Class I Lineup

Hey all, as I’m getting close to finishing up the ‘State of the Fleet’ and about ready to dive into overviews by type (Cruiser, Frigate etc, if you’re familiar with the general format of SoTSF), I thought I’d shoot out the list of classes I’m planning to include (my ‘to do list’ going forward).  This is pretty well fixed and I won’t be making any additions.  If anything, I might remove or reclassify certain classes, but that’s unlikely right now.

Also, you’ll notice that I’ve included a number of stations at the end as well…….their inclusion is a tentative idea right now that I’m not sure I’ll stick with (have every one of them except Keppler/K-Type written up)

Aside from that, the only thing to note are some of the oddball classification abbreviations.  The London class has three, denoting its uses as a Troop Transport (TTR), Freighter (FG) and Hospital Ship (AH).  I also put down the Sherman class as an ‘FGD’ for Freighter-Drone befitting its general acceptance as a ‘cargo drone’.  For the Cahuya and Antares (this one) class Surveyors, I turned to wikipedia (link) and put both down as ‘AGS’ denoting them as ‘surveying ships’.

Class  Type/Classification  Introduction
D-17 Attack Fighter 2234
Class F Shuttlecraft 2242
Class G/’Voyager’ Heavy/Long Range Shuttlecraft 2245
Cutter
Archer CU 2254
Corvette
Mercury CO 2160
Destroyers
Saladin DD 2224
Larson DD 2240
Burke DD 2245
Kiaga DD 2247
Seawolf GB (DD) 2249
Akula DH 2252
Detroyat DH 2208
Marklin DH 2228
Frigates
Surya FF 2242
Loknar FF 2242
Coventry FH 2245
Cruisers
Baton Rouge CA 2205
Kearsarge CL 2230
Constitution CH 2220
Pyotr Velikiy CA 2239
Carriers
Santee CVS 2245
Independence CVL 2236
Victory CV 2218
Yorktown CV 2251
Transports
Ptolemy TT 2224
Montojo TTL 2240
Cochrane TC 2242
Dolland TTH 2247
Wasp TA 2246
Aaken TC 2248
Edward TC 2261
London TTR/FG/AH 2261
Freighters
Independence FG 2229
Sherman FGD 2235
Surveyors
Cahuya AGS 2231
Antares AGS 2245
Scouts
Hermes ST 2224
Stations *(tentative)
Ticonderoga 2192
Kepler/K-Type 2245
Watchtower/J-Type 2261
Foxtrot/F-Type 2267

Also, it seems fortuitous that I went ahead and removed pretty much all of my material from TNG forward.  I’ve been trying to access longtime resource/file repository BCFiles and finally found my fears confirmed.  From what I’ve been able to gather, FileFront’s sites for games like Bridge Commander, Command & Conquer et al. were designed/built in a rather byzantine fashion and could not be easily upgraded/changed in any way – trying to fix/modify one thing, would break 3 or 4 others.  Finally after so long, they passed the point of no return and their masters took everything off line.  This forum thread spells everything out.  As I’ve mentioned though, with my new ‘enlightened’ philosophy on Starfleet’s evolution combined with the many excellent orthos and schematics already out there from artists and designers such as ‘admiral-horton’, Neale Davidson (Jaynz) and others, there’s really no need for me to go browsing through in-game screenshots for inspiration.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Jolan Tru

 

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Of Scouts and Surveyors……..

Happy Friday all – not sure what my plans for tomorrow will entail, so I’m not too sure how much writing I’ll get done.  That said, I thought it good to get this out.

While writing my ‘State of the Fleet’ opener, I’ve obviously positioned the original ‘Class I Trinity’ if you will (Constitution, Saladin/Hermes and Ptolemny) as the backbone of fleet development and operations going forward.  Constitution covers the exploration/scientific study sphere, Saladin/Hermes covers defense/offense and Ptolemny covers support/logistics.  Every other class that comes afterwards will either expand upon or fill in the gaps between these three major spheres.

