History and specifications
By the mid-22nd century the Ganges class was considered to be an older ship design, but several ships were still in active service. Along with the SS Intrepid two such vessels chased away a Klingon bird-of-prey when it attacked Enterprise in the Sol system after its return following the Xindi attack in 2153. (ENT episode: "The Expanse")
As part of UESPA Chief of Staff Admiral Jonathan Archer and Alpha Centauri Chief of Staff Alexis Osman's fleet modernization program, a new wave of Ganges class vessels were under construction by 2165. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Live by the Code)
Ganges class ships were about 130 meters long and initially could carry a crew of 20. Initially, ships of this class had a top speed approaching warp 2 and featured rocket-style engines at the rear. While Emmette's hull was as compact and triangular as its successors, it was shorter, and the nacelle pylons were angled differently. Following upgrades to hull and engines, Ganges-class starships could reach warp 3 and carried a crew of 30. (The Official Starships Collection Issue 82: "United Earth Starfleet Warp Delta", Star Trek Shipyards reference: Starfleet Ships 2151-2293)
Ganges class ships were equipped with forward and aft plasma cannons for offense and polarized hull plating for defense. (ENT episodes: "The Expanse", "Twilight", Star Trek Shipyards reference: Starfleet Ships 2151-2293)
|Starship classes and spacecraft types of Earth|
|Arrow • Assist • Cavalry • Christopher • Cosmos • CZ-100 • DY-100 • DY-500 • DY-700 • DY-1100-class • Daedalus • Discovery • Doppler (scout) • Edison • Galliant • Ganges • Hopkins • Horizon • Intrepid (Earth) • J (freighter) • Long • Marshall • Mercury (scout) • Messier • Minuteman • Neptune • NX • Poseidon • Strider • Vanguard (starship) • Verne (Earth) • Y (freighter) • Yorktown • Zeus|
Appearances and references
- ENT episode: "The Expanse"
- ENT episode: "Twilight"
- ENT episode: "Storm Front"
- ENT episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly" (opening credits only)