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History and specifications
The Cheyenne-class was a 24th century design of light cruiser, consisting of a saucer section derived from the Galaxy-class project with four warp nacelles attached by branching pylons to the aft saucer.
In the 25th century, the Cheyenne-class would continue in Starfleet service as a modernized heavy cruiser, generally commanded by an officer with the rank of commander. By this time the Cheyenne, like it's parent design, had been the basis for several other starships, most notably the Dakota- and Stargazer-classes. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
In the early 25th century, the design of the Cheyenne-class heavy escort allowed its commanding officer to choose from different hull liveries, which could be modified further. Due to the ship's modular design, hull components were easily exchangebale with those of other four-nacelled heavy cruisers. (STO - The Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
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")
|Cheyenne-class cruiser starships|
|Federation Starfleet||standard configuration||USS Ahwahnee • USS Cheyenne • USS Constellation-A • USS Corinth • USS Emperor • USS Marauder • USS Porksauce • USS Rapid|
|variant configurations||Dakota-subclass: USS Dakota • USS Groveland • Stargazer-subclass: USS Stargazer-A|
|Terran Imperial Starfleet
|ISS Cheyenne • Dakota-subclass: ISS Dakota|
The Ahwahnee model was built for the battle sequence in "The Best of Both Worlds" and later described to Star Trek fans by Michael Okuda's appearances at conventions, where he showed slides with images of the behind-the-scenes models.
The ebook The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, published by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek license lists the USS Periyar and USS Utrecht as Challenger-class vessels. LUG's Ship Recognition Manual also lists the USS Paiute and USS Haida.