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Canon Facts Backstage Info  Speculation
Type
Class 1 Scout
Unit Run
(NCC 585 USS Hermes)
(NCC 588 USS Aeolus)
(NCC 586 USS Anubis)
(NCC 618 USS Apus)
(NCC 623 USS Aquila)
(NCC 602 USS Aries)
(NCC 593 USS Batidor)
(NCC 597 USS Bowie)
(NCC 591 USS Bridger)
(NCC 606 USS Camelopardus)
(NCC 611 USS Canis Major)
(NCC 615 USS Canis Minor)
(NCC 592 USS Carson)
(NCC 594 USS Cody)
(NCC 621 USS Columbia)
(NCC 620 USS Corvus)
(NCC 600 USS Crockett)
(NCC 617 USS Cygnus)
(NCC 589 USS Diana)
(NCC 603 USS Equulus)
(NCC 624 USS Grus)
(NCC 607 USS Leo)
(NCC 614 USS Leo Minor)
(NCC 610 USS Lepus)
(NCC 604 USS Lupus)
(NCC 608 USS Lynx)
(NCC 601 USS Monocerus)
(NCC 622 USS Pavo)
(NCC 612 USS Pegasus)
(NCC 625 USS Pheonix)
(NCC 590 USS Quintillus)
(NCC 595 USS Revere)
(NCC 598 USS Sacajawea)
(NCC 596 USS Spaker)
(NCC 605 USS Taurus)
(NCC 599 USS Tonte)
(NCC 619 USS Tucana)
(NCC 609 USS Ursa Major)
(NCC 616 USS Ursa Minor)
(NCC 613 USS Vulpecula)
None remain in service
Commissioned
2245 - 2260
Dimensions
Length : 242.5 m
Width : 127.1 m
Height : 60 m
Decks : 16
Mass
94,500 tons
Crew
195
Armament
2 x Type VI phaser bank, total output 850 TeraWatts
Defence Systems
Shield system, total capacity 40,500 TeraJoules
Standard Monotanium single hull.
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 6
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 8
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 17
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 45
Shield Strength : 15
Hull Armour : 5
Speed : 255
Combat Manoeuvrability : 9,000
Overall Strength Index
50
Grade 3
Expected Hull Life
60 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 1 year 
Standard : 5 years 
Major : 20 years

Notes : The Hermes class was developed in parallel to the Saladin class destroyers. Initially it was envisaged that each ship would have a different hull design, with the Hermes hull approximately 65% the size of the Saladins. However, in the initial feasibility studies it became clear that the development costs for a second hull would be significantly greater than the saving made by building a smaller design. Starfleet decided to scrap the smaller vessel and build an offshoot of the Saladin design.

Compared to the Saladin, the Hermes class scout had a substantially reduced armament - the were only two lasers compared to six, and no photon torpedo tubes. The shields were also significantly weaker. The extra space created within the frame was used to install extra planetary survey equipment and extend the fuel supplies, allowing the ships to operate over greater unsupported ranges than the Saladins. This made them a good choice for short and medium range exploratory missions.

The Hermes class benefited from the reliability of the Saladin hull, and they proved very popular in service. In the 2260's they recieved phaser weapons in place of their lasers. Like the Saladins they did experience some problems with the warpfield geometry generated by the single nacelle, but these were solved relatively quickly. The first nine ships recieved Monotronic computers, with Duotronic systems arriving once they had been fully tested in the Constitutions.

The Hermes class was treated relatively poorly in terms of updates, and by 2300 they were no longer considered effective designs. Nevertheless Starfleet was reluctant to either retire or upgrade the ships and they were forced to soldier on until the last one retired in 2320.
 


Last updated : 11th March 2000.
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