- 200 - Majestic Class Starship - Introduction

Created by Commander Tyro Adina on Fri Mar 6th, 2015 @ 7:38am

Role & Mission Statement

Intended Function

The Majestic Class frigate demonstrates an emerging design ideology within Starfleet. Before contact with the Dominion, the Borg, and the conflicts which were the result of these events, Federation ships were fashioned to assume numerous roles and always carried an over-all imperative to explore space. As the Galaxy begins to feel smaller, ship-design has diversified with a new focus on specialisation.

Dedicated patrol platforms have become a bulky arm of Starfleet, with greater capability to project military power and authority. Recent events have altered the popular perception of Starfleet, dispelling the illusion of protection it has been able to afford to the Federation and its allies. Adapting to a changing environment in the quadrant, the Majestic Class is designed to remind all nations that Starfleet will always be an organisation devoted to peace and cooperation, even into the new Era.

The Majestic is a dedicated diplomatic craft. Ships of the Line are designed to move quickly by themselves and cater to the needs of VIP guests, civilians, and senior military personnel. Most of the subsystems and primary systems carried aboard these vessels are intended to suppliment its diplomatic duties. The craft is designed to fill an additional role as a delivery runner when needed, especially to carry messages from the Federation to her allies or to forward positions of the fleet. These duties are meant to support the Federation government, and so the Majestic Class is purpose-built with communication in mind.

Deployment Parameters

Majestic Class figates are fast and versatile platforms. Intended to function even in the most hostile and dangerous condititions, the vessel has been developed to operate alone. This gives the platform weak prospects for use in coordinated fleet actions, but makes Majestics perfect as message carriers and for smuggling supplies, personnel or ammunition through enemy lines. Before vessels in Obsidian Fleet were permitted to carry cloaking devices, the Majestic Class was meant to be a relied upon for task-specific operations where other vessels would face considerably greater risk.

In ideal environments, the Majestic is able to support diplomatic services as well as host guests of Starfleet and the Federation. The speed and versatility of the ships in these situations means they can be trusted to protect and transport VIPs, even in situations where the ship is under threat as a result. While not able to sustain prolonged combat to any significant degree, Majestics are very capable of escaping from combat or quickly disabling hostile contacts, primarily through the excessive use of their torpedo armaments. These ships are not meant for long voyages without ressuply, and are typically expected to use any guille in the arsenal to survive.

Ships of this class are hardly defenseless however. Most independantly operated vessels populating the local neighbourhood are smaller or similar in size to the Majestic Class. Though mostly task-oriented craft designed to complete specific missions, these firgates are also capable pirate-hunters and policing vessels do to their speed.

Design History

USS Majestic NCC-74851

The USS Majestic is moderately armed, diplomatic Starfleet vessel developed at the Utopia Planetia Shipyards in response to a need to replace the aging Norway and Ambassador class vessels in an effort to better serve Starfleet’s Diplomatic Corps. The project was officially begun in 2372 by Starfleet’s Advanced Starship Design Bureau (ASDB) following the initiation of the Dominion War. In the final months of the Dominion War, Starfleet required many of their starships to entertain diplomatic missions in an attempt to secure additional allies against the Dominion. These missions were often hindered by the limitations of aged starships like the Norway and Ambassador class. New innovations stemming from the Sovereign class allowed for rapid design, systems integrations and vehicle construction. The final dimensions of the new ship became 357 meters by 171 meters by 60 meters and fifteen decks.

Majestic Class

The Majestic class project, overseen by Rear Admiral Boris Pakarilov of the ASDB, began with the modification and development of existing spacecraft designs, the Sovereign and Intrepid classes, that had been proven time and again. No space frame had yet been constructed, and the compacted hull shape was undergoing warp field interaction simulations. The study vehicle, designated NXP-3215WP/T, was being considered as a long-range diplomatic courier. This program was also responsible for the successful introduction of the Anubis class destroyer, seen as a ’heavy’ counterpart to the Majestic - favoring patrol and defense over exploration and diplomatic duties.

The Majestic class Engineering Corps was made up of approximately a quarter of the engineers who had served on the Intrepid class design team. As such, many design elements in the Majestic can be traced to the Intrepid class. Some of these elements were taken completely from the Intrepid and placed into the Majestic. The saucer even houses a scaled-down version of the same sensor suite found on the Intrepid class. The Intrepid's influence helped to speed the development of the ship. However, the majority of the work was devoted to designing a completely new Engineering hull and nacelles. Aesthetically similar to the nacelles of the Sovereign and Prometheus designs, the warp components of the Majestic are all original. Designed to be quickly mass-produced and simple, the design eliminates the complex variable-geometry nacelle configuration of the Intrepid in favor of a fixed nacelle strut.

When the Dominion War drove the redesign of the pathfinder vehicle, it was decided to compact the vessel, making final dimensions 260 meters by 100 meters by 50 meters and decreasing the ship to ten decks. It was also deemed necessary to surround the hull with multilayer ablative armor, proven a workable defense with the introduction of the Defiant class. In its initial diplomacy role, the Majestic class would have produced as many as twelve copies. The USS Majestic was introduced with four other Majestic class vessels under construction and soon to deploy. Complete production of the initial twelve vessels was completed in 2379.

The weapons payload of the Majestic is a step up from the Norway, with Type IX Arrays and four burst-fire torpedo launchers. These armaments were balanced to allow the ship to better perform its role as a messenger vessel, while not encumbering its sensors, engines, and communications subsystems.

To accommodate diplomatic duties, a diplomatic suite was included as the majority of deck two. This includes a Grand Reception hall, three small offices, a small assembly room for diplomatic functions and two smaller meeting chambers. Unusual for a frigate vessel, a small galley/kitchen was also installed to allow it to handle diplomatic functions. This gives the Majestic exceptional diplomatic capabilities for a vessel of its size. A single shuttlebay was designed to hold standard shuttles, while the main long-range support craft of the ship were intended to be its Aerowing and Volga runabouts.

With the end of the Dominion War, the Majestic class was reconsidered for refit and restoration to the original intended size of 357 meters by 171 meters by 60 meters and fifteen decks. Under Rear Admiral David Andrews of the ASDB, the Majestic class ships were individually recalled and refit to initial intended specifications. Completion of the project was intended for the end of the year 2387.

The USS Majestic, USS de Ruyter, USS Freedom and USS Serenity have already undergone refit with additional refits to be completed as ships are pulled from duty. The USS Tranquility is the latest original Majestic frigate to receive expansion and refit.

Categories: Majestic Tranquility