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2165 – Dragon (as built)

After the end of the Romulan war, most ships in the  Starfleet were small, lightly armed exploratory cruisers (such as the former UESN Daedalus and Comet classes). Most of the UESN’s heavy cruisers (Conqueror class) and fighter-carriers (Yorktown class) had been mothballed, repurposed, scrapped, or sold off to local defense forces, with only a small number entering service with Starfleet.

To meet any potential remaining Romulan  threat, Starfleet needed to replace its Conqueror-class heavy cruisers.  The large crew complements and offensive mission profile made them poorly suited for a more defensive role.

In April 2163 Starfleet issued a request for proposals for the Dragon class of border-defense heavy cruisers. The requirement was for firepower (both missile and beam weaponry) at least 33% greater than that of Conqueror. Cruising and maximum speeds were wf 3.4 and wf 4.5,again an improvement over the Conqueror. Displacement was planned to be 150,000 tons or less with a crew of 430 officers – both approximately a third of those of Conqueror. These ships were planned to be less expensive to design, construct, and operate, but still  be more effective for border defence than the wartime Cruisers. 20 Ships were planned, to commission for 2166 onwards. This baseline ship is shown as the Dragon Mk1 on the Data sheet.

The successful design was in essence a scaled up Daedalus, using some Comet style components as well. Construction of the  class began in August 2164, but problems were encountered as the first Dragon began to be fitted out with various components supplied by subcontractors. The challenging requirements led to many of these systems being designed specifically for the Dragon class, and also to these systems having an impact on the overall design. In addition Starfleet Intelligence threat analysis led to a requirement for across-the-board performance increases for all ship’s systems. Accordingly, the damage and ranges of all weaponry were to be increased by an average of 25%;  and cruising and maximum speeds were increased to wf 3.6 and wf 4.7. This improvement was to be delivered from just a 10% increase in crew size and displacement.

To meet the new performance requirements, numerous changes were made. To increase the cruising and maximum speeds, a more powerful warp drive with larger reactor  was installed requiring the addition of a separate “reactor hull”. In addition, the 129-m-long nacelles were replaced by 157-m-long units. As well as the increase in firepower the missile load was increased, and the shuttle bay enlarged.  These  changes further decreased the space that could be used for crew quarters, stores, and life-support systems. Dragon was now 257 m long, with an estimated displacement of 180,000 tons, and the various technical issues were still to be overcome. This is the Mk2 configuration.

In December 2165, Hull #1 was christened USS Fafnir (NCC-213) and launched to begin trials despite the ongoing integration problems. Upon commencement of trials  construction was authorized to begin on the next 3 ships of the class. However the trials of Fafnir quickly revealed numerous problems. The most severe being that the firing of a full missile salvo from the forward missile tubes at attack speed  caused the mounts for the p forward deflector and targeting sensors to become misaligned. This was resolved by structural reinforcement. High speed warp runs revealed harmonic flexing from the nacelle supports propagating throughout the length of the ship – these vibrations played havoc with navigation, weapons targeting, and prevented Fafnir from reaching design speeds. In the longer term these vibrations would lead to fatigue failure possibly resulting in the catastrophic loss of spaceframe integrity. To resolve these issues it was necessary to shorten and thicken the neck connecting the primary and secondary hulls and adding redundant supports for the nacelles on the reactor hull. Fafnir was now 247 m long but displaced 194,000 tons

By October 2166 most of the outstanding problems were being solved: the lead ship, USS Fafnir, was commissioned. Unfortunately by  2167 Starfleet’s requirements had changed, and the defensive posture of the Dragon meant they were ill suited for use in a exploration role. The lack of internal space owing to the level of equipment and weaponry fitment meant that there was no space for the installation of laboratories, scientific equipment, crew quarters, common areas, and long-term life-support systems. With the Romulan threat in abeyance, the Dragon had become a costly and immobile white elephant, and  in November 2167 Starfleet cancelled the final 10 ships of the class before construction had begun.

Despite these problems the 10 completed Dragons proved to be rugged and reliable ships –  however, all Dragons were withdrawn from front-line service by 2180 without ever having fired a shot in anger.

The Dragon-class heavy cruiser USS Jörmungandr (NCC-218) is on display in the Starfleet Museum.

