2252 – Avenger

In the late 2240’s a need was identified for smaller combatants which were designed to be extremely fast, well-armed, stealthy, and inexpensive to construct and operate. To meet this need, two different classes were proposed, the long range, powerfully armed, twin-nacelled Avenger class, and shorter ranged, less powerfully armed, single-nacelle  Predator class. In total the requirement was for one hundred ships of each design to be built at yards throughout the Federation. A number of new technologies developed for the Constitution and Pyotr Velikiy classes were to be used in these new classes, out notably including a scaled down version of the Pyotr Velikiy’s main sensor suite.

Design work on Avenger and Predator in late 2250. Although a smaller design, the configuration of the Predator was much like that of the physically larger Hermes/Saladin class of the 2240’s.

The warp power plant for both of new ships was  the new FWB-1 warp drive, coupled to the powerful FIB3 Impulse drive. The use of the same drive systems across both design resulted in further construction and cost efficiencies, and also led to the ships being provided with a good blend of power and manoeuvrability.

The primary hulls of both classes were nearly identical, and were 77-m in diameter. The primary  hulls held the bridge, the M1 computer core,  crew quarters, life support machinery, and cargo holds. The hull’s dorsal bulge housed the twin accelerator cannons (FAC3 on both designs. Unlike the larger Constitution and Pyotr Velikiy classes the bridge module was slightly submerged and slightly forward of the hull’s centre. Mounted either side of the bridge were emitters for the FSF shield system, these were mounted in this unconventional external position because of the small size of the hull. The rear of the primary hull housed the shuttlecraft bay, which extended along the connecting dorsal. Embedded in the rim of the primary hull was an emission suppression system which formed a key part of the  stealth capabilities of the designs.

To the rear of the primary hull was a thick, deep connecting dorsal structure. In Avenger, the neck held the FIB3 impulse drive, and deuterium tanks. Beneath the neck was the small secondary hull mounting the FWB1 warp system with the distinctive Bulldog warp nacelles attached to either side. In Predator, the connecting dorsal was occupied mainly by engineering spaces for the impulse deck, the FWB1 warp drive connecting directly to the single centerline Bulldog warp nacelle. The single engine configuration of the Predator decreased the range and maximum warp speed but improved performance at impulse.

The the large numbers of ships ordered meant that construction was shared among six shipyards throughout the Federation, despite this all ships were built to the same exacting standards with many important subsystems manufactured at Mars and shipped to the yards for assembly.  The six yards competed to construct ships most quickly or with the fewest flaws, the best performance being that of Andor’s Shesshik 7 facility which assembled and launched USS Drummer (NCC-D124) in 22 days.

USS Predator (NCC-D200) commissioned in early 2252, with USS Avenger (NCC-D100) following late the same year. Both classes immediately found use in a wide range of roles. In many cases they were used for policing duties, including anti smuggling and piracy patrols. Such actions freed larger ships, such as those of the Valley Forge, Constitution, and Pyotr Velikiy classes for duties in the burgeoning four years war. These ships were also used in a defensive role in areas away from the Klingon frontier, again to release larger combatants for service elsewhere. The Avenger class in particular also saw military usage in the Klingon theatre of operations.

Post war these ships were occasionally based at the borders of Federation territory in a pure defensive role, but more frequently they used to lead and escort survey, mining and colonisation vessels following in the wake of Starfleet heavy cruisers. The latter part of the war saw many these ships rearmed with FH2 phasers and FP1 photon torpedoes, which effectively doubled the combat efficiency of both designs.

A definitive refit program in 2258 saw the adoption of the new FWB2 in both designs, further improving performance and giving these classes an appreciable boost in available power.

To their crews and to Starfleet, the Avenger and Predator classes truly lived up to the description applied to a class of destroyer 300 years ago on Earth: “magnificent in appearance, majestic in movement, menacing in disposition.” These destroyers continued to serve in Starfleet until 2302, following life-extension refits in the early 2280s.

The Avenger-class destroyer USS Matador (NCC-D141) and the Predator-class destroyer USS Berserker (NCC-D208) are on display at the Starfleet Museum.

  • Class: VI
  • Year: 2252
  • Ship Source: Starfleet Museum
  • Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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Commissioned Ships

USS Avenger NCC-D100
USS Advisor NCC-D101
USS Ambassador NCC-D102
USS Arbiter NCC-D103
USS Aviator NCC-D104
USS Barker NCC-D105
USS Bounder NCC-D106
USS Bustler NCC-D107
USS Challenger NCC-D108
USS Chancellor NCC-D109
USS Chaser NCC-D110
USS Commander NCC-D111
USS Confounder NCC-D112
USS Conjurer NCC-D113
USS Contender NCC-D114
USS Counselor NCC-D115
USS Courier NCC-D116
USS Dancer NCC-D117
USS Darter NCC-D118
USS Dasher NCC-D119
USS Dazzler NCC-D120
USS Defender NCC-D121
USS Detector NCC-D122
USS Dodger NCC-D123
USS Drummer NCC-D124
USS Engineer NCC-D125
USS Explorer NCC-D126
USS Flasher NCC-D127
USS Flyer NCC-D128
USS Forester NCC-D129
USS Galloper NCC-D130
USS Governor NCC-D131
USS Harbinger NCC-D132
USS Harvester NCC-D133
USS Highlander NCC-D134
USS Igniter NCC-D135
USS Inquisitor NCC-D136
USS Inspector NCC-D137
USS Liberator NCC-D138
USS Marcher NCC-D139
USS Mariner NCC-D140
USS Matador NCC-D141
USS Mentor NCC-D142
USS Messenger NCC-D143
USS Navigator NCC-D144
USS Observer NCC-D145
USS Outlander NCC-D146
USS Pathfinder NCC-D147
USS Patroller NCC-D148
USS Peacemaker NCC-D149
USS Persuader NCC-D150
USS Pioneer NCC-D151
USS Piper NCC-D152
USS Prancer NCC-D153
USS Predictor NCC-D154
USS Protector NCC-D155
USS Provider NCC-D156
USS Questor NCC-D157
USS Racer NCC-D158
USS Reporter NCC-D159
USS Rescuer NCC-D160
USS Responder NCC-D161
USS Revolver NCC-D162
USS Roarer NCC-D163
USS Rover NCC-D164
USS Runner NCC-D165
USS Saviour NCC-D166
USS Schneider NCC-D167
USS Searcher NCC-D168
USS Seeker NCC-D169
USS Senator NCC-D170
USS Skydiver NCC-D171
USS Sorcerer NCC-D172
USS Spangler NCC-D173
USS Sparkler NCC-D174
USS Speaker NCC-D175
USS Speeder NCC-D176
USS Spinner NCC-D177
USS Springer NCC-D178
USS Sprinter NCC-D179
USS Stargazer NCC-D180
USS Strider NCC-D181
USS Strummer NCC-D182
USS Surveyor NCC-D183
USS Temblor NCC-D184
USS Tracker NCC-D185
USS Trailblazer NCC-D186
USS Traveller NCC-D187
USS Trekker NCC-D188
USS Trumpeter NCC-D189
USS Tusker NCC-D190
USS Upholder NCC-D191
USS Venturer NCC-D192
USS Victor NCC-D193
USS Volunteer NCC-D194
USS Voyager NCC-D195
USS Wanderer NCC-D196
USS Windjammer NCC-D197
USS Winner NCC-D198
USS Wrangler NCC-D199

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