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The Chimera class was a 25th century Federation starship type, a heavy destroyer in Starfleet service since the 2400s decade. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock", Shipyard menu)

History and specifications

Project Lotus

The starship development project for what would become the Chimera began at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards at Mars in the year 2405. Named "Project Lotus", it was a top-secret program conceived by Starfleet planners to produce a medium-sized starship maneuverable enough to engage the Klingon bird-of-prey raiders and square with Negh'Var-class battlecruisers. With that function in mind, Project Lotus aimed to design the vessel around the Dynamic Tactical System (DTS), a weapon system for targeting multiple targets at once.

A key contributor to the project was Commander Nog, who joined Project Lotus after completing his tour as chief engineer aboard the USS Enterprise-E. At Utopia Planitia, Nog joined a cadre of Advanced Starship Design Bureau engineers.

The political reason behind Project Lotus was the start of the Federation-Klingon War of 2405-2410. (STO Issue 02: "U.S.S. Chimera NCC-97400")

Initial service

The prototype, USS Chimera (NCC-97400) was launched in 2407. Nog received a promotion to captain to become the ship's commanding officer. The Chimera and its sister ships were deployed in the war with the Klingon Empire. Unfortunately, the complexity of constructing a ship around the DTS hindered mass production. (STO Issue 02: "U.S.S. Chimera NCC-97400")

In the year 2409, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers (SCE) had been working on a special new destroyer class starship, designed for high-level combat situations. The project was so secret that access to the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards was restricted for months while the project was completed.

The Chimera-class heavy destroyer was similar to an escort, but had many qualities of light cruisers and science vessels. While in its innate regenerative mode, excess power was transferred to the auxiliary systems and deflector shields. It was equipped with a prototype Dynamic Tactical System (or DTS). This system allowed the Chimera to transform between regenerative mode and tactical mode. In regenerative mode, the tachyon inversion beam was enabled, which could siphon shields from multiple targets. Activating tactical mode transferred additional power to weapons. In tactical mode, the DTS enabled a powerful multi-targeting Lotus, which was capable of piercing multiple targets. However, while in tactical mode, the deflector shields and auxiliary power systems were weakened and the tachyon inversion beam was disabled. (STO Issue 02: "U.S.S. Chimera NCC-97400")

Following the success of the Chimera class, the Manticore-class heavy destroyer was an upgraded version. Due to their modular design, components were interchangeable between Chimera- and Manticore-class starships. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")


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Known vessels

Chimera-class heavy destroyer starships
Federation Starfleet
(primary universe)
standard configuration ChimeraManticoreSphinx Federation icon image. Seal of Federation Starfleet icon image.
variant configuration Manticore-subclass: ManticoreNCC-93202
Terran Empire Starfleet
(mirror universe)
standard configuration ISS Chimeraunnamed {{{2}}} icon image. {{{2}}} icon image.

Appendices

Connections

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) • Merian (Merian (dreadnought)) • 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 RougeBerenaBodeBolarusBonaventureBradburyBrentonCaliforniaCanadaCanopusCapellaCastorCentaurCentaurusCeresCestusChallengerChandleyChariotChimerChimera 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 (dreadnought)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

Background

This section is written
from the Real World
point of view
.
Memory Beta
  • What would become the Chimera was submitted to Cryptic Studios by Jason "Vektor" Lee for the USS Enterprise-F fan design contest. Lee named the design Magellanic class. Cryptic Studios incorporated the ship for the heavy destroyer, a new type of ship and reward for Lifetime Subscription players.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 STO Issue 02: "U.S.S. Chimera NCC-97400"

External links

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