- For other uses, see Georgiou.
The Georgiou-class was a Starfleet battlecruiser designed prior to the Khitomer Accords. Very few of these ships were produced, and many were retired in the early 24th Century. However, some returned to service in 2410. The class was named for Captain Philippa Georgiou.
Conceived as the lead ship of a class of experimental battlecruisers, the Georgiou was developed during a time of escalating tensions with the Klingon Empire during the pre-Khitomer I era as an alternative to the Excelsior-class design proposal. Whereas the Excelsior was envisioned as a further evolution of the Constitution-class multi-mission explorer cruiser, the Georgiou was designed along much more narrow parameters. Intended primarily to match the Empire's K'tinga-class one on one. the Georgiou class packed a considerable amount of firepower into a design roughly three-quarters of the Excelsior's size, and a small number of Georgiou-class ships were built prior to the signing of the Khitomer Accords of 2293.
Following the implementation of fleet composition limitations by both the Federation and the Empire in the Khitomer Accords, further Georgiou construction was suspended by Starfleet Command as the Excelsior class became the primary backbone of the fleet. Refitted and reclassified as light exploration cruisers, the class's heavy weapon systems were gutted, although the experimental engines were retained. Once the refit was complete, the class remained a platform for both rapid response and long-range exploration until their retirement in the early 24th century.
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