Pulling numbers out of my butt, I'd say allow a group of 14 or 15 to qualify as a "squadron" for support small craft purposes. Note that the "open bay" of the Cetaceus matches the Lathe-pattern open bay in description, and that every transport is allowed one landing bay. This looks like a hold landing bay to me, or possibly a fore-mounted Lathe bay as an exception to normal rules- alternatively, assume three or four Lathe launch bays and reduce squadron size accordingly- Lexicanum says they come with other support craft, so the fighter and bomber squadrons may be reduced in favor of the Minotaur tugs and whatnot.
Each one holds a "regiment," vague as that is. From the size (and art, terrible as it is), I'd assume that each one can carry 30-50 Leman Russes/Chimerae and 500 troops.
Of course, I don't expect my interpretation to blend with anyone else.
Relevant: Rather than trying to come up with hard numbers in this game (an exercise in futility, in my opinion) I assume that every Barracks comes with an eight point Only War regiment. Each Munitorium improves all armoured or heavy regiments aboard that ship by one point. Each Drop Pod bay improves each drop-pod insertable regiment aboard by one point. Each 50 acheivement points or fraction thereof of cargo hold space provides 1 point to distribute amongst the regiments. Each unit of Aeronautic assault boats taken as a support craft point improves any unit transportable by Valkyries or similar craft aboard that ship by one point.
Each barracks component comes with unarmed landing craft sufficient to offload the troops within a 10 hour timeframe. It's a big component- it should come with that.
Support ships with hold space may load their holds with equipment, allowing them to "spend" their regimental points to support ships throughout the fleet.
Each quality upgrade to a barracks provides one bonus regimental point to its regiment, in addition to the normal benefits of upgrading quality.
Two cruisers for the initial assault plus a Star Galleon or two (or a Mass Conveyor!) with follow on forces? Yes, please.
This system is abstract, but allows heavy armoured regiments, artillery regiments, light infantry regiments and so on to be modeled fairly well.
Edited by Annaamarth, 03 June 2014 - 12:25 AM.