History and specifications
The Ranger-class was designed by space-frame designer Marc Chausser. Years in service: 2215 - 2270. Some were still known to be in service as late as 2293, including the USS Springfield. (TOS movie: The Undiscovered Country)
During its early years in service, the Ranger-class was the top-of-the-line ship for the Federation, performing everything from first contact missions to top secret missions into Klingon space. However, as it grew older, and was replaced with other ships such as the Constitution-class, it settled into a role of sector patrol and diplomatic transport.
The "Ranger-class explorer" was one of several classes of ships referred to as "Ranger Class" in the late 23rd century. It shared this name with the newer Ranger-class battlecruiser, and that class's approximate contemporary, the Ranger-class scout.
|Bastion • Carolina • Challenger • Coronado • Decatur • Duncan • Explorer • Halsey • Indomitable • Orleans • Ranger • Revere • Sal'koth • Solzhenitzyn • Spann • Springfield • Valiant|