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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 [1] and became one of the primary instruments of Starfleet's exploration program [2].

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 [3]; and the larger still Sagan-class in the 24th century [4].

Notable missions of the class and its sub-classes include the USS Chaffee's first contact with the Bzzit Khaht in 2274[5]; USS Grissom's assignment to the Genesis Planet in 2285[6]; deep-space exploration by the USS Oberth in 2293[7]; the first exploration of the interior of the Badlands by the USS Yosemite in 2336 [8]; and the USS Armstrong's Gamma Quadrant survey mission in 2369[9].

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 [10], and another, the USS Pegasus, was used as a testbed vessel for various technologies including an illegal Federation cloaking device [11]. The class also served in tactical support roles such as the USS Bonestell recording tactical data during the Battle of Wolf 359 in 2367[12], and then in 2373 three Oberth-class starships fought the Borg during the Battle of Sector 001[13]. Other ships were utilised as couriers or transports[14].

The Oberth-class's status as an explorer came to an end with the introduction of the Galaxy-class starship in the 2360s[2], and the class itself was succeeded by the Nova-class later in the same decade[15].

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. TOS video game: Starfleet Academy
  2. 2.0 2.1 TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual
  3. FASA RPG module: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator
  4. FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual
  5. FASA RPG module: Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update
  6. TOS movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  7. TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  8. TNG novella: The Badlands, Part II
  9. DS9 comic: "Stowaway"
  10. SCE eBook: Progress
  11. TNG episode: "The Pegasus"
  12. Decipher RPG module: Narrator's Guide
  13. TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact
  14. TNG episodes: "The Drumhead", "The Game"
  15. ST reference: Star Trek: Starship Spotter

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