Good morning all! As promised, here is my finished writeup on the Larson class.
Expanding a little bit on what I said previously and in the Editor’s Annotations there at the end, you can divide this into roughly three sections: the Four Years War, a change in Starfleet shipbuilding strategy and the Demand of Honor/conclusion (DoH being the name of the FASA supplement I alluded to in a previous post.
While I can’t make any definitive statements regarding the class, as after all, it does get a Linear Warp-era upgrade, I think one of the important take-aways is the fact that this is where/when the whole concept of the Destroyer and its place in the overall fleet changes.
At the outset of the Class I era, Starfleet builds Saladin and intends that to be a catch-all platform to handle all manner of defensive/offensive related tasks. Of course, Saladin doesn’t quite work and so then we get Larson. By the end of the war though, Kiaga establishes itself as the go-to platform to handle those tasks, while more routine ones are increasingly given to the larger Surya and Coventry class Frigates. This starts a pattern that accelerates into the Linear Warp era with the proliferation of Frigates, Cruisers and assorted Patrol Combatants and by the time we get to the DS9/VOY/Future period, things have come full circle. Defiant is the only Destroyer in the fleet, with a Corvette class or two and perhaps some examples of the Sabre class Scout joining it on the low end of the size bracket while Cruisers remain secure as the centerpieces of fleet strategy.
At some point once I finish the Antares, I’ll have to go back and rewrite Kiaga just to make all this clear. As far as Larson is concerned though, in the Linear Warp/TMP era, she’ll just be there to boost the fleet’s numbers vis-a-vis the Klingons–am not expecting there to be much for me to write about once we get to that point.
I’ve got a few other things to take care of today, so I’ll leave you with this. Hope you all have a good weekend and happy reading.
Live Long and Prosper.