The Benthan assault cruiser, also referred to as a Benthan patrol ship or Benthan cruiser, was a Tier 6 cruiser starship in service to the Benthan Protectorate Guard in the 24th and 25th centuries. Ships of this class were used by the Benthans to patrol and police their territory in the Vyntadi and Tekara sector blocks. (VOY episode: "Vis à Vis", STO - Friends in Unlikely Places mission: "Wanted")
In the year 2374, two patrol ships apprehended the coaxial warp ship stolen by Steth at the Kotaba Expanse. However, Steth was not aboard anymore. Daelen arrived in a powerful starship and scared the Benthans away after a short firefight. (VOY episode: "Vis à Vis")
In early 2410, Alpha Quadrant Alliance officers were briefed by their respective intelligence services on the Benthans as part of Operation Delta Rising. The intelligence file included an image of an assault cruiser. (STO video game: Delta Rising)
Soon after, an AQA starship encountered a pair of Benthan assault cruisers in the Argala star system. The patrol ships were trying to apprehend the criminal Maje Culleh and were under attack by a pair of Kazon cruisers. The AQA starship destroyed the Kazon vessels and was ordered by the Benthan commanding officer to either clear the area of operations or be deputized. The AQA captain agreed to be deputized, and the three starships defeated five waves of Kazon attacks. The operation was completed when Culleh's ship, the Maje Culleh's Flagship, was incapacitated and the maje captured. The Benthans were keen to aid any injured Kazon and secure the Flagship to guarantee their standing trial. (STO - Friends in Unlikely Places mission: "Wanted")
Following the admission of the Benthan Protectorate to the Delta Alliance, Benthan assault cruisers became available to Alpha Quadrant Alliance officers to command, thanks to the Lobi Crystal Consortium. (STO episode: "The Delta Quadrant")
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For as-yet unexplained reasons, Star Trek Online has the Benthan cruiser flying with its bow and stern reversed from their canonical orientation.
|Starship classes of the Benthan Protectorate|
|By name||Mithran-class fighter|
|By type||aasault cruiser • battleship • coaxial warp ship • Benthan frigate|