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The Clarkson-class Transport is a transport vessel that exists in the Wing Commander universe. It appears in Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger and its sequel, Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom.

AboutEdit

The Clarkson line has been in service with the Terran Confederation since at least the 2630s. They were a common sight within Confed airspace and like all transports, a vital asset on the battlefield. Their primary purpose was to deliver supplies to other warships and colonies, as well as serving in evacuations. They are presumed to have carried a fair amount of crew, as the ship had at least two decks. They carried cargo modules and passenger stations on their mid-body. Clarksons were very weak ships, having only two Laser Turrets to defend themselves with. They were easy prey for Kilrathi patrols and often needed protection.

Possibly the most notable Clarkson to date was the TCS Anna Magdalena. During the year 2634, when the Terran Confederation was at odds with the Kilrathi Empire for the latter's harassment of human vessels, the Anna Magdalena ferried a full load of orphans to their new homes on the planet Dieno. On 2634.186, the Anna Magdalena was attacked and destroyed by two Kilrathi fighters, killing everybody on board. It is this act of terror that finally sparked the Kilrathi War after five years of great political tension.

Even after the Kilrathi War, these transports continued to serve with Confed, as well as the Union of Border Worlds. During the 2673 Black Lance Conspiracy, five unmarked Dragon Heavy Fighters presumed to be of Border Worlds origin ambushed the TCS Amadeus, a larger Clarkson evacuating civilian refugees from Hellespont to Megaron. Its three-fighter escort was wiped out, and the transport itself was annihilated by a Flash-Pak. This was just one of many terrorist acts by the then-unknown Black Lance forces that almost caused war to break out between Confed and the Union.

Another version of the Clarkson was a Jammer that the Black Lance used to interfere with enemy communications and signals. It was eventually destroyed by Colonel Christopher Blair in 2673.

These transports were likely replaced by the newer Pelican-class Tranpsorts by 2681.

Specifications - Clarkson-class TransportEdit

HullEdit

Length: 160 meters

Mass: 2,300 tons

PerformanceEdit

Maximum Velocity: 100 kps

Acceleration: 10 k/s^2

Maximum Yaw: 5 deg/s

Maximum Pitch: 5 deg/s

Maximum Roll: 5 deg/s

ShieldsEdit

Fore Shields: 2000 cm

Aft Shields: 2000 cm

ArmorEdit

Forward: 300 cm

Left: 300 cm

Right: 300 cm

Rear: 300 cm

ArmamentEdit

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