Starfleet
Starfleet
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Government United Federation of Planets
Type Stellar Navy
Headquarters Starfleet Headquarters, Earth
Purpose Defense, exploration, humanitarian aid, research
Commander Admiral Lynz
Flagship USS Enterprise

Starfleet is the Federation agency that is responsible for defense, exploration, and research. It is administrated from Starfleet Headquarters and is under the leadership of Admiral Lynz.

Background

Starfleet was formed when the military forces of the Andorians, Tellarites, United Earth, and Vulcans were transferred to the control of the Federation. As designed Starfleet would serve in the role of a exploration, humanitarian, and peacekeeping armada in the Milky Way Galaxy - exploring unknown territory, defending the Federation and its interests, and making first contact with new worlds on behalf of the Federation. Starfleet was frequently partnered with the Federation Diplomatic Corps in its efforts to represent the Federation in the galaxy, with Starfleet personnel acting as official representatives of the Federation when encountering new cultures.

The Federation President is given direct authority over Starfleet by means of the Federation Charter and will appoint a Commander in Chief to serve as its day to day administrator at Starfleet Command on Earth and a Starfleet Liaison to the Office of the President. Additional Departmental Directors assist with overall management of the multiple divisions of the Fleet. Sector Commanders are then chosen to be the authority over each sector in Federation Space with each base and vessel assigned to those regions reporting directly to this officer.

Starfleet maintains a standing set of General Orders and Regulations that all of its personnel and contractors must follow while serving. The most important of these regulations was the Prime Directive, a specialized order that Starfleet personnel could not interfere in the natural course of evolution of a species.

Components

Starfleet Command

Starfleet Command is the operating authority of Starfleet and is in charge of the Federation's joint military, scientific, and exploratory missions. It is currently led by Admiral Lynz, a Deltan/El-Aurian hybrid.

Starfleet Academy

Established with the creation of Starfleet in 2161 Starfleet Academy is the collective name of Starfleet's training facilities located throughout the Federation. While the name has become synonymous with the main campus in San Francisco on Earth, Starfleet Academy maintains an annex on each world of the Federation that is used for the training of both Commissioned and Noncommissioned Starfleet personnel. Starfleet Academy is currently under the leadership of Grazerite Admiral Dorthu-Ado.

Starfleet Operations

Starfleet Operations is the final authority for many critical components of Starfleet's activities and missions. Starfleet Operations is one of the few departments capable of overseeing and directing other Starfleet agencies and can only be overridden by Starfleet Command itself or the Federation Council. Admiral Ezri Dax of Trill is the current Director of Starfleet Operations.

Starfleet Advanced Technologies

Part of the Operations Division, Starfleet Advanced Technologies is the agency responsible for the planning, testing, and implementation of new technological advances for active ships and ships being built at shipyards and is frequently mistaken for Starfleet R&D. Triexian Admiral Tortai Iych oversees Advanced Technologies.

Starfleet Colonial Operations

Division of Starfleet that focuses on the construction of outposts and colonies. Efrosian Admiral Nalol Ra-Oquan currently leads the Colonial Operations Division.

Starfleet Corps of Engineers

One of the oldest agencies within Starfleet, with its origins dating back to the United Earth Starfleet itself, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers are Engineering specialists often tasked with solving complex engineering challenges. The Corps of Engineers is currently under the leadership of Admiral Rex Mayweather of Luna.

Starfleet Judge Advocate General

The Starfleet Judge Advocate General is the division assigned to oversee Starfleet legal matters and personnel. Admiral Wamtra of Zalda is the current Judge Advocate General.

Starfleet Materiel Supply Command

Starfleet Materiel Supply Command is the division specializing in supply and cargo transportation and storage on behalf of Starfleet. More commonly this division is identified as the Federation's Merchant Marine force. Admiral Linu Odan of Alpha Centauri oversees the Starfleet Material Supply Command.

Starfleet Research & Development

Starfleet R&D is the department responsible for researching, developing, and testing new technologies for use by personnel. This department is frequently confused with Starfleet Advanced Technologies which works primarily with shipboard/station based technologies. Starfleet R&D is currently under the direction of Bolian Admiral Luunti Adislo.

Starfleet Shipyards Operations

The Starfleet Bureau of Shipyard Operations oversees all starship construction yards currently employed within Federation Space and maintains regulatory oversight of allied facilities rated to service Federation vessels. Bandi Admiral Obba Fissal leads Starfleet Shipyard Operations.

Starfleet Scientific Command

The oldest agency within Starfleet, Scientific Command oversees all scientific personnel working within Starfleet and is responsible for the investigation and study of the universe. Headquartered at the Fleet Operations Center on Earth, Starfleet Scientific Command coordinates all research and scientific endeavors employed by Starfleet. Admiral Banol Velsey of Betazed is the latest administrator of this Division.

Starfleet Cartography

Starfleet Cartography is the component of the Starfleet Sciences Division that is responsible for creating and maintaining maps and star charts. Cartography is currently being administrated by Tellarite Admiral Kryg Grugnak.

Starfleet Exploratory Division

The Starfleet Exploratory Division oversees the exploration of the galaxy and is seen as one of the Federation's most critical agencies. The Exploratory Division of Starfleet is overseen by Vulcan Admiral Tezik.

Starfleet Medical

Headquartered from the Starfleet Headquarters campus in San Francisco, Starfleet Medical oversees all medical personnel and facilities within Starfleet. Starfleet Medical is responsible for all medical research activities in the Federation and researchers are required to obtain approval from Starfleet Medical before proceeding with new treatment protocols. Starfleet Medical is also well known for maintaining many diagnostic and treatment wards, utilizing the most advanced technologies in the Federation. It is currently overseen by Admiral Katherine Pulaski of Earth.

