The Gorgon (PKA-810) Class was the first Perimeter Action class to commission in Starfleet, and in many ways was used to prove the concept, unlike the later Agilis and Kiaga classes the Gorgon was based on more traditional design concepts. The Gorgon was designed by a joint Terran-Andorian team, and as such shares some basic concepts (the twin boom design) with the Loknar class frigate, but the execution on the Gorgon was somewhat different. After the introduction of the smaller newer Agilis and Kiaga classes, the Gorgon class was reclassified as a Large Perimeter Action Ship (PKA).
The Gorgon class was designed to have a good all round coverage of firing arcs with lasers (although the weaker FL4 was mounted aft while the FL5 was mounted fore), this was complements by two forward, and one aft firing, accelerator cannons. 10 Gorgon class vessels were constructed, and all saw service in the Four years war. Upgrades to the shielding system were deemed essential in 2253 following the loss of two vessels, the FSD just could not produce enough power. Accordingly the FSH was fitted, but as weight was at a premium in the class, it was at the expense of two of the aft firing lasers, but it was judged that this was a price worth paying. Post war the five survivors were rearmed with modern phasers and photon torpedoes, as well as upgraded warp drives and shields, they continued in service until 2275, and no further refits were undertaken as the number of ships surviving in service was not deemed economic to devise a refit program for.
The Gorgon class was a useful stepping stone in the evolution of the PA, and the lessons learnt in the class demonstrated that a smaller platform was the best option for a definitive PA.
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