The Voyager class was a low cost refit of the final 20 Vindicator class Frigates, using the same concept as the Constitution class based Endeavour class. The Vickers SCNN self contained Linear Warp drives offered a way to update relatively new hulls in a more affordable way, which was also far quicker than the full scale rebuild option.
The Voyager class served loyally for 30 years, latterly in second line duties. Although deemed old fashioned by some they performed valuable work, and were surprisingly sought after postings as they retained the older style internal and external aesthetic and use of space until their eventual retirement.
Based on Vindicator from Jackills Starship Data Sheet and Endeavour from Ships of the Starlet Vol 1
The Vindicator class of 2261 was a development of the Anton/Miranda Class Cruiser and Surya/Coventry Class Frigate platform. A more compact looking vessel than its earlier forebears the Vindicator mounted its warp drives closer to the primary hull on much more substantial mounts. This modification of the design was based upon after action feedback from various vessels of the family that had been engaged in the Four years war.
The Vindicator class was the last twin engine version of this basic design platform produced before the adoption of the Linear Warp Drive (the later Durrett prototype being single engined).
Like many of the other ships of this overall design family, many of the Vindicator class ships were extensively rebuilt to form part of the refitted Miranda class in the 2270s and 2280s. However, the 20 newest ships of the class were rebuilt much like the Endeavour refit of the Constitution class with Vickers SCNN Linear Warp Nacelles to form the Voyager Class which continued in service until the early 2300s.
The five Andor Class Pathfinders entered service in 2266, and were intended to demonstrate the viability of a modern photon torpedo armed missile cruiser following concerns about the performance of earlier missile armed ships.
All five ships were built at the Andor shipyards and commissioned into Military Operations Command, and were the subject of intense scrutiny prior to the production order being placed for the linear warp drive equipped Andor class.
The five pathfinders were used as training ships to support the build up of the Andor class following the end of their short active service careers, all five ships were sold on, three joining the Andorian Planetary Guard, and the other two to the AOFW.
Andor’s Pride – Commissioned 2266, Training Ship 2273, Sold to Andor 2280
Andor’s Vengeance – Commissioned 2266, Training Ship 2273, Sold to Andor 2280
Andor’s Courage Commissioned 2267, Training Ship 2273, Sold to Andor 2280
Andor’s Retribution Commissioned 2267, Training Ship 2274, Sold to AOFW 2284
Andor’s Bravery Commissioned 2267, Training Ship 2274, Sold to AOFW 2284
The Thofsin class battlecruiser was 360 meters long and had a standard crew complement of 86. The ship was heavily armed, featuring particle cannons, but it lacked torpedo launchers. In total some 415 ships of this class were built.
The hull was made of duranium alloy. The deflector shields were strong for ships of the era, but the hull was weaker and particularly vulnerable when the shields were down because it lacked hull plating that could be polarized.
Because prior to the advent of the Federation, the Andorian empire was on the brink of war with the Tellarites and Vulcans, the battlecruiser was designed for war as part of a strategy of deterrence.
The Thofsin class was the equivalent of the Vulcan D’Kyr class warship. Five particle cannon emitters were positioned on the fore, port, starboard, ventral and dorsal hulls. Each of the emitters had a 180 degree firing arc. The cannons could be fired as continuous beams and projectile-like bursts.
The main bridge was crewed by five officers. The commanding officer sat in a command chair. The officer’s stations were visible to the commander, this highly efficient bridge design was mirrored in new designs after the founding of Federation Starfleet.
The hull consisted of an engineering section with two weapon/engine pods mounted on wing-like pylon structures. Shuttle and cargo bays were housed in the central hull. A The forward hull section housed crew areas and the main bridge.
The Kumari was one of the most notable members of this class, under Commander Thy’lek Shran.
Design from Star Trek Enterprise, Class name and some details from FASA.
The Djartanna class Destroyer was the mainstay of the Alpha Centauri space navy during the Romulan War, almost a thousand ships were built in total with 316 entering service with the Earth Starfleet.
Effectively a scaled up Zoenamy, the class was quick to build and highly manoeuvrable. Compared to contemporary Earth classes it was shorter ranged, which led to the odd situation of these ‘alien’ built vessels being used to defend colonies and the Terran system while the longer ranged Earth vessels performed fleet duties at longer ranges.
With the outbreak of the Romulan War the Earth Starfleet was in desperate need of ships to supplement the fleet, and the shipyards of Alpha Centauri offered the cheap mass produced Zoenamy as a solution. The design had been developed to meet Alpha Centauri Space Navy requirements for a patrol vessel, and the long range of the design due to it’s efficient propulsion system meant that the design was well suited for adoption by the Earth Starfleet as an escort Corvette. The design was notable as being the first ‘alien’ design adopted by the Earth Starfleet in large numbers to act as an armed picket patrol vessel, some forty of the 119 ships built in total saw service in Earth Starfleet.
The Alpha Centauri Zoenamy class was the basis of the later of the highly successful Djartanna Class Destroyer.
The Ptolemy class transport was the first in a line of successful high-load warp transports used by the Federation. Equipped with specially designed warp engines suitable for towing mass never before realized, the vessels were a boon to infrastructure building outside the core of the Federation. Initially, production contracts called for 30 ships of this class to be constructed. However, due to the fleet-wide ship build-up at the time it was commissioned, limited appropriations permitted the construction of only 15 of the class.
The Ptolemy class was designed for easy and efficient transporting of cargo within outboard cargo containers. The cargo containers were easily attached and detached via a specially designed coupling unit fitted to the neck of the primary hull of the starship. Depending upon total mass, up to two containers could be towed by the Ptolemy at one time. These containers were mass-produced and supplied to both Starfleet and private shipping concerns (at a reduced rate) to promote the use of these standardized containers. Practically a ship unto themselves, these containers were a break-through in shipping technology just as the high-load warp engines mounted on the Ptolemy were.
The containers came in five basic types:
Mk I Liquids
Mk II Dry Bulk Goods
Mk III Refrigerated/Thermal Goods
Mk IV People (starliners, mass transport)
Mk V Products (non-food stuffs and misc.)
The Mk I-III and V containers had their own cargo transporters (up to six), turbolifts for carrying goods to various levels and self-contained environmental machinery. The Mk IV containers also included 6 personal transporters and could accommodate 800 passengers. This container also had its own sensors array, was capable of sub-light speed and could sustain its passengers in case of an emergency for up to 18 years.
During the Four Years War, an urgent need arose for military cargo transports. Because of their slow speeds, the Ptolemy was not a viable candidate. However, the need was so great that all Ptolemys in service at the time were converted to Mk IIs. The Mk II mounted the FWB-1 engine which improved the speed of the transport, but at the cost of limited cargo capacity. The Mk II could only carry approximately 121,000 mt of cargo in smaller outboard cargo containers. However, this was sufficient in its role as a military transport.
After the Four Years War, surviving Ptolemys were retrofitted with the FHLWA-1 and returned to their pre-war roles. Many of the Mk IV containers were converted to starliners, with luxurious accommodations for up to 500 passengers. These starliners contained a park promenade, numerous recreation lounges, 2 full theaters, a gymnasium, pool and hydroponic gardens.
This modified version was first built in 2242 alongside the standard version, it featured more discreet hull mounted deflectors as opposed to the large dish of the standard ships. Post war most of the class were converted to this standard, which gave no performance benefits, but considerably improved reliability.