Prometheus Class

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Prometheus-class
Class Information
Role:

Multi-Mission Cruiser

Status:

Active

Date Entered Service:

2375

Basic Stats
Decks:

15

Cruising Speed:

Warp 8

Total Compliment:

195

Tactical Systems
Energy Weapons:
Torpedo Launchers:

5 Launchers

Shields:

Multi-Layered Shielding System

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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'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.

USS Prometheus at warp.

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.

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 Project was included in this design, with the result that the theoretical model finalized in 2363 bore a close resemblance to the Intrepid herself.

In 2364 Starfleet was considering moving to a production basis with the multi-section starship. However, during this year contact with the Romulans was re-established when the USS Enterprise encountered a 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.

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 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 Project were also included.

A Prometheus Class vessel engaging MVAM.

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.

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 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.

Ship Specifications

Prometheus Class MSD

Basic Information

  • Role: Multi-Mission Cruiser
  • Dimensions: 415 meters (L) x 163 meters (W) x 64 meters (H)
  • Decks: 15
  • Expected Duration: 85 years
  • Time Between Resupply: 5 years
  • Expected Refit Cycle: 10 years

Crew Compliment

  • Total Crew: 195
    • 25 Officers
    • 120 Enlisted
    • 50 Marines
  • Number of Civilians: 0
  • Emergency Capacity: 550

AMENITIES:

  • Holodecks

Propulsion

  • Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
  • Sublight Speed: 0.3c
  • Warp Speed
    • Warp 8: Cruising Speed
    • Warp 9.91: Maximum Warp
    • Warp 9.975: Emergency Warp (for 24 hours)

Offensive Systems

Energy Weapons

Projectile Weapons

  • Alpha: 2 Forward
  • Beta: 1 Forward (not available docked)
  • Gamma: 1 Forward (not available docked) and 1 Aft

PAYLOAD

Defensive Systems

Primary Systems

Auxiliary Craft

SHUTTLEBAYS: 1

SUPPORT CRAFT:

  • Shuttles: 4
  • Runabouts: 2


Other Information


Deck Listing

Alpha Section

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 1
  • Main bridge
  • Observation/Conference lounge
  • Captain’s ready room
Deck 2
  • Saucer upper warp nacelle
  • Captain’s quarters
  • Executive officer’s quarters
  • Executive officer’s office
  • Environmental controls
  • Mess hall
  • Engineering support labs
  • Armory 1
  • Saucer engineering level 1
  • Deuterium storage
  • Storage bay
Deck 3
  • Primary computer core (level 1)
  • Saucer warp core jettison hatch
  • Deuterium fuel pumps and fill ports
  • Deuterium injector
  • Antimatter fuel pumps and fill ports
  • Antimatter injector
  • Antimatter storage pods
  • Maintenance
  • Life support
  • Waste management
  • Crew quarters
  • Gym 1
  • Saucer engineering (level 2)
  • Forward torpedo launcher
  • Torpedo bay 1
  • Transporter room 1
  • Docking latches
  • Forward torpedo launcher
  • Torpedo bay 2
Deck4
  • Junior officer’s quarters
  • Primary computer core (level 2)
  • Science labs
  • Captain’s Yacht
  • Cargo bay 1
  • Crew quarters
  • Antimatter storage pods
  • Secondary computer core (level 1)
  • Phaser batteries
  • Antimatter injector/reactors
Deck 5
  • Senior officer’s quarters
  • VIP quarters
  • Primary computer core (Level 3)
  • Holodeck 1
  • Lounge
  • Transporter rooms 2 and 3
  • Cargo bay 2
  • Docking latches

Beta Section

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 5
  • Battle bridge
  • Stellar cartography
  • Astrometrics lab
  • Sensor control room
  • Secondary computer core (level 2)
  • SIF generators
  • IDF Generators
  • Armory 3
  • Docking latches
  • Junior officer quarters
  • Main engineering
  • Power distribution controls
  • Engineering support labs
Deck 6
  • Crew quarters
  • Primary computer core (level 4)
  • Tertiary deflector controls
  • Tertiary deflector array
  • Cargo bay 3
  • Environmental support
  • Impulse reactors
  • Secondary computer core (level 3)
  • Crew quarters
  • Waste management
  • Emergency batteries
Deck 7
  • Main sickbay
  • Medical labs
  • Security officers
  • Brig
  • Armory 2
  • Holodeck 2
  • Transporter rooms 3 and 4
  • Battle sickbay
  • Transporter room 5
  • Holodeck 3
  • Cargo bay 4
  • Crew quarters
  • Aft torpedo launcher
  • Torpedo bay 3
Deck 8
  • Saucer lower warp nacelle
  • Crew quarters
  • Secondary deflector control
  • Science labs
  • Phaser batteries
  • Deuterium fuel pumps and fill ports
  • Deuterium fuel storage
  • Deuterium injectors
  • Upper shuttle bay
  • Shuttle bay control room
  • Shuttle bay support 1
Deck 9
  • Lounge
  • Gym 2
  • Docking latches
  • Phaser maintenance
  • Tertiary tractor emitter

Gamma Section

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 9
  • Crew lounge
  • Maintenance labs
  • Secondary tractor emitter
  • Storage bay
  • Secondary deflector array
  • Lower shuttle bay
  • Shuttle bay support 2
  • Warp core jettison hatch
  • Docking latches
Deck 10
  • Auxiliary bridge
  • Forward torpedo launcher
  • torpedo bay4
  • Auxiliary sickbay
  • Deuterium fuel storage
  • Maintenance labs
  • Deflector control
  • Docking latches
Deck 11
  • Crew lounge
  • Transporter room 6
  • Holodeck 4
  • Crew quarter
  • Auxiliary sickbay
  • Life support
  • Environmental support
  • Deuterium fuel pumps and fill ports
  • Deuterium injector/reactors
  • Main deflector array
Deck 12
  • Marine barracks
  • Marine CO’s office
  • Marine CO’s quarters
  • Armory 4
  • Tertiary computer core (level 1)
  • Tertiary engineering (level 1)
  • Aft torpedo launcher
  • Torpedo bay 5
Deck 13
  • Emergency batteries
  • Cargo bays 5&6
  • Antimatter injector
  • Tertiary computer core (Level 2)
  • Tertiary Engineering (Level 2)
Deck 14
  • Antimatter storage pods
  • Antimatter fuel pumps and fill ports
  • Phaser batteries,
  • Tertiary computer core (level 3)
  • Storage bay
Deck 15
  • Warp core jettison hatch
  • Main tractor emitter
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