|General Plans and Schematics|
1,000,000 tons (3,200 hours)
1,200 (40 skeleton)
2,000,000 tons of armor
The Crete-class Alliance Carrier was designed as a replacement for the Tohoku-class cruiser. Though much smaller (10 million tons) than the Tohoku, the vessel has longer range, higher speed, and a better cruising duration than its larger contemporary making it the superior vessel for operations on the Rim planets. It was also less expensive to build in large numbers and, with a crew of only 1,200, much cheaper to operate. The Crete's primary purpose was to serve as a support base for small craft.
It carried over 1,200 small craft ranging in size from small Alliance Short Range Enforcement Vessels to the larger Alliance Landing Ship for Tanks and Arrowhead-class Couriers. It had the capability of giving full support not only to its own craft, but to other ships as well and included extensive repair and resupply facilities with a 4000-ton drydock for serious repair work. While protected by heavy armoring, equivalent to 20% of its total weight, the carrier was not a stand-up fighter. It was armed with only 200 point-defense weapons and had no missile armament in its standard ordnance load. It depended greatly on its own craft for defense as well as larger escort warships.
A small number of these ships have been sold to mega-corps, such as Corone Mining Consortium, where they are sometimes known as "galleons."