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The Columbia class was a United Earth starship type borne of the NX-class cruiser. Following the formation of the Federation in 2161, the amalgamated Federation Starfleet began with the production of additional Columbia-class ships. (ST reference: Ships of the Line 2011, ENT - Rise of the Federation novels: A Choice of Futures, Live by the Code)

HistoryEdit

22nd centuryEdit

The Columbia-class was born out of the existing, and proven, NX-class design, and included retrofitted ships such as the Enterprise and the USS Endeavour. In 2156, Enterprise was the first vessel to be receive the upgraded spaceframe. It was named, at the insistence of Admiral Jonathan Archer, after the first vessel of the NX-class to be lost in action, the Columbia. As of September 2162, the refit Endeavour was the last active survivor of the NX-class. All future vessels would be of the new Columbia-class. (ST reference: Ships of the Line 2011, ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures)

As part of newly appointed UESPA Chief of Staff Admiral Archer's fleet modernization program, eight new Columbia-class vessels were slated for construction. By July of 2165, the USS Buran and the USS Shenlong were completed, the USS Apollo and the USS Soyuz were expected to launch around October of the same year, the USS Ares and the USS Charybdis in spring of 2166 and the USS Phoenix and the USS Valiant by 2167. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Live by the Code)

23rd centuryEdit

Ships of the class received a major upgrade in the 23rd century, and was classified as an escort duty. (STO video game: Reckoning)[1]

25th centuryEdit

In 2410, and as a result of the Iconian and Temporal Cold Wars, Columbia (NX-02) returned to active service. Columbia and newer sister ships were retrofitted with 25th century technology. (STO video game: Reckoning)[1]

SpecificationsEdit

DesignEdit

The most noticeable difference between the NX and Columbia classes was the addition of a secondary hull which was slung underneath the saucer section. This new hull had a deep rear undercut allowing it to be positioned in the warp field's secondary node while in flight and a more powerful, circular navigational deflector. It also housed the new, larger warp core which allowed speeds in excess of warp factor six. The extra room liberated in the primary hull by the removal of warp engineering allowed for larger senior officers' quarters.

The dorsal connector to the saucer was located where the NX's main shuttlebay used to be, so the shuttlepod drop bays were moved to either side of it. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures)

LiveryEdit

In the 25th century, the design of the Columbia-class escort refit allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of livery, which could be modified further at starbases. These options were designated Type 0-7, NX, NX Refit, Upgrade and Veteran. (STO - "The Klingon War" mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

Furthermore, the installation of deflector shields from specific factions modified the hull appearance, including shields from the Reman Resistance, the Breen Confederacy and the Dominion. (STO missions: "Coliseum", "Cold Storage", "Boldly They Rode")

TechnologyEdit

As well as polarized hull plating, the Columbia-class featured deflector shields of Andorian design. For a while after the class was brought into service, use of the shields while at warp necessitated an adjustment of the warp field. This adjustment, due to difficulties in reconciling Human and Andorian technology, meant that warp speed was limited to just over warp factor three.

The class was also equipped with a tractor beam of Vulcan origin which, but the Andorian shields distorted the targeting system. However all compatibility issues were solved in 2163 by Doctor Tobin Dax and his engineering team. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures)

The newly built ships were upgraded with more advanced impulse assemblies and navigational deflectors manufactured by the Rigel based Grennex Aerospace shipbuilding company. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Live by the Code)

Known vesselsEdit

ship name registry ship commissioning disposition
SS Enterprise NX-01 2151,[2] refit 2156[3] decommissioned (2161)[4]
Columbia NX-02 2154,[5] refit 2410[6] active (2410)[6]
USS Endeavour NCC-06 2156,[7] refit 2161[8] active (2165)[9]
USS Buran 2165[9] active (2165)[9]
USS Shenlong 2165[9] active (2165)[9]
USS Apollo 2165[9] under construction (2165)[9]
USS Soyuz 2165[9] under construction (2165)[9]
USS Ares 2166[9] under construction (2165)[9]
USS Charybdis 2166[9] under construction (2165)[9]
USS Phoenix 2167[9] under construction (2165)[9]
USS Valiant 2167[9] under construction (2165)[9]

AppendicesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

Starship classes of the Earth-Romulan War
United Earth, Starfleet ArrowAssistCavalryChristopherCosmosDaedalusDiscoveryDoppler (scout)EdisonGalliantGangesHopkinsHorizonIntrepid (22nd century)Liberty (picket cruiser)LongMarshallMercury (scout)MessierMinutemanNXPoseidonStriderVerneVanguard (starship)YorktownZeus Seal of United Earth United Earth Starfleet Emblem

ACentaurian insignia AndorianEmblem Tellarite insignia VulcanIDIC

Coalition of Planets allies Alpha Centauri Concordium of Planets: DjartannaZoenamy Andorian Empire: KumariTaholsinTanathooefThofsin
United Planets of Tellar: DegbaxisG'buqoffPhinda Confederacy of Vulcan: D'KyrSuurokToj Lol
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Starship classes and spacecraft types of Earth
ArrowAssistCavalryChristopherCosmosCZ-100DY-100DY-500DY-700DY-1100-classDaedalusDiscoveryDoppler (scout)EdisonGalliantGangesHopkinsHorizonIntrepid (Earth)J (freighter)LongMarshallMercury (scout)MessierMinutemanNXPoseidonStriderVanguard (starship)VerneY (freighter)YorktownZeus Seal of United Earth
Starship classes of the Federation Starfleet
subclass groups

