Loknar class

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Loknar class[1]
Specifications[2]
  Mk I Mk II Mk IV Mk V
Date Entered Service Oct 2248 Mar 2251 Aug 2271 Sep 2275
Number Constructed 48 42 86 42
Length 290m 290m 290m 290m
Width 127m 127m 127m 127m
Height 56m 56m 56m 56m
Decks 10[1] 10 10 10
Mass 109,800mt 115,800mt 140,400mt 145,975mt
Cargo Capacity 13,000mt 14,000mt 14,000mt 14,000mt
Computer Type M-2 M-2 M-3 M-3
Transporters (Personnel) 3 3 3 3
Transporters (Emergency) 1 1 1 1
Transporters (Cargo) 1 1 1 1
Crew 76 79 84 84
Passengers 4 4 4 4
Shuttlecraft 2 2 2 2
Cruising Speed Warp 7 Warp 7 Warp 6 Warp 6
Emergency Speed Warp 9 Warp 9 Warp 8 Warp 8
Weapons 4 FL-4 Phase cannons 8 FH-5 Phasers in 4 banks 8 FH-5 Phasers in 4 banks 8 FH-5 Phasers in 4 banks
1 torpedo launcher; Photonic torpedoes 4 torpedo launchers; Photon torpedoes 4 torpedo launchers; Photon torpedoes 4 torpedo launchers; Photon torpedoes

The Loknar class frigate was first commissioned during "The Great Awakening," a period of expansion by the United Federation of Planets in the mid-23rd century. A number of research and exploration classes were designed and built to enable Starfleet's efforts to solidify an enlarged and growing Federation. The Loknar class, the most noted warship to emerge at this time, remained in service well into the late 23rd century, a tribute to the quality and skill of its Andorian designers.[2]

Soon after the Federation Council's Appropriations Committee granted funding to Starfleet to construct fleets to expand and patrol the Federation's borders, Andorian factions began pushing for warship construction, believing that, during that new phase of expansion, the Federation might come upon a race as hostile as the Romulans or Klingons, leading to another war for which the Federation would be unprepared. Convinced by the argument, Starfleet began a limited buildup of warships. Several shipbuilding facilities were constructed by Andorian firms to design and manufacture these vessels, notably Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on Mars and the Salazaar Shipyard, the largest and most productive in the Federation.[2]

First commissioned in October 2248 with the U.S.S. Loknar NCC-2700, the Loknar class frigate was considered a "muscle" ship due to its four phase cannons and single torpedo launcher, making it equal to all but the largest Klingon vessels, and more powerful than any known ship in the Romulan fleet, and its shields were more efficient than any used by a hostile power.[2]

During the Four Years War, the Loknar class saw more action than any other class in Starfleet. Although it performed successfully during the war, the Andorian designers nevertheless felt the class could be improved upon. The FWE-1 warp drive system was replaced by the FWE-2, which was still being tested, resulting in a 60% increase in power and performance. The first Mark II vessel, the U.S.S. Lactra NCC-2748, was commissioned in January 2256, two years before the FWE-2 engines were implemented on any other class in the fleet. The Mark II also incorporated 8 FH-5 phasers and four torpedo launchers, making the class more powerful than anything in the Klingon fleet, save for the Riskadh class, known as the D-10 to Starfleet. Additionally, the Mark II mounted an upgraded binary shield generator, giving 33% more porotection for the same energy cost as the previous shield system.[2]

The next major change in the Loknar class design came in August 2271, with the commissioning of the U.S.S. Cairo NCC-2767, the first Mark IV vessel, which introduced the FWD-2 warp engine, increasing the power output and overall performance by 40%, and the class was armed with the FP-1 Photon torpedo. The Mark V, introduced with the U.S.S. Arkadelphia NCC-2792 in September 2275, mounted the FIC-3 impulse engine and FP-6 photon torpedoes.[2]

Loknar class[2]

Loknar class frigates had a total of ten decks.[1]

  • Deck 1 was the Main Bridge module, and was of the same standard replaceable module as other ships designed at the time, like the Constitution class. An array of long-range sensors were housed under a dome atop the bridge module.
  • Deck 2 contained living quarters and accommodations for the ship's commanding officer and first officer. Also on deck 2 were the captain's conference room, lounge, and dining area, as well as observation port areas.
  • Deck 3 contained living quarters and accommodations for the ship's junior officers. Unlike senior officers, junior officers were required to share rooms, with two personnel per room. This deck also held the ship's galley, the junior officers' mess, recreation facilities and lounge area, and observation port areas.
  • Deck 4 provided living quarters and accommodations for the ship's enlisted crew complement. Enlisted crew were required to share rooms, with three personnel per room. The crew's mess was also located on deck 4.
  • Deck 5 held fabrication shops and repair facilities, for on-board manufacturing and emergency shipboard repairs. These facilities included a clothing fabrication center and the ship's laundry.
  • Deck 6 held Main Engineering, which monitored and controlled the distribution of all ship power systems, including life support. Shuttlecraft maintenance and launch facilities were also run from this deck, and the aft-mounted photon torpedo control room was located here.
  • Deck 7 contained the ship's engine fuel storage and control centers for the warp drive Matter/Antimatter intermix chamber. Also on deck 7 were the ship's impulse engines and observation port areas.
  • Deck 8 contained medical and surgical facilities for the crew's health services. Related support labs and the ship's main computers were also located on deck 8, as was the chief medical officer's quarters.
  • Deck 9 provided emergency support facilities in the event the main bridge or engineering systems were damaged. Auxiliary Control, effectively a backup bridge, was located here, as were the ship's brig, armory, and other security facilities.
  • Deck 10 contained the main fire-control and tracking systems for all the ship's weapons.[1]

Loknar class frigates, named for cities and provinces from throughout the Federation, served Starfleet faithfully for more than three decades, and by 2281 the class was expected to remain in the inventory for many years to come. More than half of the ships of the class were crewed entirely by Andorians, and the majority of those were assigned to the "Blue Fleet:" ships whose officer contingent and crew were entierly Andorian. The U.S.S. Loknar was the first ship commissioned into the Blue Fleet, and served as its flagship for many years. Loknar class frigates were produced at the Salazaar and Saturn shipyards, at a rate of two ships per year, due to the limited number of ships required and the high levels of reliability in existing vessels.[2]

Loknar class frigates

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Decision at Midnight." Star Trek: The Roleplaying Game, Supplement 2219. Game. 1986. FASA.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Federation Ship Recognition Manual." Star Trek: The Roleplaying Game, Supplement 2302. Game. 1985. FASA.