Earth Colonial Navy
Earth Colonial Navy is the space branch of the United Republic's military and one of the supporting navies of the Federal Navy of the Galactic Federation.
The ECN is divided into four groups: Standing Fleet, Rapid Response Fleets, System Patrol Fleets and Exploration Corps.
Earth Space Command
Earth Space Command (ESC) coordinates and administrates the ECN from its headquarters in London, Earth. The most important people in the ESC are four admirals with the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.
The Standing Fleet makes up the main forces of the ECN. It has the biggest starships and has the most firepower from all the fleets in the navy. There are 3 battleships, 10 cruisers, 20 destroyers, 35 corvettes and 500 smaller craft docked on battleships and cruisers. The Standing Fleet also has transport ships used to carry soldiers and ground equipment.
Rapid Response Fleets
Rapid Response Fleets are smaller groups of up to 10 ships, usually destroyers and/or corvettes. They are meant to quickly react to dangers all over the United Republic's space. In most cases they contain and eliminate the threat. If the threat is bigger they keep it at bay until the Standing Fleet arrives.
System Patrol Fleets
System Patrol Fleets are more like coast guard or police than military. Their duty is to maintain order in their star system. System Patrol Fleets usually use corvettes and smaller ships. Rarely you can see a destroyer.
The Exploration Corps is the exploratory and scientific branch of the ECN. They mostly operate less armed science ships, which operate individually. The corps is also the administrator of research outposts, both inside and outside the Republic's space.
|Spaceman||The lowest rank, equivalent to private in the ground forces|
|Petty Officer||Petty Officers coordinate teams of Spacemen|
|Chief Petty Officer||The direct superior of Petty Officers|
|Senior Chief Petty Officer||Commands all Chief Petty Officers on one ship, there is always one on a ship|
|Warrant Officer||A highly-skilled specialist (pilot, technician, electronic warfare specialist, etc.)|
|Ensign||The lowest commissioned officer rank, first rank graduates of Navy Academy receive|
|Lieutenant||Usually a department head on a ship, may command fighter squadrons|
|Lieutenant-commander||Usually serves as the First/Executive Officer|
|Commander||Serves as First/Executive Officer or commands smaller ships|
|Captain||In most cases, this rank is held by a ship's commanding officer|
|Commodore||Commander of a squadron. Rank is also given to chiefs of naval divisions such as R&D or Intelligence|
|Rear Admiral||The lowest rank of the admirals, commands one of the system patrol fleets|
|Vice Admiral||Commands one of the rapid response fleets|
|Admiral||Commander of the Standing Fleet|
|Admiral of the Fleet||Rank held by the four admirals in Earth Space Command who are the leaders of the ECN|
All battleships are named after famous rulers and generals from Earth.
- ECNS Caesar
- ECNS Charlemagne
- ECNS Genghis Khan
All cruisers are named after rivers and mountains on Earth.
- ECNS Vistula
- ECNS Rhine
- ECNS Thames
- ECNS Alps
- ECNS Mont Blanc
- ECNS Tiber
- ECNS Volga
- ECNS Everest
- ECNS Andes
- ECNS Yangtze
All science ships are named after famous travellers, explorers and science-related words.
- ECNS Discovery
- ECNS Explorer
- ECNS Columbus
- ECNS Magellan
- ECNS Vespucci
- ECNS Vasco da Gama
- ECNS Marco Polo
- ECNS Halik
Additionally, the Standing Fleet has 20 destroyers, 35 corvettes and a lot of smaller craft docked on battleships and cruisers. Destroyers and corvettes are usually named after cities, seas, oceans and geographic regions.
Other fleets are smaller and made up of smaller vessels, like destroyers, corvettes or smaller craft.
Earth Orbital Station
Earth Orbital Station, located in Earth's orbit, is the most important space station of the United Republic. It serves as a shipyard, command post and a transportation hub.
Mars Orbital Station
Mars Orbital Station, located in Mars' orbit, serves as a command post of Mars defence forces and the Sol System Patrol Fleet. It is also the main transportation hub for Mars.
Each colonized and/or exploited star system has at least one military space station, which is the base of the system's patrol fleet and the local administration.
Per Aspera Ad Astra
Earth Navy (formerly)