The Javelin Class Battleship was born of requirements set down in April of 107PA. These requirements specifically called for a true battleship that could be used as mobil gun batteries for the defense of the mainland of Kyatashiro. The new design would employ naval guns of a size not seen the world over, in literally centuries, and would have to employ the new technologies of war as well to make it an effective fighting vessel.
It only took a few months for the design to be finished, and approved by Hachiman himself. It was massive, a full 996' in length, and armed with a fleet's worth of weapons, and enough ammo carried to keep it in a fight for hours. It's main weapons were composed of four turrets with three massive 452 mm naval cannons in each turret. On each side of the vessel were eight smaller turrets, each with a pair of 155 mm cannons mounted in them. Peppering the superstructure of the vessel would be no less than 28 40 mm anti-aircraft gun batteries - in addition to a quartet of medium range missile launcher turrets, a quartet of anti-missile rail gun turrets, and a pair of three tube cruise missile launchers! This combination of awesome weaponry, made this the single most powerful ship to ship combat vessel ever developed on Earth.
During mid May of the same year, talks were underway between Wa-Daisho, Desert Star, Lazlo, and Kyatashiro about the possibility of establishing a united naval fleet (Eventually named the Joint Naval Force, and later the Allied Naval Fleet.) that could join the strengths of each of these nations into a singular unit that could enforce the interests of all involved. Without even taking time to decide, Hachiman leaped onto this opportunity, by offering up the first of these battleships to the new Joint Naval Force.
Construction began on the new vessel in January of 108PA. This proved to beleaguer the already overtaxed Imperial Kyatashiro Navy Shipyards to dangerous levels, but despite this Hachiman continued to be solid in his resolve to have this first Javelin built as soon as possible. During this vessels construction, there was quite a stir of trouble in the Coalition States. Emperor Prosek had heard rumors that a true Battleship was being constructed somewhere in the North, that would be able to level the whole of Chi-Town if it ever made it to Lake Michigan. His insistence that Free Quebec, strengthen it's Navy with all means necessary is what resulted in the controversial purchase of the Iron Heart Armaments vessels. Later Prosek grew more and more impatient with the new Free Quebec Navy, and would resort to insults and reprimands for their seeming impotence towards the location of this threatening vessel. His dismissal of six Free Quebec Navy Commanding Officers during this period of time, was one of many issues that strained relations to the breaking point between these two Coalition States.
Meanwhile, even while the first Javelin was still under construction, a few months later Hachiman ordered that a second Javelin be started in a remote portion of the island, with a shielding hangar of incredible dimensions built around it. This vessel would not be revealed to the public, nor would it be confirmed to any - even the closest of allies that it even exists. Elite sailors, who were completely and solely dedicated to Hachiman would be hand picked to man this vessel of mystery. This vessel would be a black battleship, both in color and reputation, used to whatever ends Hachiman himself would decide. It's legend would be feared by one and all alike, that legends would later be formed of, and perhaps even legends in the past were prophesizing. This would be the I.K.N. 13 Shogun.
In March of 110PA, the first of the Javelins were commissioned as the Joint Naval Force J.N.F. 9 Stingray. It would become the core of the new J.N.F. fleet, for operations in the Atlantic until the Yellow Submarine was eventually finished. The mystery battleship was completed in December of the same year. According to official records, media, and 'eye witnesses' it was an experimental ship built in secret for the I.K.N. but unfortunately was built with faulty seals, which resulted in rapid flooding of a few compartments, and caused the vessel to turn turtle and sink rapidly. The vessel actually which sank was in reality, a decommissioned Sea King Missile Cruiser, that was supposedly sold to Republican. Over all, little in the way of evidence exists - except perhaps the several thousand workers who helped to build the ship, but were sworn to silence as per the code of Bushido which most in Kyatashiro live by.
The Stingray was the first of the vessels to draw blood. A few short months after it was commissioned, a pair of Splugorthian Sea Skimmers had decided to look for slaves to plunder from the magic altered landscape of the northern lands. (As they considered Kyatashiro at the time...) As they began to pass through the mist shroud surrounding Kyatashiro, a side effect of the magic climate change of the region, The Stingray, Tiger, and a quartet of Whitesharks went to ward them away. Although they hailed them at a distance, the Splugorth ignored the warnings, and instead engaged the vessels thinking them to be the flimsy human vessels they had encountered in the past. The battle was short and brutal. The Stingray blew one of the vessels completely in half within five minutes of the fight, and the other six vessels took the weapon systems off of the second, and nearly destroyed that vessel before it was able to escape! It was a sound victory for the Joint Naval Force, and convinced Lord Splyncryth that slaver raids to this region were not cost effective enough to even consider attempting again in the near future. Since this time, the Stingray has operated during many 'cruises' deep into the Atlantic, usually at the side of a Kyoto class carrier or the Yellow Submarine.
