Niagara Class - What role?
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Join Date: Jun 2012
10-11-2012, 07:36 PM
Cruiser, with a damn good turning radius. I am all for the
, I love that ship.
Type : Fast Cruiser
Unit Run : USS Niagara - Active
NCC 59804 USS Princeton - Destroyed
NCC 284731 USS Wellington - Active
plus 141 others built in total. 52 have been lost in all.
Commissioned : 2336 - 2360, class remains in service
Dimensions : Length : 443 m3
Beam : 260 m
Height : 130 m
Decks : 22
Mass : 2,950,000 metric tons
Crew : 520
Armament : 6 x Type VIII phaser arrays, total output 22,500 TeraWatts
2 x Standard photon torpedo tube with 80 rounds
Defence Systems : Standard shield system, total capacity 1,687,500 TeraJoules
Standard Duranium/Tritanium Double hull plus 0.4 cm High density armour.
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
(TNG scale) : Normal Cruise : 7
Maximum Cruise : 9
Maximum Rated : 9.4 for 12 hours.
Refit Cycle : Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 25 years
Notes : Starfleet has always preferred to design Starships with a two nacelle configuration, it being long recognized that this is the ideal layout for optimal warp field efficiency.However, efficiency is not always the deciding factor and over the last few centuries vessels have been produced with one, three or even four nacelles. The Niagara class belongs to the three nacelle family; this means that the class has a small decrease in efficiency compared to the likes of the Galaxy class, but it does confer certain advantages. Like the Rigel class, the Niagara is able to travel on the upper nacelle pair whilst resting the Lower nacelle, or vice versa. This confers both higher cruise speed or longer component life on the engines, as well as enhancing manoeuvrability.
The Niagara design was fielded shortly after the Ambassador class, and originally showed a high degree of commonality with that class. Then Engineering hull and Nacelles were closely based on those of the Ambassador, and the ship is fitted with phaser arrays and a pair of photon torpedo tubes which, combined with its speed and agility, make it a formidable opponent in battle. The Primary Hull shows elements of the Ambassador design, but is also clearly a forerunner of the later Galaxy/Nebula/New Orleans family. Like all Starfleet ships its role is primarily one of peaceful exploration and diplomacy, and the Niagara has served well in these arenas. And as such is capable of handling multi-planetary conferences involving several high level diplomats and their staffs. In the scientific arena the ships high average speed allows it to cover greater areas than would be normal for a ship of this size, while the sensor fit on commissioning was of a generally more advanced type than that of the Ambassadors.
In the mid 2360's the Niagara's, together with their smaller cousins the Freedom class, where refitted with Galaxy class nacelles in order to enhance their acceleration and turning ability, important to a ship which is more biased toward combat than most Starfleet ships.
Class production began in early 2336 and was completed after a thirteen year run which put one hundred and nine ships into the fleet. The Niagara-class saw combat along with other classes of vessel during a war with the Cardassian Union, starting in 2347 continues to the present day. Several Niagara class ships fought at Wolf 359, including the USS Princeton. The USS Wellington received a computer upgrade from the Binars, one of the first Starfleet ships to undergo this procedure the same ship was later involved in the incident at Garon II in which Ensign Ro Laren was held responsible for the deaths of eight people. The ships have served with some distinction during the Dominion war, though they have suffered heavily with twenty three ships destroyed so far.
Vice Admiral V'Lal, U.S.S. O'Bannon
Commander Ember Calar, U.S.S. Yi Sun-Shin
Commander Giselle N'Jeavu, I.K.S. Lukara