SS Andronikos

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SS Andronikos

TBD
Type Armed merchantman/CAM ship
Place of origin Babkha Babkha
In service 1574 – present
Used by Constancia Constancia
Designed 1574
Manufacturer Osman-Almagro Shipping Corporation
Owner
Operator
  • Osman-Almagro Shipping Corporation (1574–1598)
  • Various (1598–1664)
  • Kerularios & Company (1664–present)
Crew
  • 120 crew (Kerularios & Company)
  • 40 Home Guard Volunteers (ICAF)
  • 12 presbyters (Patriarchal Orthodox Faith)
  • 8 flight crew (ICAF)
  • 1 pilot (ICAF)
Length 127·4 m (418 ft)
Beam 17·5 m (57·3 ft)
Draught 8·4 m (27·5 ft)
Depth 10·4 m (34·2 ft)
Propulsion Diesel engine with single screw propeller
Speed 21·3 kn (39·4 km/h; 24·5 mph)
Aircraft complement 1 × T-2 Saeqeh
Armaments
  • 4 × Polybolos 12·7 mm HMG
  • 2 × Waspsting MANPAD
  • 1 × Hornet 84 mm recoilless rifle
  • 1 × FIM-92 Stinger MANPAD

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The SS Andronikos was responsible for delivering diplomatic emissaries and presents to Puerto Arcadio and Port Farrar as well as the conveyance into the region of a small band of fanatical priests dedicated to preaching a crusade against Alrig for reasons that have already been largely forgotten. The SS Andronikos subsequently remained in the region steaming between Puerto Arcadio and Port Farrar upholding Constancia's commercial interests and treaty obligations.

The Constancian experience with utilising the SS Andronikos as an armed merchantman performing the role of patrol and communications ship in the contested waters of the Norfolk Isles informed the subsequent conversion of further merchant vessels into auxiliary cruisers known collectively as the Andronikos-class. The foremost refinement in the auxiliary cruisers upon the precursor ship was a substantial increase in armaments - adding two radar-guided 75 mm autocannons bolted onto the fore and aft decks respectively whilst the complement of heavy machine guns, man-portable surface to air missile launchers and recoilless rifles were each increased by a factor of four.