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The Galaxy-class is a type of starship used by Starfleet in the mid to late 24th century.



The Galaxy-class began development in 2343 and gained the dubious distinction of having the longest design, development and construction period of any class in Starfleet history, with the prototype USS Galaxy finally launching in 2357 and its first two sister ships the USS Enterprise and USS Yamato following six years later in 2363.

While Admiral Carstairs of the Starfleet Operations planning board would often describe the heavily-armed vessels' strength as a deterrent, Commodore Santin was critical of these intentions supporting a heavily-armed plan specification for the new class of starships. Santin feared that fielding such destructive capabilities might serve as a provocation of the Federation's enemies. (TNG roleplay module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)

Starfleet initially ordered a total of twelve Galaxy-class ships. Starfleet decided that six ships would be completed, with only the frameworks for other six built. These six frameworks were broken down and carried by cargo carriers to remote sites to be held in case a later period of emergency necessitated the completion of these ships.

The emergency came in the form of the Borg and the Federations major losses at the Battle of Wolf 359 - 39 starships were destroyed, with one of the ships lost being a Galaxy-class ship. The incident propelled Starfleet into a massive ship design and building program in which the first additional six galaxy class and many more after that were constructed to supplement the fleet. While the expected Borg invasion did not come as imminently as expected the Federation did find itself engaged in war with the Dominion. In 2370 the Galaxy-class USS Odyssey became one of the first casualties of the Dominion's forces when it was rammed by a Jem'Hadar fighter. Afterward Galaxy-class ships went on to play a major part in numerous engagements in the war.

To help get more Galaxy-class ships into service, existing spaceframes were outfitted with weapons and minimal crew accommodations to decrease construction time, leaving sixty-five percent of these spaceframes empty. (DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual)

The 2370s also saw the introduction of the Sovereign-class, the Galaxy-class’s successor which effectively marked the end of future Galaxy class construction. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

A potential future look for the Galaxy-class

The Galaxy class space frame was designed with a hundred-year lifespan in mind, so the class will likely remain in service for many decades. In a possible future created by Q the USS Enterprise was refitted with an additional warp nacelle and additional phaser arrays. The USS Venture was later modified to hold two additional phaser arrays on the warp nacelles. (TNG episode: "All Good Things..." and novel Vendetta, DS9 episode "The Way of the Warrior", and Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)


The Galaxy class did not present any particular technological revolutions but was the culmination of Starfleet technologies to date. It was one of Starfleet’s largest classes accommodating not just the crew but their families and other civilians in spacious comfortable quarters and providing extensive recreational facilities including the latest in holodeck technologies. The class was intended to be used as a ship of exploration, its size and facilities allowing missions of up to a decade. In addition it could effectively become a mobile Starbase in the Federation's outlying territories maintaining the peace and Federation law and order.

The main technological breakthrough that the class did represent was the facility for routine saucer separation. Whilst separation had been available in a number of previous classes it had always been necessary to utilize Starbase facilities to reconnect the severed parts of the ship. The Galaxy-class was entirely capable of separating and connecting at will, allowing a large proportion of the crew to escape hostile situations. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

The Galaxy-class starships also feature a large lounge and bar area where the crew can relax and get something to eat or drink in the most forward area of the ship on deck 10. On the USS Enterprise-D, this area was named Ten-Forward, and on the USS Challenger, this area was known as Shuttlebay Four. (NF novel: Stone and Anvil and TOS novel: The Return)

Known Ships




Galaxy-class class XVI explorer/exploration cruiser starships
Federation Starfleet
(primary universe)
AgrippaAlleghenyAndromedaArgoAsgardBerryBolivarBonhomme RichardBreedloveC. LewisChallengerCheyenneCitadelConstellationConstitutionDauntlessDefianceDominanceEagleEl DoradoEndeavorEnterprise-DEssexExcalibur-AExeterFarragutFormidableFrontierGalaxyGeronimoGoodmanHedderjinHoodHornetIdahoJefferiesJubeiKongoKriegerLafayetteLexingtonMadisonMagellanMalevolentMerrimacMonitorMukaikuboOdysseyOraidheOregonPequodPerseusPersiaRenownRepublicReverentRonald B. MooreRylanderSan FranciscoSaratogaScimitarSequoiaSorakTaylorToriTridentTrinculoUlyssesValhallaValiantVentureVictoryVindictiveWaspYamato (I)Yamato (II)YorktownZhukovunnamed Galaxy-class starships Seal of the Federation Starfleet
Terran Empire Starfleet
(mirror universe)
Enterprise-D Seal of the Terran Empire.
Starship classes of the United Federation of Planets
By name AakennAchernarAchillesAdvanceAegianAeolusAerieAkiraAkula (destroyer)Akula (frigate)AlaskaAmbassadorAndesAndromedaAndorAntaresAntonApacheApolloArcherArielAscendantAshantiAvengerBabcockBaderBakerBaton RougeBodeBolarusBonaventureBonhomme RichardBradburyBrentonCanadaCanopusCapellaCentaurCentaurusChallengerChandleyChargerChariotChesapeakeCheyenneChimeraChristopherCle DanCochiseCochraneConstellationConstitutionContinentCopernicusCygnusDaedalusDanubeDecaturDeckerDefenderDefiantDenevaDerfDollondDopplerDreadnoughtDrexlerDurrettEagleEdwardEl DoradoEnterprise (23rd century)Enterprise (alternate future)EpochEpsilonErewonExcaliburExcelsiorFederationFenlonFermiFijiFreedomFrontierGagarinGalaxyGenevaGenserGracefulGraysonGriffonHaleHardinHermes (scout)Hermes (fast cruiser)HestonHoganHokule'aHorizonHuronIcarusIncursionIndomitableIntrepidIowaIstanbulIwo JimaKarekhKeithKepplerKethkinKievKitty HawkK'KmarakKolm-AnKorolevLarsonLauroLaweyaLegacyLenthalLexingtonLibertyLokiLoknarLondon (troop transport)LunaMackenzieMakinMannMarklinMarshallM'BengaMediterraneanMercedMidwayMirandaMissionMissouriMockingbirdMoKalMonocerosMoscowNebulaNelsonNew OrleansNewportNiagaraNobleNomadNorthamptonNorwayNovaOberonOberthOdinOdysseusOkinawaOlympicOppenheimerOrionOsakaOverfieldPaladin (destroyer)Paladin (24th century)PhiladelphiaPinnaclePiperPolarityPolluxPortsmithPremonitionPrometheusProximaPtolemyPyreneesRakotaRanger (cruiser)Ranger (scout)ReliantRemoraRenaissanceRickenbackerRigelRoyal SovereignSaberSaganSaladinSamsonSanta FeSawyerScorpioScyllaSequoiaShermanShi'KahrSierraSivaSolarSovereignSoyuzSpringfieldSteamrunnerSurakSydneyVentureTangentThomas PaineThucydidesThufirTiconderogaTikopaiTritiumTyphonUkoraUlyssesUralUtahVestaVigilant (scout)Vigilant (tactical escort)VoyagerWambunduWilkersonWei-FaWellingtonWellsYeagerYorkshireZodiacunnamed Emblem of the United Federation of Planets

Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
By type Federation cargo shipFederation colony shipFederation construction shipFederation galaxy shipFederation mining freighterFederation repair ship



The various RPG supplements published by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek license listed many other Galaxy class starships: USS Vel'dna (NCC-72406), USS Kludy (NCC-71095), USS Courageous (NCC-72579), USS Indomitable (NCC-73462), USS Hentar (NCC-71093), USS Frontiersman, USS Nevsky (NCC-71038), USS Benton (NCC-69130), USS Ishtar (NCC-70856), USS Pel-Gaash (NCC-71246) and the USS Vanuatu (NCC-68208).

References and notes

  1. DS9 reference: Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 DS9 video game: Dominion Wars
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 TNG video game: Armada II
  4. TNG novel: A Time To Be Born
  5. TNG novel: Rogue Saucer
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 6.28 TNG video game: Starfleet Command III
  7. 7.0 7.1 DS9 novel: Time's Enemy
  8. VOY episode: "Endgame"
  9. ST video game: Borg
  10. TNG novel: Posession
  11. 11.0 11.1 TNG video game: Bridge Commander
  12. TNG movie & novelization: Generations
  13. TNG novel: Before Dishonor
  14. TNG movie: Nemesis
  15. TNG novel: Death In Winter
  16. TNG novel: The Soldiers of Fear
  17. TNG novel: A Time To Hate
  18. DS9 novel: The Long Night
  19. 19.0 19.1 DS9 episode: "Sacrifice of Angels"
  20. TNG video game: Away Team
  21. DS9 episode: "The Jem'Hadar"
  22. TNG novel: Intellivore
  23. 23.0 23.1 TNG video game: Armada
  24. TNG novel: The Genesis Wave Book Three
  25. NF novel: Stone and Anvil
  26. DS9 episode: "Tears of the Prophets"
  27. TNG episode: "Contagion"

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ST Expanded

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The USS Benton (NCC-69130) was a Galaxy-class Federation starship in service during the 24th century.

The Benton was a heavy participant in the Dominion War as part of the 219th Tactical Wing of Starfleet's Eighth Fleet, spending the first two-thirds of the war defending Andoria and later often fought along the front lines. During the early part of 2374, the Benton was commanded by Captain Isaac Ross. (Last Unicorn RPG: The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon).

Galaxy class explorers
Canon: Challenger - Enterprise-D - Galaxy - Odyssey - Trinculo - Venture - Yamato
Other notable ships: Angeles - Asgard - Beliskner- Benton - Bolivar - Breedlove - Bright Star - Brittany - Celestial - Charleston - Christopher Pike (I) - Christopher Pike (II) - Constitution - Cortez - Courageous - Daedalus - Dauntless - Discovery - Endeavour - Excalibur-A - Excelsior - Frontiersman - Hentar - Independence - Indomitable - Ishtar - James Cook - Jefferson - Klaus Baudelaire - Kludy - Kransnowsky - Magellan - Marques - Milburn - Myers - Nevsky - Odyssey (II) - Odyssey-A - Onizuka - Oraidhe - Pel Gaash - Pinafore - Pioneer - Prospect-A - Roddenberry - San Francisco - Sarek - Sartre - Shoemaker - Sojourner - Trident - Truman - Valley Forge - Vanuatu - Vel'dna - Victory - Wellington - Yamato (II)
Starfleet International: Alpha Centauri - Arizona - Babylon - Best Destiny - Bexar - Bright Star - Britannic - Challenger-D - Comanche - Constar - Continuum - Empress-A - Heimdal - Hornet-D - IDIC - Oberon - Onizuka - Polaris (II) - Providence - Robins - Rubicon - Starquest - Stonewall Jackson - Thunderbird - Tristar - Werner von Braun
Trekmania: Baltimore - Excelsior - Providence - Satie - Wellington
Modified: Angeles - Excelsior - Jenova - Lincoln - Olympus - Sarek - Shadowcat - Ticonderoga -Valley Forge - Xena
Distant Horizons: Andelth - Antares - Cosmos - Galaxy - Magellan - Marru - Odyssey - Okuda - Sumatra - Trinculo - Venture - Yorktown
Alternate realities: Corregidor - ISS Constellation-D - ISS Daedalus - Enterprise-D
See also: Courageous - Entente - Galaxy - Nebula - Olympus

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