- For other uses, see Cochrane.
The Cochrane-class was a Federation starship class, a long-range science vessel available in tier 4 and tier 6 configurations, in service from the early 25th century. Like the Discovery-class, it was a variant subclass of the Intrepid-class. (STO website: Ships of the Line; STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
The Cochrane- and Discovery-classes were inspired by the unscheduled long-endurance journey through the Delta Quadrant undertaken by the USS Voyager in the 2370s, which made the Intrepid-class the gold standard for deep space explorer starships. Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards planned to update the Intrepid-class with the latest in Starfleet design, and in addition to the Discovery-class also produced the Cochrane. (STO website: Ships of the Line)
In 2409, the class was rated tier 4, requiring an officer with the rank of captain to fill the role of commanding officer. The ship's components were interchangeable with its sister classes of the Intrepid line. The available components extended with the launch of the Bellerophon-class in the same year.
In the 25th century, the design of the Cochrane-class long-range science vessel allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of livery, which could be modified further at starbases. These options were numbered Types, Upgrade and Veteran. (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")