Phobos and her sister ship, HMS Deimos, were created by splitting the hull of the battlecruiser HMS Mars in two and remodeling each part into a functional, if aesthetically unpleasant, starship of its own. The project was the brainchild of a group of politicians calling themselves the Committee for Military Sanity.
The vessel was destroyed during her maiden voyage in 1532 PD, when it broke to pieces due do harmonic stress on the hull. All of its 130 crewmembers were killed, causing much grief and a major scandal back on Manticore. (MA1)
When the final report about the catastrophe was handed in, Defense Minister Lord Dapplelake took responsibility and resigned from his office, against the expressed wishes of the king and the Prime Minister. (MA2)
- Commander Sophia Ouvrard – Commanding Officer
- Lieutenant Commander Armand Creutz – Executive Officer
- Lieutenant Stroud – Chief Engineer