- For other uses, see Mars.
The Mars class was a starship consisting of three detached components, a triangular primary hull flanked by curved warp nacelles on either side. The primary hull narrowed to a round section at the bow, with the ship's name and registry number displayed around windows or lights.
The design of the Mars class was a result of the pursuit of these alternative forms of FTL travel, with its goal of becoming independent of dilithium-based reactions. In an effort to reduce the vessel's warp bubble size, Starfleet turned the main hull into a streamlined structure and added comparatively substantial propulsion nacelles. Starfleet incorporated ideas of theoretical subspace propulsion techniques.
The experiments into subspace manipulation failed to provide any viable FTL alternatives. Despite that, the technology itself was deemed a suitable for a defensive purpose. Therefore, Starfleet deemed the resulting Mars-class escort a qualified success.
As a result, Starfleet put the Mars class into production. The equipped specialized subspace emitters were repurposed to serve as deterrents for factions who might threaten the Federation.
Bridge officer stations included a dedicated seat for a combined tactical officer/pilot specialist, and another for an intelligence operative. (STO website: The Mars Class Comes to the Infinity Lock Box!)
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")
It was one of ten Federation classes active in the 3180s.
In 3189, ships of the class, including the USS Le Guin, were present as the time-displaced USS Discovery made its way through the distortion field towards Federation HQ. Lieutenant Commander Nhan of the Discovery identified the ship as a scout on sight, wondering what its range was. (DSC episode: "Die Trying")
- USS Le Guin (NCC-325059/-325060)
- USS Liu Cixin (NCC-325060)
- USS Scarab (NCC-93461)
- USS Zheng He (NCC-325057)
Appearances and references
- DSC episode: "Die Trying" (first appearance)
- DSC episode: "That Hope Is You, Part 2"
- STO website: The Mars Class Comes to the Infinity Lock Box!
- ST reference: Shipyards: Starfleet Ships 2294 - The Future (2nd ed.)
- Mars class article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.
- Mars Pilot Escort article at The Star Trek Online Wiki.