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Galor class starships were the premier Cardassian warships of the 2350s and 2360s, including the most heated years of the Federation-Cardassian War and as part of the Dominion fleet in the Dominion War.



The Galor class -- named for a hooded warrior from Cardassian mythology -- made up the bulk of the Cardassian fleet for at least three decades and despite their relatively small size compared to other races' capital ships have always been able to hold their own in battle.

The Galor class was in service by the 2310s. In 2318, they were considered to be newer than the Selek-class. (TN novel: Day of the Vipers)

The class served widely in the Federation-Cardassian War and the later Dominion War. However by the early 2370s their top status in the Cardassian Fleet was being usurped by the newer, larger Keldon class. The Keldon class design builds directly on the Galor class space frame and technologies so the Galor class legacy will likely continue for decades to come. (ST reference: Star Trek: Starship Spotter)

The class saw many enhancements added into the design during the course of its usage by the Union. The latest version of the Galor class were known as the Type-3 version which were the first Cardassian ships which were outfitted with the Wave Cannon. (DS9 video game: Dominion Wars)


The Galor-class are small ships, but they have been able to match the capabilities of the Cardassian Union's neighbors thanks to the unique technologies employed and the work of the Obsidian Order in preventing other states spies gaining technical information on the class and its upgrades over the years.

The class employs impressively resilient shields which can comfortably withstand multiple impacts from phasers and photon torpedoes. Galor-class vessels, like many ships of the Cardassian fleet, also employ the uniquely Cardassian spiral wave disruptors which have proved a tactical problem for opposing vessels.

Unlike most Federation vessels the Galor class it not easily adapted to scientific missions but it still highly adaptable taking on roles as troop transports, escort ships, orbital assault platforms and blockade vessels. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

The Trager being fired on by the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)

In the late 2360s, Galor-class vessels generally had crews of approximately 600 and were outfitted with a compressor beam. The extreme end range of this era's Galor-class starship's weaponry was around 300,000 kilometers. (TNG video game: Echoes From the Past)

By the time of the alliance with the Dominion, twenty Galor class vessels were equipped with Dominion transporters and sensors in order to incorporate Cardassian Central Command with the Jem'Hadar fleets. After Galor vessels such as the Trager, which eventually turned rebel, the practice was discontinued by the Dominion. (DS9 novel: Demons of Air and Darkness)

Known ships


Mirror universe



Starship classes of the Cardassian Union
Named classes AkrilBok'norBrinokBrujaDamarGalorGroumallGul VystanHidekiHutetHybridJanissaryKeldonKulinorLegateLiburnianNerokNetelNeterokNorinRanolRasilakSartanSelekTelokTongaToranVasadVinca Emblem of the Cardassian Union.
Unnamed classes by type/description colony ship • construction ship • cruiser • dreadnought missilemining freighter • repair ship • survey vesselshuttlecraft

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Galor-class starships were the primary warships operated by the Cardassian Union during the latter half of the 24th century.

In the mirror universe, the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance operated vessels similar to this class. (DS9: "Through the Looking Glass", "Shattered Mirror")

Star Trek: Sigils and Unions fanon information

The Star Trek: Sigils and Unions continuity accepts statements made in "The Wounded," as well as the effects seen in that episode as canon and and therefore has reached different conclusions about crew complement, weaponry, and fighting strategy than other continuities.

The forwardmost section of the Galor-class vessel (rendered Gălor by Ilojan transliteration) is termed the "nose" section; Cardassians call the aft section the "backfin" and the topside the "summersun." A fully-manned Galor-class warship carries a crew complement of 600.

In the Star Trek: Sigils and Unions universe, the Galor class is said to possess three types of weapons: spiral-wave disruptors (which are gold in appearance), phasers (which have a pink hue), and plasma torpedoes. Fighting strategy with a Galor differs noticeably from most Federation vessels. Since the plasma torpedoes (similar to--though superior to--the plasma torpedoes once used by the Romulan Star Empire) do not possess the same yield as photon or quantum torpedoes, and their phasers are not as powerful as those of the Federation, their battle strategy relies heavily upon the spiral-wave disruptors, especially the main cannon on the nose of the vessel. These disruptors are much more of an even match for other species' shields. Phasers serve mainly to challenge the adversary's tactical officer to cope with multiple types of fire at the same time, making it much harder for them to fine-tune their shields against the disruptor. Torpedo fire is very targeted, used once a weak spot is exposed or the enemy's shields have fallen, and are typically fired in quick bursts one right after the other. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--The Thirteenth Order, TNG: "The Wounded")

The fact that Gul Macet fired only with phasers in TNG: "The Wounded", as opposed to also engaging with disruptors, becomes significant in light of this information; it suggests that perhaps his intent was never to destroy the Enterprise--at least, not until provoking a reaction that would give him enough information to decide whether the Enterpriseshould be destroyed.

As seen in the Pocket Books continuity, some Galor-class ships (and some of other classes as well) have been outfitted with Dominion technology. The Trager and Sherouk possess Dominion sensors and transporters, which were found by Sherouk personnel to get their extreme range and shield penetrability from dimensional-shift technology similar to that possessed by a group of Rutian terrorists, but without the deleterious effects to life forms. A group of ships captured at the Lessek shipyard were found to possess not just Dominion sensors and transporters, but upgraded shields and structures as well. The Dominion, as of 2375, does not appear to have integrated their offensive weaponry or engines with any ships of the Cardassian fleet. (The Thirteenth Order)

Finally, at least one prototype of the Galor-class warship is known to have been deployed by the Cardassian Theonomy in an alternate universe where the Bajorans were the aggressors; the ship was defeated, though, and the invasion occurred nonetheless. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Catacombs of Oralius--"The Guide")

Background information

  • Specifications from the Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 2: Starships of the Cardassian Union.

Galor class battlecruisers
Canon: Trager - Vetar
Other notable ships: Adro'as - Breneld - Chodet - Des'ret - Drosheng - Evreloth - Galor - Ghiletz - Gosar - Hegrek - Hradis - Jengesh - Jhar-Nesh - Khelbura - Khodath - Khorelk - Mapdon - Mel'ek - Mokhur - Nedoru - Os'rusa - Peth'las - Prenkar - Reldari - Res'la - Romac - Sarkath - Sherouk - Thoanek - Vetor

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