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The Vor'cha-class attack cruiser, during the developmental stages, borrowed many of the design features that had become the mainstay of the Klingon structural design methods. Much like the K't'inga-class and even the D7 before that, the Vor'cha-class features a forward mounted bridge separated by a long 'neck' which flares out into the wing styled main body. This design stayed true to the somewhat avian design themes from which almost all of the vessels in the Klingon Defense Force seem to be designed from. It is unclear whether this is a holdover from the Klingon-Romulan alliance, nor is it overly clear which of the two powers initially developed the avian style designs of the D7 for which the Vor’cha owes much of its design aesthetics to.
Production on the Vor'cha-class began in the late 24th-century, the first of them being seen sometime during 2367, commanded solely by members of the high council and other influential members of the Klingon aristocracy. Chancellor K'mpec was the first among the Klingon Empire to use this vessel as his flagship, which became something of a trend even after his death. Gowron was also noted as having used one of these vessels, the IKS Bortas, as he own flagship during the Klingon Civil War. It wouldn’t be until 2372 that the class was fully integrated into the Klingon Defense Forces, serving as a capital ship for large battle groups as well as at one point serving as the flagship of the Imperial Fleet. The class was later replaced by the Negh'Var-class warship as the fleet’s flagship; however their utility and usefulness were anything but diminished.
The Vor'cha-class, though no longer the cutting edge of military might in the Klingon Empire, still served as power houses during both the Klingon-Cardassian War as well as the Federation-Klingon War. The Vor'cha-class was also used extensively during the Dominion War, being numbered among many vessels during the First Battle of Deep Space 9, Operation Return, the First and Second Battle of Cin'toka, and playing a major role in the final showdown at the Battle of Cardassia.
The success of the Vor'cha-class, despite the higher production and materials cost compared to other vessels in the KDF inventory, have ensured a place for this vessel in the ranks of the Klingon military arsenal. Continued upgrades and modifications to the class will likely take place, much the same way as has been done to other classes in the past.