2196 – Stellarford I

“The Stellarford Class Starliner had double the capacity of the previous Declaration Class liners, and its much greater range opened up the galaxy to all peoples. Catering especially to the burgeoning tourist industry, these Stellarford series ships made excursions to such galactic wonders as the Jewel Stars. One Mk1, the King Charles, was the most luxurious starliner ever conceived and set a standard of opulence and comfort still unsurpassed.”

Class: IV-V Year: 2196
Ship Source: Spaceflight Chronology Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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2200 – Tritium

The first great experiment, and the first great failure.

The design drew from the supposed strengths of the three engine version of the Wasp class, unfortunately the designers failed to take account of the very different warp dynamics of the Tritium design compared to the eariler vessel. The designers also did not pay heed to the difficulties suffered by the Wasp programme.

The failure of the triple engine design of the Tritium was one of the most costly failures in the History of Starfleet. Although the design showed the promise of the three engine layout to boost power, it would be another 15 years before computer advances allowed the three engine warp field to be successfully balanced in the Quetzalcoatl class.

On paper a powerful ship, under impulse power the design performed superbly, with power to spare. At warp the design was shown to be far slower than designed for, and the fuel consumption meant the range was half of that predicted, additionally the warp drive system required five times more maintenance than an equivalent twin engine system.

“The Tritium class has the dubious distinction of being the worst major ship ever built by the UFP. Insurmountable design flaws surfaced during its validation phase, and though six Tritium class ships were constructed in a vain attempt to overcome glaring shortcomings, the Federation finally cut its losses and cancelled the series. As a costly reminder to future generations, the Tritium may also be viewed as the Spaceflight museum on Memory Alpha.”


Class: V Year: 2200
Ship Source: Spaceflight Chronology Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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2196 – Paris

The Paris is a Multipurpose Light Cruiser design from the 2190’s. It was the first class to use the then experimental FFTL-1B and was often used for colonial patrol and escort duties.

The ship’s standard armanant of four lasers, and a single torpedo tube could be augmented by a bolt on cannon or torpedo tube. The class adopted a defensive role after 2221, before final retirement in 2261.

USS Damascus a participant in actions at Garner 441, Bisei-Shinnihon G, and Lisyk VIII, is on display at the Starfleet Museum.

  • Class: IV
  • Year: 2196
  • Ship Source: Starfleet Museum
  • Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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USS Paris NCC-882
USS Berlin NCC-883
USS Madrid NCC-884
USS Amsterdam NCC-885
USS Roma NCC-886
USS Praha NCC-887
USS Lisboa NCC-888
USS Oslo NCC-889
USS Kiev NCC-890
USS Bratislava NCC-891
USS New York NCC-892
USS Houston NCC-893
USS Chicago NCC-894
USS Miami NCC-895
USS Toronto NCC-896
USS Mojave NCC-897
USS Havana NCC-898
USS Rio de Janeiro NCC-899
USS Santiago NCC-900
USS São Paulo NCC-901
USS Tripoli NCC-902
USS Lagos NCC-903
USS Nairobi NCC-904
USS Dar es Salaam NCC-905
USS Karachi NCC-906
USS Delhi NCC-907
USS Teheran NCC-908
USS Baghdad NCC-909
USS Damascus NCC-910
USS Amman NCC-911
USS Jerusalem NCC-912
USS Kabul NCC-913
USS Bangkok NCC-914
USS Seoul NCC-915
USS Shanghai NCC-916
USS Beijing NCC-917
USS Manila NCC-918
USS Tycho City NCC-919
USS Port Lowell NCC-920
USS Cosmograd NCC-921

2184 – Gagarin

The 2179 Moskva class was very successful, but Starfleet reserved them for high-priority defensive and exploration missions outside the Federation borders. It was recognised that lower priority missions could be performed by smaller, less powerful ships. To meet this demand proposals were requested for the new Gagarin light cruiser, which was to be 50% smaller scale in terms of displacement, weaponry, and crew size compared to the Moskva.

