Allied Vasudan-designed destroyer. It was designed by the Akheton Corporation to be able to fire the photon beam cannon without draining a massive amount of power from the destroyer's reactors. Retrofitting older GVD Typhon destroyers with beam cannons was only partially successful, as the beams drew too much power from the Typhons' reactors, making them prone to blackouts and reactor overloads.

In addition to a power grid that supplies enough power for the Hatshepsut to sport three photon beam cannons, the destroyer is also built with a slightly stronger hull than other destroyers in the Terran and Vasudan fleets. The Hatshepsut also has two fighterbays, allowing it to launch more ships from its hangars within a shorter amount of time than any other Terran or Vasudan destroyer should the need arise.

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The GVD Hatshepsut


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Description:

FS2 Demo Tech Room Description

Hatshepsut was one of the most powerful Egyptian queens in history and was pharaoh in all but name when her husband died. Like its namesake, this destroyer is the "reigning pharaoh" of the Vasudan Fleet. Over 24 turrets, 5 beam weapons, and 2 separate fighter bays, this ship is to be feared and respected to all who go against it .

FS2 Tech Room Description

In 2360, Allied Command commissioned the first of the GVD Hatshepsut-class destroyers. The Vasudan contractor Akheton designed the Hatshepsut to efficiently integrate the new beam cannon. The process of retrofitting the older Typhon-class warships yielded vessels prone to system failures and reactor overloads. Though a handful of modified Typhons remain in service, the Hatshepsut has taken over as the primary Vasudan destroyer. With 24 turrets, 5 beam cannons, and 2 fighterbays, destroyers such as GVD Psamtik of Deneb's 13th Battle Group serve at the vanguard of the modern Vasudan fleet.

FS2 MetaStream Model Description

In 2360, Allied Command commissioned the first of the GVD Hatshepsut-class destroyers. The Vasudan contractor Akheton designed the Hatshepsut to integrate the new beam cannon efficiently within its power grid. The process of retrofitting the older Typhon-class warships yielded only marginal results, with vessels prone to system failures and reactor overloads. Though a handful of modified Typhons remain in service, the Hatshepsut has taken over its role as the primary Vasudan carrier and command ship. With 24 turrets, 5 beam cannons, and 2 fighterbays, destroyers such as GVD Psamtik of Deneb’s 13th Battle Group serve at the vanguard of the modern Vasudan fleet.

Notable Ships of Class

GVD Psamtik
GVD Memphis (conjecture)

Developer Notes

None

Name Origin

Hatshepsut (reigned 1479 BC – 1458 BC) was one of the most famous and successful pharaohs in Egyptian history. Hatshepsut literally means "Foremost of Noble Ladies" in Ancient Egyptian.

Performance:

Statistics

Type Destroyer
Manufacturer Akheton Corporation
Maneuverability N/A
Yaw, Pitch, Roll 150.0, 150.0, 150.0 s
Max Velocity 15.0 ms-1
Max Afterburner Velocity N/A ms-1
Armor N/A
Hitpoints 135 000
Shields N/A
Length 2126 m
Fighter Complement Not known. Presumably similar or superior to Typhon (30 wings).

Armaments

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Turret Type Amount
Terran Huge Turret 6
Standard Flak 11
Fusion Mortar 5
Anti-Fighter Beam 4
Small Vasudan Beam 1
Big Vasudan Beam 3

Modding Resources

The GVD Hatshepsut in FSO 3.6.12


Retail:

$POF File: capital2v-01.pof
Textures: VCtile1(A/B), CapVtile1C, CapVtile2(A/B/C), CapVtile3(A/B/C), CapVtile4(A/B/C), CapVtile5(A/B)

MediaVPs 3.6.12:

$POF File: capital2v-01.pof
Textures: Hats_1, Hats_2, Hats_3, CapVTile5, damage


History
First WIP Post: Ragingloli on 01/07/2009
First In-Game Model: RgaNoris on 30/06/2010
Completed In-Game Model: RgaNoris on 05/08/2010

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Veteran Comments

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The Hatshepsut is not as effective against fighters as the GTD Hecate-class, but her BVas beams mean danger to anything that's larger than a bomber and can be targeted by heavy beam cannons. It is a setback that the beam turrets are large, thereby being easy to hit and vulnerable. On the plus side, the destroyer itself is more durable than any other GTVA destroyer.


It's the best GTVA destroyer, better than the Hecate or the Orion simply because it has no specific weakness. Besides its superiority against the Hecate and the Orion in terms of anti-warship and anti-fighter armament respectively, it has a better profile (which allows for a greater field of fire) than either and has 35% more hitpoints than them.


Curiously mounts several Fusion Mortar batteries in the multipart turrets on its upper surface, which looks somewhat odd and seems out of character for such a warship. The Hatshepsut can be very effective, used well, but her turret coverage is slightly thin to the fore and along that big connecting spar, and her main battery firing arcs actually leave a lot to be desired. Though the Hatshepsut mounts a lot of AAAfs forward, the upper pair are recessed and the lower face slightly to the rear, meaning that a shallow angle or dead-on approach against the bow is fairly easy. If one replaces the Fusion Mortar batteries with Standard Flak, which looks a bit more rational in action but robs a lot of the anti-warship power (recall Fusion Mortars are more dangerous than some beams), however, then the Hatshepsut becomes a virtual fortress save for her bow blind spot.


Mentioned above, the Hatshepsut can be very effective against bombers. On both sides, but more on it's right side, there are many flak batteries. Though only Standard Flak, wings of fighters and bombers are decimated. Even cruisers and corvettes take surprising damage when near the Hatshepsut's front-right or front-left sides.


The Hatshepsut's an all-round ship capable of defending itself from anything up to destroyer-class warships. While it is more durable than any other destroyer in the GTVA, I think its major flaw is that it has only three beams that can do serious damage to other ships as large as it is. This severely compromises its survival rate should it actually go toe-to-toe with another warship. In the main campaign, I've never ever seen a Hatshepsut duke it out with an intact warship; the only thing I saw was it taking out two slightly damaged cruisers with its AAAfs and Fusion Mortars. However, if it comes under attack by bombers, I could just sit back and watch it take them all out on its own.


Another thing to note about the Hatshepsut is the awkward placement of its three main guns, which are only capable of firing simultaneously at enemies above the destroyer. Only one of its main guns is well-suited for a head-on assault which, when compared to the combined frontal firepower of its Second Shivan Incursion counterparts—the Ravana's two LReds and SReds and the Hecate's BGreen and TerSlash—isn't a lot for a destroyer.
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