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== Class Description ==
 
  
In 2359 a project began to develop a new breed of combat based, multi-sectional starship to boost [[Starfleet|Starfleet's]] combat role. Later named the Prometheus Class, the ship was intended to be able to separate allowing for a distinct tactical advantage turning a single starship into, essentially, three. Taking advantage of features like the quantum torpedo, Type-XII phaser arrays, and new shielding, the Prometheus Class became Starfleet's premier deep space tactical ship.
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== Overview ===
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The '''''Prometheus''-class''' is a revolutionary design that has the ability to confront the enemy from multiple, warp capable vectors for a formidable surprise attack. One innovation that was incorporated into the design was the installation of holoemitters that were outfitted throughout the ship. This allows the [[EMH Mark II]] doctor to project itself holographically across the ship allowing it to tend to the crew without it being restricted to sickbay.
  
The Prometheus is the culmination of several separate research projects which have been combined into one prototype testbed. Starfleet has long recognized that, all other factors being even, vessels with high maneuverability can gain a significant combat advantage. The physics of warp drive dictate that for a given engine capacity the least massive vessel will have the greatest maneuverability - but minimizing vessel size is at odds with the large number of scientific and diplomatic functions which a starship must be able to perform. One obvious solution to this problem was to design ships that are able to configure themselves for the mission at hand, but the non-military nature of Starfleet gave research in this area a relatively low priority. However, the [[Galaxy Class]] did incorporate some of these ideas in that the saucer section was built to be easily separated and re-attached without outside support. Without the bulk of the saucer the stardrive section was much more maneuverable, in theory giving it a significant combat advantage over a saucer-equipped Galaxy. In practice, however, this operation is somewhat unwieldy on the Galaxy class and leaves the saucer, which does not have an independent warp drive, extremely vulnerable to attack. In addition, the saucer section contains the Galaxy's two longest phaser arrays and can provide a significant reserve of power from its fusion reactors. The Galaxy Class has therefore not used this capability very often.
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==History==
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The ''Prometheus''-class was one of several starship designs, along with the [[Sovereign class|''Sovereign'']] and [[Defiant class|''Defiant'']] classes, that were created in response to the [[Borg]] threat following the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}}'s encounter with a [[Borg Cube]] in [[ma:System J-25|System J-25]] in [[2365]]. [[Starfleet Tactical]]'s task was to design a vessel that could be fast, maneuverable, and be equipped with the latest weaponry that was being designed to fight the Borg.
  
In 2361 Starfleet initiated a research project intended to explore the possibility of a true multi-section vessel. The requirement called for a vessel able to separate into at least two independent sections, each with a fully functional warp drive of its own. One would be capable of launching an attack with almost the full ships weaponry, at high speed and maneuverability. The other, comprising the scientific, diplomatic and accommodation sections, would clear the area at high warp carrying the civilian complement. Much of the technology being developed for the [[Intrepid Class|Intrepid Project]] was included in this design, with the result that the theoretical model finalized in 2363 bore a close resemblance to the Intrepid herself.
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However, none of the new designs or weapons were ready for the Borg attack in [[2366]] which resulted in the destruction of 39 starships and the loss of 11,000 lives. This created a new sense of urgency in getting better equipped starships up and running in the fleet. While the ''Sovereign'' and ''Defiant'' classes entered service in around [[2371]], the launch and testing of the [[ma:USS Prometheus (NX-59650)|''USS Prometheus'']] was put back until [[2374]].
  
In 2364 Starfleet was considering moving to a production basis with the multi-section starship. However, during this year contact with the [[Romulan Star Empire|Romulans]] was re-established when the ''USS Enterprise'' encountered a [[D'deridex Class|Romulan Warbird]] at the Neutral Zone. The warbird appeared to outgun the ''Enterprise'' - then Starfleet's most powerful ship - by a moderately considerable margin and Starfleet was confronted with what appeared to be a powerful and aggressive enemy. As part of their response Starfleet requested a complete re-design of the multi-section starship. The new requirement called for an almost totally re-designed vessel; the ship would be in three sections, each of which would have an independent warp core and drive system. The scientific and diplomatic sections were removed in favor of increased armament and power for the weapons.
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The initial trials of the ''Prometheus'' went well, until she was hijacked by a group of [[Romulan]]s keen on taking the ''Prometheus'' to the [[Tal Shiar]] so they could learn the latest starship secrets. While the crew were killed by the Romulans, they were prevented in keeping the ''Prometheus'' by the starship's [[Emergency Medical Hologram]] and [[The Doctor]] from the ''[[ma:USS Voyager|USS Voyager]]''.
  
