|Service period:||2380 onwards|
|Maximum speed:||quantum slipstream velocities|
|Armaments:||Mark XII phaser cannons;
|Auxiliary craft:||Federation shuttlecraft|
The Vesta-class was type of Federation Starfleet starship in service from 2380. The class was designated a multi-mission explorer and was test-bed for a number of experimental technologies, including quantum slipstream drive. As of February 2381 there were seven vessels of the class in service. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)
The Vesta-class held a crew of seven-hundred-and-fifty. The ships' main shuttlebay was located on deck ten. The Vesta-class starship USS Aventine served as a test-bed for a number of new Starfleet technologies, including quantum slipstream drive. Other experimental systems aboard the Aventine included mark XII phaser cannons, a multidimensional wave-function analysis module, a sympathetic fermion transceiver, and a chroniton integrator, the latter of which could be used to take sensor readings several seconds into the future when the ship was using its slipstream drive. Some of the systems being tested were deemed top secret. (ST novels: Gods of Night, Mere Mortals)
With the launch of a Borg invasion in January 2381 the Vesta-class, with its state of the art weaponry, was found to be one of the few Starfleet classes able to mount an effective defence against the massive Borg assault. Ships of the class were assigned to defend the Federation's core systems, including Sol, Vulcan, Andor and Tellar. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)
Despite the class' resilience, it still took a beating against the Borg. During an attack by the Borg on Acamar, more than two-hundred-and-fifty of the USS Aventine's crew were killed. The Aventine, under it's new commander, Captain Dax, went on to play a major role in stopping the Borg invasion after the ship's crew discovered a subspace tunnel leading across the galaxy. This eventually resulted in the discovery of a network of such tunnels, which the Borg had been using to infiltrate Federation space. Unfortunately exploration of the tunnels was not completed in time to prevent the full force of the Borg Collective, when an armada of more than seven-thousand Borg ships entered the Beta Quadrant. (ST - Destiny novels: Gods of Night, Mere Mortals)
Against immeasurable odds Captain Dax of the Aventine initially planed to bring the ship's experimental slipstream drive online ahead of the test schedule to allow the ship to get to Earth ahead of the Borg and mount a desperate last defense. Dax was eventually dissuaded from this plan by Captain Picard of the USS Enterprise. (ST - Destiny novels: Mere Mortals, Lost Souls)
Dax later did use the Aventine's slipstream drive in an ambitious plan to ambush a Borg vessel and plant a fake Borg Queen to take control of the Borg armada. The slipstream drive allowed the ambush to go ahead successfully, and the plan prevented the annihilation of several Federation worlds.
The Aventine, along with the Enterprise and Titan were later present in the Azure Nebula to witness the end of the Borg invasion, and the entire Borg Collective at the hands of the Caeliar. (ST - Destiny novel: Lost Souls)
Following the invasion the Aventine made occasional use of their slipstream drive to expediate journey times between destinations in their efforts to assist in the rebuilding of the Federation and its infrastructure. Meanwhile the USS Esquiline had her drive fitted, and during a test run of drive Admiral Akaar took the opportunity to visit Jean-Luc Picard on the USS Enterprise, which was at the time in orbit of Ingraham B. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny; TNG novel: Losing the Peace)
In May of that year the Esquiline and USS Quirinal were assigned to a fleet of nine starship led by the USS Voyager to return to Delta Quadrant to investigate the state of the affairs in the region in the fallout of the dissolution of the Borg Collective. The Esquiline was amongst the first three ships in that fleet to be fitted with the slipstream drive required to make the journey. (VOY novel: Full Circle; ST novel: A Singular Destiny)