Class: XI
Year: 2165
Ship Source: Starfleet Museum
Ship Datasheet: Coming Soon

Dragon Mk2 Configuration:

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Commissioned Ships

  • USS Fafnir NCC-213 completed in this configuration, but was modified during trials

2164 – Dragon (Design)

After the end of the Romulan war, most ships in the  Starfleet were small, lightly armed exploratory cruisers (such as the former UESN Daedalus and Comet classes). Most of the UESN’s heavy cruisers (Conqueror class) and fighter-carriers (Yorktown class) had been mothballed, repurposed, scrapped, or sold off to local defense forces, with only a small number entering service with Starfleet.

To meet any potential remaining Romulan  threat, Starfleet needed to replace its Conqueror-class heavy cruisers.  The large crew complements and offensive mission profile made them poorly suited for a more defensive role.

In April 2163 Starfleet issued a request for proposals for the Dragon class of border-defense heavy cruisers. The requirement was for firepower (both missile and beam weaponry) at least 33% greater than that of Conqueror. Cruising and maximum speeds were wf 3.4 and wf 4.5,again an improvement over the Conqueror. Displacement was planned to be 150,000 tons or less with a crew of 430 officers – both approximately a third of those of Conqueror. These ships were planned to be less expensive to design, construct, and operate, but still  be more effective for border defence than the wartime Cruisers. 20 Ships were planned, to commission for 2166 onwards. This baseline ship is shown as the Dragon Mk1 on the Data sheet.

The successful design was in essence a scaled up Daedalus, using some Comet style components as well. Construction of the  class began in August 2164, but problems were encountered as the first Dragon began to be fitted out with various components supplied by subcontractors. The challenging requirements led to many of these systems being designed specifically for the Dragon class, and also to these systems having an impact on the overall design. In addition Starfleet Intelligence threat analysis led to a requirement for across-the-board performance increases for all ship’s systems. Accordingly, the damage and ranges of all weaponry were to be increased by an average of 25%;  and cruising and maximum speeds were increased to wf 3.6 and wf 4.7. This improvement was to be delivered from just a 10% increase in crew size and displacement.

To meet the new performance requirements, numerous changes were made. To increase the cruising and maximum speeds, a more powerful warp drive with larger reactor  was installed requiring the addition of a separate “reactor hull”. In addition, the 129-m-long nacelles were replaced by 157-m-long units. As well as the increase in firepower the missile load was increased, and the shuttle bay enlarged.  These  changes further decreased the space that could be used for crew quarters, stores, and life-support systems. Dragon was now 257 m long, with an estimated displacement of 180,000 tons, and the various technical issues were still to be overcome. This is the Mk2 configuration.

In December 2165, Hull #1 was christened USS Fafnir (NCC-213) and launched to begin trials despite the ongoing integration problems. Upon commencement of trials  construction was authorized to begin on the next 3 ships of the class. However the trials of Fafnir quickly revealed numerous problems. The most severe being that the firing of a full missile salvo from the forward missile tubes at attack speed  caused the mounts for the p forward deflector and targeting sensors to become misaligned. This was resolved by structural reinforcement. High speed warp runs revealed harmonic flexing from the nacelle supports propagating throughout the length of the ship – these vibrations played havoc with navigation, weapons targeting, and prevented Fafnir from reaching design speeds. In the longer term these vibrations would lead to fatigue failure possibly resulting in the catastrophic loss of spaceframe integrity. To resolve these issues it was necessary to shorten and thicken the neck connecting the primary and secondary hulls and adding redundant supports for the nacelles on the reactor hull. Fafnir was now 247 m long but displaced 194,000 tons

By October 2166 most of the outstanding problems were being solved: the lead ship, USS Fafnir, was commissioned. Unfortunately by  2167 Starfleet’s requirements had changed, and the defensive posture of the Dragon meant they were ill suited for use in a exploration role. The lack of internal space owing to the level of equipment and weaponry fitment meant that there was no space for the installation of laboratories, scientific equipment, crew quarters, common areas, and long-term life-support systems. With the Romulan threat in abeyance, the Dragon had become a costly and immobile white elephant, and  in November 2167 Starfleet cancelled the final 10 ships of the class before construction had begun.