Starfleet Tactical

Starfleet Tactical is the agency responsible for supplying Federation starships on tactical operational missions, for the tactical analysis, weapons development, and for the planning and implementation of defensive strategies. Starfleet Tactical is currently under the leadership of Andorian Admiral Preh th'Zalin.

Starfleet Intelligence

Not to be confused with Section 31, Starfleet Intelligence is the Federation agency tasked with carrying out counter-intelligence and surveillance operations. While a component of Starfleet itself, Starfleet Intelligence frequently operates within a grey zone of authority depending on the nature of its assignments with not all information shared between it and Starfleet Command. It is currently overseen by Human Admiral Chakotay.

Starfleet Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs was a department of Starfleet Intelligence, tasked with investigating possible security threats within Starfleet and ensuring that Starfleet officers acted in accordance with Federation laws. Admiral Eban Veem of Bajor is the current administrator of Internal Affairs.

Starfleet Security

Starfleet Security is the agency within Starfleet responsible for safeguarding the Federation from internal and external threats, for conducting criminal investigations, and for guarding Federation facilities. Aurelian Admiral Tsoklo-Aem is the current director of Starfleet Security.

Personnel

Citizens of any member race of the Federation or its close allies are eligible for Starfleet service upon adulthood. All personnel serving within Starfleet must complete a course of study at Starfleet Academy or one of its satellite campuses established on each member world. Once general courses are completed personnel are assigned to a duty station to begin their careers. Should a crewmember express an interest they may be selected to undergo advanced training in their department.

Traditionally Starfleet facilities have been primarily staffed by representatives of only one Federation member world with roughly 10% of the crew being from other races. In recent years this practice has become less common with increased diversity among the crews of Starfleet installations.

Departments

For more information please see Department.

Command
Members of the Command Department are responsible for the overall direction of the game and its operations. Members of this branch include the Captain and Executive Officer. Players requesting membership in this branch must be directly approved by the Fleet Admiral. Prior experience is recommended to join this division.
Operations
Personnel in the Operations Department are responsible for the technical side of the game and serve in the engineering, flight control, and operations branches. They maintain the ship or station. Prior experience is not required.
Science
Crew in the Science Department are responsible for the exploratory side of the game and serve in the counseling, medical, and science branches. These players man the sensors, study phenomenon, and keep the crew healthy. Prior experience is not required.
Tactical
Those serving in the Tactical Department are responsible for keeping the rest of the crew safe and includes Security, Strategic Operations, and Tactical. They are the soldiers of the group. Prior experience is not required.

Ranks

All Starfleet personnel are inducted into the Starfleet Chain of Command and must advance following a naval rank structure with all Officer candidates graduating with the rank of Ensign and noncommissioned personnel graduating as crewmen. To advance in rank additional training may be required.

Flag Ranks

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Admiral
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Vice Admiral
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Rear Admiral
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Commodore
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Officer Ranks

Rank Combadge Combadge (Provisional)
Captain
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Commander
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Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant
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Lieutenant (Junior Grade)
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Ensign
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Enlisted Ranks

Rank Combadge Combadge (Provisional)
Senior Chief Petty Officer
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Chief Petty Officer
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Petty Officer
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Crewman
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Cadet Ranks

Rank Combadge Combadge (Provisional)
Cadet
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Uniform

The Starfleet Uniform Code was updated in 2425 and specifies the clothing to be worn by Starfleet personnel while on duty or while attending functions.

Uniform Command Operations Science Tactical
Ceremonial
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Duty (Commissioned)
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Units

Starbase Classes

Starbases are large, traditionally spaceborne, structures that are used to help maintain Federation Fleets. These structures are used to repair damaged vessels, provide respite to crews, and extend the Federation's reach into the galaxy. Some structures, known as drydocks, are used specifically for the construction and repair of new vessels and are clustered together to form shipyards. Outposts are small supply stations used to complete research and provide limited starship support. Stations are larger outposts that are established to assist with starship support and long term missions. Starbases are massive facilities that are used to extend the Federation's reach, provide colonial defense, and large scale starship support.

