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Canon Facts Backstage Info  Speculation
Type
Battleship
Unit Run
Estimated 15 ships in service.
Commissioned
2368 - Present
Dimensions
Length : 855 m
Beam : 1,055 m
Height : 200 m
Decks : Unknown, but approximately 50
Mass
9,000,000 tons
Crew
1,400
Armament
24 x Phaser emitters, total output 75,000 TeraWatts
6 x Photon torpedo torpedo tubes + 800 torpedoes, each equal to a Federation type 3 burst tube
4 x Isolitic subspace weapon launchers + 40 charges
Defence Systems
Shield system, total capacity 4,428,000 TeraJoules 
Heavy Duranium/Tritanium Double Hull 
High level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 8
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 9.4
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 9.9
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 1,500
Torpedo Firepower : 3,000
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 1,410
Shield Strength : 1,500
Hull Armour : 600
Speed : 1,500
Combat Manoeuvrability : 1,600
Overall Strength Index
1,835
Unknown, but believed to be equivalent to Starfleet Grade 4
Expected Hull Life
Unknown
Refit Cycle
Unknown

Notes : Even using their standard armament of phasers and photon torpedoes these imposing vessels are amongst the more powerful known in the Alpha Quadrant. The Federations first combat experience against Son'a Battleships came in 2374, when two of them attacked the USS Enterprise-E in an attempt to prevent that ship from informing the Federation of the plot against the Ba'ku. The battle was fought within the Briar Patch, a region filled with anomalies which can degrade the systems of an unmodified Starship. The Enterprise was not fitted for the Patch, and as a result was at a huge disadvantage; the effectiveness of the ships targeting systems was reduced substantially, and it was limited to 1/3 Impulse speed within the patch. When the Enterprise exceeded this speed the impulse manifolds were damaged, limiting the ships ability to manoeuvre.

In addition to their conventional weapons, the battleships also carry a complement of Isolitic subspace charges. These devices, banned under the Second Khittomer Accords, give the vessels a huge advantage over conventionally armed starships, but are highly unpredictable. An Isolitic charge was used against the Enterprise, creating a subspace tear which threatened to destroy the ship. Fortunately the Enterprise crew were able to seal the tear using a warp core detonation.

The Enterprise destroyed one of the battleships by deploying a Metreon cloud which was detonated by a Son'a photon torpedo. Wreckage from the first ship impacted on the second, badly damaging it. The Enterprise was subsequently successful in transmitting its message and returning to the Ba'ku planet.


Last updated : 5th August 1999.
This page is Copyright Graham Kennedy 1998.

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