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John Glenn type, Valley Forge type and Sun Tzu type starships in fleet action.

This page lists and describes unnamed Federation starship classes

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By named starship

Anansi type

This type of starship, known by the USS Anansi, was specifically designed for use in the Dominion War. It was a small vessel with a blunted front section and several hard corners - designed with martial practicality in mind rather than aesthetics. It possessed the usual twin warp nacelles as well as a shuttlebay large enough to hold a Danube-class runabout. The ship also had a small holodeck with a volume of about three meters cubed. (DS9 - Prophecy and Change short story: "Chiaroscuro")

Andraste type

USS Andraste

This type of starship, known from the USS Andraste, was in use sometime in the mid 23rd century. The only known ship of this type was used as as science vessel. (SOTL calendar: Ships of the Line 2021)

Aquitaine type

USS Aquitaine

This type of starship, known from the USS Aquitaine, was in use in the mid 24th century. This design may have bene based off of concept art for the Nova-class. (TNG comic: "Children of Chaos")

Argonaut type

USS Argonaut-A

This type of starship, known from the USS Argonaut-A, was in use sometime in the late 24th century. The design pulled from that of the Type-11 shuttlecraft, the Sovereign-class cruiser, and the Intrepid-class. (SOTL calendar: Ships of the Line 2022)

Artemis type

USS Artemis

This type of starship, known from the USS Artemis NCC-1087, was in use sometime in the mid 23rd century, in operation in at least the year 2253. The design pulled from that of the Shepard-class, but with a design not often seen in Federation ships, with one nacelle suspended above the saucer section and one nacelle held below. (ST reference: The Art of John Eaves)

Bakker type

USS Bakker

This type of starship, known from the USS Bakker, was in use sometime in the mid 23rd century. This ship type was similar in design style to the venerable Constitution-class, but with a significantly bulkier secondary hull, and an additional add-on pod mounted behind the saucer section. (TOS - Unlimited comic: "Action of the Tiger")

Balmung type

USS Balmung

The starship class to which the USS Balmung belonged was similar in appearance to the Ambassador-class. It shared the same layout, with a similar primary and secondary hull, but with warp nacelles more akin the the refit-Excelsior-class, and impulse engine housing with an even older design aesthetic harking back to the original Excelsior-class. (Ships of the Line 2012)

The Balmung was designed by artist Dan Uyeno as a chronologically intermediate starship between the Excelsior and the Ambassador-classes. Along with the USS Mughi, it was featured in the 2012 Ships of the Line calendar in the image Reprovisioning at Sea for February.

Bold Venture type

USS Bold Venture

This distinctive type of starship is known from the USS Bold Venture. While apparently based on a Constitution-class saucer section, this design had a single nacelle suspended beneath the saucer in a fashion not typically seen in Starfleet designs, and seemed to lack a secondary hull entirely. (TOS comic: "The Nogura Regatta")

Dorothy Garrod type

USS Dorothy Garrod

This type of starship is known from the USS Dorothy Garrod. Ships of this class had a visually distinct stacked design, with more use of negative space than is typical of Federation designs. Vessels of this type were in operation in the mid 23rd century, and seemed to be a contemporary of the Crossfield-class. (DSC - Discovery Annual comic: "Captain Saru")

Dresselhaus type

See: Dresselhaus type.

Emmett Till type

USS Emmett Till

The Emmett Till-type was in service starting in the late 24th century. The ship was named for Emmett Till, a young African American boy who was murdered by a lynch mob in Mississippi in 1955. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection)

Endurance type

USS Endurance

This type of starship is known from the USS Endurance, and was in service through the mid 23rd century. The only knpow nship of this type served as an explorer. The ship shares some design cues with the Crossfield-class. (SOTL calendar: Ships of the Line 2021 month: September)

Essex type

USS Essex

This type of starship is known from the USS Essex, and was in service in the 2270s decade. The only known ship of this class served as a tactical frigate. (ST video game: Tactical Assault)

Exodus type

USS Exodus

This type of starship is known from the USS Exodus. The only known example of this ship design was in service in the 2370s decade. (DS9 - Celebrity Series comic: "The Rules of Diplomacy")

Fortune type

USS Fortune

The only known starship of this design was launched in the 2190s, and was in service until the mid 23rd century. This ship design is characterized by its small half-circle saucer section, and large, four-lobed secondary hull. (TOS comic: "The Bottle")

Gallant type

The USS Gallant in 2285.

The Gallant-type starship was in service from at least the 2250s to the 2280s. Its semi-circular primary hull was directly attached to the secondary hull, to which two large warp nacelles branched off from the rear. The USS Gallant served as a training vessel for Starfleet Academy, and as a patrol ship. (ST video game: Starship Creator; TOS comic: "The Wormhole Connection")

Gregory type

The USS Gregory in 2266.

