Super-Dreadnought Merom Gulf (CBB-31)
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The Union Bay-Class of dreadnaught was designated a super-dreadnought under the Perkinston Naval Treaty of 1903 which predated the construction of the Union Bay, the first of the class, in 1961 during the Cylon War. The original dreadnought classes, Fallon Class, were first seen in 1860 and were constructed under the idea of building a heavy class of ships with a focus on the heaviest calibers available with a triple-reactor design to power the six engines required to move the heavily-armored ships. Motivated by an out-of-control arms race between Leonis and Virgon, Picon negotiated the treaty and put limits on what was being built and even included provisions for future and larger classes. However, with the outbreak of the Cylon War it became apparent that more of these ships were needed and the treaty was scrapped. Within two years, Virgon and Leonis were cooperating to build the Union Bay-Class.

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At 1,800,000 tons, the Union Bays are the 'heaviest' class of vessel ever produced by any Navy by total mass. While five hundred feet shorter than a Mercury-Class battlestar, they make up the mass in armor, powerplant, and structural reinforcement. With a similar triple-reactor design, these ships could run off of one system but everything was given triple-redundancy in order to ensure that they were the last ships standing after the fight was over. These Super-Dreadnought ships were designed to do one thing and do it well: Dominate a gunfight. In order to do that, the class required heavy armor to survive a slugging match and the guns to be able to decisively end fights as fast as possible.

At the time, the Galactica-Class was being fitted with four super-heavy assault cannons on each chin. Highly destructive, they were massively powerful and due to the narrow body for aircraft had to be fixed on the beam of the ship — meaning the whole ship had to be aimed at its target. The engineers, given no cost, were able to produce massively reinforced turrets for these guns that were built into a structure that was designed, down to the hatches, to absorb shock. The armor was then piled on over the main structure of the ship with a buffer between it and the plating, which overlapped at specific angles to provide coverage. However, this meant a sacrifice of two important factors: Speed and fighter defense. The Union Bay does not have a single flak gun. What it does have are six turrets with twin super-heavy assault guns (twelve total), nine orbital bombardment guns (three across fore, midships, and aft), and an internal hangar bay for a half-strength Raptor, Viper, or Predator squadron.

Of the eight of this class, three survived the war and one was never completed. The surviving ships, due to their combat capability and cost of long-term operation, were mothballed in 1970 and put into storage in deep space with their munitions stores intact. Just in case.

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