Level 0: Drydock
Omicron Class Brought into service in the late 24th Century, the Omicron Class Drydock is a large scale construction facility designed for Starship construction and remains the primary design in use to this day. Consisting of two bays, one for construction and one for repair, the Omicron Class is in many ways just a collection of construction scaffolding in space. Despite this the Omicron Class is one of the most essential designs in Starfleet and the Federation to this day as it provides for the construction and maintenance of the Federation Fleet.
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Level 0: Drydock
Tango Class Constructed as part of the Galaxy Class Development Project, the Tango Class Drydock is a large scale Starship construction facility. Unlike its predecessors, the Tango Class Drydock has been constructed with the comfort of its engineering crews in mind and has been built with amenities available for the workers. The Tango Series is further differentiated from other construction yards as, during operation, the docking scaffolding can rise or lower to envelop a vessel in "arms" for additional security.
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Level 1: Outpost
Sigma Class Having grown in prominence in the late 24th Century, Sigma Class Outposts are a critical component of Starfleet's exploration of the galaxy. Designed as research laboratories, these outposts provide a vital service to the Federation by serving as a foothold into a territory and by conducting vital research into discoveries made by Starfleet vessels. One of the most impressive components of the Sigma Class is its origin. Faced with a growing number of discarded and damaged vessels following the Dominion War, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers developed the Sigma Class as a means to recycle the discarded primary hulls of many vessels that lost their stardrive sections in combat. Lightly armed with traditional Phaser Arrays, the Sigma Class remains a growing force within Starfleet.
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Level 1: Outpost
Theta Class A stalwart design choice since the days before the founding of the Federation, the Theta Class Outpost serves as the primary colony design for Starfleet and the Federation itself. Each colony consists of a similar design structure, but all colonies start by the building of a Colony Hub that serves as the control center for the Outpost. Depending on the needs of the colony following these the construction of different structures may occur. For mining colonies the development of a processing center and storage facility is needed to refine various ores. For science outposts a research and hospital building are a must. With a strategic colony the construction of a security center and defensive structures is a necessary component. As colonies grow further barracks and transportation centers become necessities. Some may have duplicate buildings. Further, a colony could find itself built with more than one purpose or may see its needs change over time; because of this the Theta Class Outpost remains one of the most important outposts in the galaxy.
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Level 2: Station
Lambda Class The Lambda Class was fielded in the mid-24th Century to serve as a replacement design for the long serving K class of Station utilized since the early 23rd Century. Like the design that came before it, Lambda Class Stations serve as centers of culture and trade for the United Federation of Planets with its neighbors in the galaxy. Featuring extensive cargo capacity and amenities, the Lambda Class serves in many respects as a Federation embassy in the galaxy with many of these stations featuring extensive diplomatic compounds aboard. These stations also feature extensive scientific facilities including research laboratories and powerful sensors. While critical to Federation and Starfleet goals in a region, Lambda Class Stations are surprisingly lightly armed facilities, but feature a powerful shield grid and a large docking garage.
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Level 2: Station
Pi Class A descendant of the Regula Class Outpost, the Pi Class Station was designed to serve as the headquarters for Starfleet forces in a Sector. Brought into service in the mid-24th Century, the Pi Class was designed to serve as a combat station in high risk areas and frontier regions. Because of this need each station has been outfitted with Pulse Phaser Turrets and multiple Torpedo Launchers. As this design is based more on strategic need, the Pi Class sacrifices many of the scientific amenities found on other stations, such as advanced laboratories and the Sensor technology of the station is geared more toward tactical planning. While it does feature an internal docking garage, most vessels are required to dock at one of the external portals as the internal garage is designed to handle smaller scale vessels as opposed to ships of the line.
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Level 3: Starbase
Epsilon Class Constructed in the mid-24th Century the Epsilon Class was designed as a replacement for the long standing Alpha Class Starbase first envisioned with Earth's Spacedock in the 23rd Century. Originally intended to be an all new design, Starfleet's Corps of Engineers chosen instead to modify the existing design specifications of the Alpha Series and enlarge the capabilities of the Docking Garage to handle the growing size of Starfleet vessels. The Starbase design incorporates extensive drydock capabilities including the ability to construct and repair any vessel that requests assistance. Intended to secure an area for the Federation, each Epsilon Class Starbase features incredible sensor capability and an impressive complement of weaponry. The design has proven itself time and again amongst the leadership of Starfleet; however, the construction time of nearly twenty years led many in Starfleet to seek an alternative design. Despite this the Epsilon Class remains a dedicated member of Starfleet's forces.
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Level 3: Starbase
Omega Class Designed in the early 25th Century, the Omega Class Starbase was designed to serve as a replacement design for the venerable Epsilon Series Starbase. When created the design brief for the Omega Class called for a long term structure intended to meet the growing need within Starfleet for a Starbase capable of handling the construction and maintenance needs of the enlarging fleet. The Omega Series is of similar size and shape to its predecessor; however, the docking capabilities have been significantly improved with the design featuring a second docking garage geared toward short term projects in addition to the primary one that is intended for long term construction needs. Highly modular, the Omega Class can be built in half the time of its predecessor despite being of similar dimensions. For defensive purposes the Starbase has been outfitted with extensive number of Phaser Turrets and a high capacity shield grid.
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Starship Classes

Federation starships are the workhorses of Starfleet and travel the galaxy to fulfill their mandate to seek out new worlds and explore space. Almost every vessel is powered by a Warp Drive based on the technology developed by Zefram Cochrane; however, some have been fitted with more advanced drives that provide for even quicker transit. While their endeavors are meant to be peaceful, Starfleet has outfitted their vessels with enhanced weapons to defend themselves with including Phaser technology as their base weapon and Torpedoes as an available heavy weapon. Due to regulations a Starfleet vessel will not initiate a conflict and will seek a peaceful resolution; however, Federation vessels are more than capable of defending themselves and are dangerous opponents on the battlefield. While each Starfleet vessel is a multimission vessel and is capable of a diverse assortment of assignments recent doctrine has led Starfleet Command to recategorize the fleet into four distinct classifications.

Command

Command vessels are designed to lead other ships and are among the largest and best known ships in the fleet. Ships of this type are often fitted with the most advanced defensive and offensive systems as well as enhanced propulsion systems.

