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The M'Chla class was a Klingon starship class, a bird of prey vessel in service to various Great Houses of the Klingon Empire in the 2250s decade. (DSC episode: "Battle at the Binary Stars", ST Issue The Official Starships Collection: "DSC04", ARC website: The Discovery Operations Pack!)

Service historyEdit

Following roughly a century of relative peace, the Federation encountered M'Chla-class birds of prey when the Starfleet Walker-class starship USS Shenzhou, and its reinforcements, were attacked by representatives of 26 Klingon Great Houses at the Battle of the Binary Stars on May 11, 2256. The battle had been instigated by the fanatic T'Kuvma to reunite the Klingon Empire by rallying its houses against a common foe and ushering local space into Burnham's War. (DSC episode: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

Weeks after the battle, the House of Mo'Kai targeted the USS Malachowski, on a cadet training cruise at the time, in the Vulcan sector. Following the death of Captain Anton Schaefer, the senior-most cadet assumed command and the crew engaged in repairs before Matriarch J'Ula and the IKS Lukara and her M'Chla frigates could overpower the Federation Malachowski-class light cruiser. The USS Sebrova arrived to assist the Malachowski, and the pair of ships repelled House Mo'Kai. (STO - "Age of Discovery" mission: "Trial by Fire")

Together, they traveled to the Arucanis Arm to rescue the USS Ticonderoga, engaging further M'Chlas. (STO - "Age of Discovery" missions: "The Shadow Knows", "Children of War")

Soon after, the Malachowski and the USS Glenn defended a science outpost in the Delta Volanis Cluster against Mo'Kai raiders. (STO - "Age of Discovery" mission: "Secrets")

In November, six months after the Binaries, the Klingons attacked the mining colony at Corvan II again, after an attack earlier that year had ben repelled. The attacking Klingon birds of prey were destroyed by the USS Discovery. (DSC episode: "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry")

Participating in a series of ambushed on Federation patrols, a trio of M'Chlas were part of the attack on the USS Gagarin. The Gagarin was lost with all hands despite support from the Discovery when a bird of prey fired a torpedo at the Shepard-class and hit. (DSC episode: "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum")

In December, a pair of M'Chlas transported the Great House leaders Dennas and Ujilli to a meeting with a Federation representative on Cancri IV. It was really a ruse by the Klingons to gain support by General Kol, son of Kol-sha. As a reward, all Klingon ships allied with Kol received a cloaking device. (DSC episode: "Lethe")

When the USS Discovery exchanged its location with the ISS Discovery, mirror universe Klingon ships were also pulled into the primary universe. (STO - "Mirror of Discovery" mission: "Para Pacem")

The Discovery was destroyed by the Klingons, and Starfleet Admiral Katrin Cornwell found only wreckage. (DSC episode: "Will You Take My Hand?")

In 2257, raiders of this class were among the first waves attacking Starbase 1 at the edge of the Sol system. Some of these vanished when J'Ula's weaponised mycelial network technology backfired. (STO - "Age of Discovery" missions: "Downfall", "Defense of Starbase One")

Nine months after Discovery went missing and shortly after the ship's return, several M'Chlas were part of the fleet approaching Earth for the final assault. These bore the trefoil insignia of the Klingon Empire. (DSC episode: "Will You Take My Hand?")

J'Ula and her fleet of House Mo'Kai ships appeared in 2409 and went into hiding. This became a concern for the Alpha Quadrant Alliance following the end of the Tzenkethi Crusade in 2410. (STO - "Age of Discovery" mission: "Downfall")

Starfleet de-classified records, and the AQA ordered its commanding officers to relive events of Burnham's War through holoprograms. This entailed combating countless M'Chla-class birds of prey. However, the process resulted in a new technology, the Beacon of Kahless, that could summon 2256-era M'Chlas and other Klingon ships to aid in any space battle. (STO - "Age of Discovery" mission: "Defense of Starbase 1")

Also in 2410, the ISS Discovery appeared at Pahvo, and came under attack from Klingon ships of various classes. With assistance by the AQA, the Discovery was defended, and the Klingons retreated. (STO - "Mirror of Discovery" mission: "Para Pacem")

