Larson class (FASA)

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Larson class
Larson class (FASA 2003A) (Colorized; Original B&W Image)

Larson class (FASA 2003A) (Colorized; Original B&W Image)
Commissioned RSD 1/8801
FASA Timeline
(FASA Roleplaying Game)

The Larson class destroyers, which first entered service on Reference Stardate 1/8801 (January 2188),[1] were designed at the same time as the Nelson class scouts and Constitution class cruisers, and, due to being created by the same design firm,[2] shared many design traits with these classes.[1] An efficient class that performed its function well, it was intended to perform the same tasks as other dual-function vessels, namely research and defense. Even so, most of the existing Larson class ships still in service by RSD 2/2306 (June 2223) were employed by Star Fleet Military Operations Command, with several serving in Galaxy Exploration Command.[1]

Destroyers, such as the Larson class, were frequently employed on patrol duties along the frontier areas; in time of war or other emergencies, destroyers could be assigned to escort convoys or be used as scouts by squadrons or small fleets,[1] and the Larson class served with distinction during the Four Years War.[3] With its array of weapons, it was a fine combat vessel, though not as powerful as a cruiser or larger ship.[1]

The Larson class remained unchanged from its introduction in 2188 until the introduction of the Mark II configuration on RSD 1/9804 (April 2198), when the FL-2 phaser banks were replaced with more powerful FH-4 phasers, and an additional photon torpedo launcher was installed; all Mark I ships were refitted to the Mark II configuration by RSD 2/0109 (September 2201). Several other interior modifications were later made, but the combat performance of the class remained essentially unchanged until the introduction of the Mark VI configuration.[1]

The Mark VI mounted a more powerful impulse drive system, improved phasers, and more efficient shield generators. The Mark VII, introduced on RSD 2/1403 (April 2214), featured the new style warp drive nacelles and a more powerful impulse drive system, which increased the overall power output by 25% and extended the service life of the Larson class by several years. By RSD 2/2205 (May 2222), all Larsons in active service had been upgraded to the Mark VI configuration, and several had been upgraded to Mark VII.[1]

Production on the Larson class was halted on RSD 2/1808 (August 2218) with the commissioning of the U.S.S. Juno NCC-4475. The class was supplemented by several other destroyer designs, and was gradually phased out over the next several years. None of the ships sold to the private sector had been refit, and most retained the characteristics they had at the time of sale. All vessels were disarmed and demilitarized prior to sale, but the weapon mounting hardpoints were typically left intact.[1]

Historical notes

Larson class vessels were named for military leaders and battles[2] of Terran origin.[1] The class vessel was named for Admiral William G. Larson, hero of the Battle of Gamma Hydra during the Romulan War. The only exception to this naming convention was the U.S.S. Thelenth NCC-4305, which was named for an Andorian admiral who defeated the Klingons in a pitched battle at Donovan's Star (FASA) at the cost of his own ship and crew.[1]

The ships Hammurabi and Troy were both destroyed while escorting a convoy of merchant ships bound for a frontier area. During the battle, seventeen freighters were destroyed, and four more taken as prizes by the Klingons. Of the five ships that survived the encounter, all reported that the Hammurabi destroyed two Klingon D-7 class cruisers and crippled two others before being destroyed itself. The Troy was apparently disabled in the initial exchange of fire and left for dead. When a Klingon cruiser ventured too close to the Troy, however, the supposedly derelict ship opened fire and destroyed the Klingon ship in a single volley, but without maneuvering power, the ship was later easily destroyed by other Klingon ships.[1]

On RSD 2/0208 (August 2202), the Bolivar led a small task force consisting of the Normandy, Alesia, Babur, and Tecumseh into an uncontrolled area near the Romulan Neutral Zone. The task force maintained radio silence and failed to report back at its scheduled time. When extensive communication attempts were unsuccessfully made, a rescue group was dispatched to the last reported position of the task force. Upon arrival, nothing was to be found, and an extensive search was begun, ultimately discovering a nacelle from the Alesia adrift in an unknown asteroid cluster. At the time, no determination was made as to what had caused the loss of the ships, but it was suspected by many that the Romulans had ambushed the group and successfully destroyed them before they were able to send a call for aid. This theory was never proven, and no action was ever taken against the Romulans, largely because it was felt that the Romulans couldn't have crossed the Neutral Zone unnoticed. Following the discovery of Romulan cloaking technology, however, the theory gained new weight.[1]

On RSD 2/1502 (February 2215), the Richtofen was recalled for an engine refit and scheduled maintenance to shipboard systems. As the ship's refit and systems checks neared completion, spirited ensigns and sympathetic workers painted the ship bright red in honor of its namesake. Star Fleet Command decided to leave the ship that color, despite the breach in regulations, though all officers involved were mildly disciplined. By RSD 2/2306 (June 2223), the ship was still in service, assigned to the Klingon sector.[1]

