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The Intrepid-class was a type of Federation starship in service to Starfleet in the late 24th century. This class starship is a cruiser as well as a science ship. It is 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 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 Intrepid's 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 Intrepid's 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 Intrepid's 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)
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, the 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)
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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.