2256 – Warrior

The Warrior Class (classed by many as a DW – War Destroyer) was another of the classes that entered service during the Four Years War. The three engine arrangement was chosen to create a Destroyer which was capable of operating with the Federation Class Dreadnought which was due to enter service imminently.

The Warrior was armed with the latest Photon Torpedoes and Phasers, and also was equipped with the best in class warp propulsion systems. The price paid was a very limited range at full speed, this made the class dependent upon deuterium tankers which served to limit their utility when used at high speeds.

Class: TBC Year: 2256
Ship Source: Based on Starfleet Battles DW Ship Datasheet: Coming Soon

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2252 – Predator

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 Predator NCC-D200
USS Aggressor NCC-D201
USS Ambusher NCC-D202
USS Annihilator NCC-D203
USS Archer NCC-D204
USS Attacker NCC-D205
USS Basher NCC-D206
USS Battler NCC-D207
USS Berserker NCC-D208
USS Biter NCC-D209
USS Blaster NCC-D210
USS Blazer NCC-D211
USS Blocker NCC-D212
USS Bombardier NCC-D213
USS Boomer NCC-D214
USS Brawler NCC-D215
USS Breaker NCC-D216
USS Bruiser NCC-D217
USS Buccaneer NCC-D218
USS Cannoneer NCC-D219
USS Charger NCC-D220
USS Charioteer NCC-D221
USS Chevalier NCC-D222
USS Conqueror NCC-D223
USS Crusader NCC-D224
USS Crusher NCC-D225
USS Cuirassier NCC-D226
USS Devastator NCC-D227
USS Disrupter NCC-D228
USS Dominator NCC-D229
USS Enforcer NCC-D230
USS Executor NCC-D231
USS Fencer NCC-D232
USS Fighter NCC-D233
USS Freebooter NCC-D234
USS Gladiator NCC-D235
USS Grenadier NCC-D236
USS Growler NCC-D237
USS Gunner NCC-D238
USS Hunter NCC-D239
USS Hurler NCC-D240
USS Hussar NCC-D241
USS Infiltrator NCC-D242
USS Interceptor NCC-D243
USS Intimidator NCC-D244
USS Invader NCC-D245
USS Jäger NCC-D246
USS Jouster NCC-D247
USS Lancer NCC-D248
USS Marauder NCC-D249
USS Mauler NCC-D250
USS Musketeer NCC-D251
USS Persecutor NCC-D252
USS Preserver NCC-D253
USS Privateer NCC-D254
USS Provocateur NCC-D255
USS Punisher NCC-D256
USS Pursuer NCC-D257
USS Raider NCC-D258
USS Ranger NCC-D259
USS Raptor NCC-D260
USS Rattler NCC-D261
USS Ravager NCC-D262
USS Resister NCC-D263
USS Rocketeer NCC-D264
USS Roughrider NCC-D265
USS Sapper NCC-D266
USS Scorcher NCC-D267
USS Sharpshooter NCC-D268
USS Sidewinder NCC-D269
USS Signaller NCC-D270
USS Skirmisher NCC-D271
USS Slasher NCC-D272
USS Slayer NCC-D273
USS Slinger NCC-D274
USS Smasher NCC-D275
USS Smiter NCC-D276
USS Snapper NCC-D277
USS Sniper NCC-D278
USS Spanker NCC-D279
USS Spiker NCC-D280
USS Spoiler NCC-D281
USS Stalker NCC-D282
USS Stinger NCC-D283
USS Striker NCC-D284
USS Terminator NCC-D285
USS Thrasher NCC-D286
USS Thriller NCC-D287
USS Thruster NCC-D288
USS Thumper NCC-D289
USS Thunderer NCC-D290
USS Tormentor NCC-D291
USS Trapper NCC-D292
USS Trooper NCC-D293
USS Trouncer NCC-D294
USS Usurper NCC-D295
USS Vanquisher NCC-D296
USS Vindicator NCC-D297
USS Warrior NCC-D298
USS Wrestler NCC-D299

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

2243 – Pompey

The Pompey Class was conceived as a light twin engine Destroyer variant of the successful Hermes Class Scout. The change to a twin engine layout improved the available power and manoeuvrability, however compromises in the Tactical system made the initial variant not wholly satisfactory, and an improved Mk 2 was soon introduced.

The Pompey never gained wide acceptance in service, and the later Saladin variant of the Hermes class displaced it from front line service. The Pompey continued to be used in longer duration missions in remote regions as the twin engine design was felt to be more robust than the single engined Saladin.

Class: VI Year: 2243
Ship Source: Mastercom Data Center (Corrected schematics supplied by Aridas Sofia) Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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2259 – Marauder

The Marauder was an even more extreme reaction to the lessons of the Four Years War, initially planned as the second ship of the Mary & John class, she was modified during construction to mount three warp nacelles.

Proposed as a Dreadnought Destroyer, the realities of the peace time Starfleet should have condemned this class to history as a mere single ship footnote, however testing revealed the warp speed capabilities of this class. Starfleet put the class into limited production and in total six ships were built, and were utilised as rapid reaction craft on the sparsely patrolled Tholian border for many years.

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2257 – Mary & John

The Mary & John class Battle Destroyer was designed as a destroyer counterpart to the Heston class Battle cruiser and Federation class Dreadnought, utilising the same saucer design as those classes, with the upper nacelle mount from the Federation. Owing to wartime prioritising of existing designs, the USS Mary & John finally began trials in November 2257.

In common with the Twin Saladin and the Warhawk designs, the twin engine configuration was a reaction to the lessons of the four years war.

This class, however, fell victim to another lesson from the war Starfleet realised that a rationalisation of destroyer designs was required. Only the Warhawk class entered service, the USS Mary and John saw only limited service as the Heston/Federation class primary hull lacked the science facilities of the Constitution derived saucer of the Warhawk class, and as such was ill suited to the peacetime Starfleet.

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2248 – Siva

The Siva class single engine destroyer was an adaptation of the Saladin class building upon feedback from the active Service of that class. The Siva used the FWC warp drive  rather than the FWD of the Saladin. This provided a potent mix of  speed and maneuverability as well as additional power compared to it’s older cousin (however the balance returned to the Saladin in 2255 when the FWD-2 equipped Saladin Mk2 entered service). The internal arrangements of the Siva were considerably different to those of the Saladin, hence the classification as a new class as opposed to a new mark.

Unusually the prototype of the class was the USS Siva from the Siva class of 2243, damaged beyond sensible repair she was massively refitted to this more standard configuration as opposed to the missile armed configuration of the previous design. Upon the recommissioning of the Siva in this new configuration the former class was renamed the William Howe class.

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