The Intrepid-class was a type of Federation starship in service to Starfleet in the late 24th century, classified as a cruiser as well as a science vessel. It was still in use in the 25th century. (VOY reference: Star Trek: Voyager, STO video game: Star Trek Online)
The Intrepid-class was introduced in the early 2370s decade and was Starfleet's answer to their growing need for a versatile and quick class of starships which were capable of excellent maneuvering at both impulse and warp speed. With their variable geometry warp nacelles, the Intrepids had a greater control of their warp field, with the added bonus of not damaging the subspace layer. (TNG video game: Armada II manual)
As well as being designed to be quick and maneuverable in combat, the Intrepids were primarily designed to perform exploration, survey, and courier missions. The Intrepid's advanced sensors made them an excellent exploratory vessel. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)
The Intrepid-class was also one of the first Federation starship classes to be equipped to make a routine planetfall and be able to take off again with ease. (ST reference: Starship Spotter; VOY episodes: "The 37's", "Tattoo", "Basics")
The Intrepids were also equipped with some of the most advanced computer systems of the time, with bio-neural circuitry replacing most of the isolinear circuitry that had been prevalent on previous starship classes. The bio-neural circuitry sped up the computer's data functions and improved overall performance. (VOY episode: "Caretaker"; ST reference: Starship Spotter)
During the conflicts around the Omega particle and the Undine incursion in 2376 and 2377, portions of the ships' hull would change color to indicate allegiance. When assimilated by the Borg, the hull and warp plasma changed further. (ST video games: Armada, Armada II)
In the 25th century, the design of the Intrepid-class long-range science vessel allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of livery, which could be modified further at starbases. These options were numbered Types, 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")
Initially the construction of four vessels were approved by Starfleet Command: the prototype USS Intrepid, USS Voyager, USS Stargazer, and the USS Pathfinder. (ST reference: Starship Spotter; TNG comic: "Heart of Darkness")
The first two ships to be constructed, Intrepid and Voyager, were launched from the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards at the end of 2370 and the beginning of 2371 (stardate 48038) respectively. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)
By late 2377, there were dozens of Intrepid-class starships in operation, and many were involved in operations against the Borg in that year. Ships of this class also saw action in the events surrounding the inauguration of the Unity One starbase in 2379. (TNG video game: Armada II, ST video game: Starfleet Command III)
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References and notesEdit
- Intrepid class article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.
- Intrepid class article at Star Trek Expanded Universe, the fanon Star Trek wiki.
The ebook The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, published by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek licence listed several other Intrepid-class starships: USS Trailblazer (NCC-74697), USS Vor'kann (NCC-74712), USS Gallant, USS Nelson, USS Vanguard, USS Goliath, USS Zealous, USS Theseus and the USS Audacious.