Originally deployed during First Cylon War, the Cygnus class destroyers are ships intended to compliment the original, Jupiter-class, battlestars. Several hundred of these ships were originally created during the war, but only handful survived. Being "glass cannons" of the Colonial Fleet, not much thought was put into defensive aspects, and only one thing was kept in mind during the original design, firepower, firepower, firepower. Officially destroyer, the Colonial serviceman mockingly call them "gunstars" and serving on one is highly unpopular, almost seen as punishment. Its the biggest ships in Colonial Navy commanded by Colonels, ranks normally held by XO on bigger ships. Currently two versions serve in the Colonial Navy.Original variant
Boasting 14 primary (2 forward mounted) and 10 secondary batteries, the ship carries almost the same firepower as original Jupiter-class before the war refits. Never intended for solo missions, this version carries no fighter wingRefit variant
Refitting this, almost 50 year design, with new batteries, found usually on Mecruy-class battlestars proved to be a challenge. The older power distribution system, never intended for this level of automation, couldn't support the same amount of the new batteries, so this version of Cygnus-class destroyers carries only 10 primary (2 forward mounted) and 5 secondary. Although it carries lower conventional armament, its equipped with 16 VLS missile tubes and 16 plane fighter squadron. CIS variant
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During the post-war restructuralization of the Colonial Navy, the CIS (Colonial Information Service) managed to get its hand on damaged Cygnus-class destroyer that was deemed beyond salvage. Although specifically forbidden by the Articles of Colonization to operate its own ships, the CIS repaired, refitted, renamed and launched this ship as cargo freighter Charon. With CIS reporting directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security, its unknown if Colonial Admiralty is aware of Charons existence. The Charon, commonly referenced as "the stealthstar" is rare sight, even for those with Top Secret clearance and its location is kept even from the President. It is currently unknown is Charon carries any sort of offensive capabilities, but its believed the ship utilizes some kind of retroreflective panels on its hull, which makes her virtually invisible for any sort of DRADIS scan.
Based on Gunstar Cygnus by Ice-Dragon.