Ships commanded by Alyosha Strannik (Devidian, raised on Earth in St. Petersburg, Russia)
USS Chin'toka (Advanced Escort):
"In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations."
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
(I felt this fits for an escort because it puts a focus on its offensive efforts.)
USS Chalcedon (Vesta)
"Filled with rapture, his soul yearned for freedom, space, vastness. Over him the heavenly dome, full of quiet, shining stars, hung boundlessly. From the zenith to the horizon the still-dim Milky Way stretched its double strand. Night, fresh and quiet, almost unstirring, enveloped the earth. The white towers and golden domes of the church gleamed in the sapphire sky. The luxuriant autumn asleep till morning. The silence of the earth seemed to merge with the silence of the heavens and the mystery of the earth touched the mystery of the stars."
― Fyodor Dostoevsky
(Yes, it's a long one, but I think it fits a science vessel.)
I'm not sure yet what the dedication plaques for the ships commanded by my Cardassian sci are yet...
USS Tiburon, NCC-68636, Akira-class heavy escort carrier, V. Adm. Jesu LaRoca commanding: "It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers." - Ernest Hemigway, The Old Man and the Sea, 1951
USS Megalodon, NCC-94768, Odyssey-class tactical super-cruiser, flagship of V. Adm. Jesu LaRoca: "Engage the enemy more closely" - Fighting Instructions for His Majesty's Ships, Signal XVI, ca. 1805
USS Ray Bradbury, NCC-471-F, Intrepid-class long range science vessel, Captain Sander commanding: "Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers" - Ray Bradbury, All Flesh Is One, What Matter Scores?, 1973
USS Larry Niven, NCC-93365, Destiny-class reconnaisance science vessel, Captain Sander commanding: "Tell them the universe is too complicated a toy for any sensibly cautious being to play with." - Larry Niven, Ringworld, 1970
IKS Norgh'a'Qun, Bortasqu'-class tactical heavy battlecruiser, flagship of Gen. Ssharki: "Their desire to continue living shows me no respect." - Don-Bot, ca. 3001
"Freedom is just a pretty idea unless it's backed by Force."
U.S.S. Red Dawn Nemo vir est qui mundum non reddat meliorem
"What man is a man who does not make the world better?"
(From the film Kingdom of Heaven.)
U.S.S Hammer of Dawn (This is what I'm going to name my Tholian Recluse once I get it.)
"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright, that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong; that is your oath." (Again, from the film Kingdom of Heaven.)
U.S.S Red October
You are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be.
(Yet again, Kingdom of Heaven.)
"Correction. Humans have rules in war. Rules that make victory a little harder to achieve, in my opinion."