The Miranda-class was a type of Federation starship in use in the 23rd and 24th centuries.

The name derived from Prospero's daughter in The Tempest by William Shakespeare. (TOS video game: Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge Simulator)

History[edit | edit source]

One of Starfleet's most successful classes, the Miranda-class began its life in the early 23rd century, serving in the 2250s as complimentary class to the Constitution-class, with which it shares many construction components. (ST reference: Starship Spotter; EV comic: "Cloak and Dagger")

While the early Miranda-class vessels were successful, the final configuration of the class did not come about until the 2270s and 2280s when the Miranda-class vessels and the similar Anton-class series underwent refit. The refitted Anton-class vessels were sometimes referred to as Reliant-class. The renewed Miranda-class design, again using components from the Constitution-class refit (Enterprise-subclass) proved so successful that Starfleet rapidly commissioned a number of new vessels. (FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual; ST reference: Starship Spotter)

The new refitted version of the Miranda was designed by Ray Olesen. (video game Starfleet Command)

Reliant-type refits, and newly commissioned Miranda-class vessels in the refit configuration, served well into the 24th century and still made up a significant proportion of Starfleet a century after the first Anton-class vessels underwent refit. The class served with distinction in the Dominion War and while the class took quite a beating in the conflict many still remained in service at the end of the 2370s (ST reference: Starship Spotter; DS9 episode: "What You Leave Behind"; TTN novel: Taking Wing, et al.)

Vessels of the class of both before and after refit configurations are referred to universally as Miranda-class by contemporary sources. The FASA RPG supplements designate the pre-refit Miranda-class ships as Anton-class ships with the USS Reliant serving as the first refit vessel, and thus the refitted vessels being referred to as Reliant-class. The FASA designations for the class pre and post-refit could now be considered sub-class names for the singular Miranda-class. The Anton-class vessels had different configuration from the pre-refit Miranda ships shown in comics and mentioned in novels.

Features[edit | edit source]

Part of the Miranda-class' extreme success is due to their versatility; they perform well in combat, scientific research or even as cargo ships. This versatility is enhanced by an array of interchangeable and removable elements allowing the vessels to be specialized for missions. These components include additional sensor pods and weapons arrays and most obviously the option to have a roll bar housing additional systems over the main saucer section. The variability is so extensive one variant has been deemed a class in its own right; the Soyuz-class.

The Miranda-class in its most common configuration features two pulse-phaser cannons which draw power directly from the warp plasma feeds running into the warp nacelles making the class a formidable opponent. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

In the mid-24th century, this class of starship was sometimes referred to as a "frigate." (TNG novel: The Buried Age)

Variant designs[edit | edit source]

Known vessels[edit | edit source]

See Miranda-class starships.

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Connections[edit | edit source]

Starship classes of the Dominion War
Federation Alliance
Federation, Starfleet
(and civilian auxiliaries)
AkiraCentaurDefiantGalaxyExcelsiorMirandaNebulaNorwayRaging QueenSaberSovereignFederation light cruiser (Constitution variant)Federation light cruiser (Intrepid variant)Federation medium cruiser (Excelsior variant)Federation medium cruiser (Intrepid/Constitution variant) UFP emblem image. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
Klingon Empire, Klingon Defense Force B'relK't'ingaK'vortNegh'VarVor'cha Klingon emblem image. Romulan Star Empire, Imperial Fleet D'DeridexRomulan shuttle Emblem of the Romulan Star Empire.
Dominion forces
Dominion and Jem'Hadar Jem'Hadar battleshipJem'Hadar battlecruiserJem'Hadar fighterJem'Hadar strike cruiserJem'Hadar super carrierJem'Hadar warship Emblem of the Dominion.
Cardassian Union, Cardassian Guard (and Obsidian Order) GalorGroumallHidekiKeldon Emblem of the Cardassian Union. Breen Confederacy Breen battlecruiserBreen destroyerBreen fighter Emblem of the Breen confederacy.
Other combatants and neutral parties
Bajoran Provisional Government, Bajoran Militia Bajoran starshipJanitzaPerikianBajoran raiderBajoran transport Emblem of the Bajorans.
Starship classes of the Federation Starfleet
subclass groups