Level 1: Frigate
Nova Class Starting life as a design planned to serve as the Defiant Class, the Nova Class Starship moved into usage as a scientific research laboratory before being refitted to serve as a command series vessel under the Rhode Island subtype. While many deficiencies in the design have been corrected with subsequent refits, the Nova Class remains a lightly armed and lightly defended vessel; however, it makes up for this with significant increases in its maneuverability and as being one of the few vessels that naturally took to the Quantum Slipstream Drive. Starfleet is currently testing the inclusion of a Coaxial Warp Drive as part of a recent upgrade as, primarily, the Nova Class is meant for short range, short duration missions only.
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Level 1: Escort
Steamrunner Class Constructed as part of the Perimeter Defense Initiative, the Steamrunner Class was created under the same program that led to the Norway and Sabre Class. The Steamrunner Class is a compact vessel that is designed with leading other escort series vessels into combat operations in mind. Ships of the class have been outfitted with an extensive shuttlebay facility and are typically loaded with Long range Tri-cobalt torpedoes intended for heavy assault operations and destroying targets from a distance. Her Phaser arrays are intended for defensive use only and incorporate point defense technology to destroy incoming projectiles before they can damage the ship. Strong and durable, the Steamrunner Class has proven itself in the Dominion War and beyond.
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Level 2: Destroyer
Norway Class Designed alongside the Defiant and Sabre Class Starships, the Norway Class is Starfleet's response to a growing need for a vessel class that could lead other Escort type vessels into combat. Similar in capability to its Sabre Class cousin, the Norway equipped with additional weapons and armor at the expense of the speed and maneuverability that is enjoyed by the Sabre Class. While a command ship, Starfleet frequently assigns ships of this class to low risk exploration and escort missions or as a diplomatic transport.
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Level 2: Light Cruiser
Gagarin Class Created alongside the Tolstoy Class, the Gagarin Class was designed to be a command ship for light exploratory and scientific investigation missions near Federation space. Based upon the design of the hugely successful Nebula Class, the Gagarin Class is a lightly armed vessel - the design features few Phaser Arrays and a single Torpedo Launcher - that makes up for this deficiency through the inclusion of a configurable Mission Pod on its dorsal structure. Traditionally the Mission Pod assigned to the Gagarin Class is designed for scientific applications to augment its already powerful sensor suite.
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Level 3: Cruiser
Sentinel Class A spinoff of the Intrepid Class Development Project, the Sentinel Class started life as a testbed design for the Intrepid Class in the mid 2360s. Designed to serve in regions of high threat, such as the Romulan Neutral Zone, the Sentinel Class has been outfitted with extensive Phaser coverage and multiple Torpedo Launchers. Having proven itself in the Dominion War and Klingon conflicts, the Sentinel Class has been more recently refitted to serve as a command vessel for the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. As part of its refit several vessels of this class, such as the USS Orville Wright, have been equipped with Coaxial Warp Drive for testing.
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Level 3: Heavy Cruiser
Vivace Class Based upon the designs of the infamous Intrepid Class Cruiser, the Vivace Class was launched in the early 25th Century as a replacement design for this line of vessels. Design work for the Vivace began shortly after the USS Voyager returned from its famous sojourn to the Delta Quadrant; however, work was stalled due to the growing risk of hostilities with the Klingon Empire. Initially conceived of as a science vessel, the Vivace was modified to serve in the role of a command ship for this purpose. Outfitted with a Quantum Slipstream Drive and enhanced shield grid, the Vivace Class has proven itself well in multiple engagements and exploratory assignments. In honor of the accomplishments of the Voyager crew the first ship of the class, USS Vivace, was renamed Voyager at christening.
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Level 4: Battle Cruiser
Ambassador Class The Ambassador Class is the oldest design still utilized for a Starfleet command vessel; however, her age is not meant to fool anyone as the Ambassador Class remains one of Starfleet's most effective designs. Intended as a replacement for the Excelsior Class in the early 24th Century, the Ambassador is capable of longer-duration missions than most other vessels and, as a result, ships of this class are generally found serving on the edge of Federation space. While not heavily armed for a Federation Battle Cruiser, she makes up for this deficiency with an exceptional shield grid and sensor suite.
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Level 4: Dreadnought
Galaxy Class Once serving as the flagship of the Federation fleet, the Galaxy Class has become one of Starfleet's workhorse vessels. Well armed with Phaser and Torpedo weapons, the Galaxy Class has been a research and exploration vessel since it was initially launched. Its command and control abilities are exceptional, accommodations for families unmatched, and the addition of its ability to employ Saucer Separation has allowed the Galaxy to remain one of Starfleet's premiere appointments. While the resources needed to construct a Galaxy Class vessel are significant, the continuation of construction of ships of this class remains a priority within Starfleet and refits to the design continue to increase its viability.
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Level 5: Carrier
Patriot Class When the Federation Council saw the resource cost to construct a single Enterprise Class Battleship it was quickly decided that Starfleet was in need of an alternative design to serve as its new flagship class. This immediately led to the creation of the Patriot Class Carrier. Intended for long range, deep space exploration missions as well as perimeter defense, the Patriot Class incorporates multiple lessons learned from the Enterprise Class Development Project and features improved maneuverability over similarly sized vessels. In addition to an impressive Phaser and Torpedo complement, the Patriot ferries four squadrons of Valkyrie Class fighters with it at all times. At present the prototype, USS Patriot, is being fitted to replace the USS Enterprise as Starfleet One.
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Level 5: Battleship
Enterprise Class Launched in 2410, the Enterprise Class starship is the current Command Battleship series in the Federation Starfleet and the flagship class of the fleet. Despite its age, the Enterprise Class remains one of the most advanced ships currently serving in the galaxy and remains one of the most prestigious starship appointments available in Starfleet. Starfleet's largest Class, the Enterprise is armed with advanced Phasers and multiple Torpedo Launchers. The Enterprise Class is perhaps best known for its prototype Coaxial Warp Drive, allowing it to travel at speeds far above that of its counterparts in mere seconds. Her sensors and shields are similarly advanced making the Enterprise Class one of Starfleet's most accomplished designs. At present Starfleet has only completed construction on five Enterprise Class Battleships and there are no plans to continue the line due to the resources needed for the construction of this class of starship. The completed vessels have been assigned to lead the Starfleet Expeditionary Group, with the USS Enterprise serving as flagship of both Starfleet and Battle Group Omega.
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Operations

Operations vessels are among the most well rounded in the Federation and excel at both exploration and defensive missions. Vessels of this type tend to have balance in their systems and are the backbone of Starfleet.