When the Discovery tried to return to its own univese and time period, the Klingons launched another attack. The AQA sent the Discovery and the surviving Klingon ships back to 2257, albeit in the prime universe, where they destroyed each other. (STO - "Mirror of Discovery" mission: "The Illusion of Communication")

A week before stardate 87831.2, the Klingon High Council ordered KDF generals to have clases of the Discovery-era refitted or reconstructed as replicas at several drydocks. First among these were the M'Chla- and Qugh-class, outfitted with new technology shared by the Allied Cooperative Starship Development Board. The M'Chla was classed a tier 6 pilot starship bird of prey. (STO - Mirror of Discovery short story: "Jayce's Interstellar: Around the Galaxy")

At some point, ships of the class were part of Federation-Klingon engagements involving vessels from different cultures and eras. (ST video game: Adversaries)

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Bird-of-prey classes
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Reman birds-of-prey T'varo RomulanEmblem
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Klingon starship classes
Klingonese names AkifB'relB'RotlhBaka Re'Ber'taaBesz Ra'te'BirokBortasBortasqu'Ch'TangCharghwI'Chava'KalChontayChunDabChuq'BehChutokD'akaD'amaDath D'lanD'esta KarD'GavamaEakin K'nallFek'lhrH'ban PavHaqtajHegh'taHoH'SuSJach'EngJfolokhK'mirraK'nallK'nelK't'aggaK't'allaK't'ingaK't'karaK't'maraK't'rikaK'TancoK'vortK'vort ChaKalathKarasKas MaalK'el Ri'andaKh'exrilinK'hanakhKamaragKhitomerKl'arKlolodeKl'sarzaKl'xenovaKolothKom Ka'desKomo ValKorathKorebaKoro't'ingaKronosL'rexaLar'halLara'atanLI'wI'Mas To GalMat'HaMay'DujMoghMoQMortum HestaNa Ra'denNegh'VarNing'taoNorghNovNuQ'DujPachPeghqu'PIHPlen ZhaPumwI'Puyjaqqa'HoSQangQaw'DunQeh'RalQexaQeylIS BetleHQibQinQorghQuDRiskadhSivistaSomrawSuQ'jaghSuQobSuvwI'QehT'h'larTa'SubTajtiqTalat Kh'exestaTor'KahtV'al'konV'kar ZadanV's'taloTas'estaVakkVo'QuvVoDleHVoodiehVor'chaVor'KangZ'galZ'gavastaZ'gavvaZ'mortamaZha Mortas Klingon Empire
Translated names AccuserAdministratorAllianceBattle CruiserBird of PreyBringer of AgonyBringer of DestinyBringer of DestructionBringer of JusticeCarrier of DoomCatapultChancellorDeath BootDeath RiteDeath StalkerDefenderEmperorEnforcerEver VictoriousFat ManFierce RevengeGreat BirdGrim Reaper • (Gull) • HealerInsurrectionLittle KillerLucklessMenderMover • (Murph) • One WingPainbringerPathmakerPredator • (Raptor) • RavenousRelentlessRevengeSaberSeekerShadowSpeedstarStalkerStarStingerStingtongueStrong VictorStronger BirdSuspiciousSwiftwindSword of KahlessThrone SeekerTrader's GameTruthbringerTugboatUnseen CreeperWarrior's AngerWatcherWinner
Alphanumeric names B5D2D3D4D5D6D7 • (D7/D5 KlolodeD7 AkifD7AD7CD7GD7MD7RD7SD7 Koloth) • D9D10 (bird of prey)D10 (cruiser)D11D12 (bird of prey)D12 (cruiser)D14D16D18D20D32E4E6F5F5BF5CF5GF5GBF5KF5LF5WF5YF6FWKFWLFWCG2G3G4G5G6G8K3K4K5K6K14K15K17K18K22 • (K22B) • K23K24K26K27K30K32L6L9L13L24L42S4S5S8T3T5T12
By time period or type Birds-of-prey (22nd century bird of prey2260s bird of prey) • 23rd century scout vesselmobile battle basebattleshipcargo shipcolony shipconstruction shipdropshipmining freighterprison bargerepair shipscout ship

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