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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2246 – Cygnus I

The Cygnus Class entered service in 2246 as a Command Courier version of the highly successful Saladin/Hermes class. The Intention was that an Admiral could use the ship as a sector command post. To this end the design was given the FWC-1 warp drive, giving it more power than its half sisters, the weapons were entirely laser based to make more room for the Admiral’s facilities and command centre.

In 2250, the USS Columbia was converted to a more heavily armed configuration as an experiment to evaluate the benefits of an FWC-1 powered heavy destroyer type. These trials amounted to nothing, but the Columbia was left in this configuration, and was assigned as a Destroyer Leader to a flotilla of Saladins in the Klingon Border Area.

The outbreak of the Four Years War saw a major change in Starfleer Operational Procedure, a number of the Cygnus class ships were involved in near disasters in 2252, as operating independently without escorts as they had been designed to do made them tempting targets. In a fleet role the additional speed of the Cygnus was wasted, so it was ordered to convert the other 8 mk1 vessels to mk2 standards.

  • Class:VIII
  • Year:2246
  • Ship Source:Starfleet Technical Manual
  • Ship Datasheet:Download PDF

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2250 – Cygnus II

The Cygnus Class entered service in 2248 as a Command Courier version of the highly successful Saladin/Hermes class. The Intention was that an Admiral could use the ship as a sector command post. To this end the design was given the FWC-1 warp drive, giving it more power than its half sisters, the weapons were entirely laser based to make more room for the Admiral’s facilities and command centre.

In 2250, the USS Columbia was converted to a more heavily armed configuration as an experiment to evaluate the benefits of an FWC-1 powered heavy destroyer type. These trials amounted to nothing, but the Columbia was left in this configuration, and was assigned as a Destroyer Leader to a flotilla of Saladins in the Klingon Border Area.
Compared to the Mk1, the Mk2 mounted a pair of rear firing Lasers and also added a pair of FAC-2 accelerator cannons at the expense of the Flag Cabins. The extensive Combat Information Centre initially fitted for the use of an Admirial was retained for suadron level operation command.

The outbreak of the Four Years War saw a major change in Starfleer Operational Procedure, a number of the Cygnus class ships were involved in near disasters in 2252, as operating independently without escorts as they had been designed to do made them tempting targets. In a fleet role the additional speed of the Cygnus was wasted, so it was ordered to convert the other 8 mk1 vessels to mk2 standards.

The nine Cygnus class ships performed valiantly throughout the war, and in many ways paved the way for the later Strike Cruisers which adopted the role of command ship for a Destroyer squadron. Post war the future of these ships was uncertain, as the fleet backed away from a purely military posture, it was eventually decided to convert all of the ships to Hermes specifications to make good the losses suffered by that class.

  • Class:VIII
  • Year:2250
  • Ship Source:Based on Class from Starfleet Technical Manual
  • Ship Datasheet:Download PDF

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