The Nupetiet Vergnitzs-class Fleet Command Ship was a Zentraedi naval command ship that took part during the First Robotech War, and it was first featured in the series Robotech: The Macross Saga. The vessel was commanded by Commander Breetai.
As the command ships for fleets, often numbering in the thousands of ships, the Nupetiet Vergnitzs-class was the most prestigious in the Zentraedi Legion's navy. Duty on such a ship as a staff officer was often the prelude to an assignment as commanding officer of a smaller flotilla. The Nupetiet Vergnitzs ships had the firepower and troop capacity to defend their standing as well, making the class the most heavily armed of all Zentraedi vessels save monitors, and second only to a dedicated Quiltra Queleual only in troop carrying capacity. So voluminous was the class that they often doubled as tenders for the smaller vessels.
The Nupetiet Vergnitzs-class can best be described as a lumpy, vaguely rectangular box 4 km long, with a slightly greater height than width. In addition, a large hangar extending below the hull proper to the rear gave the class an almost pregnant appearance. The front end was marked by the four angular blisters which mounted the phased array transmitters of the so-called manual override beam system, which was capable of overriding the navigational systems of a large number of mecha remotely. The antenna's were mounted on the covers of the forward main particle beam cannons. In combat, these covers opened backwards to unmask the heavy cannons underneath. Fourteen more heavy cannons were mounted, eight under and two on top of the forward hull, and four more divided over the aft dorsal and ventral. As remarked above, a large hangar assemblage was further aft on the ventral. The rear of the ship mounted the eight main reaction engines.
The armament is, like most Zentraedi designs, concentrated forward. The heavy cannons are either mounted in the nose or capable of firing in most forward angles. In addition, the yield of the heavy particle weapons is second only to the new generation weapons found on Zor's battlefortress. Over half of the medium cannon armament is located forward as well, mostly of the forward nose surface and the forward flanks and chin. This still leaves enough batteries for a more than adequate coverage of the other firing arcs. The heavy torpedoes are mounted in the groove between the bottom hull and the upper armour sections, in the forward part of the ship. Although these launchers are the standard Zentraedi type also mounted on their other ships, the Nupetiet Vergnitzs mounts more of these tubes than any other design. Finally, there is an extensive defensive missile system installed on all arcs.
Internally, there are eleven deck levels. Mecha bays are mounted on all sides, as well as forward and on the dorsal and ventral. However, few of these hangars are suited for the larger auxiliaries as well. One of these is of course the large ventral hangar, and another auxiliary ship bay is mounted on the dorsal, aft of the upper heavy particle cannons. Two side bays can also contain one Quel Quallie or several smaller vessels. The command spaces and several cargo and holding bays are sited in the nose of the ship. The central section is mostly dedicated to fuel, mecha bays and attitude thrusters. Farther aft are the lower hangar and the reaction engines. Troop and crew quarters are mostly forward or aft of the center section.
HistoryEditIn order to command their ever growing fleets, the Robotech Masters' Empire designed the Nupetiet Vergnitzs-class fleet command ship for its highest Zentraedi commanders. The fleet command ship was equipped with quarters for the staff needed to control task forces of several thousands of ships. To protect these staffs, and to project power in their own right, the Nupetiet Vergnitzs was the most powerfully armed Zentraedi ship save a monitor.
Over the next centuries, the Nupetiet Vergnitzs fulfilled their roles as fleet command ships with impressive reliability and acumen. The sight of such a vessel often caused a greater apprehension under its opponents than a larger number of ships would, as a fleet command ship usually meant a large number of ships were nearby, or it served as a sign that major attention was now being directed towards the theatre.
Typically, a Nupetiet Vergnitzs controlled two hundred ships or more. Other fleets could be assigned as well, so the number of ships assigned could climb far higher than the more common number. For example, the Imperial Class fleet, almost a million ships, were all commanded from a Nupetiet Vergnitzs-class vessel. In addition to their combat and command taskings, the class also often served as a tender for the smaller vessels such as the Tou Redir class, which could not carry that many supplies, and often transferred some of the command ships' stores to replenish their won. Another vital function was battlefield reconnaissance and air cover. Relatively, the Nupetiet Vergnitzs carried a large fleet of scout auxiliaries and Gnerl fighters. These were considered to be command assets, to be deployed as battlegroup reserve. The troops carried on board were also generally experienced units, with a disproportionate amount of cavalry troops, which made them faster and harder-hitting than more common troop allotments, although they could sustain this for less time before they required relief.
While the Zentraedi Holocaust virtually wiped out the Zentraedi fleets, losses among the Nupetiet Vergnitzs ships were relatively the highest of any class, for the Robotech Defense Force (RDF) alliance deliberately gave them a higher priority in their targeting systems, and the Grand Fleet lost most of its coordination early on and the individual ships tended to concentrate on the later ships in their range. Very few ships survived, but were still active well into the Pioneer Expedition.