Level 1: Frigate
Decade Class Designed by a team of Vulcan Engineers at the 40 Eridani A Starfleet Construction Yards, the Decade Class was designed to conduct preliminary surveys of a previously uncharted Star System or Sector prior to the arrival of a long term research vessel. Unusual in many regards, the Decade Class features a single Warp Nacelle that is not attached directly to the vessel's engineering section and also incorporates an advanced Impulse Drive granting ships of the Decade Class enhanced maneuverability at Impulse speeds. While it is lightly armed with Phasers only, ships of the Decade Class are well defended and are often assigned to reconnaissance missions within enemy territory due to their enhanced propulsion capabilities.
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Level 1: Escort
Sabre Class A direct result of Starfleet's encounter with the Borg Collective, the Sabre Class Starship was designed as a rapid response addition to Starfleet's defenses. The compact design of the Sabre Class allows the ship to maintain enhanced maneuverability that other, larger vessels which can prove a decisive advantage due to its weaker defenses. Armed with Phaser and Torpedo weapons, the Sabre has proven itself multiple times in combat against not only the Borg, but the Klingon Empire and the Dominion making it an essential component of Starfleet's arsenal. Because of its resilience, Starfleet has assigned many vessels of this line to the Starfleet Corps of Engineers.
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Level 2: Destroyer
Ferrus Class A descendant of the Sabre Class, the Ferrus Class is a destroyer type vessel that has been designed to serve on a variety of missions from exploration to combat. Featuring excellent maneuverability at Impulse speeds, the Ferrus Class has multiple Phaser arrays and Torpedo Launchers. Unfortunately, while she features several structural and functional improvements over her Sabre Class predecessors, her hull is somewhat weaker than one would expect from a destroyer and she features a very low crew complement due to increased automation.
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Level 2: Light Cruiser
Acquiescence Class Starting life as one of the prototype designs for the Patriot Class, the Acquiescence Class is a fast, highly maneuverable Light Cruiser that is commonly found on deep space exploration missions or patrol routes. A small, compact vessel the Acquiescence Class is a highly automated vessel with a crew complement of only around 100 persons. Ships of this class feature multiple Phaser Arrays and Torpedo Launchers making the Acquiescence an effective weapon in combat. Her shields are similarly capable as the ship features an impressive regenerative capability.
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Level 3: Cruiser
Constitution Class The flagship of the fleet in the 23rd Century, the Constitution Class is a design that is synonymous with Starfleet itself and is famous throughout the galaxy. A durable, versatile ship, vessels of the Constitution Class are equipped to handle a variety of missions, including exploration, first contact, research, and defense. Featuring an advanced Warp Drive for its age, the Constitution frequently finds itself assigned to mercy missions or, due to its expansive cargo holds, ships of this Class are frequently used to resupply planets, space stations, and other starships.
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Level 3: Heavy Cruiser
Cheyenne Class The Cheyenne Class Heavy Cruiser is one of the most unusual ships currently serving within Starfleet. Featuring 4 Warp Nacelles, the first generation of Cheyenne Class ships were launched using discarded components from Galaxy and Nebula Class vessels. Despite this kitbashed nature of the design, ships of the Cheyenne Class have proven themselves in combat not only against the Dominion, but also the Borg Collective as a member of this class fought valiantly at the Battle of Wolf 359. Adaptable to a variety of mission profiles, the ships of the Cheyenne Class can be found on long term missions of exploration commonly but may also be assigned to patrol routes with less dangerous galactic powers. Armed with Phasers and Quantum Torpedoes, the Cheyenne Class remains one of the Federations most robust designs.
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Level 4: Battle Cruiser
Nebula Class Designed as a less resource intensive alternative to the Galaxy Class, the Nebula Class shares many of the same components as her Galaxy Class cousin. Originally intended for scientific research and exploration, the ships of the Nebula Class have proven themselves as effective combat vessels during the Dominion and Klingon conflicts. With power Phaser Arrays, the most important component of the Nebula's arsenal is her Mission Pod - which allows the ship to be reconfigured based upon mission profile. This adaptability has made the Nebula Class one of the most capable vessels in the Federation armada.
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Level 4: Dreadnought
Commonwealth Class Designed to handle high risk, deep space tactical assignments the ships of the Commonwealth Class have been designed with survivability in mind. One of Starfleet's largest craft currently in use, the Commonwealth is heavily armed with Heavy Phaser Arrays and Torpedo Launchers. The attached Mission Pod for the Commonwealth Class is commonly configured as a Sensor Pod to enhance the surveillance power of ships of this class. Additionally, the shields of a Commonwealth Class ship are suitable for long term offensive action and defense. Commonly Commonwealth Class vessels will be found leading other ships into battle, despite not being classified as a command ship, or may be selected to serve as a Sector Commander's flagship because of their robust mission profile.
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Level 5: Carrier
Gemini Class Launched in 2409, the Gemini Class Starship was created to lighten the load on the Akira Class as Starfleet's premiere fighter carrier. Featuring a crew of around 600 persons, the Gemini features expansive shuttlebay and support systems aboard ship. A typical assignment features four squadrons of fighters having been assigned to the Gemini at any given time. The Gemini has also been outfitted with Point Defense Phasers and is commonly outfitted with a Flight Pod to enhance its capabilities as a fighter carrier.
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Level 5: Battleship
Odyssey Class Conceived during the latter days of the Dominion War, the Odyssey Class was designed in response to the emergence of the Dominion Battleship and the Cardassian Hutet Class Battleship. Named in honor of the Galaxy Class USS Odyssey, the ship remained incomplete at the conclusion of the War and further work would not be continued until the 2380s when the growing state of unrest in the Romulan Star Empire caused a change in the political climate of the galaxy. This delay allowed advanced technologies researched as part of the Pathfinder Project to be incorporated into the Odyssey design - most specifically the Quantum Slipstream Drive and the return of improved Warp Field design. Launched in 2387 the Odyssey Class remains one of the most important vessels in Starfleet thanks to its ability to serve on extended missions away from Starfleet support.
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Science

Science vessels are exploration vessels designed specially for long range missions often on the outer fringes of Federation space. While they tend to have weaker weapons than other vessels, they make up for this deficiency with their incredible sensor technologies and speed.

