Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Warmest of wishes to you my readers!  Hopefully everyone’s had a good holiday season and are poised to start off 2013 on a great foot here.

 

You can consider this update a Christmas present of sorts, as there is a bit of ground to cover.  Not only do I have a new ship to present, but also some relevant news tidbits and some more reference material.  First off, the news tidbits (the oldest issue here…….)

At the beginning of December, the U.S. Navy officially inactivated the Aircraft Carrier Enterprise (CVN-65).  The only example of the Enterprise class, she was launched in 1960 as the world’s first Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier and holds the distinction for being the longest naval vessel in the world (1,123ft/342m – longer than the TMP era Enterprise class!).

USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

At her inactivation ceremony, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the next Gerald R. Ford class Aircraft Carrier–CVN-80–would carry the name Enterprise which is scheduled to be launched sometime between 2025-2027.

USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier Inactivated + Navy Announces New Enterprise to Launch Next Decade (TrekMovie.com)

USS Enterprise (CVN-80)

Gerald R. Ford class Aircraft Carrier

 

Also, Richard Mandel was kind enough to drop in for a return visit (commenting on my previous post) – providing myself along with anyone else who was interested with two more pieces of work.  Like those he graciously provided before, these are in a rough, unfinished state, but are great springboards for the creatively-minded to build/expand upon.  Definitely good additions to your reference libraries!

Starfleet Battleship Classes of the 23rd Century

Starfleet Shuttlecarrier Classes of the 23rd Century

Here again, for those that missed them, are two of the earlier works he provided (all are still available on my blog here, just have to go back and search for them).

Federation Spaceflight Chronology, Vol. 1 (the ‘Okuda’ edition)

Guide to the Klingon Fleet

Thanks again Richard!!

 

Finally now, the ‘meat and potatoes’ of it all.  As I mentioned in my annotations, I’m not quite sure what led me to do this particular ship, but sometimes the best creations are those that spring forth from the most random of ideas.  It’s another great work gleamed off of DeviantART (see the Bibliography) that I think you all will enjoy.

Mercury class Corvette

Enjoy!