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The Malachowski class was a 23rd century Federation starship class, a light cruiser in Starfleet service in the 2250s decade. (DSC episode: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

In the mirror universe, this class served in the Starfleet of the Terran Empire. (Shipyards reference: Starfleet Ships 2151-2293)

Technical data

The Malachowski-class sported a compact hull design. Instead of a secondary hull, the saucer section expanded into a wedge at the rear. A pair of nacelle pylons was attached on the rear ventral hull, behind the layers of decks extending from the ventral center of the saucer. Hanging below the saucer, and at the front of the ventral decks, was the deflector dish. The lowermost point of the saucer section was the sensor dome. Impulse engines marked the rear of the hull. The warp nacelles on the pylons were long and rectangular.

The basic color was two-toned metallic gray. The ship's registry sat atop a half circle of darker metallic paint. The same paint formed a triangle between the half-circle and the bridge lights. Two trapezoid blocks were on the extended aft section of the saucer. These were reminiscent of the Miranda-class. Overall, the ship's design echoed elements of the Miranda- and NX-classes. (Shipyards reference: Starfleet Ships 2151-2293)

The Malachowski class was 227 meters long. (DSC Issue 09: "USS Clarke")

The saucer section was shared with the Helios-class Starfleet tug, active around the same time. (DSC Issue 27: "Starfleet Tug")

By the 2250s decade, the USS Malachowski was considered a battle-proven design and particularly fast and maneuverable for a light cruiser. It served as training vessel for cadets of Starfleet Academy. It had a standard crew complement of 200. (STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Tutorial")

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In the 31st and 32nd century, the Eisenberg-class starship was equipped with attached warp nacelles that resembled those of the Malachowski class. (DSC episode: "Die Trying")


In the 25th century, the design of the Malachowski-class light cruiser allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of hull materials, which could be modified further at shipyards. (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")

Service history

The USS Clarke in 2256.

The USS Malachowski was the prototype and first ship of the class. (STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Secrets", STO - Age of Discovery short story: "Discover New Adventures This Fall")

Two ships of the class, the USS Clarke and the USS Sioux, participated in the Battle of the Binary Stars on 11 May 2256. The Clarke was lost early in the battle with the Klingons. (DSC episode: "Battle at the Binary Stars", Shipyards reference: Starfleet Ships 2151-2293)

Weeks after the battle at the Binaries between Starfleet and a Klingon fleet that heralded the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-2257, the Malachowski was one of the ships of its class that served as Starfleet Academy training cruise ship for the class of 2256 under the auspices of Captain Anton Shaefer. (STO video game: Age of Discovery, STO - Age of Discovery short story: "Discover New Adventures This Fall")

Six months later, a picture of the Clarke adorned a mess hall wall of the USS Discovery, part of a memorial for ships lost in the initial battle. (DSC episode: "Context Is for Kings")

In 2257, the Malachowski was one of the ships pulled forward in time during the Capture of Starbase 1 when House Mo'Kai Matriarch J'Ula fired a mycelial network-based superweapon. The affected ships were deposited into the year 2409. Meanwhile, the House of D'Ghor seized Starbase 1. (STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Downfall")

Following the abandonment of Yard 39 and over 150 ships and hulks docked there, Starfleet reoriented towards newer ship classes and gradually phased out the 2250s-era ships. (STO Issue 01: "USS Gagarin")

The Malachowski-class USS Asimov was involved in the Naazh conflict in 2279. (TOS novel: The Higher Frontier)

Tug variant USS Zimmerman.

The Helios-subclass remained in service as tug into the 2380s. (Short Treks episode: "Children of Mars")

The Malachowski-class re-entered service as a tier 1-rated light cruiser in 2409. It's capabilities matched that of other, newer Starfleet light cruisers in service in the 25th century. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

In 2410, the Advanced Starship Design Bureau reintroduced more starship classes from the 2250s, and developed 25th century counterparts. (STO Issue 09: "USS Europa") The Malachowski did not receive a new 25th century counterpart nor a tier 6 rating. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

Known vessels

ship name registry ship commissioning disposition
USS Clarke NCC-1661[1] 2250s[1] destroyed (2256)[2]
USS Malachowski NCC-1619[3] 2250s[1] active (2256)[3]
USS Sioux NCC-1621[1] 2250s[1] active (2256)[1]

Mirror universe vessels

ship name registry ship commissioning disposition
ISS Cooper NCC-1004[1] 2250s[1] active (2256)[4]



Malachowski-class starships
Federation Starfleet
(primary universe)
standard configuration AsimovClarkeCousteauMalachowskiMiyamotoSioux Federation icon image. Seal of Federation Starfleet icon image.
variant configurations Helios-subclass: Zimmerman
Terran Empire Starfleet
(mirror universe)
standard configuration ISS Cooper Terran Empire emblem. icon image.
Starship classes of the Federation Starfleet
subclass groups