Despite these problems the 10 completed Dragons proved to be rugged and reliable ships –  however, all Dragons were withdrawn from front-line service by 2180 without ever having fired a shot in anger.

The Dragon-class heavy cruiser USS Jörmungandr (NCC-218) is on display in the Starfleet Museum.

Class: X
Year: 2164
Ship Source: Starfleet Museum
Ship Datasheet: Coming Soon

Dragon Mk1 Configuration:

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Commissioned Ships

  • USS Fafnir NCC-213 was commenced in this configuration but was modified before commissioning,

2222 – Valiant

The Valiant-class starship was a type of Federation heavy cruiser created by Starfleet. The prototype, USS Valiant was launched in 2222.

Six of these were built, weighing in Class XII they were larger than their contemporaries, each with a crew of 440. The vessels measured 21 decks in height, 303 meters in length, had a maximum cruising speed of warp 5.6 and were armed with two torpedo launchers and 4 phaser emitters

The Ships were refitted in 2253 to increase their combat capabilities during the Four Years War, after this refit they were deployed as part of the defensive fleet protecting the Core worlds. After the war all surviving units were continued in Service, Beagle was lost in action.

Two ships (Adamant and Valiant) received Linear warp drives in 2279, but their sister ships retained the older style drives until they were decommissioned in 2281. Adamant was lost in action in 2284, while Valiant finally decommissioned in 2287.

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Commissioned Ships

  • USS Valiant NX-1288
  • USS Delphi NCC-1295
  • USS Yamato NCC-1305
  • USS Adamant NCC-1315
  • USS Expedient NCC-1307
  • USS Beagle NCC-1291

 

2245 – Constitution

 

The Legendary Constitution class needs no real introduction. However the class did not become the dominant force it later was until the introduction of the Phaser equipped Mark 2. The earlier Mark 1 was lightly armed compared to the best ships of the Klingon empire largely as a result of mass constraints. As such the Mark 1 was incrementally upgraded as new technology became available in an effort to make the class as capable as possible.

The Constitution class cruisers are the most renowned vessels of their time. Serving as both a research vessel and a cruiser, these ships have performed their duties to perfection for the last 50 years. The Constitution class ships were an integral part of the buildup during “The Great Awakening,” from the outset the most versatile of all ships built for the expansion efforts.

The original construction contract called for 13 vessels to be built that would serve as cruisers, have complete research facilities, and be capable of operating on 5-year research and exploration missions. In January of 2245 (1/8801), the first of these vessels, the USS Constitution, was commissioned, followed by one more each month for five months. As soon as these vessels were completed and commissioned, they were sent on 2-year shakedown cruises. Over the next five years, the remaining 7 cruisers were built. As scheduling allowed, the ships were upgraded with new technology, particularly with binary shield generators, which led to the Mk Ib and Ic. The construction program came to a halt with the commissioning of the USS Defiant.

When the Four Years War broke out, Starfleet decided to produce warships instead of the dual-purpose cruisers that devoted large areas of their space to research and laboratories. Even though the Constitution class was not put into production for the war effort, four of the ships- in the form of the Mk Id- saw action. Each distinguished itself in battle time and again, soon gaining the nickname “The Queens of Starfleet.” After-action reports continued to show the combat ability of this ship to be superior to any other ship in the fleets, save for the combat-dedicated Heston class, and so the decision to produce more of them was finally issued in November of 2254 (1/9611).

The ship that would be produced was the Mk II version, mounting the new phaser weaponry and photon torpedoes. Because of these modifications to the original design, construction did not begin until September of 2255 (1/9709) and the first ship did not come off the line until January of 2257 (1/9901), 7 months after the end of the war. Starfleet decided to continue the production of the Constitution class cruisers and expanded the proposed total number to 42 vessels.

In April of 2258 (2/0104), the FWF-1 warp drive engine was brought into the inventory and all Constitution class ships were recalled to be refit as Mk IIIs. By October of 2263 (2/0510), the refitting was complete and the Constitution class remained the most advanced starship of its time. One Mk III, the USS Ark Royal, still serves in Starfleet, exploring the rimward areas and acting as ongoing proof of this class’ successful record. Duty on the Ark Royal is awarded as a special training tour to Starfleet cadets. It is the only Constitution class vessel still in active service.

