USS Lionheart: 73058-B
CLASS NAME: Chariot Class
TYPE: Exploration/Heavy Cruiser
UNIT RUN: USS Chariot – active, USS Lionheart B – active, USS Khopesh – active, Xu Fu – active plus four others, all active
COMMISSIONED: 2379 – Present
Length: 310 meters
Beam: 213 meters
Height: 155 meters
MASS: 2,130,000 metric tons
8 Type XII phaser arrays
1 rapid fire quantum torpedo tube (fore)
1 burst type quantum torpedo launcher (aft)
Auto modulated shield system
Heavy Duranium/Tritanium Double hull plus 10 cm Ablative armour.
High level Structural Integrity Field
Normal Cruise: 8
Maximum Cruise: 9.9
Maximum Rated: 9.95 for 48 hours
5 x Ambassadorial quarters at 50 square metres each.
50 x Staff quarters at 15 square metres each
1 × 120 square metre conference hall complexes for 60 guests
5 × 50 square metre 15 seat briefing rooms
One independant communications facility
15% of all facilities, incl. interconnecting corridors, capable of supporting H or K environments
EST. STRENGTH LEVEL (with Galaxy class=1,000): est. 1,700
When the Enterprise D made first contact with the Borg it came as a rude awakening to the heads of Starfleet Command. Plans were set into motion to resurrect and start the Sovereign and Defiant programs respectively. But even as these projects were going under way other engineers were starting to look askance at the Galaxy class. The Yamato had been destroyed with all hands due to a computer virus, and the Odyssey had been dispatched by the Dominion with frightful ease. A cost analysis determined that while the vessel had it’s uses, it was a very resource intensive vessel to build and operate, especially when one considered the number of crew that was required to operate it. A program was begun to construct a “leaner, meaner” Galaxy class that would have less mass, require fewer crew and would benefit from the various technological advances the Federation had achieved (i.e quantum torpedoes, bioneural gel packs).
The USS Chariot first flew in 2379 and met every expectation, even exceeding others. It’s automated systems allowed the vessel to require fewer crew to operate it, and without having to worry about “extraneous personnel” (i.e. families) it’s mass was considerably less than the Galaxy. With the introduction of this vessel and the Luna class Starfleet feels confident that their exploration arm is well represented by vessels that can both run and fight as well as meet their assigned duties.
SUPPORT CRAFT: The Lionheart-B is assigned two Danube class runabouts, the Varzuga and Sarfartooq, two Federation scouts, three type 11 shuttles and four type 9 shuttles.