The Dauntless class was a 24th century Species 116[1] starship type, a tier 6 experimental[3] science vessel[4] first built in the 2370s[1], and in Federation Starfleet[2] service from the 2410s[5] decade. (VOY episode: "Hope and Fear", ENT episode: "Azati Prime", STO - Delta Rising mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

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Enterprise NX-01.

In the year 2151, the United Earth Starfleet vessel Enterprise NX-01 was the first Human spacecraft with the revolutionary warp 5 engine. (ENT episode & novelization: Broken Bow)

Conceived by Arturis of Species 116 in 2374, the class prototype USS Dauntless was a fake Starfleet ship built to fool the crew of USS Voyager, in revenge for Captain Kathryn Janeway's interference in the war between the Borg and Species 8472. Arturis, one of the few survivors his people, created the USS Dauntless through particle synthesis, a mechanism beyond Starfleet's understanding at the time. He held them responsible for the assimilation of his species at the hands of the Borg Collective by stopping Species 8472 from annihilating the Borg in 2373. Arturis and his faux Starfleet ship ended up assimilated after Janeway and Seven of Nine foiled his plot, but Voyager retained the ship's specs. (VOY episode: "Hope and Fear")

The first Dauntless in 2374.

The exposure to the Dauntless' systems enabled Starfleet to develop its own quantum slipstream drive a year later. (VOY episode: "Timeless")

By 2379, the experimental slipstream drive was integrated into several vessels. (VOY novel: Full Circle)

Starfleet's USS Dauntless prototype in 2410.

The design was adapted by the Starfleet Corps of Engineers[3] and put into production as a genuine Starfleet science vessel in 2410 as part of Operation Delta Rising. The Dauntless-class was equipped with a particle synthesis console. (STO - Delta Rising mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

The technology is reminiscent of the holographic emitters employed on the USS Incursion and Shadow-class science vessels. (ST video game: Armada II)

A Dauntless-class starship was 205 meters long. (The Official Starships Collection Issue 17: "USS Dauntless")

Initially, a ship of the class required a minimum commanding officer's rank of vice admiral or higher. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

In 2554, the USS Dauntless-A was one of the ships taking part in the Battle of Procyon V between the Federation, led by the USS Enterprise-J, and the Temporal Liberation Front. (STO - Future Proof mission: "Ragnarok")

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The Battle of Procyon V.

In a timeline where the Delphic Expanse was not destroyed in 2154, a Dauntless-class starship participated in the Battle of Procyon V in the 26th century. In this battle the Federation defeated the Sphere Builders. (ENT episode: "Azati Prime")

Livery[edit | edit source]

In the 25th century, the design of the Dauntless-class experimental science vessel allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of livery, which could be modified further at starbases. These options were designated Type 1-7, Upgrade and Veteran. (STO - 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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Starship classes of the Federation Starfleet
subclass groups

Akira (AlitaArmitageThunderchild) • Ambassador (AlaskaYamaguchi) • Apollo (Akula frigate / light cruiser) • Chesapeake (Mongrel) • Cheyenne (DakotaStargazer) • Concorde (Geneva battlecruiserPresidio) • Constellation (Challenger deep space explorer) • Chimera heavy destroyer (Manticore) • Constitution (AchernarBonhomme RichardTikopaiEnterpriseExeterExcaliburVesper) • Danube (Yellowstone) • Decatur (Dreadnought) • Defiant (GallantIncursionSao PauloVigilant escort) • Dervish (GryphonHermes escortMaelstromTempest) • Destiny (NimbusOracleTrident) • Excelsior (BismarckKirovNew JerseyResolute) • Galaxy (Andromeda (25th century)CelestialEnvoyGalaxy XMonarch cruiserVenture cruiserYamato dreadnought) • Hermes scout (CygnusMonoceros) • Inquiry (Avenger battlecruiserArbiter) • Intrepid (BellerophonCochrane science vesselDiscovery (Federation)Pathfinder) • Kumari (CharalKhyzon) • Luna (CometPolarisSol) • Miranda (AntonReliantSoyuz) • Nebula (Magellan) • Norway (Oslo) • Nova (AuroraQuasarRhode Island) • NX (ColumbiaPoseidon) • Oberth (Gagarin (23rd century)Sagan) • Olympic (HopeHorizon science vessel) • Prometheus (CerberusHephaestusHestiaPhoenix) • Ptolemy (DollondDopplerKeppler) • Remora (Charger) • Saladin (CochiseSiva) • Santa Fe (Newport) • Saber (GladiusRapierUshaan) • Sentinel (EmissaryNomad cruiserVanguard) • Solanae (HeliosMontgomeryOmega) • Sovereign (ImperialRegentMajesticNoble cruiser) • Steamrunner (Zephyr) • Vesta (AventineRademaker) • Walker (Georgiou) • Wells (Polarity)

Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
other named classes

AA classAakennAchillesAdvanceAegianAeolusAerieAkula destroyer / escortAmbassador HardinAndesAndorAndromeda (24th century)AntaresApacheAquariusArcherArchimedesArielAscendantAtroxAvenger (scout)BabcockBaderBakerBaton RougeBodeBolarusBonaventureBradburyBrentonCaliforniaCanadaCanopusCapella (23rd century)Capella (24th century)CastorCentaurCentaurusCeresChallengerChandleyChariotChimera fast frigateChristopherCle DanCochrane transportColumbiaContinentContortrixCopernicusCrossfieldDaedalusDauntlessDeckerDefenderDeltaD'KyrDenevaDerfDrexlerDurrettEagleEclipseEdwardEinsteinEl Doradofuture EnterpriseEpochEpsilonErewonEternalFederationFenlonFermiFijiFreedomFrontierGagarin (24th century)GalenGangesGenevaGenserGracefulGraysonGriffonGuardianGeminiHaleHermes fast cruiserHestonHoganHokule'aHooverHorizon cruiserIcarusIlthirinIndomitableIntrepid (light cruiser)IowaIstanbulIwo JimaClass JJupiterKarekhKeithKethkinKievK'KmarakKolm-AnKorolevLarsonLauroLaweyaLegacyLenthalLexingtonLibertyLokiLoknarLondonMadisonMakinMannMarklinMarshallM'BengaMediterraneanMercedMercury (courier)Mercury (escort)MerianMessierMeteorMidwayMissionMissouriMobulaiMoKalMoscowMulciberNachthexenNarcineNautilusNelsonNew OrleansNiagaraNoble laboratory vesselNomad escortNorthamptonOberonOdinOdysseusOdysseyOkinawaOppenheimerOrionOsakaOuroborosOverfieldPaladin battlecruiserPaladin destroyerPaladin (24th century)PerseusPioneerPhalanxPhantomPhiladelphiaPinnaclePiperPolluxPortsmithPralimPremonitionProximaPyotr VelikiyPyreneesRakotaRanger battlecruiserRanger explorerRanger scoutRenaissanceRickenbackerRigelRochesterRoyal SovereignSagittariusSamsonSawyerScorpioScryerScyllaSequoiaSevaijenShepardShiKahrSierraSolarSpringfieldSulekSurakSydneyTangentTempestTheophrastusThomas PaineThucydidesThufirTiberiusTiconderogaTheseusTripperTritiumTyphonTyphoonUkoraUlyssesUralUtahVenture 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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