The USS Pasteur orbiting Earth in 2395.
|Speed:||warp 13 (2395)|
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The Olympic-class was a type of Federation starship in service in the late-24th century. It was used by both Starfleet and civilian institutions, in roles such as science vessels or hospital ships. (DS9 novel: The Missing; ST - Countdown comic: "Countdown, Number Three"; TNG episode: "All Good Things...")
The Olympic-class was in Starfleet service as early as 2370 when the USS Nobel participated in a search and rescue mission for the missing USS Hera. (TNG episode: "Interface"; ST reference: Star Trek Encyclopedia)
Despite its usual non-combatant role, the class participated in some capacity in the Dominion War during 2374 and 2375. The Nobel reported many casualties during the conflict. (DS9 episodes: "Sacrifice of Angels", "In the Pale Moonlight"; DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
The class was still being produced by Starfleet in the 2380s, and in 2385 a brand new ship, the Athene Donald, was loaned to the Rosalind Franklin Institute for Biomedical Research for a groundbreaking science and research mission headed by Director Maurita Tanj. (DS9 novel: The Missing)
In the year 2387, three Olympic-class medical frigates, including the Galen and the Fleming, were dispatched to offer aid to the Romulan Star Empire following the destruction of Romulus by the Hobus supernova. All three ships were destroyed on the orders of Nero from his mining ship, the Narada. (ST - Countdown comic: "Countdown, Number Three")
The Olympic-class was still in service in 2395. In an alternate reality caused by an anti-time rift, the USS Pasteur was commanded by Captain Beverly Picard. (TNG episode, novelization & comic adaptation: All Good Things...)
By the 25th century, the class had been refit and continued to serve as hospital ships. In 2409, the USS Salk ferried medical supplies from the Allied to the Contested Zone of the Solanae Dyson Sphere. (STO mission: "Medical Relief")
The Olympic-class was comparable in size to the refit Constitution-class and, like that class, shared a layout with many other Starfleet starship classes, having a recognisable primary and secondary hull with two warp nacelles. The Olympic bridge is located on deck one, with a twin probe/torpedo launcher at the fore, amidships; and the impulse engines at the aft. The navigational deflector was located in the lower primary hull. Airlocks were positioned either side of the secondary hull beneath the nacelle pylons, and the main shuttlebay was located at the aft of the ship.
For defensive and tactical situations, the class was equipped with deflector shields, phaser arrays and the aforementioned probe/photon torpedo launcher. (ST reference: Star Trek Encyclopedia, TNG episode: "All Good Things...")
The Last Unicorn RPG module: The Price of Freedom states that the Olympic-class is a medical cruiser, while ST - Countdown comic: "Countdown, Number Three" calls the ships medical frigates. The sources are from different eras (the early 2370s versus the late 2380s), which may explain why the vessels' mission profile could be described differently.
The following information is from the Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet published by Last Unicorn Games after they lost their Star Trek license:
- Stats - Length= 330.50 m, Width= 155.63 m, Height= 124.89 m, Decks= 27, Crew= 750, Speed= warp 9.2, Armaments= 4 phaser arrays & 2 photon torpedo launchers, Auxiliary Craft= 2 shuttlecraft, 4 shuttlepods
- They entered service in 2361 and arose out of a need for Starfleet to replace the fleet of aging hospital ships that were at their disposal. Unlike most other Federation starships, the Olympic-class vessels don't possess a saucer section for its command hull, but a spheroid-shaped command hull akin to the design of the Daedalus-class of starships that were in service in the 23rd century. The added space granted by a spheroid command hull, allows most of the ship's laboratories and wards to be included.
- While the engineering hull of the Olympic-class are like any other design in use by Starfleet, extra sections were added to the sides of the engineering hull, which contained additional laboratories and wards. These proved invaluable, as they could be used to treat highly contagious patients and could be separated by the main sections of the ship. All of the facililites abord these ships were equipped with the latest medical equipment and staffed by some of the best medical personnel that served in Starfleet.
- Another feature that was included into the Olympic-class was that its modularity, which meant that Starfleet could easily equip the vessels with different facilities that depended on the type of mission it would be sent on. Laboratories and wards could easily be replaced with other modules that could be customized for medical research, disaster relief, combat surgery, epidemic research, evacuation and triage, or just general humanitarian aid.