Level 1: Frigate
Tolstoy Class Created alongside the Gagarin Class, the Tolstoy Class Frigate is a small, lightly armed starship outfitted with Phasers as its only means of defense. Unusual in most respects because of its single Warp Nacelle attached to its saucer shaped primary hull, the Tolstoy Class is normally assigned to long term research missions typically within Federation territory itself and rarely sees hostile territory. Thanks in part to its extensive cargo capacity, when not assigned to scientific missions, the Tolstoy frequently finds itself assigned to colony support and disaster relief missions. Many times a Tolstoy Class ship is also assigned as a mission support vessel for an Outpost or Starbase.
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Level 1: Escort
Redemption Class The Redemption Class has been designed utilizing the Defiant Class Escort as a guide and serves with distinction among her sister ship. Created following the Klingon Conflict of the 2400s, the Redemption Class was a modification of the hulls of in construction Defiant Class vessels to enhance the exploration and research capabilities of the craft. The first step was the elimination of the "Warhead" module of the Defiant Class and replacing the unit with a smaller Navigational Deflector. Several weapons arrays and defense systems were similarly removed to make way for additional sensor packages and laboratories. The ship features twin forward firing Pulse Phaser Cannons and a single rear firing Phaser turret. A single Torpedo Launcher faces forward on the craft.
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Level 2: Destroyer
Miranda Class The oldest vessel class still in operation within Starfleet, the Miranda Class Destroyer remains an active member of the Federation's defense strategy. Easy to produce and highly adaptable, the Miranda Class is at home with a wide variety of mission profiles from deep space exploration to cargo transport. In recent years the Miranda Class has seen its luster begin to tarnish as Starfleet has moved to more mission focused craft and ships of the Miranda Class are finding themselves more and more assigned to backwater assignments or as Starbase support vessels.
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Level 2: Light Cruiser
Olympic Class Designed to be easily configured for any mission, the Olympic Class was launched in the 2360s to serve as a Federation research and laboratory ship. Unique in appearance, the Olympic Class sacrifices the traditional saucer shaped primary hull for a sphere component similar to the Daedalus Class Cruisers of the early days of the Federation attached to a traditionally engineering section housing the vessel's Warp Drive. Equipped with the most advanced sensors available, the Olympic Class is lightly armed with defensive Phasers and a single forward Torpedo Launcher. Because of its modularity, the Olympic can be quickly reconfigured and is most commonly used as a hospital vessel; however, it can be equipped for any research project needed with ease.
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Level 3: Cruiser
Intrepid Class Instead of building larger, more complicated ships the new design initiative that led to the creation of the Intrepid Class focused on building smaller, more compact vessels with less robust mission profiles. The Intrepid Class was designed to embrace new technologies and was one of the first vessel classes equipped with Variable Geometry Warp Nacelles designed to lessen damage to subspace through warp travel. Her sensors are similarly enhanced and the class also served as the testbed for Bio-Neural Gel Pack computer systems. While significantly equipped, the Intrepid Class Cruiser has remained a steadfast cruiser in Starfleet's armada that relies more on its speed that its phasers or torpedo launchers.
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Level 3: Heavy Cruiser
Luna Class Designed by Doctor Xin Ra-Havreii, the Luna Class was designed to serve as Starfleet's primary exploration vessel for the Gamma Quadrant prior to first contact with the Dominion. Construction was summarily delayed until after the Dominion War, at which time the renewed interest in exploration of the galaxy triggered the return of the Luna Class to the Starfleet fold. 450 meters long with a crew of 350 people, the Luna Class was launched with one of the most diverse crew complements within Starfleet history - which in turn led to Starfleet revising regulations regarding crew appointments. Featuring a Mission Pod and enhanced sensors, the Luna Class has been at the forefront of exploration since it was conceived and remains one of Starfleet's best exploration craft.
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Level 4: Battle Cruiser
Hades Class Based on the successful design of the Olympic Class, the Hades Class is a scientific and research laboratory ship designed for long term missions of exploration. Sharing in the spherical shaped primary hull that the Olympic Class made famous, the Hades Class was launched in 2415 to serve as the primary research vessel for usage on the outskirts of Federation space and in the uncharted territories. Heavily armed for a research vessel with multiple Phaser arrays and Torpedo Launchers, the Hades is more than capable of holding its own in a fight. With a wide variety of sensors and a high capacity shield grid, the Hades is perhaps one of the most capable research vessels in the Federation fleet.
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Level 4: Dreadnought
Vesta Class A multimission exploration ship, the Vesta Class has been considered by many in Starfleet a dream posting. Outfitted with a Quantum Slipstream Drive, the Vesta Class has been a testbed for new technologies since initially having been launched and has proven itself in a diverse mission profile. While primarily a science ship, the Vesta is highly modular and can take on other responsibilities as needed with ease. Constructed with Pulse Phaser Cannons and Quantum Torpedo Launchers, the Vesta can defend herself easily in a fight and has even proven itself against the Borg Collective. Featuring the same sensors as the Luna Class, the Vesta Class is one of the most capable ships in Starfleet.
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Level 5: Carrier
Stargazer Class Named in honor of the Constellation Class Starship USS Stargazer, the Stargazer Class was one of the first designs put into production by Starfleet following the Dominion War. Designed for scientific research and exploration missions, the Stargazer is one of the most unique designs in the fleet and is one of the few ships to feature more than two Warp Nacelles as part of its design. Well suited for operating on its own or as a support ship with other vessels, Stargazer Class ships are further unique through the expansive shuttlebay that they incorporate which led to its reclassification from Heavy Cruiser to Carrier. Ships of this class can transport three squadrons of Federation fighters into combat situations and support them through the use of the Stargazer's devastating point defense Phaser Turrets.
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Level 5: Battleship
Century Class While the Sovereign Class Battleship has proven itself time and time again in combat situations during the Dominion War and the Klingon Conflict, Starfleet Engineers have seen growing deficits in the Sovereign's ability to perform scientific research missions. Because of this the Century Class was born. A deep space science vessel, the Century Class is equipped with many tools necessary to chart the stars and guide Starfleet into a new age of discovery. Featuring extensive engineering capabilities and an exceptional sensor array, appointment to a Century Class ship is one of the most sought after postings for an explorer.
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Tactical

Tactical vessels were designed with one purpose in mind: protecting Federation interests. Ships of this type have the most advanced defensive and offensive systems available to them; however, they often sacrifice exploration ability for these advantages.

