The Starwolf-Class dreadnought. Once the undisputed Sovereign of the Stars, the dreadnought use to be the symbol of a nation's power. However, with the arrival of the Admiral-class superdreadnought, the prowess of the dreadnought has been reduced. However, as with the tick tock of a grand father clock, the arrival of the Starwolf-Class breaths new life into the dreadnought concept.
The Starwolf, constructed and launched a year after the announcement of the Admiral-Class, was conceived with one thing in mind - create a full sized ship of the line capable of keeping up with battleships and battlecruisers. Designers at the Bureau of Ships (BuShips) not only met these expectations, but exceeded them.
Starwolf is the first warship in the Alliance to combine the Generation Seven Zero-point Energy (ZPE) core improvements with the advantages of the tenth generation gravity impeller design and eight generation compensator concept. Utilizing a tiered focusing impeller, the Starwolf's gen10 impeller creates a series of focusing walls that can be actively manipulated during operation. This design, first introduced on the Block II Renown-Class battlecruisers, reduces graviton and anti-graviton bleed by a full twenty percent over Starwolf's predecessor, the Triumph-class.
In addition, Starwolf is equipped with the gen8 inertial compensator. This advanced design utilizes field harmonic amplification to produced a much larger compensation field over traditional designs. This allows the Starwolf to counter accelerations up to 1100g, only 100g shy of the Renown-Class). This is only amplified by the addition of the gen7 ZPE core which improves efficiency and graviton/antigraviton generation by a full seventeen percent, giving the Starwolf significantly longer legs then her graviton/anti-graviton hungry superdreadnought cousin (*note, block II Admiral-class will incorporate these core improvements to increase range - the Admiral already utilizes then gen8 compensator and gen10 impeller so no acceleration improvements are anticipated).
These speed and longevity improvements translate into a warship that has altered the fleet operation concept. Traditionally, dreadnoughts were - much as superdreadnoughts are now - limited to activity in core systems, serving as system defenders. However, with an increasing number of superdreadnought hulls under construction to serve as core world sentinels, more and more dreadnoughts have been freed for operation away from the main battle groups, and Alliance admirals have seized upon this opportunity.
Starwolf dreadnought squadrons are rapidly being assigned to fast attack battlegroups, traditionally lead by battleships. Serving as a heavily armed core of these groups and carrying full size capital grade mass drivers and heavy missiles traditionally limited to slower moving ships and starfortresses, Starwolfs have proven extremely effective in wargame analysis, even proving effective in taking on superdreadnoughts in numerical parity. In addition, these ships' large fabrication facilities and internal operation centers mean they can operate largely independent of supply lines.
However, evaluation of the Starwolf-class continues; and many Admirals are arguing that a trial by fire is the only way to prove this new concept - a fast dreadnought.