The Gregory-type starship was in service in at least the 2260s. It bears a resemblance to a Constitution-class design, but noticably has a significantly larger and bulkier secondary hull. This may factor into the USS Gregory's role as a medical ship. (ST video game: Starship Creator; TOS comic: "The Wormhole Connection")

Hornet type

The NCC-9701 in an asteroid belt.

The Hornet-type starship was in service in at least the 24th century. At least two ships of this class are known - the USS Hornet NCC-9700, and its sister ship , the unnamed NCC-9701. (ST - Ships of the Line calendar: 2018)

Maverick type

The USS Maverick in 2379.

The ship class to which the USS Maverick belonged was of an unusual design. It consisted of a rectangular hull only a few decks thick with a flattened hexagonal navigational deflector dish set in front, and a pair of large, angular, warp nacelles that jutted forward giving it the appearance of a larger, elongated Surak-type warp sled. This class was in Starfleet service until at least 2379. (ST - Alien Spotlight comic: "Borg")

Mughi type

USS Mughi

The starship class to which the USS Mughi belonged had a distinct 2270s/2280s design aesthetic, and a layout similar to the smaller Oberth-class, but with a couple of major differences: The primary hull and nacelles were attached to the secondary hull by a dorsal connector (or neck); and the secondary hull itself mounted two large outboard cargo pods, one on either side. The aft section of the secondary hull served as a cargo bay accessible by shuttlecraft - It was open to space, but a forcefield kept the atmosphere contained. A shuttlebay was located in the aft section of the primary hull, with an arboretum in the starboard rear quarter. (Ships of the Line 2012)

The Mughi was designed by artist Dan Uyeno as a starship that would be in use from the late-23rd century through to the 2360s (Dan Uyeno's SOTL Showcase). Along with the Balmung, it was featured in the 2012 Ships of the Line calendar in the image Reprovisioning at Sea for February.

Nakatomi type

The SS Nakatomi

This type of starship is known from the SS Nakatomi (NCC-4721), a freighter in Starfleet service in the late 23rd century. This freighter had a distinct four-lobed primary hull. (TNG video game: Echoes from the Past)

Nelson type

The USS Nelson in 2254.

The Nelson-type starship, operating in the 2250s, appeared to be a Constitution-class variant and predecessor to the Constellation-class. It had four warp nacelles, one pair above the primary hull, and one pair below. (EV comics: "The Fallen", "Futures, Part One")

Odyser type

The USS Odyser in 2368.

The Odyser-type starship, known from the USS Odyser, was active in the 24th century. The only known vessel of this configuration was used as a training vessel for Starfleet Cadets. (TNG comic: "Wet Behind the Ears")

Onimaru type

The Onimaru in orbit around an inhabited planet.

This large starship, in service in the late-24th century, was known by the USS Onimaru, NCC-76890. It had an oval primary hull, the longest axis of which lined up fore and aft, with at least six dorsal phaser arrays, two secondary impulse engines (one either side of the aft hull), numerous ASRV-type escape pods, an auxiliary craft landing pad and the main shuttlebay. The saucer joined directly to the wide secondary hull with the main impulse engine in the centre of the vessel's "spine". The two angular warp nacelles had a flattened octagonal cross-section and were joined to the secondary hull by nacelle pylons that curved gently back and upwards. (Ships of the Line 2014)

Osler type

The USS Osler

This starship, in service in the late-24th century, was known by the USS Osler, NX-75300. The Osler was used as a medical transport vessel by Starfleet Division 14. Its NX registry implies it is an experimental design, possibly the first of its class. This class of vessel does not have a definer primary hull or saucer section, as many Federation starships do. Instead, its overall structure more resembles other cargo and transport ship used by the Federation, including the Aerie-class and Sydney-class. This type of vessel is uniquely identified by the large vertical spire attached to the hull. (LD episode: "Much Ado About Boimler")

Paradox type

The USS Paradox

The Paradox-type starship was an experimental type of timeship produced by the Daystrom Institute in the late 24th century. It possessed a new type of stardrive known as Shunt drive, which folded time instead of space. This also contributed to to the unusually large size and unusual shape of the nacelles. During the demonstration of the prototype, USS Paradox, to Starfleet admiralty, it was stolen by Admiral Edward Jellico. (NF comic: "Turnaround, Part I")

Pleiades type

The USS Pleiades

This type of small starship, known by at least one vessel, the USS Pleiades, was in operation in the 2360s or 2370s. The class featured a long round hull, which was bisected about a third from the aft of the vessel by the vessel's circular warp nacelles. The class appeared to have two decks, with a cockpit and aft compartment on the upper-deck. The class was capable of making terrestrial landings. (ST calendar: Ships of the Line 2008)

The Pleiades was a new class introduced in the Ships of the Line calendar. The designer Mark Rademaker describes it as a New Atlantic-class runabout. Additional images of the class by Rademaker show its modular characteristics: the lower section of the ship is a large module, additionally smaller side modules can be fitted to that, as well as two small module slots on the top of the ship.[1]

