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Saturn Syndicate Ascendancy
Hawkings Astronautics (Military) HAM-124 Marlin Class Heavy Cruiser
Another Hawking Astronautics design, the HAM-124 Marlin gets it's name from the distinctive cluster of sensor arrays that put the designer in mind of the spear-like snout of its namesake. These are to recieve data from the vessel's probes, and also act as a communications booster, raising range by up to 15%. The Marlin, like many heavy cruisers is a straight-forward combat starship. It has the typical high agility of SSA fleet vessels, though it is less shielded and armoured and is slightly smaller than many of it's contemporaries, and relies more on evasion for protection. Weaponry consists of four partical pellet cannons, for enagement at all ranges, two heavy and several supplementary astroburster cannons and numerous hyper-ray blisters. Rounding out its armament are eighteen light hyper-ray turrets for point defence and two small torpedo tubes which house the vessel's probes and eighteen assorted nuclear warheads.