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The New Orleans-class was a type of Starfleet frigate starship in service to the Federation in the 24th century. (TNG episode: "Conspiracy"; ST reference: The Star Trek Encyclopedia)

This class became active in the year 2332. (Decipher RPG module: The Price of Freedom)

History and specifications

This frigate class is named for New Orleans, an Earth city.

The class entered service in the early 24th century and remained in service until the 2370s, at least. (STA novel: Progenitor; DS9 episode: "Nor the Battle to the Strong")

The New Orleans vessels crewed 550 officers and crew, with room for up to 1,600 passengers. Additionally, the New Orleans could carry 4,200 persons in an evacuation situation. The vessels measured 340 meters in length. The New Orleans-class had four standard personnel transporters, four emergency transporter stages and four cargo transporters. These vessels were equipped with standard control computer, tractor beam, sensor and deflector shields.

The New Orleans used warp engines rated to cruise at warp factor 5 and max out at warp factor 9, with an upper maximum of warp 9.3 sustainable for 12 hours. The New Orleans impulse engines were rated for nominal .75c and maximum .9c travel. The New Orleans weapons had a 720 degree arc phaser emitter, with forward, aft, port and starboard firing arcs. The vessels had two photon torpedo launcher pods on top of the saucer with forward, aft, port and starboard firing arcs, firing spreads of 8 torpedoes from a magazine of 200. (Decipher RPG module: The Price of Freedom) Below the Engineering Section a third pod was placed. This was either a third torpedo pod or a mission specific equipment pod.


In the 25th century, the design of the New Orleans-class recon destroyer allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of livery, which could be modified further at starbases. These included the options Type 1-7, Upgrade and Veteran. (STO - 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")


The Decipher RPG module: The Price of Freedom depicts a vessel with slightly different hull specifications than the New Orleans vessel that appeared in canon. It is possible the later canon design was a refit or variant of some kind.

Known ships

ship name registry ship commissioning disposition source
ISS Arnold 24th century active (2360s) TNG - Mirror Broken comic: "Issue 4"
USS New Orleans 2327/2332 active (2333) ST reference: The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard
USS Kyushu NCC-65491 2327 destroyed (2367) TNG episode: "The Best of Both Worlds", ST reference: The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard
USS Herbert 24th century active (2370s) Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Players' Guide
USS Jefferson
USS Renegade NCC-63102 prior to 2364 active (2360s); succeeded in name by Akira-class USS Renegade (2370s) Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Core Game Book
USS Rutledge NCC-57295 prior to 2362 active (2373) TNG episode: "The Wounded", DS9 episode: "Nor the Battle to the Strong"
USS Santa Fe 24th century active (2370s) Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Players' Guide
USS Savannah
USS Thomas Paine NCC-65530 2350s active (2364) FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual
USS Tokyo 2350s active (2386) TTN novel: Sight Unseen
USS Yudhisthira 24th century active (2370s) ST video game: Trexels mission: “Skirmish”



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


Before The Star Trek Encyclopedia clarified the class of the USS Thomas Paine referred to in TNG episode: "Conspiracy", FASA had apparently intended to assign that ship as the Thomas Paine-class prototype vessel. This contradiction can be reconciled using dates that establish the newer New Orleans-class USS Thomas Paine had succeeded that other vessel and assumed its name.


The ebook The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon published by Last Unicorn Games after losing their license lists several New Orleans-class starships, including the USS Bonaparte (NCC-58269), USS Bowie (NCC-61477), USS Jefferson (NCC-63701) and the USS Bunche (NCC-65270).

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