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The Batlh class was a Klingon starship class, initially an escort vessel in service to various Great Houses of the Klingon Empire in the 2250s decade. (DSC episode: "Battle at the Binary Stars", ST video game: Adversaries, ST reference: The Klingon Fleet)


As escort.

When the Klingon Empire was in disarray, ships of the Batlh class were fielded by several Great Houses, rather than the Klingon Defense Force. The vessel's design was defined by a elongated primary hull, topped with a spine and ending in a rounded saucer-like section, flanked by comparatively large warp nacelles. (DSC episode: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

Ships of the class were rated as escorts. During the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-2257, Batlh-class starships were equipped with cloaking devices developed by the House of T'Kuvma. (ST video game: Adversaries)

With the return of House Mo'Kai in 2410, their complement of Batlh-class ships was upgraded to 25th century levels of technology. (STO - J'Ula's Discovery mission: "Beneath the Skin")

The Alpha Quadrant Alliance members cooperated to return 2250s-era starship classes to service. Starfleet and the KDF jointly fielded the intel science vessel category, with the newly-upgraded IKS Batlh and its Starfleet counterparts USS Somerville (NCC-1322) and USS Somerville (NCC-93200) sharing their abilities, physical durability, and equipment. (STO website: New Intel Science Vessels!)

The IKS Batlh became the default representative of its class in shipyard screens, and was deployed by generals who owned a Batlh-class intel science vessel. (STO - Awakening mission: "First City")


In the 25th century, the hull design of the Batlh-class intel science vessel allowed its commanding officer to choose from different livery materials. These could be modified at shipyards. The material options included numbered Types, Upgrade and Veteran. Owning other 2250s-era ships unlocked additional materials. (STO - Awakening mission: "First City") Batlh hull materials:

  • Type 0
  • Type 1
  • Type 2
  • Type 3
  • Type 4
  • Upgrade
  • Veteran
  • Intelligence
  • unlockable from other 2250s-era ships:
    • Batlh
    • Bird of Prey
    • Chargh
    • Sech
    • Qugh

Furthermore, the installation of deflector shields from specific factions modified the hull appearance, including shields from the Reman Resistance, the Breen Confederacy and the Dominion. (STO missions: "Coliseum", "Cold Storage", "Boldly They Rode")

Service history

Following roughly a century of relative peace, the Federation encountered Batlh-class escorts when the Starfleet Walker-class starship USS Shenzhou, and its reinforcements, was attacked by representatives of 24 Klingon Great Houses at the Battle of the Binary Stars on May 11, 2256. The battle had been instigated by the fanatic T'Kuvma to reunite the Empire by rallying its houses against a common foe. (DSC episode: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

Ships of this class active around the years 2256-2257 and saw action against the Federation military and civilians in the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-2257. (ST video game: Adversaries)

With the appearance of Matriarch J'Ula and the revival of House Mo'Kai in 2410, the Batlh-class was became one of the 2250s-era starship classes returning to service. (STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Downfall", STO website: New Intel Science Vessels!)



Klingon starship classes
Klingonese names AkifAn'quatBaSro'BatlhBre'elB'relB'RotlhBaka Re'Ber'taaBesz Ra'te'BirokBortasBortaS bIrBortasqu'Ch'TangCharghCharghwI'Chava'KalChontayChunDabChuq'BehChutokDaSpuD'akaD'amaDath D'lanD'esta KarD'GavamaDujHodEakin K'nallFek'lhrFer'JaiH'ban PavHaqtajHegh'taHoH'SuSJachJach'EngJfolokhKlinzhaiK'mirraK'nallK'nelK't'aggaK't'allaK't'ingaK't'karaK't'maraK't'rikaK'TancoK'vortK'vort ChaKalathKamaragKarasKas MaalK'el Ri'andaKh'exrilinK'hanakhKhitomer (bird-of-prey)Kl'arKlolodeKl'sarzaKl'xenovaKolothKom Ka'desKomo ValKorathKorebaKoro't'ingaKronosK'tochL'rexaLar'halLara'atanLI'wI'Mas To GalMat'HaMay'DujM'ChlaMoghMoQMortum HestaNa Ra'denNegh'VarNemosinNing'taoNorghNovNuQ'DujOnirosPachPeghqu'PIHPlen ZhaPumwI'Puyjaqqa'HoSQangQaw'DunQeh'RalQexaQeylIS BetleHQibQinQojQorghQuDQughRiskadhSechSivistaSomrawSuQ'jaghSuQobSuvwI'QehT'h'larTa'SubTajtiqTalat Kh'exestaTas'estaTor'KahtTy'GokorV'al'konV'kar ZadanV's'taloVakkVo'QuvVoDleHVoodiehVor'chaVor'KangXechasZ'galZ'gavastaZ'gavvaZ'mortamaZha Mortas Emblem of the Klingon Empire.
Translated names AccuserAdministratorAllianceBattle CruiserBird of PreyBringer of AgonyBringer of DestinyBringer of DestructionBringer of JusticeCarrier of DoomCatapultChancellorDeath BootDeath RiteDeath StalkerDefenderEmperorEnforcerEver VictoriousFat ManFierce RevengeGreat BirdGrim Reaper • (Gull) • HealerInsurrectionLittle KillerLucklessMenderMover • (Murph) • One WingPainbringerPathmakerPredator • (Raptor) • RavenousRelentlessRevengeSaberSeekerShadowSpeedstarStalkerStarStingerStingtongueStrong VictorStronger BirdSuspiciousSwiftwindSword of KahlessThrone SeekerTrader's GameTruthbringerTugboatUnseen CreeperWarrior's AngerWatcherWinner
Alphanumeric names B5D2D3D4D4xD5D6D7 • (D7/D5 KlolodeD7 AkifD7AD7CD7GD7MD7RD7SD7 Koloth) • D9D10 (bird of prey)D10 (cruiser)D11D12 (bird of prey)D12 (cruiser)D14D16D18D20D32E4E6F5F5BF5CF5GF5GBF5KF5LF5WF5YF6FWCFWKFWLG2G3G4G5G6G8K3K4K5K6K14K15K17K18K22 • (K22B) • K23K24K26K27K30K32L6L9L13L24L42S4S5S8T3T5T12W2W4
By time period or type Birds-of-prey (22nd century bird of prey2260s bird of prey) • 23rd century scout vesselmobile battle basebattleshipcargo shipcolony shipconstruction shipdropshipmining freighterprison bargerepair shipscout ship

External link

  1. Star Trek Adventures module: Discovery (2256-2258) Campaign Guide.