|Danube class runabout|
|Role:||Multi-role Auxilary Craft|
|Cruising Speed:||Warp 4|
|Maximum Speed:||Warp 4.7|
6 Type VII
2 Mk V Micro
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The Danube class runabout is the true workhorse of the Federation. Designed exclusively to be a support craft to transport a small number of people around at warp speeds - something shuttles up until the late 23rd century had been unable to achieve.
Assigned initially to starbases and other installations, the runabout wasn't initially supposed to be housed on starships - but as the usefulness of such a craft was discovered, it quickly found itself assigned to larger starships capable of stowing such vessels.
During the Dominion crisis, and then later on the Dominion war, the Danube saw action as an assault craft whilst attached to Deep Space 9. They became invaluable to the defense of the station, and proved their worth in battle.