On August 29, 115PA the Stingray traveled to Wa-Daisho, and joined the J.N.F. 14 Dalmir in it's maiden cruise, in an effort to work the kinks out of construction. For the first week with the Dalmir, the Stingray remained in Wa-Daisho's territorial waters. On September 5th however, a large number of vessels began skirting Wa-Daisho's territorial waters. So, the Stingray in addition to a handful of other vessels moved to investigate, finding themselves faced with a force of four destroyers, two missile cruisers, and none other than the USN Ticonderoga! Fortunately no shots were fired, and each went about their business peaceably after it was made clear that neither had hostile intentions.
A few months after the name change of the Joint Naval Force to Allied Naval Fleet in May of 116PA, the Stingray was again called into action - this time in an effort to protect a secret Alliance with none other than Free Quebec! The CS Navy had managed to corner a large portion of the Quebecois Navy outside of the St. Lawrence harbor during maneuvers. The Quebecois only chance of survival was for the Allied Naval Fleet to engage the CS forces in a large surprise attack. A.N.F. strategy experts had been planning for this event for years by this point, and so they brought forth a plan to use a special portal opening device installed on each of the Dalmir Class Carriers, to open a portal to a set location on the planet - through which an entire column of vessels could pass through. This location would be behind the islands the Quebecois Navy was trapped in front of. The battle which would come to be known as the Battle of St. Lawrence, began between the A.N.F. & CS Navy as soon as the first of the CS Vessels came around the corner of that island. The Stingray being at ranges of less than five miles throughout the battle, was a major player in this fight. Among the vessels sunk at the Battle of St. Lawrence, that were counted as kills made by the Stingray were; CSS Ranger, MD-08 Citadel, MD-09 Mactier, CSS Texas, the destruction of several small vessels, as well as the destruction of the island of the CSS Chi-Town immediately after it sunk the A.N.F. Akersley. The Stingray took it's first ever damage in this conflict. It took four torpedoes in it's port side from the CSS Skullfish, and some minor hull damage from a dozen Barracuda which managed to slip through the escorting vessel's screen. All were eventually destroyed or chased away - and no MAJOR damage was reported by the Stingray.
The I.K.N. 13 Shogun was being used in a much different way. The Shogun, unlike the conventional Stingray, carried a magic unit specifically to aid the ship in it's use as a 'ghost ship'. It could enshroud itself in a rolling fog, could shadow meld into the sea, or could even completely disappear to onlookers. From it's completion to about 114PA it was used further East, usually between England and Europe. During this time, the Shogun operated in conjunction with other vessels of the I.K.N., operating as privateer vessels! One very good instance of the order of combat was against a small fleet of vessels heading from a New German Republic port, to New Camelot carrying a variety of technological goods, vital to relations between the two human nations. Here is the story of that small fleet's final hours;
The I.K.N. 13 Shogun was later brought back to waters closer to home to interdict supply ships heading towards Coalition and Free Quebec fleets of vessels. In January of 118PA, the Shogun would again be involved in the most recent conflict involving a Javelin Class Battleship, in what is known as the "Revenging Conqueror Incident". This incident involved a pair of Revenge Class Destroyers. The Shogun had recently received word that a pair of Supply class transport ships were at a position off of the coast of old Maine, waiting to supply CS Vessels. Due to a course miscalculation, the Shogun ended up arriving a full two hours after these coordinates had been received, and discovered the CSS Revenge & CSS Conqueror taking on supplies next to the two supply ships. As per the standard method of operations, it was the Shogun's responsibility to destroy any escorting vessels, and to sink any supplies deemed too hot to capture without threat to the Shogun itself. The Shogun lined up within three miles of the enemy vessels - cloaked in magical invisibility, and opened fire with everything it had. Expecting the vessels to be much tougher than they were, two main turrets were focused at each of the two Revenge Class Destroyers. When the cannons went off, the Shogun became visible, but the three seconds from firing, to the point of impact was no where near enough time to do anything to avoid the destruction. Both vessels were completely obliterated, and the secondary explosions were more than adequate to sink the two Supply class vessels as well. Of all of those on board the four vessels, only two men survived. This event was mourned throughout the Coalition States, and Free Quebec as a terrible accident, in which the magazines of the two Revenge Class Destroyers blew up. Although the CS has indeed investigated the explosion site, and learned otherwise - they have kept a tight seal on this as a non event. Since this time, the remaining two Revenge Class Destroyers have been relegated as too fragile for front line military service, and as such have been retained as heavily guarded fleet vessels, or to remain as "Port Queens", that are used for training.
In March of 117PA Wa-Daisho's Shipyards had completed it's Javelin Class Battleship, the A.N.F. 22 Manta. The Manta is a relatively new vessel, and has as of yet not seen any major combat but has seen a few minor skirmishes during the course of it's cruise to the Japanese Islands.
As of February 2, 118PA the Imperial Kyatashiro Navy (I.K.N.) 13 Shogun is resupplying in a remote port in Kyatashiro. The Allied Naval Fleet (A.N.F.) 9 Stingray is with the A.N.F. 13 Yellow Submarine, near Republican investigating reports of a Splugorth Mother Ship in the region. The Allied Naval Fleet (A.N.F.) 22 Manta is currently in port in Wa-Daisho resupplying after a cruise with the Dalmir, to the waters around Japan.