On its maiden flight, the Sheridan experienced a critical overload in its warp drive system. All backup systems failed to correct the problem; it was decided to jettison the engine, because an uncontrolled matter/antimatter reaction was underway and could not be stopped. The ejection systems also failed, and the ship was destroyed in the subsequent explosion. Three crewmembers who had taken refuge in a shuttle survived.[1]

The Larson class destroyers were produced at the Jupiter and Proxima shipyards.[1]


  Mk I Mk II Mk VI Mk VII
Date entered service 1/8801 1/9804 2/0912 2/1403
# Constructed 109 34 6 13
Length 269 meters 269 meters 269 meters 272 meters
Width 134 meters 134 meters 134 meters 134 meters
Height 62 meters 62 meters 62 meters 62 meters
Mass 82,400 metric tons 80,750 metric tons 87,000 metric tons 88,600 metric tons
Cargo capacity 10,000 metric tons 10,000 metric tons 10,000 metric tons 10,000 metric tons
Computer Type M-1 M-1 M-1 M-1
Transporters (6-person) 4 4 4 4
Transporters (20-person) 3 3 3 3
Transporters (Cargo) 1 1 1 1
Crew 195 195 200 200
Passengers 10 10 10 10
Shuttlecraft 6 6 6 6
Cruising Speed Warp 7 Warp 7 Warp 7 Warp 7
Emergency Speed Warp 9 Warp 9 Warp 9 Warp 9
Weapons 6 FL-2 Phasers in 3 banks 6 FH-4 Phasers in 3 banks 6 FH-7 Phasers in 3 banks 6 FH-7 Phasers in 3 banks
1 torpedo tubes 2 torpedo tubes 2 torpedo tubes 2 torpedo tubes

Larson class vessels

FASA Timeline

Mark I

Introduced RSD 1/8801

U.S.S. Acre NCC-4372 •  U.S.S. Adolphus NCC-4385 •  U.S.S. Agincourt NCC-4314 •  U.S.S. Alaric NCC-4358 •  U.S.S. Alesia NCC-4354 •  U.S.S. Alexander NCC-4367 •  U.S.S. Ali Bey NCC-4393 •  U.S.S. Marc Antony NCC-4355 •  U.S.S. Anzio NCC-4329 •  U.S.S. Austerlitz NCC-4308 •  U.S.S. Babur NCC-4380 •  U.S.S. Bahu NCC-4374 •  U.S.S. Bayinnaung NCC-4382 •  U.S.S. Blake NCC-4389 •  U.S.S. Blenheim NCC-4315 •  U.S.S. Bolivar NCC-4411 •  U.S.S. Borodino NCC-4307 •  U.S.S. Boyaca NCC-4413 •  U.S.S. Bradley NCC-4388 •  U.S.S. Breitenfeld NCC-4387 •  U.S.S. Buena Vista NCC-4322 •  U.S.S. Cannae NCC-4353 •  U.S.S. Castinian NCC-4325 •  U.S.S. Charlemagne NCC-4364 •  U.S.S. Chou NCC-4339 •  U.S.S. Cochise NCC-4345 •  U.S.S. Constantine NCC-4357 •  U.S.S. Coral Sea NCC-4302 •  U.S.S. Corregidor NCC-4331 •  U.S.S. Cortez NCC-4383 •  U.S.S. Cre'cy NCC-4312 •  U.S.S. Cromwell NCC-4377 •  U.S.S. de Tourville NCC-4386 •  U.S.S. Demetrius NCC-4348 •  U.S.S. Dewey NCC-4414 •  U.S.S. Eylau NCC-4317 •  U.S.S. Frederick NCC-4371 •  U.S.S. Gallipoli NCC-4327 •  U.S.S. Garbo NCC-4323 •  U.S.S. Genghis Khan NCC-4375 •  U.S.S. Gettysburg NCC-4324 •  U.S.S. Grant NCC-4416 •  U.S.S. Guadalcanal NCC-4332 •  U.S.S. Hammurabi NCC-4337 •  U.S.S. Hannibal NCC-4350 •  U.S.S. Hardraade NCC-4369 •  U.S.S. Hastings NCC-4404 •  U.S.S. Hideyoshi NCC-4381 •  U.S.S. Iwo Jima NCC-4333 •  U.S.S. Jackson NCC-4405 •  U.S.S. Jauhur NCC-4366 •  U.S.S. Joan of Arc NCC-4378 •  U.S.S. Julius Caesar NCC-4343 •  U.S.S. Justinian NCC-4362 •  U.S.S. Jutland NCC-4328 •  U.S.S. Khartoum NCC-4401 •  U.S.S. Lafayette NCC-4397 •  U.S.S. Larson NCC-4300 •  U.S.S. Lee NCC-4415 •  U.S.S. Leipzig NCC-4320 •  U.S.S. Leyte NCC-4319 •  U.S.S. Liegnitz NCC-4376 •  U.S.S. Liu Pang NCC-4356 •  U.S.S. Lutzen NCC-4346 •  U.S.S. Marathon NCC-4310 •  U.S.S. Marlborough NCC-4392 •  U.S.S. Midway NCC-4301 •  U.S.S. Moltke NCC-4417 •  U.S.S. Montgomery NCC-4438 •  U.S.S. Murat NCC-4398 •  U.S.S. Nakhimov NCC-4418 •  U.S.S. Napoleon NCC-4344 •  U.S.S. Ney NCC-4399 •  U.S.S. Nhat-Le NCC-4391 •  U.S.S. Normandy NCC-4309 •  U.S.S. Okinawa NCC-4334 •  U.S.S. Orleans NCC-4360 •  U.S.S. Oyama NCC-4431 •  U.S.S. Palo Alto NCC-4408 •  U.S.S. Pendragon NCC-4361 •  U.S.S. Pharsalus NCC-4311 •  U.S.S. Pilsudski NCC-4432 •  U.S.S. Poitiers NCC-4313 •  U.S.S. Port Arthur NCC-4433 •  U.S.S. Rajendra NCC-4373 •  U.S.S. Ramses NCC-4335 •  U.S.S. Rommel NCC-4410 •  U.S.S. Saladin NCC-4368 •  U.S.S. Salamis NCC-4341 •  U.S.S. San Jacinto NCC-4407 •  U.S.S. San Martin NCC-4412 •  U.S.S. San Miguel NCC-4379 •  U.S.S. Scipio NCC-4352 •  U.S.S. Scott NCC-4409 •  U.S.S. Shiloh NCC-4326 •  U.S.S. Sun Tzu NCC-4347 •  U.S.S. Tannenberg NCC-4303 •  U.S.S. Tecumseh NCC-4402 •  U.S.S. Tenochtitlan NCC-4384 •  U.S.S. Thebes NCC-4336 •  U.S.S. Thelenth NCC-4305 •  U.S.S. Thermopylae NCC-4351 •  U.S.S. Tiberius NCC-4363 •  U.S.S. Torgau NCC-4316 •  U.S.S. Trafalgar NCC-4304 •  U.S.S. Troy NCC-4338 •  U.S.S. Von Blucher NCC-4400 •  U.S.S. Waterloo NCC-4306 •  U.S.S. Wellington NCC-4395 •  U.S.S. Xenophon NCC-4342 •  U.S.S. Xerxes NCC-4340

