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

2239 – Capella Class (Tug Configuration)

The Capella class was designed as, and served well in, the general purpose light cruiser role. Uniquely the design was created with alternate positions for the warp nacelles, they could be mounted atop or beneath the primary hull depending on mission requirements, the unused attachment points being available for use as hard points for the mating of mission modules, cargo pods, weapons or sensors.

Class: TBC Year: 2239
Ship Source: Starfleet Museum Ship Datasheet: Coming Soon

capella-high-pod

Commissioned Ships

USS Capella NCC-S400

USS Menkalinan NCC-S401

USS Alkab NCC-S402

USS Alpheratz NCC-S403

USS Mirach NCC-S404

USS Almach NCC-S405

USS Altair NCC-S406

USS Hamal NCC-S407

USS Sheratan NCC-S408

USS Arcturus NCC-S409

USS Izar NCC-S410

USS Muphrid NCC-S411

USS Alphecca NCC-S412

USS Sirius NCC-S413

USS Mirzam NCC-S414

USS Wezen NCC-S415

USS Adhara NCC-S416

USS Aludra NCC-S417

USS Procyon NCC-S418

USS Canopus NCC-S419

USS Miaplacidus NCC-S420

USS Avior NCC-S421

USS Aspidiske NCC-S422

USS Schedar NCC-S423

USS Caph NCC-S424

USS Ruchbah NCC-S425

USS Rigil Kentaurus NCC-S426

USS Muhlifain NCC-S427

USS Menkent NCC-S428

USS Hadar NCC-S429

USS Alderamin NCC-S430

USS Menkar NCC-S431

USS Diphda NCC-S432

USS Phact NCC-S433

USS Alchiba NCC-S434

USS Kraz NCC-S435

USS Acrux NCC-S436

USS Mimosa NCC-S437

USS Deneb NCC-S438

USS Sadr NCC-S439

USS Eltanin NCC-S440

USS Thuban NCC-S441

USS Achenar NCC-S442

USS Castor NCC-S443

USS Pollux NCC-S444

USS Alhena NCC-S445

USS Alnair NCC-S446

USS Alphaulka NCC-S447

USS Alphard NCC-S448

USS Regulus NCC-S449

 

USS Denebola NCC-S450

USS Algieba NCC-S451

USS Zosma NCC-S452

USS Arneb NCC-S453

USS Zubengenubi NCC-S454

USS Zubenschmali NCC-S455

USS Kakkab NCC-S456

USS Vega NCC-S457

USS Rasalhague NCC-S458

USS Sabik NCC-S459

USS Betelgeuse NCC-S460

USS Rigel NCC-S461

USS Bellatrix NCC-S462

USS Mintaka NCC-S463

USS Alnilam NCC-S464

USS Alnitak NCC-S465

USS Saiph NCC-S466

USS Fomalhaut NCC-S467

USS Peacock NCC-S468

USS Markab NCC-S469

USS Scheat NCC-S470

USS Mirfak NCC-S471

USS Algol NCC-S472

USS Atik NCC-S473

USS Ankaa NCC-S474

USS Naos NCC-S475

USS Kaus Australis NCC-S476

USS Antares NCC-S477

USS Graffias NCC-S478

USS Dschubba NCC-S479

USS Sargas NCC-S480

USS Shaula NCC-S481

USS Alascha NCC-S482

USS Unukalhai NCC-S483

USS Ascella NCC-S484

USS Nunki NCC-S485

USS Aldebaran NCC-S486

USS Elnath NCC-S487

USS Atria NCC-S488

USS Dubhe NCC-S489

USS Merak NCC-S490

USS Phecda NCC-S491

USS Alioth NCC-S492

USS Mizar NCC-S493

USS Benetnasch NCC-S494

USS Polaris NCC-S495

USS Kochab NCC-S496

USS Regor NCC-S497

USS Suhail NCC-S498

USS Spica NCC-S499

 

2239 – Capella Class (Configuration II)

The Capella class was designed as, and served well in, the general purpose light cruiser role. Uniquely the design was created with alternate positions for the warp nacelles, they could be mounted atop or beneath the primary hull depending on mission requirements, the unused attachment points being available for use as hard points for the mating of mission modules, cargo pods, weapons or sensors.

