An illustration from the Dark Nova Roleplaying game supplement- Fortune and Glory.
-class destroyer was one of the first jump-capable warships ever developed by the Oceanic Federation (now the Australio-Pacifica Coalition). First launched in 2102, it was the primary defensive vessel for Oceanic colonial expeditions for nearly fourty years.
The OFS Perth
was the first vessel to be engaged by hostile European Union forces during the territorial dispute over New Tauranga in 2108. Both nations had laid claim to the newly-discovered star system and its wealth- three habitable worlds- but the Oceanic colonial expedition arrived first. When the European expedition arrived, the commander unwisely chose to threaten to use force against the Oceanic colonists. In typical Aussie/Kiwi fashion, the Oceanic command remained calm and tried to talk some sense into the Europeans, but to no avail. The EU ships opened fire with long-range lasers and launched fighter drones. The Perth
was ordered to return fire and prevent harm to the civilian population on the surface and in the Wellington orbital station.
took several hits from the EU lasers as it lined up its spinal mount Gauss cannon and fired, but its return salvo hulled the European cruiser that led the expedition. The rest of the battle went equally poorly for the belligerent EU forces, and the Oceanic Federation secured their claim to the system with extreme prejudice and colourful language.
In the end, the EU Fleet Command in Geneva declared that the commander of their expedition had acted without authorization, preventing an escalation of tensions between the two nations. As numerous similar colonial conflicts erupted and spurred a rapid explosion of technological advances, warships such as the Perth
quickly became obsolete. Despite this, however, the Hobart
-class remained in service with the Oceanic navy for another three decades before finally being retired.
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