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For other uses, see Akula.

The Akula-class was a type of Federation starship in Starfleet service in the 23rd century, classified as a frigate or light cruiser vessel. (TOS video game: Starfleet Command)

History and specifications[]

Development[]

The Federation new light cruiser class had effectively taken over the shipyards that originally produced the Saladin-class, ending most destroyer production. This left a gap between the light cruiser and frigate classes which was covered by the steadily dwindling force of Saladins and older cruisers. By 2274 the shortage of these classes was becoming acute, particularly with so many of them being converted into support roles.

Recognizing the need for a new destroyer class, the Federation commissioned two competing designs: the new-concept Akula, and a beefed-up version of the Okinawa-class. The Akula was eventually selected as it was larger and more capable than its competitor. The first prototype appeared in 2275 and production began in 2276.

From the instruction manual for the video game Starfleet Command, itself taken from the original Star Fleet Battles source material.

Around the same time, another Akula-class with a different hull configuration served in Starfleet as destroyers.

The newer Apollo-class scout replicated the Akula-class frigates configuration of a saucer section connected via nacelle pylons to a dorsal and ventral warp nacelle, with a torpedo launcher attached to the lower pylon. (ST video game: Legacy)

Mirror universe[]

In the mirror universe, ships of this class, like the ISS Phobos, remained in Imperial Starfleet service into the 2290s decade. Around 2293, the torpedo launcher array had been widened into a secondary hull wedged between the saucer section] and the ventral nacelle. In that year, the time-displaced USS Excelsior crew had to face the Terran Empire off on while taking the ISS Excelsior to Janus Ultima. (TOS video game: Shattered Universe)

Known vessels[]

Akula-class frigate starships
Federation, Starfleet frigate/war destroyer (DW) ArdzinbaBarzaniButheleziChaudhryChissanoChilingutilaDudayevFadlallahGemayalHun SenIskandarovSultanMandelaNasrallahOcalanOrtegaManuelPrabhakaranPremadasaPundyRabinSaddamSafarovTalabaniTaylorTongogaraTurabiVillalobosGusmaoZamora Federation icon image. Starfleet icon image.
frigate/war drone destroyer (DWD) DostamHekmatyarMassoudMojadeddiNajibullahRabbani
frigate/commando war destroyer (CDW) BushYeltsinGorbachevReaganThatcherNixonMitterandKravchukLandsbergisMarcosGaltieriClintonAssadRamosShevardnadzeShamirCristianiSihanoukLincolnGrantKennedy
frigate/command war destroyer (DWC) ArafatBeginTudjman
light cruiser/destroyer (DD) SaladinGenghisAlaricKublaiSuleimanEtzelTamerlaneAlexanderAhrimanRahmanAdadHashishiyunAzraelHamilcarAresPazuzuHiawathaAtillaZoroasterGolda MeirBrigham YoungSkanderbegDaniel MorganLysanderIsrael PutnamR.E. LeeThurmost IIILeonidasMariusNebuchadnezzar
light cruiser/advanced destroyer (DD+) DariusSargonXerxesPompeyHannibalCharlamagneEisenhower
light cruiser/guided weapons destroyer (DDG) ShaitanSuvarovCzarDavid
light cruiser/advanced guided weapons destroyer (DDG+) SadatShaitanCzar Alexander IVSuvarovKing David
Terran Empire, Starfleet
(mirror universe)
BetrayerBlackguardPhobosReaperRenegadeRogue Terran Empire icon image. Imperial Starfleet icon image.

Appendices[]

Connections[]