What I was initially wrestling with though was how to describe Hermes.  It’s classified as a ‘scout’ obviously, but in thinking back, I don’t recall anyone or any work ever really spelling out a definition for that.  So, I went back to both the Federation Spaceflight Chronology and the Hobbyist’s Guide……. for a more detailed look.  The FSC’s description is pretty general in comparison to the Hobbyist’s Guide that positions Hermes as a sophisticated sensor and communications platform, a key to maintaining coordination between fleet elements during extended patrols, combat missions and the like – being to Starfleet what the E-3 Sentry is to the USAF.

That being said, moving forward, vessels of smaller size geared more specifically toward missions of scientific study–like Cahuya (link), Antares (link) and Oberth–are going to classed as ‘surveyors’ in my system here.  As I’m seeking to slim down and unify the fleet moving from the 23rd into the 24th century, Oberth will be the obvious candidate to carry the surveyor banner, but what of the scouts?

Well, Hermes is the class that starts it all off.  Then you have the Akula class Heavy Destroyer which builds on Saladin, with a more powerful defensive/offensive loadout, but also builds on Hermes as well, introducing ELINT and ECM/ECCM capabilities to the fleet (becoming more like the USN’s P-8 Poseidon).  Moving on into the Linear Warp/TMP era, there is the ‘SWACS’ variant of the Abbe class (also known as the Kelso class – link here) that trades Abbe’s torpedo pod for an ‘AWACS’ style sensor/communications dome, but with the way I’ve described the original Akula, I’m going to keep that Abbe variant 23rd Century only (for the most part) and pin the scout banner on Akula II (links here and here).

Moving into the Lost Era and the 24th Century, it seems more likely than not that at some point, technological evolution and Starfleet’s push to fully adopt the ‘multimission’ ethos will make the classification totally irrelevant.  That said, the Saber class (which most sources, official or not, call a ‘scout’) will most likely get reclassified and that will be that.

Also, I found another great designer to check out on DeviantART……..’kelso123′ (link) has a nice handful of designs up, the majority being from the TMP era, including some pretty crazy looking dreadnoughts & battleships.  The two that intrigue me the most include the ‘Inchon’ class Assault Transport (a radical take on the old Chandley class Frigate from FASA) and the ‘Akagi’ class Shuttlecarrier (due to its size and the fact it has the same number of shuttlebays as Yorktown/Yorktown II, I’d be more inclined to call this a full-on CV, looks to be based on the one ‘Guidomc’ did here).

 

Q’apla!

 

A Firm Foundation

Happy Saturday all!  Has certainly been a long week for myself with multiple different things going on.  By the time Friday hit, I was pretty fried and could barely summon the motivation to press forward on this month’s freelance work.  Today though, I’m taking a much needed break and diving into the ‘State of the Fleet’ – the high level overview/evolution of Starfleet shipbuilding during the ‘Class I era’ (for my purposes, 2220 to 2271).  Now before I get too far, I’ll have to cement my list of classes I’m going to get into for this compilation, but one thing I already have set in stone is the list of major ship classes that served the Coalition of Planets and the Earth Starfleet during the 22nd Century.

One of the realities that seems to be accepted across many segments of fandom is that there is a clearly defined fleet serving during the ENT era and then one serving during the TOS era, but that the period in between the two was one of malaise and complacency–various sources putting forth various theories to explain the smattering of different ship designs that popped up.  Timo Saloniemi’s Hobbyist’s Guide……is the only source I’ve found that connects/includes nearly every one of these designs in a logical/linear manner, but as I have only a fraction of his ambition, I’ll leave that well enough alone.

