HMS Javelin (D133)


HMS Javelin is the fifth Juno-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, laid down by Harland & Wolff Orbital on 19 July 2344, launched on 5 November 2345, and commissioned on 7 May 2346 with the pennant number D133.

1 History

Javelin was the second Juno-class off the slips at H&WO, after Juno herself. Since Juno had been in service for some eighteen months when Javelin was laid down, many minor improvements were made to the Batch 2 ships, of which Javelin was the first. The core problem of insufficient power to operate spinal mount, secondary laser turret and point defence ring simultaneously remained, however.
During pre-commissioning test operations on 23 January 2346, Javelin collided with a civilian yacht in a restricted military area (see Tshepo Incident); the warship was not significantly damaged, but the yacht was wrecked, with some loss of life.
Commissioning was delayed by approximately three weeks due to ongoing reports of variable-latency failure states in the ship’s combat network. This was eventually traced to flaws in the test equipment being used by H&WO, and the subsequent lawsuit led to the acquisition of what later became the [H&WO Measurement Division].

1.1 2346-2350 home fleet

The usual problems of a new design kept Javelin close to home; in particular the midships xaser turret was replaced twice after power failures under combat conditions, the second time in 2350 with a different manufacturer’s design.

1.2 2350-2358 home fleet

Javelin undertook joint exercises with several allied navies, and was deployed for antimatter-guard and peacekeeping operations.
During disaster relief in the [Queen Anne’s Star flare storm of 2356], the ship ended up providing life support for, then evacuating, sections of a touring circus. This was apparently the origin of the ship’s nickname “HMS Jester”.

1.3 2358-2371 colonial fleet

For the first years of her colonial fleet deployment, Javelin provided logistical support to Deep Survey ships.
In 2363, Javelin and sister ship Jackal were involved in [extended skirmishing with ships of the RGR] around the 10 Ursæ Majoris/Lalande 19022 jump point; flare conditions prevented communication with what was intended to be a joint anti-piracy task group, but also degraded targeting solutions.
In 2368 Javelin and the Novaya Europan destroyer Zhenotdel spent five days at high alert during negotiations over passage fees through the Arbuthnot jump points.
In 2371 Javelin went in for major refit.

1.4 2372- colonial fleet

  1. Captain: Commander Nicholas Austen
  2. Executive Officer, head of Warfare department: Lt Commander Kirsten Kernes
  3. Warfare Lieutenant A: Lt Jim Morrish
  4. Warfare Lieutenant or Sub-Lieutenant B: Lt Sam Keene
  5. Warfare Lieutenant or Sub-Lieutenant C: Lt Cameron Findlay
  6. Chief Engineer, head of Engineering department: Lt Commander Huw Watkins
  7. Engineering Lieutenant A: Lt David Gretton
  8. Engineering Lieutenant or Sub-Lieutenant B: Brian Tanahill
  9. Supply Lieutenant and ship’s administrator: Derek Cooper
  10. Medical Officer: Surgeon-Lieutenant Penelope Blakeley
  11. Shuttle pilot: Sub-Lieutenant Ram Singh Gill
  12. Supply clerk and Chief Scrounger: Leading Writer Sam Archer
  13. Medical rating
  14. Shuttle mechanic
  15. Helm PO
  16. Helmsman
  17. Navigation PO
  18. Sensors PO
  19. Sensor operator
  20. Sensor mechanic
  21. Gunner PO
  22. Gunnery mechanic
  23. Gunner: OR Billy Entwhistle
  24. Senior ERA
  25. Senior ERA
  26. Junior ERA
  27. Junior ERA
  28. Fusion mechanic
  29. Antimatter mechanic
  30. Electronics mechanic: AB Claire McRobert
  31. Electronics mechanic
  32. Communications PO
  33. Comms operator
  34. Comms mechanic
  35. EW PO
  36. EW operator
  37. EW mechanic
  38. Damage Control PO: PO Kara Gillies
  39. Damage Control mechanic
  40. Informatics PO
  41. Informatics programmer: Leading Rate Matt Neilsen
  42. Environmental PO
  43. Environmental mechanic and cook
  44. Environmental mechanic and robot wrangler
  45. Mission specialist: enlisted as needed for specific tasks
  46. Marine commander: 1st Lt Julian Winthrop-Chase
  47. Marine #1: Marine Sandy Smith
  48. Marine #2: Marine Alice Jones
  49. Marine #3: Marine Guido Jansen
  50. Marine #4
  51. Marine #5
  52. Marine #6
  53. Marine #7
  54. Marine #8.
  55. Master-at-Arms PO: Helen Daniels

2 Notes

Amateur naval historians tend to use the RGR incident as evidence that modern warships are distinctly less lethal and more survivable under combat conditions than has generally been supposed.

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