Akira (AlitaArmitageThunderchild) • Ambassador (AlaskaNarendraYamaguchi) • Apollo (Akula frigate / light cruiser) • Cardenas (Buran) • Chesapeake (Mongrel) • Cheyenne (DakotaStargazer) • Concorde (Geneva battlecruiserPresidio) • Constellation (Challenger deep space explorer) • Chimera heavy destroyer (Manticore) • Constitution (AchernarBonhomme RichardTikopaiEnterpriseExeterExcaliburVesperKirkCrossfield (Glenn32nd century refit) • Danube (Yellowstone) • Decatur (Dreadnought) • Defiant (GallantIncursionNachthexenSao PauloValiantVigilant escort) • Dervish (GryphonHermes escortMaelstromTempest) • Destiny (NimbusOracleTrident) • Engle (Earhart) • Excelsior (BismarckCurryKirovNew JerseyResolute) • Galaxy (Andromeda (25th century)CelestialEnvoyGalaxy XMonarch cruiserRossVenture cruiserYamato dreadnought) • Hermes scout (CygnusMonoceros) • Inquiry (Avenger battlecruiserArbiter) • Hoover (Edison) • Intrepid (BellerophonCochrane science vesselDiscovery (science vessel)JanewayPathfinderTrailblazerYeager) • Kumari (CharalKhyzon) • Luna (CometPolarisSolTitan) • Magee (Shran (escort)) • Malachowski (Helios (tug)) • Miranda (AntonReliantSoyuz) • Merian (Merian (dreadnought)) • Nebula (Magellan) • New Orleans (Lafayette) • Nimitz (Europa) • Norway (Oslo) • Nova (AuroraQuasarRhode Island) • NX (ColumbiaPoseidon) • Oberth (ClarkeGagarin (23rd century)GrissomSagan) • Odyssey (VerityYorktown (cruiser)) • Olympic (HopeHorizon science vessel) • Prometheus (CerberusHephaestusHestiaPhoenix) • Ptolemy (DollondDopplerKeppler) • Remora (Charger) • Saladin (CochiseSiva) • Santa Fe (Newport) • Saber (GladiusRapierUshaan) • Sentinel (EmissaryNomad cruiserVanguard) • Shepard (Gagarin (25th century)) • Solanae (HeliosMontgomeryOmega) • Sovereign (ArchonImperialMajesticNoble cruiserRegent) • Steamrunner (AppalachiaZephyr) • Vesta (AventineRademaker) • Walker (GeorgiouShenzhou ) • Wells (EternalOuroborosVerne)

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

AA classAakennAchillesAdvanceAegianAeolusAerieAkula destroyer / escortAmbassador HardinAndesAndorAndromeda (24th century)AngelouAntaresApacheAquariusArcherArchimedesArk RoyalArielAscendantAtroxAvenger (scout)BabcockBaderBakerBaton RougeBodeBolarusBonaventureBradburyBrentonCaliforniaCanadaCanopusCapellaCastorCentaurCentaurusCeresCestusChallengerChandleyChariotChimerChimera fast frigateChristopherClarke (25th century)Cle DanCochrane transportColumbiaCondor (raider)ContinentContortrixCopernicusCourageDaedalusDauntlessDeckerDefenderDeltaD'KyrDenevaDerfDrexlerDurrettEagleEclipseEdwardEinsteinEisenbergEl Doradofuture EnterpriseEpochEpsilonErewonEternalFederationFenlonFermiFijiFreedomFriendshipFrontierGagarin (24th century)GalenGallantGangesGenevaGenserGracefulGraysonGriffonGuardianGeminiHaleHermes fast cruiserHestonHoganHokule'aHorizon cruiserIcarusIlthirinIndomitableIntrepid (light cruiser)IowaIstanbulIwo JimaClass JJupiterKarekhKeithKethkinKievK'KmarakKolm-AnKorolevLarsonLauroLaweyaLegacyLenthalLexingtonLibertyLokiLoknarLondonMadisonMakinMannMarklinMarsMarshallM'BengaMediterraneanMercedMercury (courier)Mercury (escort)MerianMerian (dreadnought)MessierMeteorMidwayMissionMissouriMobulaiMoKalMoscowMulciberNarcineNautilusNelsonNiagaraNoble laboratory vesselNomad escortNorthamptonOberonOdinOdysseusOkinawaOppenheimerOrionOsakaOverfieldPaladin battlecruiserPaladin destroyerParliamentPaladin (24th century)PerseusPioneerPhalanxPhantomPhiladelphiaPinnaclePiperPolluxPortsmithPralimPremonitionProximaPyotr VelikiyPyreneesRakotaRanger battlecruiserRanger explorerRanger scoutRenaissanceRickenbackerRigelRochesterRoyal SovereignSagittariusSamsonSaturnSawyerScorpioScryerScyllaSequoiaSevaijenShiKahrSierraSolarSpringfieldSulekSurakSydneyTangentTheophrastusThomas PaineThucydidesThufirTiberiusTiconderogaUniverseTheseusTripperTritiumTyphonTyphoonUkoraUlyssesUralUtahVenture 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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