The Invincible-class is the single largest multi-mission combat-equipped starship ever constructed by Starfleet. She is designed as the ultimate in frontline explorers. She is classified as a Fleet Carrier-Heavy Battleship hybrid. Invincible-class ships combine the roles of battleship and fighter carrier, having a massive offensive capability in terms of on-board weapons and huge complement of space dominance fighters.
Combining the abilities of a fully armed battleship, a full-fledged fleet carrier, and a mobile base of operations all in one massive platform, the Invincible-class of starship is the new flagship class of Starfleet. Designed as part of Starfleet's advanced technology starship program, the Invincible-class emerged from the dockyards in 2384 as the most sophisticated, most comprehensively armed, most impressive and the most advanced starship in Starfleet. This class of vessel was no doubt designed because of the Dominion War and the Borg threat. The Invincible's hull configuration is comparable to other established Starfleet vessels, incorporating design characteristics of battle-proven designs. Her carrier features are considered to be the next step in carrier technology, as she is capable of carrying four (4) whole wings (four squadrons per wing, nine fighters per squadron) of starfighters into combat scenarios. She is also capable of as overpowering heavily armed enemy starships in one-on-one encounters. The Invincible-class is currently one of the few Starfleet vessels that has enough firepower for any combat role, yet also carries the full capabilities of an exploratory starship. She incorporates every weapons system known to Starfleet, supports triple computer cores and a twin type-D trelinium/dilithium hybrid reactor. With her 60 Decks, 1,650 meter length, and full crew complement of 4,800, she is virtually a city in space. Only four ships of this class have been built to date. The ship could also probably support a battalion of 1,200 Marines commanded by a lieutenant colonel, bringing the crew's complement up to 6,000.
"Dateline: Sol System, Spacedock departure lane 715A
"Today marks a sad day in the chronicles of Starfleet's Corps of Engineers as the maiden voyage of Starfleet's most ambitious and contentious starship to date ended unexpectedly. At 0942 local Stardate, the U.S.S. Invincible, the first in a new class of hybrid superbattleship carriers, left its orbital dockyard gantries to conduct a proving flight across the star system. At 1005 local Stardate, the ship suffered a series of cascade failures in its systems that resulted in catastrophic loss of hull integrity.
"From data obtained by FNN, it appears the problems began when the ship attempted to launch a squadron of fighters while the photon torpedo tubes were also deploying munitions. The computer systems, apparently overtaxed by the need to manage flight operations as well as direct more weaponry than that seen on any other ship to date, confused the orders being given and attempted to launch a torpedo via the shuttle tractor launch system. At the same time, the warp drive computer systems, also under considerable strain from having to manage two dissimilar warp drive nacelle systems that had never been designed to operate on a single ship, were ordered to perform a Picard Manuever. The nacelles went out of balance, and a subspace wormhole developed around the ship which caused the Invincible to fall out of its assigned vector and speed. When the crew attempted to shut down the warp drives to regain control, the sudden surge in the EPS manifolds triggered several overloads in the relay system, one of which detonated the torpedo still sitting in the hangar bay (some data from the onboard logs also suggest several crewmen may have turned on one or more hair dryers at the same time, and it was this rather than the Picard Manuever order that caused the overtaxed EPS to give up the ghost). The explosion caused a chain reaction in the ordinance and shuttlecraft lined up for launch operations, one explosion causing the next, until hull integrity fields failed. At this point, the starboard side of the ship ruptured, putting the ship into a lateral spin and dropping it out of warp speed in orbit around Jupiter. Rescue and salvage crews are on station, transporting the survivors to nearby stations while Starfleet attempts to find a tug capable of pulling the disabled hull back to the yards.
"From its inception, the Invincible class has met with technical problems and controversy. Strategic planners argued that Starfleet could produce four working Sovereign-class starships with the resources put into one of these ships, while Starfleet's critics wondered what Starfleet needed such a ship for. Technical issues which included finding impulse engines capable of propelling the ship under combat conditions and the need to correct onboard landing systems for the gravitational effect that the ship's huge mass generated delayed production until shortly after the Odyssey-class starships were in full production, further casting doubt as to the need for the class in Starfleet. However, a small group of influential Admirals within Starfleet kept the project moving forward despite the many problems in development. One member of this group, who agreed to speak on condition that names be witheld, stated 'I see no reason I should settle for a flagship that can't do everything and better than anything else in space. And these ships will be sooo -win- !'
"The future of the superships now seems very much in doubt. Starfleet crewmen have long held a distrust for any ship named 'Invincible', noting that ships with this name have a record of short service lifetimes, and most seem quite unsurprised by today's turn of events. A member of a Klingon delegation invited to witness the 'ultimate starship' launch ceremony is rumored to have laughed himself hoarse when he saw the ship for the first time, claiming he couldn't wait to see what the first disruptor hit would do to the onboard mine racks. Another member of the delegation is rumored to have shrugged and suggested that Starfleet was welcome their hybrid designs because 'Any ship that can't decide what it is supposed to be doing is going to be easy prey for one that has'.
"With an estimated price tag equivilant to two of the new Odyssey-class flagships, the fight to convince the Federation Council to continue funding the project will no doubt be a difficult one. A leaked Corps of Engineers holodeck simulation showing an Odyssey-class obliterating the entire compliment of fighters with phasers during an evaluation program has certainly not helped the case of those who dream of 'the ultimate warship', even as the class's proponents vow to see their ship into commission 'no matter what those fools think!'.
"For the Federation News Network, this is Blix'xir Norgal. Back to you, Steve!"
Lol. Funny enough I recently imagined how easily I could disable that ship with a group of Jem'hadar attack ships.
The ship is an accident waiting to happen. That many systems for that many purposes?
So many science labs, holodecks, tactical systems, all from one power source? Now if it said you know... having two warp cores + extra power generators and several dedicated computer cores for the different areas (Hangers, labs, tac systems)... maybe.