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Cho-class Carrier has been in continuous service for nearly
90 years (galactic standard) at this point, and due to the
fall of the Taiidan Empire it seems unlikely that it will be
replaced in frontline service anytime soon. The Saarkin Cho
was designed at the height of Taiidani power, and was meant
to function as the core of every Taiidani naval task force
throughout the empire. At the Empire's fall there were 137
Saarkin Cho on active duty, and by the time the ashes of the
civil war cooled approximately 70 of these heavy Carriers
were still active, 19 of these flying the colors of the
Cho was designed to be a fast-deployment Carrier with enough
construction capacity to replace any expected combat losses
up to and including Frigate-class vessels. The hangar bay is
aligned forward and opens directly into the
repair/construction bay, allowing strike craft to come
directly off the manufacturing line and into combat.
Taiidani strike pilots often joke about being aboard before
the cockpit can cool. The forward launching bay is
doublewide and allows for the simultaneous launch and
recovery of two full strike wings while the Carrier itself
is maneuvering at full combat speed.
combat the Saarkin Cho has performed admirably and was
virtually undefeated until the Homeworld war and the
Taiidani civil war that followed. Recent reports indicate
that the Imperialist navy has upgraded the Saarkin Cho's
point defense mass drivers to high-energy tracking plasma.
If this is true, this Carrier has become extremely dangerous
to attacking strike craft. Hiigaran intelligence recommends
that any fleet encountering a Saarkin Cho-class Carrier
should only engage it with a full attack squadron backed up
by multiple vessels of Frigate class or above. If strike
craft must attack without support, it is advised that they
make their attack runs from the forward quadrant, where the
defense turrets cannot track properly, and direct their fire
into the lightly armored launch bay.