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# 11
01-16-2013, 05:33 AM
Originally Posted by sophlogimo View Post
  • Banner Ships: Not much offensive potential, but good for hosting the command party and collecting information.
I believe the Banner Ships in Star Trek fall into the category of the Diplomatic Vessels such as the Ambassador Class. Heck, even the U.S.S. Enterprise - D could qualify by virtue of being a ship more designed as a luxury cruise liner for all intents and purposes and not a ship strictly designed for War Efforts. In fact I think the intent of the NCC-1701-D being a Diplomatic/Exploration Vessel was expounded upon in great depth the very first season of the Next Generation if I remember correctly. It wasn't outfitted for war until much much later in the series.

Granted it could hold its own in space battles even back in the very first season, but space warfare wasn't its chief purpose. After all it did play host to countless dignitaries over the course of seven seasons.

Originally Posted by sophlogimo View Post
The "escort", "warship" or "destroyer" in STO is the Battlecruiser. Fast, agile, not as heavily armored as it could be, but maneuverable and with really big guns. Makes sense. But that is where it ends:
Eh... debatable, I would argue the Escort would be closer in kin to the Destroyer type ship than it is the Battlecruiser. The Battlecruiser is what I would classify the Sovereign, Excelsior and Star Cruiser as. The Destroyer is most similar to the Fleet Defiant in terms of survivability.

Whereas the Dreadnaught in Star Trek Online terms is relegated to the roles of the Galaxy-X and Odyssey. Both are massive ships, both have staggering armaments (Galaxy-X especially) and both have the survivability of a behemoth.

As for the Science Vessels they would fit the role of well... reconnaissance vessels. Not the vital role of a hero that everyone wants, but in naval terms they fill a vital role that cannot be underestimated. Oh and just to be certain, the science ships (and various Klingon Vessels along with them) do have a TV Tropes page in the form of Stealth in Space, granted it takes a little bit of effort to apply it to Fed Side Science vessels, but it can be done. (though the trope fits the Defiant class and Galaxy-X better due to their Cloaking devices, but cloaking is a dues ex machina tactic and not true stealth, just ask the Caitian Stealth Fighter what it thinks of Cloaking devices).

Originally Posted by user839020189287 View Post
By reasons of logic, if space is the ocean then space fleets would better mirror wet navies, right?

except don't all spaceborn vehicles kind of qualify as submarines if we are using naval terms properly?

Last edited by helixsunbringer; 01-16-2013 at 05:56 AM.

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