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The Federation-class were a type of class I (mk X) Federation starship, the first ever Starfleet dreadnoughts, authorized for construction on stardate 6066 in the 23rd century as a variant using components similar to those of the Constitution-class. (ST reference: Star Fleet Technical Manual)

Although Franz Joseph's Technical Manual listed 20 ships authorized for construction, only five of these are known to have been built, and one of those never entered active service.

History

The "space battleship" of the Starfleet, the Federation-class were the largest and most powerful ships until the advent of the refitted Enterprise-subclass Constitution refits, in 2272. As it turned out, the Federation was slightly inferior to the dreadnoughts of other powers.

The original design concept of the dreadnought was to include more capabilities but only a minimal increase in firepower over Constitutions. This was found to be inadequate after other powers began fielding dreadnoughts that reflected a 50% increase in firepower over their respective heavy cruisers.

Each late-23rd century Starfleet fleet and Starfleet task force was usually commanded by an admiral in a dreadnought, but during peacetime the dreadnought is usually docked at a starbase because it is too expensive to operate. (ST video game: Starfleet Command)

The SFC game description was based on the usage of the ships in the Star Fleet Battles RPG, which was not licensed to use the Star Trek name.

One of the reasons that the Federation design was not as efficient was the three-warp nacelle configuration, which was found to be much less workable than a vessel with an even number of warp engine units. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)

USS Star Empire.

One of the Federation-class vessels, the USS Star Empire, was based on a greatly enhanced design authorized by Vice Admiral Vaughan Rittenhouse. The vessel caused a great deal of controversy and was decommissioned without having been put into active service. (TOS novel: Dreadnought!)

The Star Empire illustration by Boris Vallejo had numerous design similarities to Excelsior-class starships.

By the 2280s, the Federation-class vessels had been modified into a refit version based on similar changes made to Constitution-class vessels. (ST comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek")

The uprated Federation-class was illustrated by Arne Starr.

Known ships

Miscellaneous information

Starship classes of the United Federation of Planets
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Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
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The Federation class dreadnoughts were a class of starship extant beginning in the 2260s. (Star Fleet Technical Manual)

In the mirror universe, this class of starship entered service as the Imperial-class. (Star Trek: Daedalus)

The USS Star Empire was a prototype of the class. (TOS novel: Dreadnought!)

The original concept of a Federation-class dreadnought was to include more capabilities, but only a minimal increase in firepower over the Constitution-class fielded by the Federation at this time. This was found to be inadequate after other races began fielding DNs that reflected an approximate 50% increase in firepower over their respective heavy cruisers. During wartime, each fleet is commanded by an admiral in a dreadnought, but during peacetime, it was usually docked at a starbase because it was too expensive to operate. (TOS video game: Starfleet Command (game))


Federation-class dreadnoughts

Notable ships: Compactat - Concordat - Corporation - Directorate - Entente - Federation - Konkordium - Pathfinder - Star Empire - Star League - Unificatum

This article uses material from the "Federation class" article on the ST Expanded wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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