HMS Merlin (CA-270)

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HMS Merlin (CA-270) is a Star Knight-class Heavy Cruiser within Second Fleet. Commanded by CAPTSG Sir Garret Bitker, KE, CGM, RMN, Merlin claims Rochester, Minnesota as her charter city, and is part of Task Force 21, which commands all of the American State of Minnesota.


Merlin was first brought into commission on 30 August 2011 under the command of then CAPTJG John Neitz, by order of BuShips. This ship was the first ship ever to be commissioned in Second Fleet, based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They participated in MarsCon and CONvergence multiple times, mastering the art of the recruiting table. Although they didn't upgrade up to HMS Athena until 28 October 2012, multiple ships were staffed from its crew, creating CruRon 21, which became the nucleus of Second Fleet. Upon upgrade, Merlin was placed into the Active Reserves.

The Merlin was recommissioned on 19 July 2014, when HMS Bedivere was upgraded and placed in Tenth Fleet. CAPTJG Christopher Beilby took command of the ship, out of it's charter city of Santa Ana, California as her charter city, but claimed all of the southern half of the American State of California. They participated in the Los Angeles Comicon and eventually recruited enough members to upgrade to HMS Artemis (BC-592) on 28 November 2015.

Two days later, Merlin was returned to Second Fleet on 30 November 2015, under the command of then-CAPTJG Garret Bitker, based out of Rochester, Minnesota. They continue to support the fleet's efforts at MarsCon, CONvergence, and of course, MantiCon.

Commanding Officers

# Name Assumed Relieved
1 CAPTJG John Neitz 30 August 2011 27 April 2012
2 CAPTJG Justin Grays 27 April 2012 28 October 2012
3 CAPTJG Christopher Beilby 19 July 2014 28 November 2015
4 CAPTSG Sir Garret Bitker, KE, CGM 30 November 2015 Incumbent

Crew Lineage

  • 30 August 2011: Launched as HMS Merlin (CA-270).
  • 28 October 2012: Upgraded to HMS Athena (BC-439).
  • 19 July 2014: Recommissioned as HMS Merlin (CA-270) in Tenth Fleet.
  • 28 November 2015: Upgraded to HMS Artemis (BC-592).
  • 30 November 2015: Recommissioned as HMS Merlin (CA-270) in Second Fleet.

Command Staff

  • Commanding Officer: CAPTSG Garret Bitker
  • Executive Officer: CDR Jeremy Kittleson
  • Ship's Bosun: CPO Jason Coltum

Ship's Orders

NOTE: This Wiki is the authoritative source for orders per the Fourth Space Lord. All orders have been
provided by the issuing authority or the TRMN Announcements & Orders group on Facebook.

Ship's Orders are subordinate to, and expand upon or amplify Admiralty Orders, Naval Directives, and Eighth Fleet Orders. They are applicable to Merlin operations and personnel.

Order No. Effective Date Subject Status
HMS Eponynomous Ship's Order 1608-24 24 August 2016 Placeholder for Ship Orders


See Also

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