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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 6
12-29-2010, 05:50 AM
Originally Posted by Yreodred
The only circumstance where a carrier ship could have been involved was the battle at "sacrifice of angels" if i recall correctly, where sisko orders some fighter wings to distract some cardassian cruisers. These fighter wings however could have been easily startet from several Galaxy classes.
Actually, the Peregrine couriers never docked at anything - we get to see the fleet departing the starbase as well as arriving at its destination, with the fighters being in formation the whole time. After all, being (refitted) courier ships, they are capable of independent warp travel, and have been described as "lightly armed shuttlecraft" before.

Originally Posted by PrincessKatrina View Post
Also, technically, the Federation already has a type of Carrier. According to the people who designed the Akira class it was meant to be an assault vessel/carrier.
No, the only one who ever wanted that ship to be a carrier was its original designer, but the idea got rejected by the studio. He also wanted the Akira to be a 400 meter jack-of-all-trades gunship with 15 torpedo launchers - make of that what you will. In the end, the Akira ended up being in the shows as a 160 meter frigate. Which, imo, is much too small for a carrier - and consequently we haven't seen any fighters in First Contact (where the ship appeared first) either. The Federation did not even have real fighters back then, the Peregrines were civilian vessels used by Starfleet Academy to train new cadets in shuttle flight ... and used solely in Operation Return because it was an "all or nothing" style of battle. Would the Dominion have managed to bring its reinforcements through the wormhole, the Federation would have effectively lost the war.

Originally Posted by PrincessKatrina View Post
Another note is that fighter craft tend to be destroyed....really...easily. And the Federation is not in the habit of throwing lives away like that. The KDF however has many people from their culture who value close combat, direct fighting. And when they can't find eager warriors, I've no doubt they will start pressing 'volunteers' into server from worlds they hold claim over to further their war efforts. The Federation wouldn't go to the same lengths.
Very, very true. Another player also had the idea that warriors of dubious Houses (Houses that got beaten and absorbed by another House, or those that suffered discommendation) might be able to cleanse their dishonor by enrolling as fighter pilots, which does sound somewhat suitable. I suppose a comparison to the Japanese Kamikaze corps isn't too far off, given the short lifespan of fighters in the Trek universe.