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The California class a 24th century Federation starship class, a workhorse-type vessel[2] specialised in different mission profiles[3], including second contact, in Starfleet service in the 2380s decade. (LD episode: "Second Contact")

History and specifications[]

The Cerritos and Merced in 2380.

Ships of this class were typically named for locations and other namesakes associated with the Human state of California on the planet Earth. (StarTrek.com website: Below Deck With Lower Decks: California Class Ships)

The hull of this class consisted of a round saucer section, with a pair of nacelle pylons suspended below. The warp nacelles were attached to the nacelle pylons but also held a compact engineering section with the forward-facing navigational deflector between them. The bridge was located on Deck 1 atop the vessel. The shuttlebay typically held Type-6A shuttlecraft. They were also equipped with Argo-type buggies for groundcar-based surface operations. (LD episode: "Second Contact")

In total, a California-class ship was 794 meters long. (Shipyards reference: Starfleet Ships 2294 - The Future)

Personnel aboard these ships were dressed in the colorful Starfleet uniform of the early 2380s.

The USS Cerritos was specialised in second contact missions. Its livery included operations-department yellow piping. (LD episode: "Second Contact")

The USS Merced, which cooperated with the Cerritos on recovering an ancient generation ship, featured science-blue stripe on its hull. (LD episode: "Moist Vessel")

The USS Rubidoux and its replacement, the USS Solvang, were painted in command red. (LD episodes: "Much Ado About Boimler", "No Small Parts")

In 2380, three California-class starships were destroyed on individual missions, the Merced, Rubidoux and Solvang. The Cerritos suffered extreme structural damage and underwent a refit and repairs at Douglas Station. (LD episodes: "Moist Vessel", "Much Ado About Boimler", "No Small Parts")

MAJOR SPOILERS
WARNING! This article contains MAJOR spoilers for the recently released episode We'll Always Have Tom Paris. Caution is advised.

Lieutenant Tom Paris visited the Cerritos in 2381 and affectionately referred to its type as the Cali-class. (LD episode: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")

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Starship classes of the Federation Starfleet
subclass groups

Akira (AlitaArmitageThunderchild) • Ambassador (AlaskaYamaguchi) • Apollo (Akula frigate / light cruiser) • Chesapeake (Mongrel) • Cheyenne (DakotaStargazer) • Concorde (Geneva battlecruiserPresidio) • Constellation (Challenger deep space explorer) • Chimera heavy destroyer (Manticore) • Constitution (AchernarBonhomme RichardTikopaiEnterpriseExeterExcaliburVesper) • Danube (Yellowstone) • Decatur (Dreadnought) • Defiant (GallantIncursionSao PauloValiantVigilant escort) • Dervish (GryphonHermes escortMaelstromTempest) • Destiny (NimbusOracleTrident) • Excelsior (BismarckKirovNew JerseyResolute) • Galaxy (Andromeda (25th century)CelestialEnvoyGalaxy XMonarch cruiserRossVenture cruiserYamato dreadnought) • Hermes scout (CygnusMonoceros) • Inquiry (Avenger battlecruiserArbiter) • Intrepid (BellerophonCochrane science vesselDiscovery (science vessel)Pathfinder) • Kumari (CharalKhyzon) • Luna (CometPolarisSol) • Miranda (AntonReliantSoyuz) • Nebula (Magellan) • Norway (Oslo) • Nova (AuroraQuasarRhode Island) • NX (ColumbiaPoseidon) • Oberth (Gagarin (23rd century)Sagan) • Olympic (HopeHorizon science vessel) • Prometheus (CerberusHephaestusHestiaPhoenix) • Ptolemy (DollondDopplerKeppler) • Remora (Charger) • Saladin (CochiseSiva) • Santa Fe (Newport) • Saber (GladiusRapierUshaan) • Sentinel (EmissaryNomad cruiserVanguard) • Solanae (HeliosMontgomeryOmega) • Sovereign (ArchonImperialMajesticNoble cruiserRegent) • Steamrunner (Zephyr) • Vesta (AventineRademaker) • Walker (Georgiou) • Wells (Polarity)

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other named classes

AA classAakennAchillesAdvanceAegianAeolusAerieAkula destroyer / escortAmbassador HardinAndesAndorAndromeda (24th century)AntaresApacheAquariusArcherArchimedesArielAscendantAtroxAvenger (scout)BabcockBaderBakerBaton RougeBodeBolarusBonaventureBradburyBrentonCaliforniaCanadaCanopusCapellaCastorCentaurCentaurusCeresChallengerChandleyChariotChimera fast frigateChristopherCle DanCochrane transportColumbiaContinentContortrixCopernicusCrossfieldDaedalusDauntlessDeckerDefenderDeltaD'KyrDenevaDerfDrexlerDurrettEagleEclipseEdwardEinsteinEl Doradofuture EnterpriseEpochEpsilonErewonEternalFederationFenlonFermiFijiFreedomFrontierGagarin (24th century)GalenGangesGenevaGenserGracefulGraysonGriffonGuardianGeminiHaleHermes fast cruiserHestonHoganHokule'aHooverHorizon cruiserIcarusIlthirinIndomitableIntrepid (light cruiser)IowaIstanbulIwo JimaClass JJupiterKarekhKeithKethkinKievK'KmarakKolm-AnKorolevLarsonLauroLaweyaLegacyLenthalLexingtonLibertyLokiLoknarLondonMadisonMakinMannMarklinMarshallM'BengaMediterraneanMercedMercury (courier)Mercury (escort)MerianMessierMeteorMidwayMissionMissouriMobulaiMoKalMoscowMulciberNachthexenNarcineNautilusNelsonNew OrleansNiagaraNoble laboratory vesselNomad escortNorthamptonOberonOdinOdysseusOdysseyOkinawaOppenheimerOrionOsakaOuroborosOverfieldPaladin battlecruiserPaladin destroyerPaladin (24th century)PerseusPioneerPhalanxPhantomPhiladelphiaPinnaclePiperPolluxPortsmithPralimPremonitionProximaPyotr VelikiyPyreneesRakotaRanger battlecruiserRanger explorerRanger scoutRenaissanceRickenbackerRigelRochesterRoyal SovereignSagittariusSamsonSawyerScorpioScryerScyllaSequoiaSevaijenShepardShiKahrSierraSolarSpringfieldSulekSurakSydneyTangentTempestTheophrastusThomas PaineThucydidesThufirTiberiusTiconderogaTheseusTripperTritiumTyphonTyphoonUkoraUlyssesUralUtahVenture 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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  • Lower Decks co-producer Brad Winters gave the California-class ship length as 532 meters, and height at 121 meters, in a Tweet. Producer Mike McMahan confirmed these figures in a reply tweet.

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