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Unit Run
(NCC 2100 USS Federation)
(NCC 2108 USS Affiliation)
(NCC 2113 USS Alliance)
(NCC 2118 USS Association)
(NCC 2103 USS Compactat)
(NCC 2109 USS Concordat)
(NCC 2114 USS Confederation)
(NCC 2119 USS Consortium)
(NCC 2104 USS Corporation)
(NCC 2110 USS Directorate)
(NCC 2115 USS Dominion)
(NCC 2120 USS Entente)
(NCC 2106 USS Konkordium)
(NCC 2111 USS Organization)
(NCC 2116 USS Star Empire)
(NCC 2101 USS Star League)
(NCC 2107 USS Star System)
(NCC 2112 USS Star Union)
(NCC 2117 USS Trusteeship)
(NCC 2102 USS Unificatum)
None remain in service
2260 - 2266
Length : 320 m
Beam : 140 m
Height : 87 m
Decks : 16
285,000 tons
10 x Type VII Phasers, total output 8,500 TeraWatts
2 x 2nd class photon torpedo tubes + 190 torpedoes
1 x Second class photon torpedo tube + 25 torpedoes
Defence Systems
Shield system, total capacity 891,000 TeraJoules
Heavy Monotanium double hull
Anti-phaser hull coating
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(Cochrane Scale)
Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 8
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 9
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 10
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam firepower : 140
Torpedo Firepower : 250
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 100
Shield Strength : 90
Hull Armour : 90
Speed : 524
Combat Manoeuvrability : 1,650
Overall Strength Index
Grade 2/3, approximate
Expected Hull Life
30 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 1 year
Standard : 5 years
Major : N/A

Notes : Although the Constitution and Miranda classes were widely regarded as being more than able to defend the Federation, in the 2260's it was decided to produce a new class of vessel which would give Starfleet a decisive superiority over the Romulan and Klingon Empires. This new vessel was to be almost totally dedicated to the combat mission; she would carry very little in the way of scientific research or diplomatic conference facilities. This marked a radical departure in Starfleet design ethics, and lead to a type of vessel new to the Federation - the Dreadnought.

The ship was given a heavy weapons fit comprising five phaser banks of two phasers each plus two photon torpedo tubes. The latter were of a new and heavy type, far more powerful than those in service at the time. In defensive terms the ship was equally well provided. The shields were  almost 30% stronger than those of the Constitution, while the hull structure was considerably stronger than those generally used by Starfleet. The entire hull was also covered in a superconductive coating which spread the energy of impacting phaser strikes across the entire ship, greatly increasing the resistance to battle damage.

Uniquely for the time, the vessel employed a three nacelle configuration which coupled with the far more powerful warp core allowed considerably greater speeds to be achieved - the Dreadnought was capable of a sustained Warp 10, almost double the speed of a Constitution class vessel.

The first ship, USS Federation, was launched in 2260 with more soon following. Sadly, the most notable incident this class was involved in came when the second ship, the USS Star Empire, was used during an attempted coup against the Federation council. Other Starships, led by the USS Enterprise, were able to defeat the conspiracy with minimal loss of life, but the Federation class was tainted with a reputation of being too militaristic for their name. Nevertheless, twenty vessels of this class were constructed and served with distinction until their retirement in 2296.

Last updated : 25th February 2000.
This page is Copyright Graham Kennedy 1998.

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