Name: Wolf Class K-Boat
Type: Streamlined Warp Ship
Size: 30,000 tons
Length: 800 feet approx.
Cost: $5.363 Billion
Builders: AG Weser Shipyards
Operators: Kriegsmarine (Alemanssia)
# Built: 172 (17 remaining) 2x Alemannia, 4x Albion, 7x Kingdom of Orleans, 4x unknown
In Service: 4362 – Current Day
Famous ships: Rosenrot (Silverwolf)
Occ.: 44-50 crew + officers
US/SL dDR: 70/50
Loc. Front Hull Center Hull Rear Hull
1. Nanocomposite Armor Hanger Warp Drive
2. Enhanced Sensors Control Room Jump Drive
3. Major Battery (torpedoes) Secondary Battery Fuel Tank
4. Major Battery (torpedoes) Defensive ECM Secondary Battery
5. Major Battery (torpedoes) Habitat Defensive ECM
6. Major Battery (torpedoes) Habitat Cloaking Device
Core: Gate Mechanism Fusion Reactor
4 x Primary Launchers
Torpedo #1 (56cm) – slower than missiles, different types of warheads and tracking.
Torpedo #2 (56cm) – slower than missiles, different types of warheads and tracking.
Torpedo #3 (56cm) – slower than missiles, different types of warheads and tracking.
Torpedo #4 (56cm) – slower than missiles, different types of warheads and tracking.
2 x Secondary Batteries:
5x Beam lasers 1GJ
5x 20cm Guns
10x 40cm launchers
Type VIIA “Wolf Class” K-Boats were the most common type of Alemannia anti-commerce capital ships. K-boat stands for Kette, which means Warp in Alemannian.
K-boat is the anglicised version of the Alemannia word K-Boot, a shortening of Ketteboot, literally “warp boat”. This refers specifically to military attack boats operated by Alemannia, particularly in the Fourth and Fifth Interstellar Wars.
Although at times they were efficient fleet weapons against enemy capital warships, they were most effectively used in an economic warfare role (commerce raiding), enforcing a interstellar blockade against enemy commerce. The primary targets of the K-boat campaigns in both wars were the merchant convoys bringing supplies from the rest of the galaxy to the Albion and Orlesian empires that were under attack.
During the 5th Interstellar War, K-boat warfare was the major component of the Battle of the Atlantic, which lasted the duration of the war. Alemannia had the largest warp fleet in the war, since the Treaty of Hamman ending the Fourth Interstellar War had limited the regular interstellar navy of Alemannia to sixteen battleships (of less than 300,000 tons each), twelve cruisers, and 18 destroyers. Prime Minister Martin Hillsborough wrote “The only thing that really frightened me during the war was the K-boat peril.”
In the early stages of the war the K-boats were extremely effective in destroying Alliance shipping. The trade in war supplies and food across the the interstellar reaches was extensive, which was critical for Albion’s survival.
These ships were incredibly expensive compared to standard ship of the line models, however their price seemed to be worth it after just the first decade of fighting.