|The following information has not been confirmed by Volition |
and is therefore not canon for the FreeSpace universe.
|Faction:||United Earth Federation|
|Commander:||Admiral H. M. Calder|
|Fate:||Survived War in Heaven|
The second Solaris-class Destroyer to be completed, Toutatis is currently assigned to the UEF's 3rd Fleet, where she serves as Admiral Calder's Flagship. Her CO, Captain Martache, has served alongside the Admiral as XO on FG 3121 Zhongxing, and was one of the design consultants on the Solaris project.
Of the three Solaris-class ships, Toutatis is the one with the most time in combat. Admiral Calder's tactics often put her right in the middle of enemy formations, forgoing the escort that UEF doctrine requires in order to bring the full power of her weapons to bear in a tactic designed to rapidly overcome the enemy's point defense.
However, this operational tempo comes at a high price, both in terms of personnel and logistics, and Toutatis was almost destroyed during Admiral Steele's assault on Artemis Station. It took the Bradbury Fleet Yards several weeks to get her to combat readiness again, and even now she spends every minute under the loving care of repair crews.
The Toutatis is unique in that it opts for mounting heavy mass drivers to boost its killing power, though what sacrifices were made to facilitate this are currently unknown, in contrast to the more modern-but-tempermental Eris and top-shape, reliable, but arguably somewhat-outdated Solaris.
Her nameplate design is based on a stylized Jupiter, overlaid with a representation of Toutatis.
Toutatis or Teutates was a Celtic god worshipped in ancient Gaul and Britain. On the basis of his name's etymology, he has been widely interpreted to be a tribal protector.