First commisioned in 2365, these explorers were the precursors to the Intrepid Class in many ways. They have served with distinction on the Federation's frontiers for the past decade. There was a recent attempt at an Intrepid-style refit. Along with an altered hull color scheme, the prototype featured variable-geometry warp nacelles - each shorter engine containing fewer (but more advanced) warp coils.
The Istanbul Class is the largest Federation starship capable of planetfall; it was designed, in the 2330's, to be able to land and take off again from a planet's surface. This was to be used in emergency situations only, as it is energy-consuming - four large impulse craft usually perform the go-between from ship to surface.
U.S.S. KOROLEV NX-*****
U.S.S. GODDARD NCC-59621
Length: 450m, Beam: 208m, Height: 66m;
Crew Complement: 382; Deck Count: 18
The Korolev Class is a widely-used, yet seldom-seen starship. Production was in full swing in 2320, as a smaller counterpart to the then-experimental Ambassador Class. A number of Korolevs saw their operational lives abruptly terminated in the Borg incursion of 2367, at the Battle of Wolf 359. Though most have been refit and can more than hold their own, they have largely been relocated to the Federation's territory in Beta quadrant.
Lieutenant Tuvok served on the Wyoming in 2349; the Lalo was the first to make visual contact with the infamous Borg Cube of 2366-7. Unfortunately, it was the last ever heard of that technical supply ship.
The Drake was destroyed by ancient weapons at the planet Minos in 2364. Fleming was one of the first starships to demonstrate just how dangerous old-style warp drive was to subspace in 2370 in the Hekaras Corridor.
The Renaissance Class was developed as a replacement for the retired Constitutions, when it was found that the recent Excelsiors were perhaps too large to use for some tasks - this was a project which incorporated all the latest experimental technology Starfleet had been preparing for the past several years. Though there were some problems at first, integrating all of the new technology was not as difficult as many had expected. This class of starship paved the way for the later Ambassador & Korolev Classes, and quite a few are still in service today, having undergone extensive refitting.
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U.S.S. SEQUOIA NX-70050
Length: 358.0m, Beam: 157.1m, Height: 40.2m;
Crew Complement: 132; Deck Count: 10
The Starship Yellowstone transported the Elaysian Ensign