2247 – L6 (Defender)

 

The first encounters with the L-6 frigate came during the Four Years War. Though few of them were met in actual battle, those that did were usually victorious; none was ever captured and only three were destroyed.

In 2252, in an engagement that was to typify all subsequent encounters with these vessels in the war, two Larson class destroyers and a Loknar class frigate were bludgeoned by a single L-6. The destroyers Eylau and Jutland were patrolling the outer fringes of the Falgor system, left behind with the frigate Proxima when the main body of the Federation fleet withdrew to reform and ready itself for the inevitable Klingon thrust. The destroyers encountered the L-6 as it entered the area, readied themselves for combat, and dispatched a message to the Proxima requesting assistance. The Jutland called for the Klingon vessel to surrender as it approached. The L-6 responded by firing on the Eylau, damaging its impulse drive system. The Jutland closed to extreme range and opened fire, but the damage it inflicted was negligible. While the Klingon ship was concentrating on the incoming Jutland, the Eylau managed to damage a warp engine, causing the L-6 to turn on the Eylau with a withering barrage, destroying the Eylau’s warp drive controls and causing it to go dead in space. Once again, the Jutland fired to minimal effect, and the L-6 renewed its fire on the Jutland, which was no match for the Klingon frigate either in terms of firepower or range. The Jutland received one damaging blow after another, all from extreme range for its weapons. When the L-6 eventually closed for the kill, it was frustrated by the arrival of the Proxima. Approaching the Klingon from the rear, the Proxima closed rapidly and delivered a devastating blow to the engineering section, only to be surprised by the Klingon’s aft-firing disruptors, which delivered a volley into the bridge and forced it to withdraw. Luckily for the Federation vessels, the moderately-damaged L-6 decided to withdraw, leaving the Eylau damaged beyond repair, the Jutland severely damaged, and the Proxima lightly damaged.

The L-6 went through an interesting change around 2268, when the warp engines were changed from the KWD-1 to the KWE-1, and the impulse system was upgraded to the more powerful KIE-2. The warp engines delivered less power than the earlier designs but were more efficient. The impulse system increased its power output over the earlier system by 600%. The overall output of power decreased, however the maneuverability increased. Further changes included the addition of more troops and shuttlecraft as well as improved weaponry and shields. This modification did not alter the basic weakness in the L-6 design, its amidships warp engines.

Of the approximately 300 L-6s built, about 230 remain in active service and about 50 have been destroyed; the disposition of the remainder is unknown. Operation Dixie reports indicate that the L-6 is produced at the Kodal facility. The class name is translated from the Klingon th’lar.

Class: VIII Year: 2247
Ship Source: FASA Ship Datasheet: Coming Soon

 

 

 

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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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2247 – Modified Saladin

The Saladin was the Destroyer version of the Hermes class scout. The class was 50% more powerful than the similarly sized Larson class. The Saladin was often deployed in Destroyer groups to hunt down enemy shipping. These groups were frequently led by a Cygnus class command ship.

A number of vessels of this class were built in an experimental configuration with a neck mounted deflector dish, instead of the original that was mounted below the primary hull. This modification improved reliability of the deflector system, but did not affect combat performance.

  • Class:VII
  • Year:2247
  • Ship Source:Starfleet Technical Manual
  • Ship Datasheet:Download PDF

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2247 – Modified Hermes

The Hermes class scout was based on the same design as the Saladin class destroyer. As it was more powerful and than the earlier Nelson class it was generally assigned as a scout for battle fleets.

A number of vessels of this class were built in an experimental configuration with a neck mounted deflector dish, instead of the original that was mounted below the primary hull. This modification improved reliability of the deflector system, but did not affect combat performance.

  • Class:VI
  • Year:2247
  • Ship Source:Starfleet Technical Manual
  • Ship Datasheet:Download PDF

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2245 – Saladin

The Saladin was the Destroyer version of the Hermes class scout. The class was 50% more powerful than the similarly sized Larson class. The Saladin was often deployed in Destroyer groups to hunt down enemy shipping. These groups were frequently led by a Cygnus class command ship.

  • Class:VII
  • Year:2245
  • Ship Source:Starfleet Technical Manual
  • Ship Datasheet:Download PDF

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