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Nimbus



Nimbus
Nimbus
First commissioned in 2991, the Nimbus is one of the planet Earth's most advanced starships. The ship is forty decks deep and has a mass just over 5 million metric tons. In addition to the main docking bay, the Nimbus has several, smaller docks allowing small transport shuttles to ferry equipment and personnel between other vessels and planets. The primary armaments of the Nimbus are its arrays of laser cannons mounted in linear clusters fore, aft and in dorsal and ventral positions. The ship is powered by two V-2000 Dark Matter-fueled engines located on the port and starboard sides. These Dark Matter guzzling engines are fed from the primary 'outrigger' fuel containment pods, which attach to the underside of the ship through a pair of utility pylons. A large portion of the Nimbus' sensors are located on the 'conning tower' located on the dorsal side. While the concentration of sensors in this area allow for a significantly larger unidirectional sensor range, it also creates a large blind spot directly below the ship. The Nimbus's main defensive systems include self-regenerating shielding and dolomite-doped armor plating. However, due to the ship's large size the shielding creates a significant draw from the on-board energy plant, rendering faster-than-light travel impossible while fully shielded.
Inside the Nimbus there are many revolutionary facilities that are now being seen on more modern starships. The most prominent of these features is the Multi-Purpose Deck or MPD. The MPD is actually a series of four decks, on which floors, bulkheads and furnishings can be swapped to customize the layout of those areas. Some of the most used configurations include a mess hall, a basic training facility and general barracks for non-crew personnel. The MPD's floor also can be opened to allow large pieces of equipment to be stored within the walls of the ship. The trap-floor can also be used to instantaneously drop items or combat-ready units directly into battle.

The Nimbus' first and current Captain is Zapp Brannigan, who has commanded the ship in several stunning military victories and a few mishaps involving destroying friendly space apparatuses. Though the ship's crew must be replaced regularly (due to the high casualty rate associated with Brannigan's command), its First Officer has remained the same, Kif Kroker.

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