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The Akira-class was a type of Federation heavy cruiser used by Starfleet in the late 24th century. Built in response to the Borg threat and rising hostilities with the Dominion, Akira class vessels are fast manoeuvrable attack ships. (ST roleplay module: Starfleet Operations Manual)

They were registered as Class-3 heavy cruisers. (DS9 video game: Dominion Wars)



The Akira class was initially conceived during rising hostilities with the Cardassian Union, the project at first was just a test in starship design, however following Starfleet’s disastrous losses to the Borg in the Battle of Wolf 359 Starfleet began a major program of starship development and building to meet any future Borg threat.

The USS Akira was launched in 2368 and the Akira class went on become a major player in the fleet. The class performed admirably against the Borg on their return and was involved in numerous battles in the Dominion War. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)


The Akira class is heavily armed with an amazing fifteen photon torpedo launchers. However its defining feature is its shuttle bay which exists through the length of the ship allowing the Akira class to act as a fighter carrier. Its complement of forty fighters exit through the forward shuttle doors and return through one of two aft bays. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

Note: The Akira-class heavy cruisers were equipped with Type 10 Phasers, Mk 80 torpedo launchers, and LF-35 linear warp engines. These starships are designed to operate for 18 years without a major overhaul and refit. (ST roleplay module: Starships)

Known ships

Two Akira class ships help evacuvate a Bajoran colony
Akira class aft view


  • The RPG The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, published by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek licence listed two other Akira-class starships: USS Avenger (NCC-69925) and the USS Martel (NCC-73196).
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The Akira-class was a Federation heavy cruiser that came into service with Starfleet during the latter half of the 24th century. One of Starfleet's more combat oriented vessels the Akira saw extensive service in the 2370s against the Borg and the Dominion.


Design features

An unconventional Starfleet design, the Akira has several notable features. Externally the most obvious is the catamaran engineering hull that is connected to the top of the saucer section. Between the catamaran hull at the rear of the vessel is a weapons' pod containing several torpedo launchers. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Because the ship's designers tried to fit so many tactical systems into the saucer section, the earliest ships of the class suffered from highly-stressed spaceframes, and almost all of them suffered structural defects. Although these were eventually rectified, a number of the early Akira ships were retired from front-line service at the end of the Dominion War because of this reason, and used primarily for training and tactical war games. (Starship Independence: "Summon the Heroes")

Also, in the early designs, the ship's magazine was situated centrally, heavily armoured and located deep inside the saucer, with an elaborate ammunition loading system that fed clusters of launchers around the outer hull of the ship. This design attempted to maximize the valuable center space of the hull, while improving ship safety from a catastrophic loss of the ship, in the event of a fire or magazine explosion. (Starship Independence)

Each launch cluster was armoured heavily on the inside and thinly on the outside, in a way that would deflect an explosion outwards if one of the launchers was damaged in battle. (Starship Independence)

Another unusual feature of the through-deck shuttlebay located in the saucer section. The large bay had access points at the bow of the ship as well as at the rear of the saucer, located between the engineering hulls. This large bay allowed the Akira to act as a carrier for smaller craft such as shuttles and attack fighters. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 3)

See also

Ships commissioned

Akira class heavy cruisers
Canon: Spector - Thunderchild
Other notable ships: Adventure - Agamemnon - Akira - Alamo - Alexios Komnenos - Artemis - Arthur C. Clarke - Atlantis - Avenger - Bondar - Cedar - Charybdis - Dawnstar - Effingham - Endeavor - Fleetwood - Fleming - Fury (I) - Fury (II) - Garneau - Geronimo - Hainan - Hastings - Hawk - Independence - Inspiration - Ixion - Kitty Hawk - Landal - Madrid - Martel - Masamune - Mateo - Mathias - McCaffrey - Midway - Monitor - Osiris - Panther City - Patrick - Persephone - Prospero - Rabin - Resnik - Sentinel - Southern Cross - Striker - Susquehanna - Swiftfire-A - Takeda Shingen - Ticonderoga (I) - Ticonderoga (II) - Valkyrie - Winchester - Yerevan
UFOP: StarBase 118: Challenger - Discovery - Discovery-A - Ronin - Walton

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