- For other uses, see Akira.
The USS Akira (NX-62497, later NCC-62497) was a Akira-class heavy cruiser in service to Starfleet in the late 24th century. When she was commissioned in 2368, the Akira was the prototype for a new class of heavy cruisers. (ST reference: Starship Spotter; Decipher RPG modules: Starfleet Operations Manual, Starships)
The hull configuration was based on the design as a homage to some of the earliest Starfleet exploratory vessels, such as the NX-class. The Akira was also designed to perform border defense duties, which many vessels did during the brief conflict between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. (CCG set: Second Edition)