BS Columbia III

Battlestar Columbia

Intended as a follow-on to the Mercury class, the Columbia class Battlestars paved the way for many of the technical innovations seen in the Nova class Command Battlestars. Their advanced systems caused numerous problems and production ended after only five ships in favor of the Cerberus, an updated Mercury. The Columbia's flight group was smaller than a Mercury and while she had two landing decks in each flight pod, her launch tubes were all oriented in the "up" direction, with Vipers landing on the lower deck being flipped "right side up" on rotating elevators before arriving on the hanger deck. The enlarged "Raptor's Nest" along each flight pod allowed her to launch large numbers of Raptors or variants at once and made them excellent ships for assaults and Columbia was heavily involved in the suppression of unrest on Aerilon.