The basic role of the task force was expanded to encompass mercenary operations with the permanent hiring of the Teahleikhoi mercenary regiment and the transport of the regiment from Reaver's Deep to Vargo's Star .
This role was further expanded when Caradoc LIC purchased the system of Tavonni ( Vilis / Spinward Marches 1520). Further vessels were purchased as part of an increased planetary unit, and the task force was reorganised around the new centre of Caradoc's operations - Tavonni. The Teahleikhoi regiment was also moved to Tavonni, and land grants were awarded on the new world.
The new flagship is currently being constructed by the Bilstein Yards at Glisten ( Glisten / Spinward Marches 2036). It is the Avalon, a unique ship designed especially for Caradoc LIC.
The remainder of the fleet is made up of specialist ships tailored to the needs of the particular operation the force is involved in. The low tonnages of the remaining vessels (3000 tons or less) mean that they are not a serious threat to ships of the line (30,000 tons and up). As a unit, however, thay are capable of holding off a small invading force.
Transport of the Teahleikhoi mercenary regiment is undertaken by a squadron of eight Hero-class Intruder Transports. These are 3000 tons each, and are a fine example of Aslan shipbuilding. Each ship can carry 253 troops (a reinforced company) which means that a full regiment can be transported by the squadron. Each vessel has been modified to carry two Imperial Marine Grav APCs (12.5 tons each) along with five standard 10-ton fire support vehicles.
The main fighting vessels of the fleet are five Midu Agashaam-class destroyers, 3000 tons each. The class is still experimental, and are usually used in over-sized squadrons of ten. This small squadron has been loaned to the task force by the Imperium as a test. The vessels appear capable of their designed parameters.
The escort and scouting role is filled by six Kinunir-class Colonial Cruisers. They can provide indirect fire support for ground troops. At 1200 tons, their small size and streamlining allow them to engage in fire-fights on the battlefield without coming into extreme danger. This class also fills the merchant destroyer role admirably.
Two classes of Destroyer Escorts are being evaluated the determine priority for purchase. Ten Chrysanthenum-class ships are being trialled alongside ten Fer-de-lance-class ships, both ships in the 1000 tons class. The vessels are jump-4/6G, able to react swiftly to threats.
Four Broadsword-class Mercenary Cruisers of 800 tons are used to provide a tactical reserve capable of rapid insertion onto a battlefield. Two of them are fitted for jump troops. This allows for an emergency reserve.
Inter-fleet communication is handled by six 400 ton Fleet Couriers. This ship is only capable of 2G acceleration and it is recommended that this ship not be exposed to serious combat.
Twelve Gazelle-class Close Escorts provide dedicated escorts for the fleet. These small 200 ton ships can also be used for anti-smuggling and piracy suppression activities. However, this class is not suitable for a battlefield, and in large-scale space combat situations they are nearly worthless.
The dedicated short-range communications ships are six standard scout/courier, 100 tons. This class is used because of the standardised design, which means low cost and easier maintenance and modification.
Lastly, for the defence of Tavonni, one 20,000 ton Planetoid Monitor was purchased and transferred to this system.
|No.||Ship Class||Tonnage||Ship Type|
|1||Azhanti High Lightning||60 kton||Scout Cruiser Bright Light (at Vargo's Star)|
|1||Avalon||1 Mton||Dreadnought (under construction at Glisten)|
|8||Eiaikeiar||3 kton||Intruder Transport|
|5||Midu Agashaam||3 kton||Destroyer|
|6||Kinunir||1250 ton||Colonial Cruiser|
|10||Chrysanthenum||1000 ton||Destroyer Escort|
|10||Fer-de-lance||1000 ton||Destroyer Escort|
|4||Broadsword||800 ton||Mercenary Cruiser|
|6||Fleet Courier||400 ton||Fleet Couriers|
|12||Gazelle||200 ton||Close Escort|
|1||Planetoid Monitor||20,000 ton||Planetoid Monitor (no jump)|
The regiment's fame spread to the ears of Duke Leto Atreides , who was in need of a fighting unit in the Egryn subsector. He personally travelled to the Reaver's Deep sector and hired the entire regiment. Land entitlements, high-tech equipment, and a high fee were included in this semi-permanent "dream" ticket, and the regiment accepted the challenge. The Duke returned to prepare his lands for the regiment, and the Teakleikhoi followed more slowly across the Great Rift.
The regiment was originally typical of an Aslan mercenary regiment, but changes have occurred in terms of some equipment and composition. Through it all, however, one essential fact remains. The regiment is still Teahleikhoi, with history, traditions, and honour unchanged over a century and a half of warfare in and out of the Aslan Hierate. This is a proud tradition for the soldiers of the regiment to bear.
|No.||Ship Class||Tonnage||Ship Type||Troop Loading per Ship|
|1||Yoiftu||5 kton||Regimental HQ Transport||Senior regimental officers
15 fighters (see below)
|3||Tleiatre||3 kton||Battle Leader||HQ platoon
Battalion aid station
|13||Eiaikeiar||3 kton||Intruder Transport||1 Reinforced Infantry Company|
|2||Stayaow||200 ton||Aslan Combat Scout|
|15||Erlokh||10? ton||fighters (aboard the Yoiftu)|
The following vessels are included in this roster:
|Caradoc LIC||Caradoc Task Force||Details given above|
|Teahleikhoi Mercenary Regiment||Details given above|
|Tavonni Imperial Scout Base||Scout Squadron SR 96||8 Scout/Couriers, standard design
Express Boat Tender, 1000 tons
2 Express Boats (current disposition)
2 Scout/Couriers assigned to the base
& Lone Scout Enterprises
|Lady Karmin||Lord Somerset-class Merchant Liner, 600 tons, J3|
|Morning Star||Morning Star-class Dreadnought, 100 ktons, J0 (disabled jump drives) (still being built??)|
|Bartholemew||10 Bartholemew-class Jump Tankers|
|Platinum Wanderer||Wanderer-class Merchant, 500 tons, J3|
(The Black Ship)
|Planetoid Monitor||?-class Planetoid Monitor, 20 ktons|
|-----||2 Deva-class shuttles|
|Guardian Angel||?-class Medical Ship, ? tons (over 1000)|
ie. Heidi Maria Heyerdahl
|Bonaventure||Bonaventure-class Merchant Cruiser, 12810 tons, J3|
|Mithril Wanderer II||Wanderer-class Merchant, 500 tons, J3|
|-----||?-class SDB Buffered Planetoid, 1000 tons|
|Beowulf Orbital||Eshpidar-class Orbital Station, 1000 tons|
|Orb||Orb-class Orbital Refinery at the GG, Ryzel|
|The rest of the system||Ukushki Sar||Kinunir-class Colonial Cruiser, 1250 tons|
|-----||Explorer-class Survey Cruiser, 800 tons, J3|
|-----||2 Lord Somerset-class Merchant Liners, 600 tons, J3|
|-----||2 Maru-class Merchants, 500 ton|
|-----||Valor-class Missile Corvette, 400 tons|
|-----||Kurgliash-class Medical Scout, 400 tons|
|-----||Desiree Keah-class Yacht, 400 tons, J4|
|Rudolph||Gazelle-class Close Escort, 200 tons|
|-----||2 Empress Marava-class Merchants, 200 tons|
|-----||Scout/Courier, 100 tons|
|-----||Seeker-class, standard conversion, 100 tons|