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The Federation-class were a type of class I (mk X) Federation starship, the first ever Starfleet dreadnoughts, authorized for construction on stardate 6066 in the 23rd century as a variant using components similar to those of the Constitution-class. (ST reference: Star Fleet Technical Manual)

Although Franz Joseph's Technical Manual listed 20 ships authorized for construction, only six of these are known to have been built, and one of those never entered active service.

HistoryEdit

The "space battleship" of the Starfleet, the Federation-class were the largest and most powerful ships until the advent of the refitted Enterprise-subclass Constitution refits, in 2272. As it turned out, the Federation was slightly inferior to the dreadnoughts of other powers.

The original design concept of the dreadnought was to include more capabilities but only a minimal increase in firepower over Constitutions. This was found to be inadequate after other powers began fielding dreadnoughts that reflected a 50% increase in firepower over their respective heavy cruisers.

Each late-23rd century Starfleet fleet and Starfleet task force was usually commanded by an admiral in a dreadnought, but during peacetime the dreadnought is usually docked at a starbase because it is too expensive to operate. (ST video game: Starfleet Command)

The SFC game description was based on the usage of the ships in the Star Fleet Battles game, which was not licensed to use the Star Trek name.

One of the reasons that the Federation design was not as efficient was the three-warp nacelle configuration, which was found to be much less workable than a vessel with an even number of warp engine units. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)

USS Star Empire

USS Star Empire.

One of the Federation-class vessels, the USS Star Empire, was based on a greatly enhanced design authorized by Vice Admiral Vaughan Rittenhouse. The vessel caused a great deal of controversy and was decommissioned without having been put into active service. (TOS novel: Dreadnought!)

The Star Empire illustration by Boris Vallejo had numerous design similarities to Excelsior-class starships.

By the 2280s, the Federation-class vessels had been modified into a refit version based on similar changes made to Constitution-class vessels. (ST comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 2")

The uprated Federation-class was illustrated by Arne Starr.

Known shipsEdit

Miscellaneous informationEdit

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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 cruiser) • Hermes scout (CygnusMonoceros) • Intrepid (BellerophonCochrane science vesselDiscoveryPathfinder) • Kumari (CharalKhyzon) • Luna (CometPolarisSol) • Miranda (AntonReliantSoyuz) • Nebula (Magellan) • Norway (Oslo) • Nova (AuroraQuasarRhode Island) • Oberth (GagarinSagan) • Olympic (HopeHorizon science vessel) • Prometheus (CerberusHephaestusPhoenix) • 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)

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other named classes

AA classAakennAchillesAdvanceAegianAeolusAerieAkula destroyer escortAmbassador HardinAndesAndorAndromeda (24th century)AntaresApacheAquariusArcherArielAscendantAtroxAvenger (23rd century)BabcockBaderBakerBaton RougeBodeBolarusBonaventureBradburyBrentonCanadaCanopusCapellaCastorCentaurCentaurusChallengerChandleyChariotChimeraChristopherCle DanCochrane transportColumbiaContinentContortrixCopernicusDaedalusDauntlessDeckerDefenderDeltaD'KyrDenevaDerfDrexlerDurrettEagleEclipseEdwardEinsteinEl Doradofuture EnterpriseEpochEpsilonFederationFenlonFermiFijiFreedomFrontierGalenGenevaGenserGracefulGraysonGriffonGuardianHaleHermes fast cruiserHestonHoganHokule'aHorizon cruiserIcarusIlthirinIndomitableIntrepid (22nd century)IowaIstanbulIwo JimaClass JJupiterKarekhKeithKethkinKievK'KmarakKolm-AnKorolevLarsonLauroLaweyaLegacyLenthalLexingtonLibertyLokiLoknarLondonMakinMannMarklinMarshallM'BengaMediterraneanMercedMercuryMerianMessierMidwayMissionMissouriMobulaiMoKalMoscowMulciberNarcineNelsonNew OrleansNiagaraNoble laboratory vesselNomad escortNorthamptonOberonOdinOdysseusOdysseyOkinawaOppenheimerOrionOsakaOverfieldPaladin destroyerPaladin (24th century)PhalanxPhiladelphiaPinnaclePiperPolluxPortsmithPremonitionProximaPyotr VelikiyPyreneesRakotaRanger cruiserRanger scoutRenaissanceRickenbackerRigelRochesterRoyal SovereignSamsonSawyerScorpioScryerScyllaSequoiaSevaijenShi'KahrSierraSolarSpringfieldSurakSydneyTangentTempestTheophrastusThomas PaineThucydidesThufirTiberiusTiconderogaTritiumTyphonTyphoonUkoraUlyssesUralUtahVenture 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

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