- For other uses, see Centaur.
|Service period:||23rd century–24th century|
|Mass:||870,000 metric tons|
|Crew:||315 officers and crew|
|Maximum speed:||warp factor 9.6 for 12 hours|
|Armaments:||9 type-9 phaser emitters; 2 photon torpedo launchers|
|Auxiliary craft:||Federation shuttlecraft|
The Centaur was conceived as a vessel that could be constructed by using pre-made stock components that were also utilized in building the older Excelsior-class starships, meaning this ship could be made without the same amount of research and development investment a newer design would entail. As such, many of these vessels were fielded in battle during the Dominion War, as the ships and their components were common enough to be easily rebuilt and replaced. (DS9 episode: "Call to Arms", DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual)
Centaur-class vessels crewed 315 officers and crew. The Centaur vessels weighed 870,000 metric tons, measured 381.87 meters in length, 320.16 meters in width and 78.54 meters in height. The Centaur had a warp core power plant rated at over 1,500 cochrane units in output, feeding two warp nacelles. The warp drive was rated for a maximum output of warp factor 9.6 for 12 hours. The ships of the Centaur class were also fitted with two impulse engine reactor plants and emitters.
The Centaur weapons consisted of nine type-9 phaser emitters and 2 photorp launchers. By 2380 however, the Centaur-class would have 18 phaser strips and 4 torpedo launchers (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)
In the later 24th century, the Centaur-class was slated to continue production at the ASDB Integration Facility at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards shipyards, on Mars. (DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual)
- USS Boston (NCC-42076)
- USS Buckner (NCC-42043)
- USS Carolina (NCC-42050)
- USS Centaur (NCC-42043)
- USS Cheiron
- USS Madrid (NCC-42059)
The USS Centaur first appeared in canon in DS9 episode: "Call to Arms", but the class itself did not receive a name until the ST novel: Articles of the Federation. The ST video game: Legacy revealed that ships of this type were in service as early as the 23rd century, while DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual listed them among ships that could be quickly built from rearranged components for the Dominion War. The DS9 TM also illustrated many technical details about the class. Strangely, while the ship seen in canon was referred to as the Centaur, the model used in the episode was labeled "USS Buckner".
The ebook Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet published by Last Unicorn Games after they lost the Star Trek license mentions this class having 16 decks, and says it entered service from 2373. The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon mentions an additional ship, the USS Thessalonica (NCC-72884).
Several more ships of this class were described in unused code that can be decompiled from the software of the video game Legacy. These vessels include the USS Jann, USS Courtney, USS Daltrey, USS Neville, USS Voltair, USS Amyking, USS Beverly and USS Strangh.