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by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker


Valivarre Class Super Dimensional Battleship (SBB).

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Valivarre-Class Battleship
Naval Separator

Names and disposition:

SBB-01UES Valivarre Commissioned in 2016Static guardship for the Robotech Factory Satellite, 2028
SBB-02UES Spica Commissioned in 2018Destroyed 2028
SBB-03UES Antares Commissioned in 2019Destroyed 2023
SBB-04UES Aldebaran Commissioned in 2020Destroyed 2025.
SBB-05UES Polaris Commissioned in 2021Destroyed over Earth in the REF counter invasion, 2031.

These ships were built at the Robotech Factory Satellite and in the Luna base shipyard. Their names are written with the 'UES' prefix.

Ship's complement:


Propulsion systems:

Endurance and mobility limits:

Weapon systems:

Air group and mecha complement:

See Naval air group compositions for a detailed summation.

Aerospace forces
Ground forces mecha (if embarked):

Electronics and major subsystems:

Design Notes:

The Valivarre class appears at first sight to be a mixture of the SDF-3, a Nupetiet-Vergnitz Flagship and a Rineunadou Lojmeuean Monitor. The class is however modeled on the Seron Thoun class, a Border Fleet design built by the Robotech Empire from C.E. 1730 onwards.

The general hull form resembles that of the Zentraedi Flagship class, though it is of course far smaller. The aft section mounts an engine of the same modular design philosophy as the one mounted in the Flagship. Forward of the engine is the center part of the hull, with a command citadel (virtually identical to the citadel on the SDF-3) on top. To the sides are the two shoulders which mount the side bodies. Forward of the center section is the Reflex Cannon, which forms the foremost part of the ship. The main cannon has about the same firepower as the original Seron Thoun version, but incorporates many newer technologies first seen on the SDF-1 and is in fact more reliable than the original design, as well as smaller in size which frees up internal volume for other uses.

The two side bodies are, as in the original Border Fleet design, devoted to sensor installations. Each side body mounts four large 'horn' antenna and numerous sensor blisters. These sensors form the FTL sensor suite of the ship, capable of detecting folds within 20 to 30 lightyears. Also, the side bodies protect the engine and central sections from incoming broadside fire. In addition to the side bodies, three large sensor horns are mounted on the nose, and two large disk-shaped EM sensors are mounted on the lower ventral hull.

Internally, the Valivarre class is radically different from its Zentraedi template. As all former Zentraedi in the Earth forces are micronized, the internal arrangements of the class are redesigned to cater to the micronian size of its crew, and the smaller size of their mecha. Also, the technological level of the ships' systems is on par with that of the Sian Macross design, which is almost 200 years more advanced. As a result of the smaller size of many systems, there is room for an additional heavy cannon in the nose of the ship, and the consumable supplies are relatively larger as well. In addition, a high standard of comfort has been achieved in the crew quarters.

The aft section of the ship is the engineering area with the main engines, Reflex furnaces and the fold system. Centrally located in the ship are the administrative offices and the crew quarters, while the ship is directed from the command citadel. The forward part of the ship houses most of the heavy armaments and most of the mecha.


The Valivarre class was designed in 2015 as emergency program capital ships that could be built in less time than it took to complete a new Macross or Pioneer class battlefortress. The requirement for fast available capital ships was prompted by the destruction of the SDF-1 Macross and the SDF-2 Odyssey, at a moment when Earth's capital ship building capacity was still limited and the Robotech Factory Satellite in a dilapidated state.

Rather than embarking on a crash program to built more Macross class fortresses, the RDF Spacy decided to design a smaller, reflex-cannon equipped vessel that could be built faster in the specialized Lunar construction dock that had built the SDF-2 Odyssey as well as in the less advanced yards that were producing the Tokugawa class space carriers. Although this delayed the construction of what would eventually become the SDF-3 Pioneer, the result was a more numerous (and less irreplaceable) class of battleships that was capable of almost all functions required of a full-scale battlefortress at only 80% of the mass and in 70% of the building time.

To cut down on the design effort, the Spacy design bureaus looked for suitable hull and engine designs it could copy in the archives of the Robotech Factory Satellite and there stumbled on the Seron Thoun class of Border Fleet battlecruiser. This design fit the required size and mass requirements and was swiftly adopted. After some deliberation, the RDF decided to built the ships with as much visual similarity to the Seron Thoun as it could. In this way, identifying these vessels as hostiles by remaining Zentraedi the expedition encountered was delayed for some moments. This idea was subsequently used on the design for the SDF-3 Pioneer as well, which ended up designed to resemble a larger Border Fleet monitor.

Five ships of the Valivarre class were commissioned between 2016 and 2021. The first of the class was named after Tirol's star, to commemorate the long search for that system then underway, and the other ships were named after prominent stars in the Earth skies. From 2017 to 2029 the class was in the forefront of the search efforts, often forming the heavy core of a Space Action Group. During such actions, the Antares was destroyed in 2023, and the Aldebaran in 2025. The three surviving ships fought on until 2028, when the Spica and the Valivarre engaged a heavy enemy force which destroyed the Spica outright and crippled the FTL capability of the Valivarre. The damage to the name ship of the class was so severe that complete repair was considered uneconomical and the Valivarre became the flagship of the guard fleet for Space Station Equality, the former Robotech Factory Satellite. In 2030 the REF returned to Earth to defend against the Robotech Masters; however, the squadron containing the final remaining battleship, Polaris, didn't defold over Earth until the fighting was over. The Polaris remained in the Earth system and survived the intial Invid Invasion, but was destroyed a few months later while covering a REF counter-invasion.

After the war, the Tirolian Republican Navy adopted this design. The result is the Nairok class, half-sisters of the Valivarre, named after Tirolian colonial stars. They are best described as a 'Valivarre with an Ikazuchi look', as the exterior hull design is Terran in concept, rather than the blistering shapes favored by the Tirolians. Seven ships of this class are now in service, with several more building. The new vessels are named Nairok, Lexa, Enih's, Lodnihp, Dared, and Kirdlab.

See additional design notes.

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