The Berserk Class Assault Carrier represents
one of the most successful and long-serving warships in the Colonial Fleet, functioning
as an effective force multiplier and rapid reaction vessel on the front lines.
The Berserk Spaceframe is 842 meters in length and 215 meters across, the structure follows
many of the design principles applied to colonial Battlestars, featuring a distinctive alligator-head
bow and large sublight engine block. But where the majority of Battlestars feature a wide
and heavily armoured mid-section, the Berserk’s spinal frame is narrow and poorly protected,
presenting much of the ship’s internal systems to enemy fire. The result is what many might
call a Glass Cannon, a ship capable of greatly increasing the lethality of a battlegroup
through strike craft and fire support, but unable to endure heavy damage itself.
The weapons complement of the Berserk Class is arranged for broadside attacks, sporting
a number of turret batteries laid into the port and starboard exteriors of the flight
deck. The ship also carries 150 marines for shipboard security and boarding actions, but
these troops are rarely called to serious action, as the Berserk is best deployed away
from the vanguard of a given battle. The defining and most valuable feature of
the Berserk Class is the ship’s large underslung flight deck, arranged lengthways across the
vessel’s ventral hull. The deck is open at both ends and large enough to house both
civilian transports and utility vessels in addition to military strike wings and shuttlecraft.
The carrier’s magnetic launch tubes allow for the rapid deployment of alert fighter
groups, and extensive maintenance facilities on deck allow strike craft to be repaired
and rearmed with incredible efficiency. The Berserk Class is large enough to rival
a Battlestar in size, but the ships are almost never deployed in a command role, their limited
durability makes them poorly suited to heavy combat, but their extensive carrier capabilities
and powerful DRADIS systems make them exceptional support craft. The addition of even a single
Berserk Class Carrier to a Colonial flotilla offers a powerful advantage to the larger
force, often forcing hostile vessels to circumnavigate colonial formations in the hopes of striking
the carrier and mitigating the threat of its fighter squadrons.
Throughout the First Cylon War, the Berserk Class served as a powerful asset to the forces
of the Colonial Fleet, partaking in numerous crucial engagements against the Cylons across
the Cyrannus system. The ship was so successful that it remained in service even 40 years
after the war came to a close, with some examples of the class surviving long enough to fall
victim to the brutal invasion that marked the outbreak of the Second Cylon War.