|Expected Duration:||30 Yrs|
|Resupply Interval:||5 Yrs|
|Refit Interval:||7 Yrs|
|Cruising Speed:||Warp 8|
|Maximum Speed:||Warp 9.98 for 36 hours|
|Emergency Speed:||Warp 9.998 for 6 hours|
Multi Spacial Tri Axilated Regenerative Shield Matrix
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The Sovereign-class is a type of starship that is the lead type of Starfleet explorer vessel in the late 25th century.
The Sovereign-class began development in 2365 intended to be the latest and greatest in Starfleet exploration starships. Following the USS Enterprise-D's encounter with the Borg later that year, Starfleet began to augment the design with Borg defense in mind. In 2366, Starfleet was exposed to the full force of the Borg in the Battle of Wolf 359. After suffering huge loses with almost no damage done to the Borg, Starfleet's entire policy of starship design shifted towards defense and the Sovereign-class design was subsequently altered to reflect this.
The prototype USS Sovereign was finally launched in 2370, followed two years later by the USS Enterprise-E. The Enterprise later faced the Borg during their incursion of Federation space in 2373. Proving to be highly successful against the Borg, the Sovereign was hailed as one of the "best balances of exploration and tactical capability since the Constitution-class of a century prior" and was expected to be Starfleet's leading class well into the 25th century.