I did however pattern my idea of an ENT era fleet after his, including the following classes…….(links to images only unless otherwise stated)

 

DY-1100 class Transport (TT) *(I previously called this ‘DY-X’)
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J class Freighter (FG)
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Y class Freighter (FG)
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Durance class Freighter (FG)
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Discovery class Scout/Assault Transport (ST/TA) *(based on the Conestoga class)
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Mercury class Corvette (CO) *(that I’ve previously covered)
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Daedalus class Corvette (CO) *(have previously covered this as well – reclassifying it from Cruiser/CA down to Corvette/CO based on generally accepted dimensions and description contained in the Hobbyist’s Guide…..)
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Minuteman class Destroyer (DD)
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Emmette class Destroyer (DD)
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Iceland class Heavy Destroyer (DH)
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Triton class class Light Cruiser (CL)
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Poseidon class Cruiser (CA)
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NX class Heavy Cruiser (CH)
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Columbia class Heavy Cruiser (CH)
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Victory class Dreadnought/Carrier (DN/CV) *(that I’ve previously covered)
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Yorktown class Battleship (BB) *(that I’ve previously covered)
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Now as I have it, Mercury, Daedalus, Columbia and Yorktown are the only front-line classes from this period that survive past 2170.  Victory had by this time transitioned almost entirely to Carrier specs, Minuteman through Poseidon were retired to to their over-engineering (that claimed a number of NX’s in the opening days of the Earth-Romulan war).  The transports and freighters I mentioned also survive as well, only because Starfleet has no other classes available at the time to assume the same responsibilities.

Rewriting the Future……

Hey all – just wanted to check in again.  After finishing up such a big project, I’ve been in a bit of a drought the past few days, trying to figure out just what I want to tackle next.

One thing I did do though was go back and  delete some of the TNG/DS9/VOY and nearly all of the Future era stuff I did.  Back when I was writing up those designs, I was reading the Destiny series (the novels that got me back into the world of Trek fiction) which perhaps wasn’t the best idea.  The clear and present danger of the Borg and then the existential threat of the Typhon Pact lent themselves to the kind of fanboyish tripe that I wanted to get away from.

Not all of it is bad, some of the ideas still hold a lot of relevance and are still workable–Quantum Slipstream, the Delta and Gamma Quadrant exploration initiatives etc.  It’s the way I implemented them that’s problematic.  Picking up the Hobbyist’s Guide to the UFP Starfleet again and skimming Part IB that gets up into the Lost Era and then the 24th Century as a whole has given me a fresh perspective–especially on stalwart classes such as Galaxy, Nebula and Sovereign.  Re-reading that is on my to-do list.  In the meantime though, I’ve dispensed with the idea of superweapons like ‘Type XV Phasers’, the prominence of organizations like ‘Starfighter Command’ (though I’ll probably still keep that around) and fan-derived, futuristic classes.

That leads into a larger issue then of my site/blog itself.  When I first got this setup and tacked ‘2414’ onto the end of the title, I figured doing so would place me far enough ahead of the Destiny, Typhon Pact and other such novels, giving me room to introduce new classes that could handle the Borg, Typhon Pact and other threats.  While my writing on some isn’t that bad, the premise on and justification for their whole existence is pretty weak at best.

Going back to basics as it were and focusing on rethinking and rewriting the canon classes of the late 24th Century would indeed remove a unifying piece/plot point of my blog, however I would imagine by 2414, both Project Full Circle and Mission Gamma would begin to bear fruit, at least beyond that which the current TrekLit writers have given us *(to be clear, I haven’t read novels from either series – another thing to put on my to-do list I guess).

One thing I’ve done with my tome on Constitution is really touch on designed/intended lifespans.  Going back to the Daystrom Institute Technical Library (a heavily-utilized resource for size and armament figures), speculative lifespans for Excelsior, Galaxy and Sovereign sit at 100, 100 and 120 years respectively.  Throw in classes like Ambassador (120 yrs), Akira (80 yrs) and Nebula (100 yrs) and the issue of fleet-wide recapitalization becomes a moot point.

That’s a long way off though.  Am starting back where I said I would, touching on/revising classes in my ‘compilation’ type format (breaking each class out into its own document/pdf being easier than trying to add it in).   That said, it might be difficult/impossible to edit on my work PC (that uses a different version of MS Office/Word), but hopefully that won’t prove too much of an obstacle.

 

Q’apla!