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The Nebula-class was a type of Federation starship in use by Starfleet in the 24th century. Officially designated as an explorer, the Nebula ships were also sometimes referred to as cruisers. This class was named for spectacular galactic gas clouds known as nebulae. (DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual; Last Unicorn RPG module: The Price of Freedom; Decipher RPG modules: Starfleet Operations Manual, Starships)

Technical data[]

A Nebula vessel at warp.

The Nebula-class is well-known for being a testbed of modular components, with the vessel's upper outboard structures varying from vessel to vessel. Several configurations—including a tactical pod, sensor pod, cargo pod and probe pod—had been fielded by the 2380s. During the Dominion War, of course, the most common variant was the tactical configuration. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

Special configurations[]

During the Dominion War, Starfleet worked on a key number of tactical upgrades to all types of starship that would be used in combat against Dominion forces. The key aim was to increase their defensive and offensive capabilities so that they could remain in a fire-fight a lot longer. Through this design strategy, the Nebula-class was able to gain an impressive array of specialised weapons and defensive systems. Whilst these tactical upgrades were used sparingly during the Dominion War, the systems were heavily used during the Borg incursions of 2376 and 2377. (ST video games: Armada, Armada II)

The tactical configuration was sometimes referred to as battle cruisers by 2379. (ST video game: Starfleet Command III)

Shield disruptor 
This weapon was based on technology adapted from the Breen Energy dampening weapon. It disables the shields of a group of enemy ships for a short time, allowing weapons to damage the hull and systems directly.
Gemini effect 
The Gemini Effect was created as a result of Doctor Paul Manheim's temporal research in 2364. The effect creates a temporal disturbance in the space-time continuum, allowing two of the same ship to exist simultaneously in different locations.
Point defense phaser 
The initial concept for this weapon goes back as far as the 20th century, with the Strategic Defense Initiative. Perfected in 2374, the PDP destroys incoming torpedoes before they can do any damage.
Engineering team 
Allows this ship to repair a allied ship, restore shields to 50% capacity. (ST video games: Armada, Armada II)

Known vessels[]

Nebula-class starships
Federation Starfleet Standard configuration AldebaranAlnwickAristotleBarclayBellBellerophonBerkeleyBoadiceaBonchuneBonhomme RichardBostwickBougainvilleBoyleCaddebostanChang TehChatelainChesapeakeChinColumbia-BConklinCourageousCousteauCrickCurieDarwinDescartesDiscoveryDouglassEdisonEinsteinEndeavourEuclidFaradayFarragutFermiFoucaultGalileoGallantGarudaGatesGodelHawkingHegelHeisenbergHeraHimoriHonshuHsien NingHubbleJacobusJah'torJasmineKelvinKerra'donKhitomerKnuthKoernerLancasterLeedsLeopardLexingtonMei YuanMelbourneMerrimackMing ChuenMonitorNebulaNewellNew YorkNewtonNightingaleNobelO'NeilOakhamOckhamOppenheimerOxfordPascalPasteurPavlovPhoenixPrometheusProximaPythagorasRangerSaladinSalkRestonSchrödingerSchweitzerScottStaffordSutherlandT'KumbraTemeraireTeslaTintagelTomaselliTonawandaUlyssesWhitneyZee-MagneesZimmermanunnamed Nebula-class starships UFP emblem image. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
variant configurations Magellan-subclass: Magellan
Terran Imperial Starfleet
(mirror universe)
BerkeleyNebula Seal of the Terran Empire. Borg Collective DouglassO'NeilTonawandaunnamed Nebula-class starships Emblem of the Borg Collective.


Registry: USS Bellerophon (NCC-62048) USS Berkeley (NCC-64720) USS Bonchune (NCC-70915) USS Bougainville (NCC-61809) USS Chesapeake (NCC-62010) USS Columbia (NCC-62101-B) USS Discovery (NCC-62049) USS Albert Einstein (NCC-85183) USS Endeavour (NCC-71805) USS Farragut (NCC-60597) USS Hera (NCC-62006) USS Honshu (NCC-60205) USS Leeds (NCC-70352) USS Leopard (NCC-62344) USS Lexington (NCC-61832) USS Melbourne (NCC-62043) USS Merrimack (NCC-61827) USS Monitor (NCC-61826) USS Nebula (NCC-60000/60147/60602) USS Nightingale (NCC-60805) USS Phoenix (NCC-65420) USS Prometheus (NCC-71201) USS Proxima (NCC-61952) USS Reston (NCC-66874) USS Scott (NCC-72016) USS Sutherland (NCC-72015) USS T'Kumbra (NCC-62100) USS Temeraire (NCC-65387) USS Tonawanda (NCC-71201) USS Ulysses (NCC-66808)

Appendices[]

Connections[]

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 (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) • 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 (3060s)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

Background[]

This class first appeared in canon in TNG episode: "The Wounded".

Apocrypha[]

The ebook The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, released by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek license listed several other Nebula class starships: USS Osiris (NCC-69903), USS Denali (NCC-70258) and USS Shanghai (NCC-55203).

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