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The Akira-class was a type of heavy cruiser starship in service to the Federation Starfleet in the 24th century. Planned in the 2350s in response to rising hostilities with the Cardassian Union, the vessel was given an increased priority when the mid-2360s brought on the Federation's awareness of the threat of Borg invasion. Akira class vessels entered service in the year 2368 as fast, maneuverable attack ships. (DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual; ST reference: Starship Spotter; Last Unicorn RPG module: The Price of Freedom; Decipher RPG modules: Starfleet Operations Manual, Starships)

The Akira vessels were registered as class 3 heavy cruisers. (DS9 video game: Dominion Wars)


Starting out as just a hypothetical exercise in starship design, the design that became the Akira-class was initially conceived during a period of rising tensions with the Cardassian Union in the mid-24th century. Worked on by engineers in their spare time, most never expected the vessel to be used, much less built, and as such the Akira project was assigned a relatively low status on the priority list. That changed following Starfleet’s disastrous losses to the Borg in the Battle of Wolf 359, as Starfleet began a major program of research, development and starship construction to meet any future Borg threat.

The prototype ship USS Akira was launched in 2368, and fairly soon the class went on to become a major player in the fleet. Performing admirably against the Borg on their return to Federation space in the 2370's, the Akira-class also was a common sight during the later Dominion War, serving on the front lines in most of the war's major battles. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

The Star Trek: Myriad Universes novel The Embrace of Cold Architects features an appearance by an Akira-class ship, the USS James T. Kirk, in late 2366-early 2367. Though set in an alternate timeline, it is unclear how the apparent point of divergence might have led to an earlier launch for this class.


Shuttlebay, Akira-class
Forward shuttlebay of the USS Thunderchild.
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The Akira class is heavily armed with an amazing fifteen torpedo launchers, capable of firing either photon or quantum torpedoes, as well as tricobalt devices. (ST video game: Starship Creator) The weapons pod carried 13 launchers (11 photon, 2 quantum); and the saucer section housed the other 6 launchers. One located under and one above the deflector dish, and 4 firing sideways (2 port, 2 starboard). The ship carries a total complement of 375 torpedoes.

However, one of the ship's defining features is its large shuttlebay. One of the largest such facilites on any Federation vessel, the Akira's shuttlebay encompasses almost a third of the ship's saucer section, allowing the Akira-class to act as a fighter carrier as well as a cruiser. Its complement of forty fighters exit through the forward shuttle doors and return through one of two aft bays. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

The Akira-class heavy cruisers were equipped with Type 10 Phasers, Mk 80 torpedo launchers, and LF-35 linear warp engines. These starships are designed to operate for 18 years without a major overhaul and refit. (Decipher RPG module: Starships)

Known shipsEdit

Two Akira class ships help evacuate a Bajoran colony.
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USS Leyte Gulf
Akira class aft view.
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The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual stated that this class had two torpedo launchers, although all other references that cover Akira-class weaponry agree that there are 15 tubes. It could be theorized that the contradiction is caused by a comparison of launcher machinery to actual launch points, but no further data regarding this detail is available.

Given some portions of the blocks of text on different ships are identical, it could have been an editing error.


Starship classes of the Dominion War
Federation Alliance
Federation, Starfleet
(and civilian auxiliaries)
AkiraCentaurDefiantGalaxyExcelsiorMirandaNebulaNorwaySaberSovereignFederation light cruiser (Constitution variant)Federation light cruiser (Intrepid variant)Federation medium cruiser (Excelsior/Constitution variant)Federation medium cruiser (Excelsior variant)Federation medium cruiser (Intrepid/Constitution variant) Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
Klingon Empire, Klingon Defense Force B'relK't'ingaK'vortNegh'VarVor'cha Klingon Empire Romulan Star Empire, Imperial Fleet D'DeridexRomulan shuttle RomulanEmblem
Dominion forces
Dominion and Jem'Hadar Jem'Hadar battleshipJem'Hadar battlecruiserJem'Hadar fighterJem'Hadar strike cruiserJem'Hadar super carrierJem'Hadar warship DominionEmblem
Cardassian Union, Cardassian Guard (and Obsidian Order) GalorGroumallHidekiKeldon CardassianUnion Breen Confederacy Breen battlecruiserBreen destroyerBreen fighter BreenConfederacy
Other combatants and neutral parties
Bajoran Provisional Government, Bajoran Militia Bajoran starshipJanitzaPerikianBajoran raiderBajoran transport BajoranEmblem
Starship classes of the United Federation of Planets
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Starfleet Command logo
By type Federation cargo shipFederation colony shipFederation construction shipFederation galaxy shipFederation light cruiser (Intrepid-variant)Federation mining freighterFederation repair ship


The ebook The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, published by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek license listed two other Akira-class starships: USS Avenger (NCC-69925) and the USS Martel (NCC-73196). The manual also features registries for some of the ships mentioned in other LUG supplements, although those ships were assigned different registries by later Decipher supplements.

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