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Canon Facts Backstage Info  Speculation
Type
Frigate
Unit Run
USS Centaur
plus 402 vessels built since 2345. 100 were lost during the Dominion war, 303 remain in service.
Commissioned
2325 - 2342
Dimensions
Length : 367.91 m
Beam : 240 m
Height : 57 m 
Decks : 10 excluding nacelle engineering spaces
Mass
190,000 tons
Crew
125
Armament
7 x Type VII Phaser banks, total output 2,500 TeraWatts
2 x 2nd class photon torpedo tubes + 50 torpedoes
Defence Systems
Shield system, total capacity 270,000 TeraJoules
Standard Duranium single hull
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 6
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 8.5
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 9 for twelve hours
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 50
Torpedo Firepower : 125
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 100
Shield Strength : 100
Hull Armour : 10
Speed : 750
Combat Manoeuvrability : 8,000
Overall Strength Index
150
Grade 2
Expected Hull Life
50 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 1 year 
Standard : 5 years 
Major : 25 years

Notes : Built in the 2320's, the Centaur was a forerunner of the Saber class. Intended to operate with theAmbassador, Excelsior and Miranda classes, the Centaurs where to act in the role of scouts and conduct general support missions during fleet actions. They where designed to be very small and agile, and as a result the Centaur has limited weaponry and a relatively poor standard of accommodation. This has prevented them from being used regularly on long duration missions, a problem which recurred with the Saber class.

The hull form of the Centaur clearly shows the ship to be a contemporary of the Excelsior/Ambassador generation. Her nacelles are large for a ship of this size, a feature she shares with the Excelsior. She is equipped with phaser banks rather than arrays - Starfleet has attempted to refit the Centaur class with phaser arrays several times during their life span, but has consistently been refused the necessary resources. The Centaur is equipped with two torpedo tubes, one forward and one aft, and a limited stock of reloads.

The Centaur has proved popular with her crews, but these ships are now nearing the end of their service lives and are due to begin retirement. However, the Centaur class have been heavily involved in the Dominion war. It is therefore unlikely that any of these ships will actually be retired prior to the end of the war, unless serious age related problems begin to appear.
 


Last updated : 24th October 1999.
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