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The Vor'cha-class (or Vor'Cha-class) was a type of Klingon Empire starship, an attack cruiser (or battlecruiser) in Klingon Defense Force service in the 24th century. (TNG episode: "Reunion"; Decipher RPG module: Starships; WizKids module: Attack Wing)

The Vor'cha was similarly used as the backbone of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance fleet in the mirror universe, although the ships were known to have poor targeting performance, frequently chasing after warp shadows. (DS9 episode: "Shattered Mirror")

History and specifications

The Vor'cha class attack cruisers were created as a more modern type warship that would replace the aging K't'inga-class cruisers. The Vor'cha-class provided the Klingon Empire's fleet formations with a vital support and transport element. They were quite successful in the role of long range pursuit making them excellent patrol ships.

Initially developed in the mid-24th century in an attempt to gain superiority over the newer Federation starships that were entering service, they soon became one of the largest and most powerful vessels in service in the Klingon Defense Force. Vor'cha-class vessels were armed with disruptors, heavy disruptors, photon torpedoes, and tractor beams. The forward port also served as a "massive, detachable disruptor." (ST video games: Bridge Commander, Armada, Armada II; TNG video game: Echoes from the Past; WizKids module: Attack Wing)

Despite the introduction of the larger and more powerful Negh'Var-class and Qang-class in the early 2370s, the Vor'cha class continued to be a powerful vessel and were often used as command ships during the Dominion War and beyond. In 2376, General Talak commanded the Klingon fleet assigned to the Kavrot sector aboard the Vor'cha-class cruiser, IKS Akua. (ST video game: Bridge Commander; GKN novels: A Good Day to Die, Honor Bound)

Vor'cha-class vessels were also used as command vessels during the battle against the Borg invasion of the Alpha Quadrant of 2376, and later used effectively in the battle against the Cardassian uprising of 2377. (ST video games: Armada, Armada II)

However, in the alternate reality created by Nero, the class was already in service in the mid-23rd century. The USS Enterprise engaged one in battle during a series of conflicts with the Klingons. Captain Kirk remarked that the ship (much larger than the Enterprise) was smaller than he'd anticipated. (TOS video game: The Mobile Game)

Known vessels

Mirror universe



Klingon starship classes
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Translated names AccuserAdministratorAllianceBattle CruiserBird of PreyBringer of AgonyBringer of DestinyBringer of DestructionBringer of JusticeCarrier of DoomCatapultChancellorDeath BootDeath RiteDeath StalkerDefenderEmperorEnforcerEver VictoriousFat ManFierce RevengeGreat BirdGrim Reaper • (Gull) • HealerInsurrectionLittle KillerLucklessMenderMover • (Murph) • One WingPainbringerPathmakerPredator • (Raptor) • RavenousRelentlessRevengeSaberSeekerShadowSpeedstarStalkerStarStingerStingtongueStrong VictorStronger BirdSuspiciousSwiftwindSword of KahlessThrone SeekerTrader's GameTruthbringerTugboatUnseen CreeperWarrior's AngerWatcherWinner
Alphanumeric names B5D2D3D4D4xD5D6D7 • (D7/D5 KlolodeD7 AkifD7AD7CD7GD7MD7RD7SD7 Koloth) • D9D10 (bird of prey)D10 (cruiser)D11D12 (bird of prey)D12 (cruiser)D14D16D18D20D32E4E6F5F5BF5CF5GF5GBF5KF5LF5WF5YF6FWCFWKFWLG2G3G4G5G6G8K3K4K5K6K14K15K17K18K22 • (K22B) • K23K24K26K27K30K32L6L9L13L24L42S4S5S8T3T5T12W2W4
By time period or type Birds-of-prey (22nd century bird of prey2260s bird of prey) • 23rd century scout vesselmobile battle basebattleshipcargo shipcolony shipconstruction shipdropshipmining freighterprison bargerepair shipscout ship

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