|Normandie class Battleship|
|Gallic Royal Navy|
The Normandie class was designed in the 660s as a versatile Battleship capable of both offensive and defensive actions. Since 670 A.G.S. until 710 A.G.S. it was produced in massive numbers by the Royal Navy shipyards, but the battles of the Second Gallic War revealed several critical flaws in the ship's construction. After that, no new Normandie ships were built. However, existing ships were retrofitted to install better power arrays, improved offensive capabilities, and better internal security sensors to prevent capture. Normandie battleships form a bulk of Gallia's Sirius invasion forces, along with more recent and better equipped Richelieu battleships and rearguard Charlemagne battleships.
Although many rejoiced at the Kusari Civil war coming to an end, and the reformation of the Kusari Empire, Gallia was not one of them. With a new Government came new ambitions, as well as increasing tensions between the two Houses. The Battleship Venisseux was deployed to the Lorraine gate in Tau-53 to both send a message to the Reformed Kusari Empire, and to neutralise the growing piracy and terrorism in the system, which was hampering Gallic interests.