Class: TBC Year: 2239
Ship Source: Starfleet Museum Ship Datasheet: Coming Soon

capella-low

Commissioned Ships

USS Capella NCC-S400

USS Menkalinan NCC-S401

USS Alkab NCC-S402

USS Alpheratz NCC-S403

USS Mirach NCC-S404

USS Almach NCC-S405

USS Altair NCC-S406

USS Hamal NCC-S407

USS Sheratan NCC-S408

USS Arcturus NCC-S409

USS Izar NCC-S410

USS Muphrid NCC-S411

USS Alphecca NCC-S412

USS Sirius NCC-S413

USS Mirzam NCC-S414

USS Wezen NCC-S415

USS Adhara NCC-S416

USS Aludra NCC-S417

USS Procyon NCC-S418

USS Canopus NCC-S419

USS Miaplacidus NCC-S420

USS Avior NCC-S421

USS Aspidiske NCC-S422

USS Schedar NCC-S423

USS Caph NCC-S424

USS Ruchbah NCC-S425

USS Rigil Kentaurus NCC-S426

USS Muhlifain NCC-S427

USS Menkent NCC-S428

USS Hadar NCC-S429

USS Alderamin NCC-S430

USS Menkar NCC-S431

USS Diphda NCC-S432

USS Phact NCC-S433

USS Alchiba NCC-S434

USS Kraz NCC-S435

USS Acrux NCC-S436

USS Mimosa NCC-S437

USS Deneb NCC-S438

USS Sadr NCC-S439

USS Eltanin NCC-S440

USS Thuban NCC-S441

USS Achenar NCC-S442

USS Castor NCC-S443

USS Pollux NCC-S444

USS Alhena NCC-S445

USS Alnair NCC-S446

USS Alphaulka NCC-S447

USS Alphard NCC-S448

USS Regulus NCC-S449

 

USS Denebola NCC-S450

USS Algieba NCC-S451

USS Zosma NCC-S452

USS Arneb NCC-S453

USS Zubengenubi NCC-S454

USS Zubenschmali NCC-S455

USS Kakkab NCC-S456

USS Vega NCC-S457

USS Rasalhague NCC-S458

USS Sabik NCC-S459

USS Betelgeuse NCC-S460

USS Rigel NCC-S461

USS Bellatrix NCC-S462

USS Mintaka NCC-S463

USS Alnilam NCC-S464

USS Alnitak NCC-S465

USS Saiph NCC-S466

USS Fomalhaut NCC-S467

USS Peacock NCC-S468

USS Markab NCC-S469

USS Scheat NCC-S470

USS Mirfak NCC-S471

USS Algol NCC-S472

USS Atik NCC-S473

USS Ankaa NCC-S474

USS Naos NCC-S475

USS Kaus Australis NCC-S476

USS Antares NCC-S477

USS Graffias NCC-S478

USS Dschubba NCC-S479

USS Sargas NCC-S480

USS Shaula NCC-S481

USS Alascha NCC-S482

USS Unukalhai NCC-S483

USS Ascella NCC-S484

USS Nunki NCC-S485

USS Aldebaran NCC-S486

USS Elnath NCC-S487

USS Atria NCC-S488

USS Dubhe NCC-S489

USS Merak NCC-S490

USS Phecda NCC-S491

USS Alioth NCC-S492

USS Mizar NCC-S493

USS Benetnasch NCC-S494

USS Polaris NCC-S495

USS Kochab NCC-S496

USS Regor NCC-S497

USS Suhail NCC-S498

USS Spica NCC-S499

 

2239 – Capella Class (Configuration I)

The Capella class was designed as, and served well in, the general purpose light cruiser role. Uniquely the design was created with alternate positions for the warp nacelles, they could be mounted atop or beneath the primary hull depending on mission requirements, the unused attachment points being available for use as hard points for the mating of mission modules, cargo pods, weapons or sensors.

Class: TBC Year: 2239
Ship Source: Starfleet Museum Ship Datasheet: Coming Soon

capella-high

Commissioned Ships

USS Capella NCC-S400
USS Menkalinan NCC-S401
USS Alkab NCC-S402
USS Alpheratz NCC-S403
USS Mirach NCC-S404
USS Almach NCC-S405
USS Altair NCC-S406
USS Hamal NCC-S407
USS Sheratan NCC-S408
USS Arcturus NCC-S409
USS Izar NCC-S410
USS Muphrid NCC-S411
USS Alphecca NCC-S412
USS Sirius NCC-S413
USS Mirzam NCC-S414
USS Wezen NCC-S415
USS Adhara NCC-S416
USS Aludra NCC-S417
USS Procyon NCC-S418
USS Canopus NCC-S419
USS Miaplacidus NCC-S420
USS Avior NCC-S421
USS Aspidiske NCC-S422
USS Schedar NCC-S423
USS Caph NCC-S424
USS Ruchbah NCC-S425
USS Rigil Kentaurus NCC-S426
USS Muhlifain NCC-S427
USS Menkent NCC-S428
USS Hadar NCC-S429
USS Alderamin NCC-S430
USS Menkar NCC-S431
USS Diphda NCC-S432
USS Phact NCC-S433
USS Alchiba NCC-S434
USS Kraz NCC-S435
USS Acrux NCC-S436
USS Mimosa NCC-S437
USS Deneb NCC-S438
USS Sadr NCC-S439
USS Eltanin NCC-S440
USS Thuban NCC-S441
USS Achenar NCC-S442
USS Castor NCC-S443
USS Pollux NCC-S444
USS Alhena NCC-S445
USS Alnair NCC-S446
USS Alphaulka NCC-S447
USS Alphard NCC-S448
USS Regulus NCC-S449
USS Denebola NCC-S450
USS Algieba NCC-S451
USS Zosma NCC-S452
USS Arneb NCC-S453
USS Zubengenubi NCC-S454
USS Zubenschmali NCC-S455
USS Kakkab NCC-S456
USS Vega NCC-S457
USS Rasalhague NCC-S458
USS Sabik NCC-S459
USS Betelgeuse NCC-S460
USS Rigel NCC-S461
USS Bellatrix NCC-S462
USS Mintaka NCC-S463
USS Alnilam NCC-S464
USS Alnitak NCC-S465
USS Saiph NCC-S466
USS Fomalhaut NCC-S467
USS Peacock NCC-S468
USS Markab NCC-S469
USS Scheat NCC-S470
USS Mirfak NCC-S471
USS Algol NCC-S472
USS Atik NCC-S473
USS Ankaa NCC-S474
USS Naos NCC-S475
USS Kaus Australis NCC-S476
USS Antares NCC-S477
USS Graffias NCC-S478
USS Dschubba NCC-S479
USS Sargas NCC-S480
USS Shaula NCC-S481
USS Alascha NCC-S482
USS Unukalhai NCC-S483
USS Ascella NCC-S484
USS Nunki NCC-S485
USS Aldebaran NCC-S486
USS Elnath NCC-S487
USS Atria NCC-S488
USS Dubhe NCC-S489
USS Merak NCC-S490
USS Phecda NCC-S491
USS Alioth NCC-S492
USS Mizar NCC-S493
USS Benetnasch NCC-S494
USS Polaris NCC-S495
USS Kochab NCC-S496
USS Regor NCC-S497
USS Suhail NCC-S498
USS Spica NCC-S499

