“The USS Moscow and the other ships of this class were the one of the last major classes without dilithium. The immediate predecessor to the Constitution class, the Baton Rouge class exhibited the distinct separated living disc and engine modules so familiar now. Up-rated in the 2240s, these ships have only recently completed their commissioned usefulness as interstellar carriers.”
The Mark 1 Baton Rouge class entered UFP service in 2225 and were the last major cruiser class built with non dilithium energised engines, in total an impressive 86 Mk1 ships was built over 18 years. A modification program in the 2240’s saw 40 of these ships re-equipped with new M- 1 computers, enhanced weaponry and unary shield generators to become Mk2s, a further 14 ships were built as new to compensate for delays in the Constitution programme. This modification meant that the ships remained a useful element of the fleet despite their low top speed compared to newer designs.
Some unmodified Mk2 ships also served throughout the four years war as convoy escorts, it being felt that their low speed was not an issue when escorting slow moving freighters, indeed the additional power was seen as an asset. In one famous incident, a trio of 30-year-old Baton Rouges fought off a squadron of D7As without a single ship being lost in the convoy they were escorting.
12 Mk2s survived the war, and 6 of these were later converted to Mk5 standards.
A number of Baton Rouge class ships are preserved at various sites around the Federation, as well as a single vessel preserved in the AOFW, but the ships that are still in service some 60 years after the design was conceived are the most telling proof of the excellence of the design and memorial to those who have gone before.
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