Although based on the  Moskva, advances in technology allowed similar capabilities in a smaller hull. The most important of these being a much lighter and smaller warp drive system.  The primary hull was based on that of Moskva, drawing on the lessons of that design it was designed to improve warp field efficiency. The secondary hull also improved on that of the Moskva in terms of warp dynamics and use of space.

The equipment fit reflected the multi role nature of the design which was intended to perform a wide range of both exploratory and low risk military missions. The four deck primary hull contained smaller versions of the scientific facilities and sensors of  the Moskva.

The USS Gagarin (NCC-502)  joined Starfleet in 2184 and the remaining 39 ships of the class were delivered at intensive pace over the next 3 years. After withdrawal from front-line service in the 2220s, Gagarins were either sold off or used in roles such as couriers, light cargo transports, and survey ships.  The former USS Leonov (NCC-507), served for many years in a civilian scientific and academic role, and while in use by the American Continent Institute (as SS Columbia)  was lost in 2236 with all hands. USS Goddard (NCC-526) was used as a training ship by Starfleet Academy  but was scrapped in 2266 after a serious reactor accident in which several cadets and instructors (including Fleet Captain Christopher Pike) were killed or severely injured.

The  USS Bleriot (NCC-539), is on display at the Starfleet Museum.


Class: IV Year: 2184
Ship Source: Starfleet Museum Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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Commissioned Ships

USS Gagarin NCC-502
USS Shephard NCC-503
USS Titov NCC-504
USS Glenn NCC-505
USS Grissom NCC-506
USS Leonov NCC-507
USS Tereshkova NCC-508
USS Lovell NCC-509
USS Komarov NCC-510
USS Dobrovolsky NCC-511
USS Borman NCC-512
USS Collins NCC-513
USS Christopher NCC-514
USS Richey NCC-515
USS Archytas NCC-516
USS Kai-Fung-Fu NCC-517
USS Al-Rammah NCC-518
USS Fontana NCC-519
USS Haas NCC-520
USS Hyder Ali NCC-521
USS Congreve NCC-522
USS Ruggieri NCC-523
USS Burney NCC-524
USS Golightly NCC-525
USS Goddard NCC-526
USS Tsiolkovsky NCC-527
USS Oberth NCC-528
USS Korolev NCC-529
USS Sänger NCC-530
USS Ley NCC-531
USS Montgolfier NCC-532
USS Lilienthal NCC-533
USS Weisskopf NCC-534
USS Wright NCC-535
USS Santos-Dumont NCC-536
USS Zeppelin NCC-537
USS Sikorsky NCC-538
USS Blériot NCC-539
USS Earhart NCC-540
USS Yeager NCC-541

2179 – Moskva

The Moskva class originated from the 2169 design competition to provide a replacement for the Daedalus class. That competition was won in 2171by the Wasp class, the Moskva losing out. By 2173 doubts emerged over the capability of the Wasp class to meet its designed specification, and a requirement was issued for a second class of cruiser. This was awarded in 2175 to a revised Moskva class, 31 of which were ordered.

The class was recognized as an advance in starship design. The most important feature was the reversion to a discoid primary hull (as used in the NX class of 30 years earlier). Most earlier designs used a spherical primary hull for reasons of cost (geometry dictates that a spherical hull has the smallest surface area for a given volume – therefore, construction costs are lower and shields are more efficient) and institutional inertia (most exploratory cruisers originating until that time from the United Earth Space Probe Agency, and its successor organizations had spherical hulls).

As the Wasp class had shown, warp field geometry is problematic when a spherical hull with its relatively large frontal area is used. The discoid hull was also found to have a channeling effect on the warp field flow towards the Bussard ram scoops of the warp nacelles, this improved field efficiency at all power levels and speeds. As the understanding of warp field mechanics improved, the reversion to saucer-shaped primary hulls would intensify on later vessels Starfleet produced.

The first ship of the new class, USS Moskva, entered service with Starfleet in April 2179. An additional 30 ships commissioned between 2179 and 2183.