Starship classes of the Federation Starfleet
subclass groups

Akira (AlitaArmitageThunderchild) • Ambassador (AlaskaNarendraYamaguchi) • Apollo (Akula frigate / light cruiser) • Cardenas (Buran) • Chesapeake (Mongrel) • Cheyenne (DakotaStargazer) • Concorde (Geneva battlecruiserPresidio) • Constellation (Challenger deep space explorer) • Chimera heavy destroyer (Manticore) • Constitution (AchernarBonhomme RichardTikopaiEnterpriseExeterExcaliburVesperKirkCrossfield (Glenn32nd century refit) • Danube (Yellowstone) • Decatur (Dreadnought) • Defiant (GallantIncursionNachthexenSao PauloValiantVigilant escort) • Dervish (GryphonHermes escortMaelstromTempest) • Destiny (NimbusOracleTrident) • Engle (Earhart) • Excelsior (BismarckCurryKirovNew JerseyResolute) • Galaxy (Andromeda (25th century)CelestialEnvoyGalaxy XMonarch cruiserRossVenture cruiserYamato dreadnought) • Hermes scout (CygnusMonoceros) • Inquiry (Avenger battlecruiserArbiter) • Hoover (Edison) • Intrepid (BellerophonCochrane science vesselDiscovery (science vessel)JanewayPathfinderTrailblazerYeager) • Kumari (CharalKhyzon) • Luna (CometPolarisSolTitan) • Magee (Shran (escort)) • Malachowski (Helios (tug)) • Miranda (AntonReliantSoyuz) • Nebula (Magellan) • New Orleans (Lafayette) • Nimitz (Europa) • Norway (Oslo) • Nova (AuroraQuasarRhode Island) • NX (ColumbiaPoseidon) • Oberth (ClarkeGagarin (23rd century)GrissomSagan) • Odyssey (VerityYorktown (cruiser)) • Olympic (HopeHorizon science vessel) • Prometheus (CerberusHephaestusHestiaPhoenix) • Ptolemy (DollondDopplerKeppler) • Remora (Charger) • Saladin (CochiseSiva) • Santa Fe (Newport) • Saber (GladiusRapierUshaan) • Sentinel (EmissaryNomad cruiserVanguard) • Shepard (Gagarin (25th century)) • Solanae (HeliosMontgomeryOmega) • Sovereign (ArchonImperialMajesticNoble cruiserRegent) • Steamrunner (AppalachiaZephyr) • Vesta (AventineRademaker) • Walker (GeorgiouShenzhou ) • Wells (EternalOuroborosVerne)

Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
other named classes

AA classAakennAchillesAdvanceAegianAeolusAerieAkula destroyer / escortAmbassador HardinAndesAndorAndromeda (24th century)AngelouAntaresApacheAquariusArcherArchimedesArk RoyalArielAscendantAtroxAvenger (scout)BabcockBaderBakerBaton RougeBodeBolarusBonaventureBradburyBrentonCaliforniaCanadaCanopusCapellaCastorCentaurCentaurusCeresCestusChallengerChandleyChariotChimerChimera fast frigateChristopherClarke (25th century)Cle DanCochrane transportColumbiaCondor (raider)ContinentContortrixCopernicusCourageDaedalusDauntlessDeckerDefenderDeltaD'KyrDenevaDerfDrexlerDurrettEagleEclipseEdwardEinsteinEisenbergEl Doradofuture EnterpriseEpochEpsilonErewonEternalFederationFenlonFermiFijiFreedomFriendshipFrontierGagarin (24th century)GalenGallantGangesGenevaGenserGracefulGraysonGriffonGuardianGeminiHaleHermes fast cruiserHestonHoganHokule'aHorizon cruiserIcarusIlthirinIndomitableIntrepid (light cruiser)IowaIstanbulIwo JimaClass JJupiterKarekhKeithKethkinKievK'KmarakKolm-AnKorolevLarsonLauroLaweyaLegacyLenthalLexingtonLibertyLokiLoknarLondonMadisonMakinMannMarklinMarsMarshallM'BengaMediterraneanMercedMercury (courier)Mercury (escort)MerianMerian (3060s)MessierMeteorMidwayMissionMissouriMobulaiMoKalMoscowMulciberNarcineNautilusNelsonNiagaraNoble laboratory vesselNomad escortNorthamptonOberonOdinOdysseusOkinawaOppenheimerOrionOsakaOverfieldPaladin battlecruiserPaladin destroyerParliamentPaladin (24th century)PerseusPioneerPhalanxPhantomPhiladelphiaPinnaclePiperPolluxPortsmithPralimPremonitionProximaPyotr VelikiyPyreneesRakotaRanger battlecruiserRanger explorerRanger scoutRenaissanceRickenbackerRigelRochesterRoyal SovereignSagittariusSamsonSaturnSawyerScorpioScryerScyllaSequoiaSevaijenShiKahrSierraSolarSpringfieldSulekSurakSydneyTangentTheophrastusThomas PaineThucydidesThufirTiberiusTiconderogaUniverseTheseusTripperTritiumTyphonTyphoonUkoraUlyssesUralUtahVenture scoutVigilant scoutVoyagerWallenbergWambunduWei-FaWellingtonWilkersonWizardYamatoYorkshireYorktownZodiacunnamed

general type

Defiant pathfinderRaging QueenSun TzuValley ForgeFederation assault shipFederation cargo shipFederation colony shipFederation construction shipFederation cruiserdeep galaxy shipFederation freighterFederation frigateFederation galaxy shipFederation holoshipFederation heavy cruiser (2380s heavy cruiser) • Federation light cruiser (Constitution-variant light cruiserIntrepid-variant light cruiser) • Federation medium cruiser (Excelsior-variant medium cruiser) • Federation mining freighterFederation repair shipStarfleet tanker

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