Constitution class (SFC)
The workhorse of Starfleet, the Constitution class heavy cruiser was probably the most balanced, all-around starship known. In combat, the ship relied on its toughness and on the flexibility of its power usage. The ship incorporated several incremental improvements, which kept it competitive throughout the long history of the class.
The CA variant of the heavy cruiser was introduced in 2250. It featured a crew of 430, capacity of eight shuttlecraft, eight science labs, three transporters, two tractor beam emitters, and was armed with photon torpedoes fired from four tubes, and six banks of Type-1 phasers. The CA remained in production until 2269.
Simultaneously, the command cruiser (CC) variant was introduced. The command cruiser was an improved variant of the standard heavy cruiser, with an increased crew complement of 450, and was noted for its firepower and versatility. Command cruisers were marginally better in firepower, with two additional banks of Type-1 phasers, and considerably better in command, control, and communication facilities as compared to normal heavy cruisers. During wartime, many surviving CAs were converted to CCs. The CC remained in production until 2282.
The heavy cruiser (CAR) variant was introduced in 2263, adding two banks of Type-1 phasers to the CA; the CAR remained in production until 2284. The command cruiser (CC+) variant was introduced in 2270, and added a ninth shuttlecraft, a Type-G missile launcher, and two banks of Type-3 phasers. The CC+ remained in production until 2305. The heavy cruiser (CA+) variant was introduced in 2272, introducing the same improvements to the CA; it remained in production until 2285.
Once when a CA was badly damaged in a battle in the early days of the General War, its photon torpedo launchers were completely destroyed. Due to the demand for torpedo tubes for new construction, it would have taken too long to repair the ship for duty. Rather than see an otherwise capable ship left in spacedock during the conflict, the ship was refitted with missile racks, entirely replacing the photon torpedoes, and the heavy drone cruiser (CAD) variant was introduced in 2278. It featured a twelve-shuttle capacity, six Type-B missile launchers, and six banks of Type-1 phasers, and remained in production until 2288 The design was refit in 2282 with the CADR variant, which added two more banks of Type-1 phasers, and the CADR remained in production until 2292. A second refit, the CAD+ variant, was introduced in 2286, and added a seventh missile launcher and two banks of Type-3 phasers.
The heavy command cruiser (CB) variant was introduced in 2289. A highly improved version of the CC, the new design provided a 20% increase in phasers, a 100% increase in missile capability, a 25% increase in reserve power, and a 7.5% increase in warp power. The crew complement was increased to 480, the shuttle capacity was boosted to twelve, and a fourth transporter facility was installed. Armaments now included four torpedo tubes, two Type-G missile launchers, ten banks of Type-1 phasers, and two banks of Type-3 phasers.
The tactical command cruiser (TCC) was launched in the mid-2280s, and featured a crew complement of 430, a five-shuttle capacity, eight science labs, three tranporters, and two tractor beam emitters. Its armaments included four photon torpedo tubes, eight Type-1 phaser banks, and two Type-3 phaser banks.
The CFS fire support cruiser variant was introduced in 2309. It featured a crew complement of 425, a capacity of eleven shuttles, eight labs, three transporters, and two tractor beam emitters; it was armed with eight photon torpedo tubes, four Type-B missile launchers, and six banks of Type-1 phasers. The CFS+ refit was introduced soon thereafter, adding two banks of Type-3 phasers.
Constitution class vessels
U.S.S. Agincourt NCC-1601 • U.S.S. Alesia NCC-1732 • U.S.S. Alfeld NCC-1741 • U.S.S. Arbela NCC-1649 • U.S.S. Ari NCC-1723 • U.S.S. Austerlitz NCC-1742 • U.S.S. Ballista NCC-1603 • U.S.S. Barr NCC-1604 • U.S.S. Basra NCC-1750 • U.S.S. Berserker NCC-2507 • U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard NCC-1712 • U.S.S. Cannae NCC-1731 • U.S.S. Cavalier NCC-2508 • U.S.S. Constellation NCC-1017 • U.S.S. Constitution NCC-1700 • U.S.S. Coral Sea NCC-1737 • U.S.S. Defiance NCC-1717 • U.S.S. El Dorado NCC-1722 • U.S.S. Endeavor NCC-1716 • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 • U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A • U.S.S. Essex NCC-1727 • U.S.S. Excalibur NCC-1705 • U.S.S. Excelsior NCC-1718 • U.S.S. Exeter NCC-1706 • U.S.S. Eximer NCC-1019 • U.S.S. Farragut NCC-1702 • U.S.S. Fencer NCC-2505 • U.S.S. Gaugamela NCC-1748 • U.S.S. Gettysburg NCC-1728 • U.S.S. Goeben NCC-1018 • U.S.S. Golan NCC-1740 • U.S.S. Gravelotte NCC-1734 • U.S.S. Hastings NCC-1621 • U.S.S. Highwayman NCC-2503 • U.S.S. Hood NCC-1707 • U.S.S. Hornet NCC-1714 • U.S.S. Inchon NCC-1738 • U.S.S. Intrepid NCC-1708 • U.S.S. Isandhiwana NCC-1733 • U.S.S. Kadesh NCC-1729 • U.S.S. Khe Son NCC-1739 • U.S.S. Knight Errant NCC-2502 • U.S.S. Kongo NCC-1710 • U.S.S. Krieger NCC-1726 • U.S.S. Kursk NCC-1736 • U.S.S. Lafayette NCC-1720 • U.S.S. Lexington NCC-1703 • U.S.S. Merrimac NCC-1715 • U.S.S. Monitor NCC-1713 • U.S.S. Oriskany NCC-1020 • U.S.S. Paladin NCC-2501 • U.S.S. Panjsher NCC-1743 • U.S.S. Pharsallus NCC-1612 • U.S.S. Poltava NCC-1746 • U.S.S. Port Moresby NCC-1605 • U.S.S. Potemkin NCC-1711 • U.S.S. Ramilles NCC-1373 • U.S.S. Ranger NCC-2500 • U.S.S. Reprisal NCC-1605 • U.S.S. Republic NCC-1371 • U.S.S. Reshadije NCC-1372 • U.S.S. Rocroi NCC-1745 • U.S.S. Rossbach NCC-1747 • U.S.S. Samurai NCC-2506 • U.S.S. Saratoga NCC-1724 • U.S.S. Suomussalmi NCC-1744 • U.S.S. Tannenberg NCC-1735 • U.S.S. Thermopolae NCC-1730 • U.S.S. Tori NCC-1725 • U.S.S. Valiant NCC-1709 • U.S.S. Vincennes NCC-1749 • U.S.S. Vulture NCC-1602 • U.S.S. Wasp NCC-1721 • U.S.S. Yorktown NCC-1704
Notes and References
- Bethke, Erik (Producer). Star Trek: Starfleet Command. Lead Designer: Erik Bethke. Senior Designer: Chris Taylor. Mission Scripting by Lance Watanabe. Campaign Mission Design by Scott Bennie. Game Design by Marc Hertogh and Tom Hughes. SFB Consultant: Tom Hughes. Interplay Productions, 15 September 1999.