2223 – Kestrel

 

The Andorian ship-building industry was in a poor condition by 2218. During the Earth- Romulan War, Andorian naval ship yards in orbit had built ships of local design totaling many millions tons’ displacement. However, after 2161 few Andorian designs found favor with the new Starfleet as it preferred ships with separate primary and secondary hulls were preferred for reasons of safety and flexibility. Andorian ships placed all ship’s equipment into a single hull with integrated nacelles.

The first ship in many years to be adopted by the fleet based on Andorian designs was the Aryabhatta class Cruiser which began trials in 2221. Hovever, as this ship began testing an urgent need emerged for additional Light Cruisers for Military Operation Command. The Kestrel emerged from this requirement as an upgraded variant of the basic exploration cruiser design. Weaponry included laser cannons and torpedoes. Most science facilities were removed to increase space for fuel, weapons, better damage control facilities, and a larger sickbay. The exploratory bridge module was replaced with a combat bridge with high capacity links to weapons-control processors and target acquisition sensors. The low draft typical of Andorian designs and the countermeasures suite contributed to Kestrel’s small sensor profile. Long-range passive sensors allowed Kestrel to quietly scan extensive areas of the frontier for enemy raiders and scoutships. USS Kestrel, the first ship of the class, commissioned in February 2223.

An engagement in April 2226 with Kzinti raiders in the Little Crescent sector is typical of the actions along the Federation frontier. After an automated station reported a sensor contact with a small group of unidentified ships, USS Caudiptyrex and USS Goshawk were sent to investigate. They discovered six Kzinti heavy cruisers heading to the Federation colony on Slavin H-3. By hcarrying out alternating attack and suppression runs, the two Kestrels inflicted considerable damage on the Kzinti. These actions held the Kzinti for some 5 hours until heavier reinforcements arrived from Starbase 55 to engage the Kzinti. Five of the already weakened invaders were destroyed, and the sixth ship surrendered and was tractored back to Starbase 55.

During their courageous action, the Kestrels were struck at least 25 times each by enemy fire; however, serious casualties were avoided because of the ships robust design and powerful shields. Both ships returned to Starstation Nike under their own power, where they underwent repairs in drydock before returning to duty.

USS Shrike (NCC-1434) of the Kestrel Class is now on display at the Starfleet Museum.

Class: VI Year: 2223
Ship Source: Starfleet Museum Ship Datasheet: Download PDF

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Commissioned Ships

USS Kestrel NCC-1406
USS Falcon NCC-1407
USS Aquila NCC-1408
USS Warhawk NCC-1409
USS Kingfisher NCC-1410
USS Caudiptyrex NCC-1411
USS Osprey NCC-1412
USS Vulture NCC-1413
USS Pelecyornis NCC-1414
USS Harrier NCC-1415
USS Roc NCC-1416
USS Diornis NCC-1417
USS Harpy NCC-1418
USS Condor NCC-1419
USS Krechet NCC-1420 
USS Deinonychus NCC-1421
USS Kite NCC-1422
USS Goshawk NCC-1423
USS Accipiter NCC-1429
USS Pterodactyl NCC-1430
USS Rhamphorhynchus NCC-1431
USS Mononykus NCC-1432
USS Shrike NCC-1434
USS Owl NCC-1435
USS Peregrine NCC-1436
USS Merlin NCC-1439
USS Velociraptor NCC-1442
USS Skua NCC-1443
USS Hobby NCC-1444
USS Sparrowhawk NCC-1445

2258 – 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: IX
  • Year: 2250 (Mk V)
  • 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