Level 1: Frigate
New Orleans Class Designed during the Cardassian Conflicts prior to the Dominion War, the New Orleans Class frigate is one of the deadliest ships in Starfleet history. Outfitted with multiple Phaser Arrays and Torpedo Cannons, the New Orleans Class shares many design components with the Galaxy and Nebula Classes despite its smaller stature. Heavily refitted during the Dominion War to maintain its edge as a combat vessel, the New Orleans Class is commonly assigned to deep space tactical assignments, convoy escorts, and territorial patrol routes.
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Level 1: Escort
Defiant Class The Defiant Class Starship, launched in the 2370s, was Starfleet's first venture into the development of a vessel designed purely for combat. Development of the Defiant Class was initiated following the devastating first contact between the United Federation of Planets and the Borg Collective at System J-25. Heavily armed and armored, the Defiant Class saw extensive use in the Dominion War as a combat vessel thanks to its high speed and maneuverability allowing it to infiltrate enemy territory with ease. The inclusion of Pulse Phaser Cannons has made the Defiant a capable combatant and, through continual upgrades, the Defiant remains an integral escort vessel within the Federation.
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Level 2: Destroyer
Valiant Class Crafted during the 2390s during a period of increased tension between the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, and the Romulan Star Empire, the Valiant Class was designed to serve as the replacement for the aging Defiant Class escort. Taking multiple design cues from her predecessor, the Valiant features limited crew accommodations and limited recreational facilities to make room for its Phaser and Torpedo needs. Its shields are above standard rating for a ship its size and vessels of the Valiant Class have been fitted with nanotech armor for defense. Her Quantum Slipstream Drive generates incredible amounts of power for a ship the size of the Valiant. Typically, ships of this design can be found on patrol of Federation territory.
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Level 2: Light Cruiser
Dauntless Class The starships that consist of the Dauntless Class have one of the most interesting backstories in Starfleet as the design was not created by Starfleet, but rather by Species 116 of the Delta Quadrant that was modified to appear as a Starfleet ship in order to fool the crew of the Starship Voyager. While the original "USS Dauntless" was destroyed, Starfleet opted to begin production of facsimile ships in order to begin work on the Federation's version of the Quantum Slipstream Drive. Possessing only one transporter, no replicators, holodecks, or shuttlecraft the Dauntless Class if a utilitarian design that is used extensively for rapid response missions within the galaxy.
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Level 3: Cruiser
Excelsior Class Once heralded as "The Great Experiment", the Excelsior Class was a prototype vessel launched in the 23rd Century as a testbed for multiple new technologies including Transwarp Drive. While Transwarp failed, ships of this lineage have been continually refitted and upgraded to serve alongside Starfleet’s more advanced vessels. Outfitted with Phaser and Quantum Torpedo Launchers, the current generation of Excelsior Class vessel has seen its luster diminish in recent years and ships of the class have been attached to missions on the outer rim and remote outposts primarily.
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Level 3: Heavy Cruiser
Proteus Class Launched in the 2390s, the Proteus Class was originally intended to be a fighter shuttle carrier before being reassigned to function as a Heavy Cruiser. Drawing inspiration from the Dauntless and Vesta Classes, the Proteus Class is an advanced vessel outfitted with a Quantum Slipstream Drive, advanced sensors, and a high capacity shield grid. Members of this class also benefit from its formidable armament including Phaser and Torpedo weaponry. Heavily armored and having proven itself in combat against the Klingon Empire, the Proteus Class is commonly found on deep space tactical assignments and reconnaissance missions.
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Level 4: Battle Cruiser
Prometheus Class Intended primarily for military usage, the Prometheus Class is one of the deadliest starships in the Starfleet armada. The Prometheus Class is in reality three independent starships that can merge together to operate as one. Should a mission call upon it to do so the Prometheus can employ Multivector Assault Mode to separate into its component parts. Heavily armed with multiple Phaser and Torpedo systems, the Prometheus is further defended by a regenerative shield grid and has proven itself time and again against foes superior to itself. More common during periods of conflict, the Prometheus has proven itself as a patrol ship that serves the defense of the Federation well.
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Level 4: Dreadnought
Pandora Class Similar in many respects to the Nebula Class Battle Cruiser, ships of the Pandora Class were designed to be a more cost effective alternative to the Enterprise Class Battleship and features many of the same advanced technologies of the Enterprise's design. Heavily armed with extensive Phaser Arrays, multiple Torpedo Launchers, and the same Prototype S.H.I.E.L.D.S. System, the Pandora Class has been growing in popularity amongst the leaders of Starfleet. The addition of its Quantum Slipstream Drive and Mission Pod have made it one of Starfleet's go to vessels for a wide variety of mission profiles.
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Level 5: Carrier
Akira Class Created in the 2350s as a response to rising hostilities with the Cardassians, the Akira Class was originally used as a test ship for advanced weapons under development. When the threat of the Borg Collective began to rise, Starfleet put the design into use as a frontline combat vessel intended to counter offensive incursions. With the outbreak of the Dominion War the Akira Class was pressed into service against the Cardassians for the first time and proved herself well as a carrier vessel for Starfleet's Peregrine Class fighters by carrying multiple Squadrons into battle. More recently, due to the age of the design, the Akira has been modified to remove its 15 torpedo launchers and replace each unit with point defense Phaser Turrets designed to counter enemy fighters.
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Level 5: Battleship
Sovereign Class Featuring multiple design enhancements researched as a part of the Starfleet's efforts to react to future Borg incursions, the Sovereign Class' powerful shields, cutting edge Phaser weaponry, and advanced Warp Drive have kept the Sovereign at the forefront of the Federation Fleet. Effective as both an exploratory and research vessel, as well as a front-line combat vessel, the Sovereign Class remains an ideal choice among Starfleet Command for deep space tactical assignments. Through continual upgrading, Starfleet has increased the utility of the Sovereign through the employment of a Mission Pod designed to allow the vessel to be quickly reconfigured for any mission profile. Ships of the Sovereign Class remain among Starfleet's most prestigious appointments.
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Support Craft