Akira (AlitaArmitageThunderchild) • Ambassador (AlaskaYamaguchi) • Apollo (Akula frigate / light cruiser) • Chesapeake (Mongrel) • Cheyenne (DakotaStargazer) • Concorde (Geneva battlecruiserPresidio) • Constellation (Challenger deep space explorer) • Chimera heavy destroyer (Manticore) • Constitution (AchernarBonhomme RichardTikopaiEnterpriseExeterExcaliburVesper) • Danube (Yellowstone) • Decatur (Dreadnought) • Defiant (GallantIncursionSao PauloVigilant escort) • Dervish (GryphonHermes escortMaelstromTempest) • Destiny (NimbusOracleTrident) • Excelsior (BismarckKirovNew JerseyResolute) • Galaxy (Andromeda (25th century)CelestialEnvoyGalaxy XMonarch cruiserVenture cruiserYamato dreadnought) • Hermes scout (CygnusMonoceros) • Inquiry (Avenger battlecruiserArbiter) • Intrepid (BellerophonCochrane science vesselDiscovery (Federation)Pathfinder) • Kumari (CharalKhyzon) • Luna (CometPolarisSol) • Miranda (AntonReliantSoyuz) • Nebula (Magellan) • Norway (Oslo) • Nova (AuroraQuasarRhode Island) • NX (ColumbiaPoseidon) • Oberth (Gagarin (23rd century)Sagan) • Olympic (HopeHorizon science vessel) • Prometheus (CerberusHephaestusHestiaPhoenix) • Ptolemy (DollondDopplerKeppler) • Remora (Charger) • Saladin (CochiseSiva) • Santa Fe (Newport) • Saber (GladiusRapierUshaan) • Sentinel (EmissaryNomad cruiserVanguard) • Solanae (HeliosMontgomeryOmega) • Sovereign (ImperialRegentMajesticNoble cruiser) • Steamrunner (Zephyr) • Vesta (AventineRademaker) • Walker (Georgiou) • Wells (Polarity)

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

AA classAakennAchillesAdvanceAegianAeolusAerieAkula destroyer / escortAmbassador HardinAndesAndorAndromeda (24th century)AntaresApacheAquariusArcherArchimedesArielAscendantAtroxAvenger (scout)BabcockBaderBakerBaton RougeBodeBolarusBonaventureBradburyBrentonCaliforniaCanadaCanopusCapella (23rd century)Capella (24th century)CastorCentaurCentaurusCeresChallengerChandleyChariotChimera fast frigateChristopherCle DanCochrane transportColumbiaContinentContortrixCopernicusCrossfieldDaedalusDauntlessDeckerDefenderDeltaD'KyrDenevaDerfDrexlerDurrettEagleEclipseEdwardEinsteinEl Doradofuture EnterpriseEpochEpsilonErewonEternalFederationFenlonFermiFijiFreedomFrontierGagarin (24th century)GalenGangesGenevaGenserGracefulGraysonGriffonGuardianGeminiHaleHermes fast cruiserHestonHoganHokule'aHooverHorizon cruiserIcarusIlthirinIndomitableIntrepid (light cruiser)IowaIstanbulIwo JimaClass JJupiterKarekhKeithKethkinKievK'KmarakKolm-AnKorolevLarsonLauroLaweyaLegacyLenthalLexingtonLibertyLokiLoknarLondonMadisonMakinMannMarklinMarshallM'BengaMediterraneanMercedMercury (courier)Mercury (escort)MerianMessierMeteorMidwayMissionMissouriMobulaiMoKalMoscowMulciberNachthexenNarcineNautilusNelsonNew OrleansNiagaraNoble laboratory vesselNomad escortNorthamptonOberonOdinOdysseusOdysseyOkinawaOppenheimerOrionOsakaOuroborosOverfieldPaladin battlecruiserPaladin destroyerPaladin (24th century)PerseusPioneerPhalanxPhantomPhiladelphiaPinnaclePiperPolluxPortsmithPralimPremonitionProximaPyotr VelikiyPyreneesRakotaRanger battlecruiserRanger explorerRanger scoutRenaissanceRickenbackerRigelRochesterRoyal SovereignSagittariusSamsonSawyerScorpioScryerScyllaSequoiaSevaijenShepardShiKahrSierraSolarSpringfieldSulekSurakSydneyTangentTempestTheophrastusThomas PaineThucydidesThufirTiberiusTiconderogaTheseusTripperTritiumTyphonTyphoonUkoraUlyssesUralUtahVenture scoutVigilant scoutVoyagerWallenbergWambunduWilkersonWei-FaWellingtonYamatoYorkshireYorktownZodiacunnamed

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

Background[edit | edit source]

Apocrypha[edit | edit source]

The ebook The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, published by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek license listed several other Miranda class starships: USS Alberta, USS Cotswold, USS Dalriada, USS Devereaux, USS Iscander, USS Ka'thela, USS Pahang, USS Prospero, USS Thermopylae, USS Winter and USS Yavapai.

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