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Kingdom of Bandar

Military and Paramilitary Units

The Sea Falcon is an example of the latest design in Aval shipbuilding. It’s a modified caravel optimized for intercepting pirates. It’s slightly longer (80 ft vs 70 ft) and narrower (18 ft vs 20 ft) than a typical merchant caravel. These leaner dimensions and reduced cargo hold (only 100 tons vs as much as 200 tons) allow the Sea Falcon to travel about 25% faster than a normal caravel with a base movement of 5 (instead of 4) when fully loaded. What would normally be the cargo hold of the ship is filled with 3-level bunk beds. As a result, the ship can carry over 130 sailors, marines, and other personnel. The Sea Falcon was commissioned by the Kingdom of Bandar navy and is expected to be completed in late 4512. Areas shown in brown are outside decks. The captain’s quarters are divided into two areas: a larger public area and a smaller private area. All cabins have windows (not drawn).

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Bandaran Navy Ship Launch Ceremony

As with other Bandaran vessels, the Sea Falcon had a traditional launch ceremony.

For every new Bandaran ship, the Kingdom has made a custom highly sharpened silver rapier [1] and a pen of lapis lazuli (that is, a lapis lazuli setting for the quill, that fits around the quill and allows the quill to be replaced). Both items are inscribed with the name of the ship, and are entrusted to the commander of the ship; after the ceremony, they become emblems of his command.

A large bottle of good strong tequila (hey, Bandar was originally a southern kingdom) is emptied into a bucket containing an equal amount of seawater collected from the bilge during the ship’s last leak test. (Hey, this is the first and last time the bilge water should be clean.) Everyone shares the mixture, which is essentially a slightly nasty margarita, leaving some leftovers in the bucket, and then the commander orders the ship to be floated.

The commander appoints a deputy to go below decks and do a ceremonial check to make sure there are no leaks. After a short while, the designee emerges and reports, “Sir, the Sea Falcon (name of ship) is seaworthy!” The commander then takes the silver rapier and cuts the ropes binding the ship to dock, and pronounces “Herewith I, _, in the service of His Majesty [king’s name] The King of Bandar, and having been designated by the same, assume command of the _Sea Falcon!” The captain breaks the margarita bucket over the stern of the ship, or throws it from any raised platform onto the main deck, and everyone erupts in cheers. The captain then takes the blue pen and writes “(his name), Captain, (ship name), (date)” in a (relatively) permanent ink on the poleward edge of the Bandaran flag, and the Bandaran flag is hoisted. After the colors are raised, everyone joins in singing the Bandaran anthem, followed by the Bandaran Navy anthem Anchors Aweigh>

Anchors aweigh, my boys, anchors aweigh! Farewell to shorebound joys, we sail at break of day-ay-ay Blue of the mighty deep, white of the foam, Let these our colors be, till safely we sail home.

After the ceremony, the silver rapier and lapis lazuli pen revert to the personal stewardship of the Captain and symbolize his authority. The rapier is never again used except in the most dire emergency. It would be unusual for the Captain to carry it; most hang it on the wall of their cabin. On the other hand, the lapis lazuli pen is used for all of the captain’s formal writing of orders and any captain’s entries in the ship’s log or captain’s log. The signature on the flag is inspected, and at the first sign of its fading, the flag is retired and the Captain inscribes a new flag with both the date of the ship’s launch and the date of the new flag’s being first hoisted. Should there be a change of command, the outgoing captain is expected to ceremonially hand the ship’s sword and pen over to the new captain. Under no circumstances should a ship’s sword or pen be brought ashore or off the ship. They sink with the ship if it should be sunk.

It is the captain’s discretion whether to allow non-Bandarans (i.e. passengers) to participate in the launch ceremony, or just to watch. In any case, whether they board before or after the ship is floated out, anyone coming aboard or leaving a Naval ship needs to request and receive the permission of the Captain or designated deck officer.

References:

[1] This is modeled after the Japanese silver axe, which I thought was cool (see wikipedia article). [2] I conflated some of the lyrics of Anchors Aweigh. I’ve always liked that song. :-)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_naming_and_launching, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchors_Aweigh

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