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The Cotten-Class Deep Penetration Tender was a long range deep penetration tender used by Earthforce during the Earth-Minbari War. The fleet tender is capable of suppporting fleets without further supplies for longer engagements. The Cotton-class can effect repairs on all but the most damaged systems of a earthforce ship without the need for returning to a station for repairs
And now for some fluff
Earthforce encountered a number of rude surprises as it pushed outward in the late 2100’s. In particular
were theattacks by the Koulani and Ch’lon and the raids by the Narn and Centauri privateers. The Koulani captured a base andsmashed a valuable Epimetheus cruiser, which could have been saved if a suitable vessel had been available to repair iton location. The Ch’lon attack, while successfully countered, left Earthforce Admirals scrambling to locate civilian cargoships to haul fuel and parts for the Avenger’s remaining Starfuries, new Starfuries to replace those lost and the numerousother supplies needed by a far flung task force whose was operations were extended and accelerated by a foreignaggressor. The situations on the Narn and Centauri borders only added to the problems as distant task forces ate throughtheir typical patrol supplies at unexpectedly prodigious rates. What was needed was a new breed of high-speed supplyship, built from the ground up to support large-scale military activities in potentially hazardous conditions. To date,Earthforce had tended to ignore the support infrastructure in its push to protect Earth Alliance assets and establish itselfas a military power. Clearly, any further growth of Earthforce would need to introduce and build in significant numbersseveral new classes of the less glamorous support nature.In terms of fleet support, that vessel would be the Cotten Class Long-Range Tender. Fast and equipped with a jumpengine, the Cotten would be able to keep up with the fleet. Large, with almost twice the internal volume and mass of theNova class Dreadnought, almost all the Cotton's internal volume was dedicated to the transport of goods and suppliesneeded to extend the reach and service time of Earth Alliance warships and exploration vessels. And finally, capable ofextending construction frames, the Cotten would be able to act as a pseudo dry dock facility for the repair andmaintenance of capital class starships.First deployed in Y2176, the Cotten was consider by many Earthgov Senators a white cow, costing entirely to much perunit for what was perceived to be a fairly limited mission scope. The high cost was hardly a surprise considering, thejump engine and large thruster package backed by the prototype interceptors/eweb array. But while Senators complained,Admirals raved at the resulting extended mission times and heightened availability of its fleet assets. Requests foradditional Cotten’s doubled overnight and then quickly doubled again. Not surprisingly far fewer Cottens would beauthorized for construction than requested, but Earthgov got the message. A unit’s value was not always to be measuredby the number and size of guns it possessed.In Y2223, with nary a complaint, Earthgov funded the Earthforce request for an updated Cotten. Entering service inY2225 the new Cotten-Beta would benefit from number of improvements, most critically, additional weapons. Earthforcehad quickly realized the folly of sending unarmed support elements in to support fleet assets an anything more thana peacetime environment. In a war, the Cotten would have to be able to defend itself. To that end, three medium plasmacannons were added along withthe improved thruster package to allow the Cotten to continue to keep up with the new units being deployed. TheCotten-Beta would prove to be a critical asset during the Dilgar war. In fact, after the war, many Admirals would contendthat the Cottens made the whole roll back and siege of the Dilgar possible by providing the fast moving fleets continuousand timely resupply and repair. The Dilgar went so far as to deploy a number of small wolf packs whose sole mission wasto find and destroy Cottens. An interesting result of these wolf packs was an intriguing rumor of a Cotten based Q-Shipthough Earthforce has continued to deny that any such unit or units has or ever will exist.Following the war, Earthforce again updated the Cottens to their current Gamma model in Y2246. The most obviousimprovement was the replacement of the plasma cannons with pulse weapons but the new Gamma also received animproved sensor suite and yet another round of armor upgrades. None of which ultimately mattered during the Earth-Minbari war. Initially used to support operations as far as possible away from the main fleet support facilities, a numberof Cottens would be destroyed when the Minbari came looking for them after the fleets they supported were wiped out.In the end most of the Cottens would survive the war, by virtue of being one of the better refugee haulers in the fleet. Atthe time of the Battle of the Line, most Cottens were in deep space escaping with what was assumed to be the remains ofthe human race. In the years that followed, surviving warships of Earthforce would see near fanatical support by Cottens,whose crews saw the loss of any additional warships as personal failures. As Earthforce rebuilt and the ratio of Cottensto fleet units returned to prewar norms, the roll of the Cotten returned to its more sedate roll.