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The Oberth-class was a type of Federation starship in service in the 23rd and 24th centuries. It was used by both Starfleet and civilian institutions, mainly in the role of a surveyor or science vessel.

The class was named after 20th century German rocket pioneer Hermann Oberth. (TOS video game: Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge Simulator)

HistoryEdit

The Oberth-class was introduced as early as 2250 [2] and became one of the primary instruments of Starfleet's exploration program [3].

Star Trek: Starship Spotter gives a commission date of 2290.

The design was successful enough to spawn at least three sub-classes: the Clarke-class and the slightly larger Gagarin-class in the 23rd century [4]; and the larger still Sagan-class in the 24th century [5].

Notable missions of the class and its sub-classes include the USS Chaffee's first contact with the Bzzit Khaht in 2274[6]; USS Grissom's assignment to the Genesis Planet in 2285[7]; deep-space exploration by the USS Oberth in 2293[8]; the first exploration of the interior of the Badlands by the USS Yosemite in 2336 [9]; and the USS Armstrong's Gamma Quadrant survey mission in 2369[10].

As well as ongoing scientific research and exploration, the Oberth-class served other mission profiles. One ship, the USS Trosper, found service with the Starfleet Corps of Engineers [11], and another, the USS Pegasus, was used as a testbed vessel for various technologies including an illegal Federation cloaking device [12]. The class also served in tactical support roles such as the USS Bonestell recording tactical data during the Battle of Wolf 359 in 2367[13], and then in 2373 three Oberth-class starships fought the Borg during the Battle of Sector 001[14]. Other ships were utilised as couriers or transports[15].

The Oberth-class's status as an explorer came to an end with the introduction of the Galaxy-class starship in the 2360s[3], and the class itself was succeeded by the Nova-class later in the same decade[16].

SpecificationsEdit

Oberth-class MSD

MSD of the SS Vico

The Oberth-class had 13 decks, which included six levels within the pylons. The secondary hull housed the warp core, and a small shuttlebay was located in the aft section. (TNG episode: "Hero Worship")

The crew compliment ranged from five to 80. (TNG episodes: "Realm of Fear", "The Naked Now")

For defensive and tactical situations, the class was equipped with deflector shields, phaser arrays and a probe/photon torpedo launcher. (TOS movie: The Search for Spock; TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact; WizKids module: Tactics)

By the year 2409, a refit had mounted at least four phaser arrays and nine escape pods on the primary hull. (STO mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

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ReferencesEdit

  1. The Official Starships Collection #36: "Oberth class"
  2. TOS video game: Starfleet Academy
  3. 3.0 3.1 TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual
  4. FASA RPG module: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator
  5. FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual
  6. FASA RPG module: Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update
  7. TOS movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  8. TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  9. TNG novella: The Badlands, Part II
  10. DS9 comic: "Stowaway"
  11. SCE eBook: Progress
  12. TNG episode: "The Pegasus"
  13. Decipher RPG module: Narrator's Guide
  14. TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact
  15. TNG episodes: "The Drumhead", "The Game"
  16. ST reference: Star Trek: Starship Spotter

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