During the development phase Starfleet also encountered the Borg and the Dominion, both hostile and powerful enemies. This led to an ever-accelerating effort to turn the new ship into a pure combat vessel; much technology from other projects was put into what was now dubbed the "multi-vector assault starship". In place of the type-X phaser arrays that the original ship had shared with the Intrepid Class, the Type-XII phaser arrays from the [[Sovereign Class|Sovereign Project]] were included. The shield system was massively upgraded and, in light of the subsequent Borg attack, closely based on the auto-modulating shields of the Sovereign. The advanced warp engine design included many elements of the Sovereign Class, while the ablative armor, high capacity structural integrity fields and quantum torpedo tubes developed for the [[Defiant Class|Defiant Project]] were also included.
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After the safe return of the ''Prometheus'' and the testing of the ships [[multi-vector assault mode]] were completed, Starfleet rushed the construction of two further vessels, the {{USS|Cerberus|Prometheus class}} and {{USS|Heracles}}. Both of these vessels were in service by late [[2375]], and the ''Cerberus'' served as [[Admiral]] [[William Ross]]'s flagship from [[2376]] to [[2379]].
  
This technology combined to make the new starship one of the most massively armed and armored vessels of its size ever contemplated, let alone built. Her relatively small size combined with incredible speed and maneuverability when in multi-vector assault mode. When the prototype ''USS Prometheus'' was launched in late 2373 she was thought to have a combat capacity an amazing nine times that of the equally-sized Intrepid class, while her Type XII phasers made her a formidable foe for any vessel in the Alpha Quadrant. The Prometheus is comparatively armed to the Sovereign Class, yet faster, more maneuverable, and has the advantage of being able to attack from several angles at once.
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== Known ships ==
 
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* {{USS|Prometheus|NX-59650}} (NX-59650/NX-74913)
During the tail end of it's deep space shakedown, the ''Prometheus'' was hijacked by agents of the [[Tal'Shiar]] in an attempt by the Romulans to gain intelligence about the new ship and the [[United Federation of Planets|Federation's]] newest starship systems. During this incident the ship was recaptured by Starfleet forces but was still forced to engage in combat with three Romulan Warbirds. Out performing the rest of the Starfleet task group sent to rescue it, the ''Prometheus'' was able to heavily damage all three warbirds into retreat. The performance of the ''Prometheus'' during this accidental live-fire trial exceeded all expectations for the ship. With Starfleet, by this time, losing ground against the [[Dominion]], the class was moved into production. Three semi-completed ships finished outfitting and were commissioned in late 2374. However, the four Prometheus Class ships arrived in too limited numbers and too late to make an impact on the war. Full series production began in early 2375 but, due to the closure of the war, and Starfleet's return to the mandate of peaceful exploration, the Prometheus Class is to be produced in limited numbers.
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* {{USS|Sol|Prometheus class}}
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* {{USS|Vulcan|Prometheus class}}
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* {{USS|Meridian|Prometheus class}}
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* {{USS|Jupiter|Prometheus class}}

Latest revision as of 02:59, 17 March 2013

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Prometheus-class
Class Information
Expected Duration: 85 years
Resupply Interval: 5 years
Refit Interval: 10 years
Role: Medium Cruisers
In Service: 10
Length: 415 meters
Width: 163 meters
Height: 64 meters
Decks: 15
Warp Rating
Cruising Speed: Warp 8
Maximum Speed: Warp 9.91
Emergency Speed: Warp 9.975 for 24 hours
Personnel
Crew Compliment: 195
Officers: 25
Enlisted: 120
Marines: 50
Civilians: 0
Auxiliary Craft
Shuttlebays:

1

Shuttles:

4

Runabouts:

2

Fighters:

0

Tactical Systems
Phasers:
Torpedo Launchers:
  • 1 turret forward
  • 2 forward (normal)
  • 4 forward (MVAM)
Torpedo Compliment:
Shields:

MLSS

Other Systems:
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Overview =

The Prometheus-class is a revolutionary design that has the ability to confront the enemy from multiple, warp capable vectors for a formidable surprise attack. One innovation that was incorporated into the design was the installation of holoemitters that were outfitted throughout the ship. This allows the EMH Mark II doctor to project itself holographically across the ship allowing it to tend to the crew without it being restricted to sickbay.

History

The Prometheus-class was one of several starship designs, along with the Sovereign and Defiant classes, that were created in response to the Borg threat following the USS Enterprise-D's encounter with a Borg Cube in System J-25 in 2365. Starfleet Tactical's task was to design a vessel that could be fast, maneuverable, and be equipped with the latest weaponry that was being designed to fight the Borg.

However, none of the new designs or weapons were ready for the Borg attack in 2366 which resulted in the destruction of 39 starships and the loss of 11,000 lives. This created a new sense of urgency in getting better equipped starships up and running in the fleet. While the Sovereign and Defiant classes entered service in around 2371, the launch and testing of the USS Prometheus was put back until 2374.

The initial trials of the Prometheus went well, until she was hijacked by a group of Romulans keen on taking the Prometheus to the Tal Shiar so they could learn the latest starship secrets. While the crew were killed by the Romulans, they were prevented in keeping the Prometheus by the starship's Emergency Medical Hologram and The Doctor from the USS Voyager.

After the safe return of the Prometheus and the testing of the ships multi-vector assault mode were completed, Starfleet rushed the construction of two further vessels, the USS Cerberus and USS Heracles. Both of these vessels were in service by late 2375, and the Cerberus served as Admiral William Ross's flagship from 2376 to 2379.

Known ships