Protostar type

The USS Protostar, crashed on Tars Lamora

The USS Protostar was a 24th century Federation starship, and remains only ship of this design currently known. It was an experimental starship in Starfleet service years sometime around the 2380s decade. The Protostar was lost in the Delta Quadrant, and later discovered by inhabitants of the Tars Lamora prison colony. (PRD episode: "Lost and Found")

Salk type

The USS Salk

This type of vessel is known from the USS Salk (NCC-761), a hospital ship in service in the 2270s. The Salk is notable for its spherical primary hull, as seen on many Starfleet medical ships. The design seems to be a Constitution-class-contemporary intermediary between the older Daedalus-class, and the forthcoming Olympic-class. (TOS - The Chosen comic: "Blood Enemies")

Spirit type

The USS Spirit

This type of starship, known by the vessel USS Spirit, was in service in the late-24th century or later, and made use of quantum slipstream drive propulsion technology, in addition warp engines. The class was relatively small, approximately four decks high, and featured a tapered streamline hull with small wings near the front of the vessel and tailfin at the rear. The ship's warp nacelles were suspended on pylons extending out and down from the top of the rear of the vessel. (ST calendar: Ships of the Line 2009)

The Spirit was introduced in the Ships of the Line calendar. The designer Mark Rademaker suggests it is a member of the Spirit-class. [2]Talk:USS Spirit (NX-79995)#Email from Mark Rademaker

Sun Tzu type

See: Sun Tzu type.

Thanatos type

The USS Thantos

This specific starship design is known from a single example, the USS Thantos. Like many vessels of the era, the Thantos shared many structural and aesthetic design features with the well-known Constitution class, but with noticeably different nacelle pylons and neck section. (ST reference: Ships of the Line 2013)

Valley Forge type

See: Valley Forge type.


The USS Weinstein, in front of a Constitution-class cruiser

The USS Weinstein was a medical transport vessel in service in the 2280s decade. The Weinstein is the only known vessel of this configuration in the era, reminiscent of the much later Curry-class vessels used during the Dominion War. This design is characterized by nacelles suspended from the saucer section, largely covering a secondary hull hung underneath. (TOS - Who Killed Captain Kirk? comic: "Haunted Honeymoon")

By class likeness

Altair-type variant

Altair-type starship variant.

This class of starship sported the traditional layout of a saucer section, engineering hull and twin warp nacelles, but in a new design. It utilized a secondary hull very similar to the overall look of the experimental USS Altair of the 2370s, but with the addition of a large circular or elliptical primary hull. (ST reference: Ships of the Line)

Constitution/Miranda-class variant

Constitution/Miranda-class starship variant.

This unknown class of starship was in service during the late-23rd century. It appeared to have a Miranda-class primary hull with a pair of warp nacelles on a short pylons on either side, and a Constitution-class secondary hull suspended underneath with an oval navigational deflector.

One ship of this class participated in a battle alongside seven other Starfleet vessels, including the USS Enterprise-A, near a ringed planet. (Ships of the Line 2011)

Decatur-class variant

USS Golden Gate at Epsilon Theta.

This variant of the Decatur-class had a Miranda-class primary hull rather than a Constitution-class hull. Twin pulse-phaser cannons were mounted on the dorsal aft surface above the shuttlebays.

The USS Golden Gate was the subject of a painting as it orbited a moon. (Ships of the Line 2014, ST reference: Ships of the Line)

Intrepid/Constitution-class variant

This type of medium cruiser starship was in service to Starfleet during the late 24th century, and used many design elements from the Intrepid-class as well as of the Constitution-class.

Ships of this type were constructed from surplus equipment at the ASDB Integration Facility at McKinley Orbital Spacedock, Earth. Vessels of this modification saw action during the Dominion War in the mid-2370s decade, among them the USS Elkins. (DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual, DS9 episode: "A Time to Stand")

By location

Depot Z15

A derelict ship stored at Depot Z15.

This class of starship, in service during the 2270s, appeared to have been decommissioned or was obsolete by the 2360s. An example, possibly the same one that visited an asteroid spacedock earlier in its service history, was stored at the Qualor II Surplus Depot Z15 in 2368. (ST reference: The Art of Star Trek; TNG episode: "Unification")

Earth Spacedock

A starship docked in Earth Spacedock.

In 2285, a ship of this class was docked within Earth Spacedock when the Enterprise returned from the Genesis Planet. (TOS movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

B-24-CLN, a proposed new Enterprise for the 2270s.

These two starships were designed by Ralph McQuarrie and Ken Adam as proposed new Enterprises for Star Trek: Phase II. Study models were constructed at the time, eventually making their debuts in Unification and The Search for Spock, respectively. (ST reference: The Art of Star Trek)



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) • 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