After the first successful test firing of the FP-5 photon torpedo, Starfleet ordered that 12 Constitution class ships be modified to fire it. In February of 2269 (2/1202), the USS Discovery, USS Saratoga, USS El Dorado and USS Kitty Hawk were sent into service as Mk IVs, mounting not only the new torpedo system, but also more powerful impulse engine and shield generators.

The Mk IV was the last version of the Constitution class to be built, but not the last to use that particular hull style. The Enterprise class cruiser was originally built from older Constitution hulls and retains its general appearance. Constitution class ships were constructed at the Sol IV shipyards.

Class: XI Year: 2245
Ship Source: Paramount Pictures Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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Commissioned Ships (FASA)

  •  Constellation NCC-1017
  •  Republic NCC-1371
  •  Intrepid NCC-1631
  •  Farragut NCC-1647
  •  Excalibur NCC-1664
  •  Exeter NCC-1672
  •  Constitution NCC-1700
  •  Enterprise NCC-1701
  •  Potemkin NCC-1702
  •  Hood NCC-1703
  •  Bismark NCC-1704
  •  Yamato NCC-1705
  •  Lexington NCC-1709
  •  Valiant NCC-1709
  •  Kongo NCC-1710
  •  Challenger NCC-1715
  •  Yorktown NCC-1717
  •  Valiant NCC-1718
  •  Essex NCC-1719
  •  Saratoga NCC-1720
  •  El Dorado NCC-1724
  •  Kent  NCC-1725
  •  Littorio NCC-1727
  •  Ticonderoga  NCC-1736
  •  Eagle NCC-1738
  •  Santissima Trinidad NCC-1742
  •  Marseille NCC-1744
  •  Langley NCC-1749
  •  Richelieu NCC-1750
  •  Forrestal NCC-1751
  •  Kitty Hawk NCC-1754
  •  Chikuma NCC-1759
  •  Victory NCC-1760
  •  Defiant NCC-1764
  •  Rivoli NCC-1765
  •  Bonhomme Richard NCC-1776
  •  Endeavour NCC-1777
  •  Hornet NCC-1778
  •  Akagi NCC-1779
  •  Kaga NCC-1780
  •  Ark Royal NCC-1791
  •  Radetsky NCC-1792
  •  Discovery NCC-1798

Commissioned Ships (Starfleet Museum)

USS Constitution NCC-1700
USS Enterprise NCC-1701
USS Potemkin NCC-1702
USS Hood NCC-1703
USS Yorktown NCC-1704
USS Excalibur NCC-1705
USS Exeter NCC-1706
USS Valiant NCC-1707
USS Intrepid NCC-1708
USS Lexington NCC-1709
USS Constellation NCC-1710
USS Farragut NCC-1711
USS Bonhomme Richard NCC-1712
USS Monitor NCC-1713
USS Hornet NCC-1714
USS Virginia NCC-1715
USS Kongo NCC-1716
USS Defiant NCC-1717
USS Endeavour NCC-1718
USS Eagle NCC-1719
USS LaFayette NCC-1720
USS Wasp NCC-1721
USS El Dorado NCC-1722
USS Ari NCC-1723
USS Saratoga NCC-1724 USS Tori NCC-1725
USS Krieger NCC-1726
USS Essex NCC-1727
USS Ranger NCC-1728
USS Bunker Hill NCC-1729
USS Lion NCC-1730
USS Implacable NCC-1731
USS Glory NCC-1732
USS Theseus NCC-1733
USS Triumph NCC-1734
USS Ark Royal NCC-1735
USS Warrior NCC-1736
USS Magnificent NCC-1737
USS Argus NCC-1738
USS Bonaventure NCC-1739
USS Clemenceau NCC-1740
USS De Gaulle NCC-1741
USS Foch NCC-1742
USS Arromanches NCC-1743
USS Jeanne D’Arc NCC-1744
USS Vikrant NCC-1745
USS Zuikaku NCC-1746
USS Shokaku NCC-1747
USS Kiev NCC-1748
USS Minsk NCC-1749

2241 – Pyotr Velilkiy

Ordered as an alternative in case of the failure of the Constitution Class. The delays to Constitution Class and poor performance of the Ranger II meant that the Pyotr Velilkiy served as an interim Heavy Cruiser, and was ordered in quantity in response to Klingon aggression in 2244.

