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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 3
05-29-2011, 10:34 PM
Depending on which source you use, the Prometheus is a little over 400m long, a similar size to the Akira. Admittedly, the Nebula is also listed as about 450m long, but in-game its similar in size to a Galaxy, which is listed as around 600m long. So they probably oversized the Nebula in-game.

The other thing to consider is that the Prometheus was designed as a warship, similar to how the Defiant was designed as a warship. But Starfleet doesn't actually use warships (they're primarially exploration and peacekeeping), so Fed warships are designated escorts.

I personally prefer to see the Akira and Prometheus as destroyers rather than cruisers. Fast, maneuverable, lots of weapons, more suited for combat. It also explains why they're larger than Cruisers (Miranda and Constitution) - the line between modern cruisers and destroyers is very blurred. So ships for combat are escorts, ships for exploration are cruisers.