Mark II

Introduced RSD 1/9804

U.S.S. Axanar NCC-4448 •  U.S.S. Balaklava NCC-4419 •  U.S.S. Bursilev NCC-4454 •  U.S.S. Chief Joseph NCC-4424 •  U.S.S. Dayan NCC-4451 •  U.S.S. Foch NCC-4427 •  U.S.S. Hindenberg NCC-4426 •  U.S.S. Inchon NCC-4450 •  U.S.S. Kermal NCC-4430 •  U.S.S. Kursk NCC-4447 •  U.S.S. MacArthur NCC-4437 •  U.S.S. Marne NCC-4435 •  U.S.S. Nicholas NCC-4429 •  U.S.S. Nimitz NCC-4439 •  U.S.S. Pershing NCC-4428 •  U.S.S. Richtofen NCC-4436 •  U.S.S. Rorkes Drift NCC-4422 •  U.S.S. Semmes NCC-4423 •  U.S.S. Tedder NCC-4445 •  U.S.S. Titian Plain NCC-4455 •  U.S.S. Tsushima NCC-4434 •  U.S.S. Wavell NCC-4442

Mark VI

Introduced RSD 2/0912

U.S.S. Aguilar NCC-4460 •  U.S.S. Chryse NCC-4453 •  U.S.S. Collinswill NCC-4449 •  U.S.S. Conley NCC-4458 •  U.S.S. Doenitz NCC-4444 •  U.S.S. Doermann NCC-4452 •  U.S.S. Dreyfus NCC-4420 •  U.S.S. Eisenhower NCC-4441 •  U.S.S. Imbrium NCC-4462 •  U.S.S. Kohlar NCC-4456 •  U.S.S. Sheridan NCC-4463 •  U.S.S. Stalingrad NCC-4461 •  U.S.S. Tana Re NCC-4457 •  U.S.S. Timoshenko NCC-4459

Mark VII

Introduced RSD 2/1403

U.S.S. Callisto NCC-4474 •  U.S.S. Choam NCC-4464 •  U.S.S. de Gaulle NCC-4472 •  U.S.S. Jones NCC-4468 •  U.S.S. Juno NCC-4475 •  U.S.S. Mooribunde NCC-4466 •  U.S.S. Petain NCC-4471 •  U.S.S. Petrovich NCC-4469 •  U.S.S. Schultz NCC-4470 •  U.S.S. Trenton NCC-4473 •  U.S.S. Varistan NCC-4465

Variant Unknown

U.S.S. Bombay •  U.S.S. Caspian NCC-5507 •  U.S.S. Nelson NCC-1843

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