Level 0: Shuttle
Type 12 The Type 12 Shuttlecraft, also known as the Flyer Class Shuttle, was designed by the crew of USS Voyager during the ship's voyages in the Delta Quadrant. The Flyer is constructed with a tetraburnium alloy hull, extendable warp nacelles, unimatrix shielding, and an enhanced weapons array incorporating Borg technology. The Flyer Class utilizes Impulse Thrusters that greatly improved the vessel's speed when deployed. Unlike most shuttles, the Type 12 Shuttle features an aft compartment that features crew accommodations including a biobed. Due to the success of the design, Starfleet Command approved the design to be used in the Alpha Quadrant.
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Type 13 Launched shortly after the conclusion of the Dominion War, the Type 13 shuttle - aka the Valkyrie Class - is a specialized shuttlecraft designed for combat operations. Based upon the design of the Venture Class runabout, the Type 13 is armed with twin forward firing Pulse Phaser Cannons and a nose mounted Microtorpedo Launcher loaded with ten Micro-Quantum Torpedoes. Capable of high Impulse speeds and capable of traveling for short distances at Warp 3, the Type 13 features a comprehensive shield grid equivalent to that of a frigate.
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Type 14 Designed as a replacement for the Type 9 shuttlecraft, the Type 14 shuttlecraft entered into service in 2404 as a short range shuttle mainly used for personnel transfer when transporters were ineffective. Capable of reaching speeds in excess of Warp 6, the Type 14 was equipped with several advanced anti-Borg technologies including multiadaptive shielding, nanotech molecular armor, and a neural interface and synaptic transceiver. Featuring defensive phasers, the Type 14 is a capable transport vessel that can be deployed at a moment's notice.
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Type 15 Launched in the year 2415 as a replacement for the Type 11 shuttle, the Type 15 shuttle is one of the most creative designs of shuttle developed. Consisting of a segmented body with a pilot section at the forward edge and a passenger compartment behind, the Type 15 was developed with the comfort of its passengers in mind and is primarily used for long voyages when in passenger configuration. Unlike other shuttles the Type 15 incorporates a Quantum Slipstream Drive for propulsion and lacks a traditional Warp Drive with the field generator built directly into the underside of the shuttle's hull.
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Type 16 Due to the growing threat of shuttle based combat, Starfleet Command issued a design brief in 2425 for a new shuttle designed to counter this growing threat and relieve the aging Valkyrie's from their duties as fighter shuttles. This led directly to the development of the Type 16 shuttlecraft. Heavily armed for a vessel its size, the Type 16 features twin forward firing Pulse Phaser Cannons and a twin Microtorpedo Launcher loaded with eight rounds of Micro-Quantum Torpedoes per launcher. Incredibly fast and maneuverable at Impulse speed, due to it being equipped for Hyper Impulse, the Type 16 is growing in popularity throughout the fleet despite it having space for only a pilot and single passenger.
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Level 0: Runabout
Danube Class One of Starfleet's most successful designs, the Danube Class was designed to be a multirole vessel focusing on a variety of scientific research, transfer, and defense. Surprisingly well armed for a ship its size, the Danube features Phaser and Micro-torpedo launchers as well as a mission configurable pod assembly. The Danube Class itself features a modular hull that can have its entire midsection reconfigured based upon mission profile with passenger accommodations, laboratories, or cargo pods. Despite its age vessels of the Danube Class still see routine activity to this day.
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Polaris Class Unlike most starship designs the Polaris Class Runabout was not designed by the Starfleet Corps of Engineers but rather by the engineering team of the USS Enterprise in the year 2416. Taking multiple design cues from the Federation's Defiant Class vessel, ships of the Polaris Class are intended to lead other small ships. Well appointed with twin Pulse Phaser Turrets, the Polaris Class is surprisingly roomy for a ship its size and can accommodate up to 20 passengers on a six week long deployment if needed. In addition to its base technologies, the Polaris can be outfitted with a miniaturized Mission Pod similar to those used by the Polaris' larger cousins.
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Venture Class Designed primarily for reconnaissance and short-range exploration, the Venture Class is a lightly armored, highly maneuverable scout ship. Capable of ferrying a small crew while on missions, the Venture Class is a short range vessel that is outfitted with light phasers for defense. While exceptional for quickly scouting an area for threats, the Venture is not suitably equipped for combat.
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Yellowstone Class The most recent runabout design fielded by Starfleet, the Yellowstone Class is one of the most advanced small craft available within Starfleet. Designed by a team led by Captain Harry Kim of the Starship Rhode Island, the Yellowstone Class was created with the intention of phasing out the aging Danube Class Runabout. One of the key design features of the Yellowstone Class was the inclusion of Tetryon Plasma based Warp Nacelles and a similarly powered Impulse Drive. This advantage allowed the Yellowstone to vent this plasma to disrupt the propulsion systems of a starship in pursuit. Lightly armed with defensive Phasers, the Yellowstone is still not a craft to be trifled with.
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