Carrier

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A warship with the primary role of operating aircraft whilst at sea with a large flight deck for take-offs and landings. Such vessels evolved from earlier airship carriers and allowed a naval force to project air power at a distance from land bases. As the central warships of a fleet they eclipsed the battleship as aircraft took an increasing role in combat beyond the range of any guns carried by a battleship.

Carriers were divided into different types:

  • Heavy carriers - used as the capital vessels of a fleet for air support
  • Strike carriers - used to support an amphibious task force and support land-based operations.
  • Escort carriers - used to support convoys.

The Imperial Méxica Navy maintains the naval carrier concept in space, with a carrier deploying smaller craft, often singleship fighters:

  • Heavy carriers - used as the capital vessels of a fleet to base fighters and scout vessels.
  • Strike carriers - used to support orbital assaults and planetary air combat.
  • Escort carriers - used to support convoys.
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