The class had an excellent safety record, with no ships lost to mechanical failures. However, in 2186 an incident occurred aboard USS Johannesburg when a faulty monitor indicated a runaway overload within the plasma flow governor.With a warp core breach apparently imminent the warp nacelles and warp bustle were separated. Although unnecessary the seperation caused the warp core to initiate its automatic shut-down routine. The seperated sections of the ship were successfully re-mated at a Starbase 29.
Although most of the class had left front-line service by 2215, some served on as auxiliaries and training vessels until the 2240s, others were used as testbeds for new technologies. Additionally, the Taurus class tugs (2182) and Sanford class repair tenders ( 2185) were derived from the Moskva class design.

USS Aurora, a participant of the Battle of Eohippus IV, is on display at the Starfleet Museum.

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Commissioned Ships:

USS Moskva NCC-374
USS Orion NCC-375
USS Callisto NCC-376
USS Aurora NCC-377
USS Pallas NCC-378
USS Africa NCC-379
USS Thresher NCC-380
USS Osaka NCC-381
USS Johannesburg NCC-382
USS Titan NCC-383
USS Theiss NCC-384
USS Nostromo NCC-385
USS San Francisco NCC-386
USS Gato NCC-387
USS Vincennes NCC-388
USS America NCC-389
USS Von Braun NCC-390
USS Susan Calvin NCC-391
USS Tyrell NCC-392
USS Ganymede NCC-393
USS Metropolis NCC-394
USS Apollo NCC-395
USS Barsoom NCC-396
USS Thunder Child NCC-397
USS Seymour Cray NCC-398
USS McManus NCC-399
USS Wah Chang NCC-400
USS Ingraham NCC-401
USS Vostok NCC-402
USS Shanghai NCC-403
USS Trumbull NCC-404

 

2175 – Wasp II

The Wasp was intended as a successor to the Daedauls class. The lead ship of the new class, USS Wasp, was launched in December 2173 and commissioned in November 2174.

The large primary hull of the Wasp class, and the overall increase in size over the Daedalus class was intended to improve the range and habitablility of the design when compared to its predecessor. Another intention was to provide greater crew safety than on previous designs. This increased safety was demonstrated in 2177 when the USS Cumberland suffered a warp core containment breach while on a survey mission. The secondary hull was evacuated, and the primary hull was then successfully detached and maneuvered to a safe distance by the time the warp core exploded. No casualties were sustained during evacuation and separation. The command hull of Cumberland (which had been christened “The Deathstar” by the crew) entered orbit around Theta Draconis VII 5 months later. She was subsequently towed to spacedock, where a new engineering hull was attached, and the ship was relaunched 14 months after the accident.

The warp performance of the Wasp class was worse than expected. This was due to two causes, firstly owing to production delays the first eight ships were forced to use three FFTL- 2A warp engines rather than two of the more powerful FFTL-3A warp engines as had been intended. Although in trials the three engine fit was successful, in active service the Warp fields proved hard to keep aligned. When the FFTL-3A engined ships finally appeared they were found to be only marginally more capable. As a result the last 5 ships in the projected 20 ship class were canceled after construction had already begun. All 8 Mk 1 ships built were converted to the Mk 2 standard as it was a more reliable and simpler to maintain engine installation.

Of the 15 ships built, 3 were lost in the line of duty and 1 is overdue and presumed lost. Five ships were later sold to commercial concerns and converted to starliners or transports. After being decommissioned in 2217, USS Kearsage was restored to her original three-nacelle configuration and is now on display at the Starfleet Museum.

 

Class: VI Year: 2177
Ship Source: Starfleet Museum Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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Commissioned Ships

USS Wasp NCC-223
USS Decatur NCC-224
USS Ranger NCC-225
USS Kearsarge NCC-226
USS Jupiter NCC-227
USS Ericsson NCC-228
USS Cumberland NCC-229
USS Mars NCC-230
USS Holland NCC-231
USS Bushnell NCC-232
USS Armstrong NCC-233
USS Hunley NCC-234
USS Tang NCC-235
USS Nautilus NCC-236
USS Nelson NCC-237

*Hull numbers NCC-238 to NCC-242 were assigned, but construction was canceled.