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The Cestus[1] class, originally Altair[2] class, was a 24th century Federation starship type, an experimental vessel[3] and frigate[4] in Starfleet service from the 2360s or early 2370s[5] decade. (The Official Starships Collection Issue Bonus Edition 16: "U.S.S. Altair", STO website: 26 Century Dreadnoughts Stats!)

History and specifications[]

The first, and for a long time only, ship of the class was the USS Altair, launched in the 24th century. It was an experimental starship. (The Official Starships Collection Issue Bonus Edition 16: "U.S.S. Altair")

At some point in the late 2360s or early 2370s decade, the Altair rendezvoused with the USS Enterprise-D. (SOTL reference: Ships of the Line 2007)

The 323-meter long hull deviated from Starfleet's default saucer/nacelle configuration. A vaguely boomerang-shaped triangular primary hull sat atop a long, tapering secondary hull. The segmented warp nacelles rested on short nacelle pylons on either side of the primary hull. The lean frame and small cross-section were designed for atmospheric flight and enabled the Altair to outmaneuver an Intrepid-class starship. Compared to the Intrepid-class USS Voyager}, the Altair could be operated by a smaller crew.

A temporal warp core was equipped on the Altair-class prototype. It enabled the Altair to travel 15 minutes up- and downtime but emitted high amounts of chronoton particles as an unintended side effect. Offensive and defensive systems consisted of deflector shields, phaser banks and photon torpedo launchers. (The Official Starships Collection Issue Bonus Edition 16: "U.S.S. Altair")

By the year 2382, the the Altair was still an experimental ship. The vessel had to stop at Mars due to engine problems. (ST - Typhon Pact novel: Rough Beasts of Empire)

Due to the Temporal Cold War, the Starfleet of 2409 found ships of this type, now called Cestus-class frigates, in the hangay bays of Universe-class temporal heavy dreadnought cruisers. (STO - Agents of Yesterday mission: "The Once and Future Agent", STO website: 26 Century Dreadnoughts Stats!)

USS Cestus.

By the 26th century, the nacelle design of the Altair was mimicked by the Universe class, which included the USS Enterprise-J. A larger version of the Altair spaceframe became the secondary hull for the Congo-class. (The Official Starships Collection Issue Bonus Edition 16: "U.S.S. Altair")

Each Universe-class dreadnought served as a carrier and was, by default, equipped with two hangar bays that supported two Cestus-class frigates each. Temporal dreadnought cruisers were notably involved in the events surrounding the Battle of Procyon V. (STO website: 26 Century Dreadnoughts Stats!)

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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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