Akira (ArmitageThunderchild) • Ambassador (AlaskaYamaguchi) • Apollo (Akula light cruiser frigate) • Avenger battlecruiser (Arbiter) • Chesapeake (Mongrel) • Cheyenne (DakotaStargazer) • Concorde (Geneva battlecruiserPresidio) • Constellation (Challenger deep space explorer) • Chimera heavy destroyer (Manticore) • Constitution (AchernarBonhomme RichardTikopaiEnterpriseExeterExcaliburVesper) • Danube (Yellowstone) • Decatur (Dreadnought) • Defiant (GallantIncursionSao PauloVigilant escort) • Dervish (GryphonHermes escortMaelstromTempest) • Destiny (NimbusOracleTrident) • Excelsior (BismarckKirovNew JerseyResolute) • Galaxy (Andromeda (25th century)CelestialEnvoyGalaxy XMonarch cruiserVenture cruiserYamato dreadnought) • Hermes scout (CygnusMonoceros) • Intrepid (BellerophonCochrane science vesselDiscovery (Federation)Pathfinder) • Kumari (CharalKhyzon) • Luna (CometPolarisSol) • Miranda (AntonReliantSoyuz) • Nebula (Magellan) • Norway (Oslo) • Nova (AuroraQuasarRhode Island) • NX (ColumbiaPoseidon) • Oberth (Gagarin (23rd century)Sagan) • Olympic (HopeHorizon science vessel) • Prometheus (CerberusHephaestusHestiaPhoenix) • Ptolemy (DollondDopplerKeppler) • Remora (Charger) • Saladin (CochiseSiva) • Santa Fe (Newport) • Saber (GladiusRapierUshaan) • Sentinel (EmissaryNomad cruiserVanguard) • Solanae (HeliosMontgomeryOmega) • Sovereign (ImperialRegentMajesticNoble cruiser) • Steamrunner (Zephyr) • Vesta (AventineRademaker) • Wells (Polarity)

Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
other named classes

AA classAakennAchillesAdvanceAegianAeolusAerieAkula destroyer escortAmbassador HardinAndesAndorAndromeda (24th century)AntaresApacheAquariusArcherArchimedesArielAscendantAtroxAvenger (23rd century)BabcockBaderBakerBaton RougeBodeBolarusBonaventureBradburyBrentonCanadaCanopusCapella (23rd century)Capella (24th century)CastorCentaurCentaurusCeresChallengerChandleyChariotChimeraChristopherCle DanCochrane transportColumbiaContinentContortrixCopernicusDaedalusDauntlessDeckerDefenderDeltaD'KyrDenevaDerfDrexlerDurrettEagleEclipseEdwardEinsteinEl Doradofuture EnterpriseEpochEpsilonEternalFederationFenlonFermiFijiFreedomFrontierGagarin (24th century)GalenGangesGenevaGenserGracefulGraysonGriffonGuardianGeminiHaleHermes fast cruiserHestonHoganHokule'aHorizon cruiserIcarusIlthirinIndomitableIntrepid (light cruiser)IowaIstanbulIwo JimaClass JJupiterKarekhKeithKethkinKievK'KmarakKolm-AnKorolevLarsonLauroLaweyaLegacyLenthalLexingtonLibertyLokiLoknarLondonMakinMannMarklinMarshallM'BengaMediterraneanMercedMercury (courier)Mercury (escort)MerianMessierMidwayMissionMissouriMobulaiMoKalMoscowMulciberNachthexen) • NarcineNautilusNelsonNew OrleansNiagaraNoble laboratory vesselNomad escortNorthamptonOberonOdinOdysseusOdysseyOkinawaOppenheimerOrionOsakaOuroborosOverfieldPaladin battlecruiserPaladin destroyerPaladin (24th century)PerseusPioneerPhalanxPhantomPhiladelphiaPinnaclePiperPolluxPortsmithPremonitionProximaPyotr VelikiyPyreneesRakotaRanger battlecruiserRanger cruiserRanger scoutRenaissanceRickenbackerRigelRochesterRoyal SovereignSagittariusSamsonSawyerScorpioScryerScyllaSequoiaSevaijenShi'KahrSierraSolarSpringfieldSurakSydneyTangentTempestTheophrastusThomas PaineThucydidesThufirTiberiusTiconderogaTheseusTritiumTyphonTyphoonUkoraUlyssesUralUtahVenture scoutVigilant scoutVoyagerWambunduWilkersonWei-FaWellingtonYamatoYorkshireYorktownZodiacunnamed

general type

Defiant pathfinderJohn GlennHuronRaging QueenSun TzuValley ForgeFederation assault shipFederation cargo shipFederation colony shipFederation construction shipFederation cruiserdeep galaxy shipFederation frigateFederation galaxy shipFederation holoshipFederation light cruiser (Constitution-variant light cruiserIntrepid-variant light cruiser) • Federation medium cruiser (Excelsior-variant medium cruiser) • Federation mining freighterFederation repair shipStarfleet tanker

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 ARC blog: Undiscovered Lock Box and Lobi Ship Stats
  2. ENT episode & novelization: Broken Bow
  3. ST reference: Ships of the Line 2011
  4. ENT episode: "These Are the Voyages..."
  5. ENT episode: "Affliction"
  6. 6.0 6.1 STO video game: Reckoning
  7. ENT - The Romulan War novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing
  8. ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Live by the Code

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