- For other uses, see Dakota.
Billed as a day-to-day workhorse vessel for Starfleet, the Dakota-class had entered service by the 2400s decade. In the 25th century, the Dakota-class would continue in Starfleet service as a modernized heavy cruiser, generally commanded by an officer with the rank of commander. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
In the early 25th century, the design of the Dakota-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")
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- In addition to the above "official" Dakota-class ships, the Dakota-class is one of several dozen starship classes that may spawn at random as Starfleet cruiser-level NPCs in Star Trek Online.