In the late 2270s or 2280, the Hunley was severely damaged by the Romulan Ventarix-class battlecruiser ChR Daami, under recently-promoted Admiral Aventeer Vokar, while attempting to rescue the Federation freighter SS Dakota. The captain, executive officer, science officer, and navigator were all killed during the attack, blown out into space by a hull breach on the bridge. However, survivors of the attack, led by Lieutenant John Harriman, were able to capture the Daami and tow both ships back to Federation space. (ST - The Lost Era novel: Serpents Among the Ruins)
- Though the specific name of the class is not given, the Hunley is described as a "light cruiser" having "two warp nacelles either side of its circular hull". The primary hull had twelve decks.