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Coyote Class

Design by Paul Lloyd

Type: explorer
First commissioned: 2368
Length: 46m
Width: 38m
Height: 15m
Decks: 2
Complement: 1 officers + crew, evacuation limit: 1
Speed: Warp 5 (cruise), Warp 8 (max.), Warp 9 (max. emergency)
Sublight speed: 0.9c (max.)
Armament: two pylon-mounted phaser strips
Embarked craft: one lifeboat

In the aftermath of the Borg incursion of 2366, some commentators saw parallels between the the Borg’s aggressive assimilation of new species and the Federation’s policy of cultural integration. They pointed out that when the Federation encountered cultures that were unwilling to integrate – the Romulans, Klingons, and Cardassians, for example, and arguably even the Borg Collective itself - the result was often war, followed by a period of détente and the eventual subsummation of that culture into the Federation. This, they said, demonstrated how the Federation was failing to live up to its ideal of “infinite diversity in infinite combinations”; some even went as far as to draw comparisons between Starfleet personnel and the Borg Collective’s drones. Starfleet’s response to these criticisms was to commission a new class of starship. The Coyote-class ships – Coyote, Anansi, Monkey, Loki and Twm Siôn Cati (each named for a Trickster figure in human mythology) – would have just a single crewman; an individual whose psychometric profile would normally have excluded them from selection for Starfleet operations.

Beneath the bridge, the primary hull of a Coyote-class ship was given over almost entirely to a single large holodeck. The holodeck could, on demand, generate any facilities the crewman might require – living quarters, sickbay, laboratory – even company, if needed. This innovative design philosophy resulted in an extremely compact warp field geometry, freeing up power for holodeck operations. Furthermore, because the holodeck could generate a high-resolution recreation of any planetary surface imaged by the orbiting ship’s sensors, beaming-down could be rendered unnecessary in most circumstances.

The project enjoyed some notable early successes. But in 2376 the crewman of the USS Anansi deliberately drove his ship into an unnamed planetoid at a high percentage of the speed of light, shortly after sending a garbled message reporting the discovery of mysterious, “non Euclidian” archaeological ruins there. Both ship and planetoid were completely destroyed. Following this incident all remaining Coyote class ships were recalled to Fleet Headquarters and the programme was quietly discontinued.


Patrol Auxiliary Sr 1 & 2 Class

Design by Steve Justice

Type: Patrol Auxiliary (PA)
First commissioned: 2161
Length: 102.3m
Width: 60.0m
Height: 27.5m
Decks: 2
Displacement: 20250t
Complement: 8 officers + 24 crew, evacuation limit: 64
Speed: Warp 4.9 (cruise), Warp 5.9 (max.), Warp 6.2 (max. emergency)
Armament: 8 phase cannons, photonic torpedos
Defense: polarized hull plating, Mk1 energy shields
Embarked craft: 2 work pods

Post Earth-Romulan War starship design with mission modules to tailor the ship to a specific missions: science/survey, search and rescue, and a patrol combatant. On completion of the original 15 ship order, the Series 1 design was superseded by the improved Series 2 design which incorporated warp 6 propulsion technologies, an enlarged navigational deflector to account for increased warp speeds, and other improvements.

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Patrol Auxiliary Sr 3 Class

Design by Steve Justice

Type: Fast Corvette
First commissioned: 2172
Length: 114.4m
Width: 60.0m
Height: 15.8m
Decks: 2
Displacement: 24500t
Complement: 8 officers + 30 crew, evacuation limit: 60
Speed: Warp 5.5 (cruise), Warp 6.5 (max.), Warp 7.0 (max. emergency)
Armament: 8 Mk3C phase cannons, photonic torpedos
Defense: polarized hull plating, Mk3 energy shields
Embarked craft: 4 work pods, 2 shuttle pods

While the PA Series 1 and 2 ships were successful, the need emerged for a very fast small patrol combatant that could conduct high risk reconnaissance and intelligence missions for Starfleet. It was determined that the quickest and lowest cost path to such a ship would be through the use of existing in production PA class components, thus was born the PA Series 3 design later classified as a Fast Corvette.

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