A battleship would be nice, but as others have said, it would be hard to differentiate it from the T5s we already have. Personally, I'm more interested in the support vessel. It could have some sort of support fleet abilities, for example it can call in an AI ship of a specific class, either a cruiser, escort or science vessel, but only one at a time, with a large shared cooldown. This would make it similar to the carrier class, but would fit with it being somewhat of a Command and Control vessel, rather than a dedicated combat vessel (though it would have to have respectable defences to keep it safe during battles. The difference from the klink carrier would be that it is one relatively strong vessel, maybe something T3 or a couple of T2, possibly randomise it a bit so that they each balance out, but it can be anything from a small group of T1 ships to a single T3 ship in support, give it a time limit, or just have it permanent until destruction, whichever is more balanced.
The different class options would give the ship different abilities, related to the obvious captain choices (Sci for science, eng for cruiser etc.) Allowing the ship to have a reasonable impact on the course of a battle, and perhaps letting you deal with those carriers a bit more easily, if you've got a minimum of two for the price of one in a battle, then you're doubling the targets you can deal with in a set length of time, and with more, but weaker vessels, then you can take the whole bunch out over a slightly longer period of time, whilst confusing their choice of targets.
Add in the transwarp idea to allow team members to quickly warp to the instance, and you've got yourself a rapid reaction force worthy of Starfleet. Obviously balance would have to be looked at, and I would suggest giving the gates a timer as well as the ability to be destroyed, because if the ship is creating something like that under battle conditions, it isn't going to be massively stable . . . An make it some sort of channeling needed to create it, if it's even possible within the engine! It's not going to be something quite as easy as dropping one out of the cargo hold, and any damage taken during the process of creating it would severely hamper the efforts. Maybe make it so that the support abilities mentioned above are only able to be used if there is an active gate in the system as well, to stop people just warping in and calling on a ship mid-battle when things are going a bit wrong, and give it a time delay before the vessel actually arrives, ships aren't always close enough to arrive the instant you call them :p
So anyway, that's my rambling on the topic, hope it makes sense to at least one person out there, as I'm not entirely certain it would make sense to me on a re-read!
Just for the hell of it, if you are curious take a look at the profile of people (claydermunch) who say "No" to carriers or battleships or any other sort of Federation upgrade. Hit, "search for more posts." Then take a look at what the neigh sayer has been discussing. Usually the neigh sayers are involved in multiple threads of such topics, with the consistent theme of "no, we don't want any." Looks like attempts to drown out helpful suggestions.
Sorry bub, but you ain't "we" no matter how many times you chime in.
Usually the neigh sayers are involved in multiple threads of such topics, with the consistent theme of "no, we don't want any."
And this is different from the majority of yaysayers ... how?
I'm sorry, but the truth is that this topic has been discussed over and over already. Suggestions such as these are anything but new. And both sides of the argument have some people who attempt a constructive discussion, just like both sides have people who just say yes/no without any intention to truly discuss their opinion. Demonizing either side doesn't help.
From : Vice Admiral Magnis
To: All Starfleet operations Admirals
PRIORITY ONE MESSAGE INDEX:
while i know some of you admirals wish to just be a klingon in a federation suit, Starfleet did not build battleship. They have not built them for one particular reason. While majority of you are not star trek fans or even understand the concept of the federation. Ill lay it out for you. The federation is not a war like race. Starfleet is and has been then peace keeping armada since its creation. They do not start wars but they know how to finish them. Starfleet did not want to build battleships mainly because those ships are built for war and only war. That is against the federation mandate. So while some of you just dont get it. Its real simple. stop with the lossing carrier suggestion and battleship suggestion. Come up with something that is actually worth while and shows you can be creative. This is not to insult you guys but just keep you in line.
While STO has made mistakes on ship terminology in the past, they wont really go for building battleships for the federation. What would be the point in having a big ship. Then all of you will complain oh this ship cant turn. or its shields are to week, or even worse it doesnt have enough powers, lol Their is no purpose for a battleship in the federation. it has been proven time and time again. bigger is not always better or the winner.
why not add some spice to the federation such as research and development sections for the samples. build on that. so we can make tough skin for our ships. or weapons that knock out systems better. think out of that box.
the defaint was never refered to as a battleship but sometimes a warship jess.
Defiant-class Escort / Warship 24th century
they do not use this term because their ships where not meant for war but defense and exploration. If you actually watched star trek you would know this right off the back but this is what happens when people who dont know about the show just up and display links with out reading them carefully