The eventual entry of the Constitution Class to service in large numbers meant that the Pyotr Velikiy was relegated to less glamorous duties, and some were converted to serve as tugs. The Cruiser version was phased out by 2312.

The Pyotr Veliky class was conceived as fall back design in case of delays to the Constitution Class Program. The Protoype, USS Pyotr Veliky named for the Tsar who created Russia’s Imperial Fleet, entered service in 2241. The ship mounted the ultimate non dilithium warp drive to enter service, the FFTL-7B and was the only class fitted with this engine. The other technology of this design was also well proven, in direct contrast to the advanced systems chosen for the Constitution Class. The class was designed and built at Andorian shipyards in an effort to disperse the strategically important role of building heavy cruisers away from Earth, additionally much of Earth’s ship building and design capacity was tied up in the Constitution class program.

Delays to the Constitution Class led to the ordering of 5 Mk 2 ships, the first of which entered service in 2244. The Mk 2 featured improved laser weaponry and improvements to cargo handling systems. The Pyotr Veliky class, despite it’s old technology warp reactor did have the same nacelle design as would be used on the Constitution, and many minor improvements made to the nacelles on these ships found their way into the Constitution class nacelles.

As the Mk2 ships entered service, increased Klingon aggression prompted an order to be placed for 14 Mk3 ships. The Mk3, which entered service in 2245 mounted the brand new FAC-4 accelerator cannon, but the main advance was with shielding. The New unary shields were now coming into service, and the FSG was selected to replace the inefficient system mounted on earlier ships. The FSG required the addition of a new style M series computer, and the M3 was accordingly fitted.

With the Constitution class beginning to be available in quantity by 2250, steps were taken to refit the 20 Pyotr Veliky ships for further service. 14 Ships were refitted to MkIV standards for service with Military Operations Command, and 6 to MkV for service with Galaxy Exploration Command.

The MkIV adopted the FWD-1 warp drive, this drive at half the weight of the FFTL-7B meant that the ship’s mass dropped by almost a 100,000mt. The resultant ships, although less powerful, were more efficient in movement and had a higher maximum speed, useful for patrol duties. The only old technology system retained aboard the ships was the dependable FNSP-X impulse system, as no newer style engines could yet power ships of Class XI. The refits were all complete at the outbreak of the Four Years War, where this class served distinction.

The MkV adopted the even lighter FWE-1 Warp drive, and had a major physical change with the removal of the secondary hull. These ships had been intended for use in an exploration role, but the Four Years War saw them serve as Frigates until the Surya and Coventry classes entered full service. The MkV mounted the same weapons as the MkIV and the FIC-3 impulse engine meant that it had the same amount of power as its larger sibling, but the lighter structure could absorb less damage.

Postwar surviving vessels were used in second line roles, some for exploration (Mk6) and some as cargo tugs(Mk7) or transports (mk8), although a small number did remain in defence roles with the Blue Fleet (Mk9).

The last Pyotr Veliky was not retired from service until 2312, that vessel, the USS Salah Ad-Din is now on display in the Starfleet Museum.

  • Class: XII-XIV
  • Year: 2241
  • Ship Source: Starfleet Museum
  • Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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Commissioned Ships
USS Pyotr Velikiy NCC-1670
USS Shrelev II NCC-1671
USS Yi Sun-Shin NCC-1672
USS John Paul Jones NCC-1673
USS Tav NCC-1674
USS Elizabeth I NCC-1675
USS Etrox NCC-1676
USS Togo NCC-1677
USS Rommel NCC-1678
USS Friedrich Barbarossa NCC-1679 USS Goyathlay NCC-1680
USS Washington NCC-1681
USS Niakenchiis NCC-1682
USS Salah Ad-Din NCC-1683
USS Giap NCC-1684
USS Hannibal NCC-1685
USS Zerisshebi NCC-1686
USS De Grasse NCC-1687
USS Rexx NCC-1688
USS Gantu NCC-1689