|Starship classes of the United Federation of Planets|
|By name||Aakenn • Achernar • Achilles • Advance • Aegian • Aeolus • Aerie • Akira • Akula (destroyer) • Akula (frigate) • Alaska • Ambassador • Andes • Andromeda • Andor • Antares • Anton • Apache • Apollo • Archer • Ariel • Ascendant • Ashanti • Avenger • Babcock • Bader • Baker • Baton Rouge • Bode • Bolarus • Bonaventure • Bonhomme Richard • Bradbury • Brenton • Canada • Canopus • Capella • Centaur • Centaurus • Challenger • Chandley • Charger • Chariot • Chesapeake • Cheyenne • Chimera • Christopher • Cle Dan • Cochise • Cochrane • Constellation • Constitution • Continent • Copernicus • Cygnus • Daedalus • Danube • Decatur • Decker • Defender • Defiant • Deneva • Derf • Dollond • Doppler • Dreadnought • Drexler • Durrett • Eagle • Edward • El Dorado • Enterprise (23rd century) • Enterprise (alternate future) • Epoch • Epsilon • Erewon • Excalibur • Excelsior • Federation • Fenlon • Fermi • Fiji • Freedom • Frontier • Gagarin • Galaxy • Geneva • Genser • Graceful • Grayson • Griffon • Hale • Hardin • Hermes (scout) • Hermes (fast cruiser) • Heston • Hogan • Hokule'a • Horizon • Huron • Icarus • Incursion • Indomitable • Intrepid • Iowa • Istanbul • Iwo Jima • Karekh • Keith • Keppler • Kethkin • Kiev • Kitty Hawk • K'Kmarak • Kolm-An • Korolev • Larson • Lauro • Laweya • Legacy • Lenthal • Lexington • Liberty • Loki • Loknar • London (troop transport) • Luna • Mackenzie • Makin • Mann • Marklin • Marshall • M'Benga • Mediterranean • Merced • Midway • Miranda • Mission • Missouri • Mockingbird • MoKal • Monoceros • Moscow • Nebula • Nelson • New Orleans • Newport • Niagara • Noble • Nomad • Northampton • Norway • Nova • Oberon • Oberth • Odin • Odysseus • Okinawa • Olympic • Oppenheimer • Orion • Osaka • Overfield • Paladin (destroyer) • Paladin (24th century) • Philadelphia • Pinnacle • Piper • Polarity • Pollux • Portsmith • Premonition • Prometheus • Proxima • Ptolemy • Pyrenees • Rakota • Ranger (cruiser) • Ranger (scout) • Reliant • Remora • Renaissance • Rickenbacker • Rigel • Royal Sovereign • Saber • Sagan • Saladin • Samson • Santa Fe • Sawyer • Scorpio • Scylla • Sequoia • Sherman • Shi'Kahr • Sierra • Siva • Solar • Sovereign • Soyuz • Springfield • Steamrunner • Surak • Sydney • Venture • Tangent • Thomas Paine • Thucydides • Thufir • Ticonderoga • Tikopai • Tritium • Typhon • Ukora • Ulysses • Ural • Utah • Vesta • Vigilant (scout) • Vigilant (tactical escort) • Voyager • Wambundu • Wilkerson • Wei-Fa • Wellington • Wells • Yeager • Yorkshire • Zodiac • unnamed|
|By type||Federation cargo ship • Federation colony ship • Federation construction ship • Federation galaxy ship • Federation mining freighter • Federation repair ship|
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According to authors David Mack and Keith R.A. DeCandido the class is named after the Roman goddess of hearth and home, while ships of the class will be named after the seven hills of Rome (Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal and Viminal). Mack only established the Aventine in the Destiny trilogy, while DeCandido referred to the USS Esquiline in A Singular Destiny but did not identify it's class. The Esquiline and Quirinal were both identified as Vesta-class in the VOY novel: Full Circle.
The design of the Vesta-class was by Mark Rademaker, who had previously designed another slipstream enabled starship, the USS Spirit in the Ships of the Line 2009 calendar. Rademaker's design was previewed in a TrekMovie.com article, and the finalised model was first published in the 2010 Ships of the Line calendar. The design will also be appearing on a cover of a novel in The Typhon Pact novel series.
Shortly after the Aventine was first unveiled online Rademaker made a blog post giving details of his model. In the post he also provided the Vesta-class' dimensions: 672 meters long, 182 meters wide, and 87 meters tall.