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The Nebula-class was a type of Federation starship in use by Starfleet in the 24th century. Officially designated as an explorer, the Nebula ships were also sometimes referred to as cruisers. This class was named for spectacular galactic gas clouds known as nebulae. (DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual; Last Unicorn RPG module: The Price of Freedom; Decipher RPG modules: Starfleet Operations Manual, Starships)

Technical dataEdit

USS Honshu at warp

A Nebula vessel at warp.

The Nebula-class is well-known for being a testbed of modular components, with the vessel's upper outboard structures varying from vessel to vessel. Several configurations—including a tactical pod, sensor pod, cargo pod and probe pod—had been fielded by the 2380s. During the Dominion War, of course, the most common variant was the tactical configuration. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

Special configurationsEdit

During the Dominion War, Starfleet worked on a key number of tactical upgrades to all types of starship that would be used in combat against Dominion forces. The key aim was to increase their defensive and offensive capabilities so that they could remain in a fire-fight a lot longer. Through this design strategy, the Nebula-class was able to gain an impressive array of specialised weapons and defensive systems. Whilst these tactical upgrades were used sparingly during the Dominion War, the systems were heavily used during the Borg incursions of 2376 and 2377. (ST video games: Armada, Armada II)

The tactical configuration was sometimes referred to as battle cruisers by 2379. (ST video game: Starfleet Command III)

Shield disruptor 
This weapon was based on technology adapted from the Breen Energy dampening weapon. It disables the shields of a group of enemy ships for a short time, allowing weapons to damage the hull and systems directly.
Gemini effect 
The Gemini Effect was created as a result of Doctor Paul Manheim's temporal research in 2364. The effect creates a temporal disturbance in the space-time continuum, allowing two of the same ship to exist simultaneously in different locations.
Point defense phaser 
The initial concept for this weapon goes back as far as the 20th century, with the Strategic Defense Initiative. Perfected in 2374, the PDP destroys incoming torpedoes before they can do any damage.
Engineering team 
Allows this ship to repair a allied ship, restore shields to 50% capacity. (ST video games: Armada, Armada II)

Known vesselsEdit

Registry number examplesEdit

Other vesselsEdit

USS AldebaranUSS AlnwickUSS AristotleUSS ArlenUSS BarclayUSS BellUSS BerthoniaUSS BoadiceaUSS BoaterUSS Bonhomme RichardUSS BostwickUSS BoyleUSS CaddebostanUSS Chang TehUSS ChatelainChinUSS ConklinUSS CousteauUSS CrickUSS CurieUSS DarwinUSS DescartesUSS DouglassUSS EdisonUSS EinsteinUSS EuclidUSS FaradayUSS FermiUSS FoucaultUSS GalileoUSS GallantUSS GarudaUSS GatesUSS GodelUSS HaleyUSS HawkingUSS HegelUSS HeisenbergUSS HimoriUSS HubbleUSS Hsien NingUSS IowaUSS JacobusUSS Jah'torUSS JasmineUSS KelvinUSS Kerra'donUSS KhitomerUSS KnoxvilleUSS KnuthUSS KoernerUSS LahrUSS LancasterUSS Mei YuanUSS Ming ChuenUSS NarniaUSS NewellUSS NewtonUSS NobelUSS OakhamUSS OckhamUSS OppenheimerUSS OxfordUSS PascalUSS PasteurUSS PavlovUSS PythagorasUSS RangerUSS SaladinUSS SalkUSS SchrödingerUSS SchweitzerUSS ScottUSS StaffordUSS TeslaUSS TomaselliUSS TintagelUSS TonawandaUSS WhitneyUSS Zee-MagneesUSS Zimmerman

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ConnectionsEdit

Starship classes of the Dominion War
Federation Alliance
Federation, Starfleet
(and civilian auxiliaries)
AkiraCentaurDefiantGalaxyExcelsiorMirandaNebulaNorwayRaging QueenSaberSovereignFederation light cruiser (Constitution variant)Federation light cruiser (Intrepid variant)Federation medium cruiser (Excelsior variant)Federation medium cruiser (Intrepid/Constitution variant) Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
Klingon Empire, Klingon Defense Force B'relK't'ingaK'vortNegh'VarVor'cha Klingon Empire Romulan Star Empire, Imperial Fleet D'DeridexRomulan shuttle RomulanEmblem
Dominion forces
Dominion and Jem'Hadar Jem'Hadar battleshipJem'Hadar battlecruiserJem'Hadar fighterJem'Hadar strike cruiserJem'Hadar super carrierJem'Hadar warship DominionEmblem
Cardassian Union, Cardassian Guard (and Obsidian Order) GalorGroumallHidekiKeldon CardassianUnion Breen Confederacy Breen battlecruiserBreen destroyerBreen fighter BreenConfederacy
Other combatants and neutral parties
Bajoran Provisional Government, Bajoran Militia Bajoran starshipJanitzaPerikianBajoran raiderBajoran transport BajoranEmblem
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)

Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
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'BengaMediterraneanMercedMercury (courier)Mercury (escort)MerianMessierMidwayMissionMissouriMobulaiMoKalMoscowMulciberNarcineNelsonNew OrleansNiagaraNoble laboratory vesselNomad escortNorthamptonOberonOdinOdysseusOdysseyOkinawaOppenheimerOrionOsakaOverfieldPaladin destroyerPaladin (24th century)PhalanxPhantomPhiladelphiaPinnaclePiperPolluxPortsmithPremonitionProximaPyotr 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

BackgroundEdit

This class first appeared in canon in TNG episode: "The Wounded".

ApocryphaEdit

The ebook The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, released by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek license listed several other Nebula class starships: USS Osiris (NCC-69903), USS Denali (NCC-70258) and USS Shanghai (NCC-55203).

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ST reference: Starship Spotter.
  2. Star Trek Online reference: [Nebula Class Advanced_Research_Vessel].
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual.

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