- For other uses, see Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island-class was a class of science vessel in use by the Federation Starfleet in the early 25th century. It was a refit variant of the Nova-class. (VOY episode & novelization: Endgame; ST video game: Star Trek Online)
The Rhode Island-class was comparable in size to the earlier Nova-class. It was armed with phaser arrays and photon torpedoes and carried a photonic displacer device capable of creating a false sensor image of itself for short periods as a decoy. (ST video game: Star Trek Online)
The Terran Empire's version of the Rhode Island-class featured additional engineering capability at the expense of some of its utility as a science vessel. (STO website: Undine Lock Box and Lobi Store Ships)
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Larry Nemecek said on Doug Drexler's blog that he named the USS Rhode Island after the United States state of Rhode Island as a joke: Even though Harry Kim had finally gotten his own command, it was still named after the smallest US state.