Stopgap Ship Retrofits / Upgrades
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Join Date: Dec 2007
08-04-2010, 08:02 PM
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I'm not comfortable with the idea that a Constitution-Refit should be on par with a Sovereign-class starship.
Granted, I've my share of favorite ships. I really love the Vesper-class - haven't love another ship design more than that one, to be honest - and while I regret not being able to fly in it anymore and being competitive... somehow, that seems fitting to me.
The ship retrofit added three fan-favorites to the endgame Fed ship configuration lineup - and we have 2 more coming with the Excelsior and maybe also the Nebula. But I'm growing concerned that the retrofit fever might be going, ah, too far.
In the case of science ships and escorts, retrofitting them up to Fleet escort / DSSV levels would not be out of the question, as they are already lightly armoured and armed. In the case of extremely low tier cruisers like Mirandas or Vespers, they could be upgraded as cruisers up to a point but from that point on, the only viable upgrade would be manoeuvrability and armament; effectively turning it into an escort. (Advanced RCS thrusters, better engines, etc. Obviously this would not be an efficient use of resources, but it would be the star Admiral's prerogative to do what she liked with it. (Since we are playing what amounts to a single player game with thousands of other people also playing the same single player game.)
So it would be unfortunate that the early cruisers could not be upgraded to battleship standards, but there is no reason they could not be turned into an equivalent escort. Manoeuvrable, lightly armoured and heavily armed.
In regards to the Nebula not being battleship material, I disagree. In size and functionality it is very similar to the Galaxy; not only that, it has additional weapons located in the sensor pod (Seen in at least one episode firing torpedoes from both the
pod above the saucer
.) I see no reason its hull and shields could not be beefed up to Tier 5 Galaxy standards.