Proposal, new ship type: Klingon military scouts. 2nd run.
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11-05-2012, 06:06 AM
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The Klingons definitely have science officers, but I doubt they would have science ships. They probably look at exploring as just looking for more races to conquer or fight with. Give the Lethean's or the other race with funny mouths a science ship. Their PVE missions need more variety anyways.
I bet when the Klingons find something scientifically wondrous, they send a report to high command and a special team comes to investigate.
To be honest just a few years ago I would have agreed with you.
My guess back then was the Klingons would send regular ships to patrol their borders and when they find something of interest but beyond their capabilities they'd call for a civi ship with proper labs and sensors to check it out.
I also thought they'd handle expansion the same way: send a warship and see what comes up.
But even the I wondered how well suited a ship with mostly tactical sensors would be useful to find worlds that might be of inerest to the civis in the first place.
However there is a novel series about a Klingon battlecruiser called the IKS Gorkon (that is part of STO's background, the Gorkon is mentioned in "The Path to 2409") that depicts how Klingons conduct exploration.
And I can tell you they do more than find a world and order a real science ship to do the actual exploration.
The ships they send out do both, because they can do both.
It annoys the heck out of their tactial officers since they have nothing to do most of the time, but they spend weeks scanning and investigating worlds and stars.
And when they are done investigating they don't call for a real science team to do the actual work.
If they found a world worthy to plant their flag on, either they call for a colonization team or for a fleet to conquer it when there is a population there to exploit.
In case of the titular Gorkon, it's a new design that is based on the Vor'cha even though the schematics in the novel "The Brave and the Bold" show some differences.
*EDIT: Darn, the link doesn't work the way it should, but here's a page that depics the ship the way it looks on the schematics:
It has a new and powerful sensor array that makes it ideal for such a task.
They explicitly don't send conventional warships on such missions.
Those only stand by for the conquest part.
So the Klingons do this sort of stuff and they don't leave it to the civilians to do it.
They send Defense Force ships on such missions so why should the Defense Force not have ships that are even more suited to such a tasks than a line of cruisers with advanced sensors?
A faster ship with a stealthier profile and really good sensors would be even better for this.
Not to mention better passive sensors would make it even more diffcult to detect on such missions.
And a mobile platform with excellent sensors can keep an eye on borders where people who specialize in stealth may lurk, like the Romulans.
Even though "blue" BO and console slots in STO are called "Science", please don't mistake "Science" for tree-hugging.
It represents powerful sensors, electronics etc.
on a Raptor hull.
The Klingons would be foolish not to have something that can do this.
Both for military expansion and to keep track of what the enemy on the other side of the border does.
And while it might be possible to send a BoP on some of these missions, refitting one would only yield a ship with a very limited operational range, like a Klingon version of the Nova only with even less space for electronics to get the job done.
And of course a very low endurance when caught.
IMHO it makes no sense to send a ship on an exploration or Singal Intelligence mission when:
- it is either too big to remain undetected for long (like a slow, bulky cruiser) something happens in the 3rd Gorkon novel to the I.K.S. Kravokh
- or too squishy to make it back with the actual information (like a BoP)
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