Type-XII Phaser Arrays
Rapid Fire Launchers
Multi Layered Shielding System
In the year 2343 design began on a new multi-mission starship. The Galaxy Class starship, after a few set backs, would become one of the Federation's premier explore, diplomatic, and research vessels. She also packs punch in combat.
The Galaxy Class was developed to replace the aging Ambassador and Oberth Class starships as Starfleet's primary exploration vessel. In fact, many came to regard the requirement as too challenging; the project suffered from numerous delays due to a wide range of design, manufacturing, and construction problems. The first of the class, the USS Galaxy, was launched in 2357 and commissioned in 2362, nearly two decades after initial approval. The increased internal volume allowed for 800,000 square meters of mission adaptable facilities. This allows the Galaxy Class to support a wide range of ongoing research projects independently of the vessels primary mission. Although not a new idea in Starfleet vessels, the Galaxy Class is unique in the extent to which this is possible. These ships are capable of supporting up to 5,000 mission specialists, while the decentralized nature of the secondary power grids allows laboratories to function effectively even during combat operations.
The three burst fire torpedo tubes are each capable of launching ten photon torpedoes every six seconds, while there are twelve type- X phaser arrays. As with many recent Federation designs, the use of long phaser arrays rather than banks gives the main Phasers of the Galaxy Class a great capability for sustained firing and rapid recharge/cool down time. The Galaxy Class is the first on which all segments of every phaser array are supplied by a separate power system; although this increases the complexity of the system tremendously, it gives the phaser arrays a tremendous survivability in the face of combat damage.
In service the Galaxy Class at first proved exemplary, but by 2371 no less than three of the initial six ships had been lost, one with her entire complement of crew and families. This alarming record led to many changes being introduced during refits of the remaining three vessels, and also to the construction of six new Galaxy Class ships from space frames held in reserve against future need. The unfortunate history of the Galaxy Class vessels combined with the recent escalation's in tensions within the alpha quadrant has led to all six vessels being subsequently completed, and all are now on active service against the Dominion.
Major changes to the Galaxy Class have included a new more powerful warp core, a redesigned shield system intended to perform far better against phased polaron beam weapons, various changes to the ships computer systems, plus many minor changes to the ships systems. There are currently nine Galaxy Class vessels in service. Production of these vessels continues today. Five Galaxy Class ships took part in the recent operation to retake Deep Space Nine from the Dominion and the class gained a fearsome reputation during the war, operating without loss. At this point further production is expected to be terminated in the next few years in favor of the new Sovereign Class.
As part of a recent refit to keep the ship up to date with modern advances, most Galaxy class vessels have since had their phasers upgraded to the Type-XII model and their burst fire launchers uprated to the rapid fire variant, significantly improving their combat capability even further. The next batch of refits is scheduled for 2304.
- Duration: 100 Years
- Time Between Refits: 20 Years
- Time Between Resupply: 5 Years
- Length: 641 metres
- Width: 465 metres
- Height: 145 metres
- Decks: 42
- Officers: 275
- Enlisted Crew: 680
- Civilians: 500
- Marines: 101
- Emergency Capacity: 4000
- Cruise Speed: Warp 6
- Maximum Speed: Warp 9.2
- Emergency Speed: Warp 9.6 (For 12 Hours)
Weapons & Defensive Systems
- Ablative Armour
- Multi-Layered Shielding System
- Duranium/Tritanium Double Hull
- Saucer Separation
- 11x Type-XII Phaser Arrays (Standard Operations)
- 12x Type-XII Phaser Arrays (Saucer Separation)
- 1 Fwd Rapid-Fire Torpedo Launcher
- 2 Aft Rapid-Fire Torpedo Launchers
- 250 Photon Torpedoes
- 200 Quantum Torpedoes
- 10 Tri-Cobalt Devices
- Shuttlebays: 3
- 4 x Type-9 Personnel Shuttles
- 4 x Type-10 Cargo Shuttles
- 4 x Type-11 Personnel Shuttles
- 2 x Type-13 Personnel Shuttles
- 2 x Argo Class Runabouts
- 2 x Mustang Class Runabouts
- 6 x Workbees
- 2 x Argo Multi-Adaptive Vehicle
- 1 x ATMAV (All Terrain Multi-Adaptive Vehicle Prototype)