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Akira-class
Class Information
Role: Heavy Cruiser / Light Carrier
Status:

Active

Date Entered Service:

2363

Fourth Fleet Ships in Service:

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Ship's Complement
Crew Complement:

530

Overall Dimensions
Decks:
  • 17 (Primary Hull)
  • 3 (Pod)
Warp Performance
Cruising Speed:

Warp 7

Armaments
Energy Weapons:

4x Type-X phaser arrays

Torpedo Launchers:

15 Launchers

Shields:

Multi-Layered Shielding System

Auxiliary Craft


Class Description

Class Design Brief

Forward dorsal view

While the Akira class follows the standard primary hull, secondary hull, twin nacelle arrangement seen in the majority of Starfleet ship classes the way these elements has been arranged is truly unique. The secondary hull was catamaran design that blended into the dorsal surface of the primary hull on each side of the bridge module. This layout provides an extra measure of protection to the ship's bridge. A set support pylon extends up and forward from the aft end of the catamaran's to support a weapons pod above the secondary hull so that it is centered along the ship's center line.

The Akira class is equipped with four impulse engines. The first set is located on the aft end of the primary hull just outboard of each catamaran. The second set is located in the secondary hull with one engine at the very aft end of each catamaran. The warp nacelles are held on each side of the ventral section of the primary hull on pylons that extend down and aft from the aft end of each of the catamaran's just forward of the impulse engines.

Another special feature of the Akira class is the hangar bay arrangements. There are two large shuttle bays in the saucer section, one at the forward edge of the saucer section and one at the rear. These allow large numbers of launch and landing operations to be handled simultaneously.

Like many ships in Starfleet the Akira class is capable of carrying out mission of exploration and discovery. To this end ships of the Akira class are equipped with a wide array of sensors along with both medical and science labs. The majority of the sensor systems are housed in lateral arrays around the edge of the primary hull with a suite of long range sensors housed behind the ship's deflector dish.

Ships of the Akira class are also very capable in combat situations. These ships are equipped with only three phaser Type X Phaser arrays one dorsally mounted and the other two ventrally mounted to the primary hull. There are a total of fifteen torpedo launchers. There are four forward and six aft facing torpedo launchers mounted in the weapons pod. There are two port facing and two starboard facing launchers mounted in the dorsal section of the primary hull. The final torpedo launcher is mounted facing forward just below the deflector dish. To protect the vessel from enemy fire or other hazards the ship might face ships of the Akira class is equipped with multi-layered shields.

Class Service History

Aft ventral view

In 2354 the Antares Ship Yards submitted a unique ship design to the Advanced Starship Design Bureau, this design was the USS Akira. At first the design confused the members of the Bureau as they could not agree if just what this ship was supposed to be, was is an explorer, a gun ship, or a carrier? The USS Akira combined elements of all three and after a two month review the Bureau returned the design back to the Antares Ship Yards with a request to simplify the design. The ship yards made several minor design changes and resubmitted what was basically the original design. At the same time they shipyards began a major campaign in support of their ship eventually getting the Design Bureau to back the construction of the USS Akira. Having received the green light the ship yards began construction of the USS Akira in 2358.

Construction was completed in 2360 and the Akira was launched for a shake down cruise. During the Two years it had taken to construct the Akira support for the ship had waned and the ASDB was looking at only a limited run of what was considered the oddest ship in the fleet. During the sake down cruise design flaws in the loading system for the torpedo launchers was discovered along with instabilities in the warp filed at speeds greater than warp 5.4 due to the unique catamaran design of the secondary hull. After only four months since leaving the Antares system the Akira returned to dry dock to deal with the problems uncovered during the shake down cruise. It was at this time that the Akira project was almost canceled but when the engineers at the Antares Ship Yards was able to propose modifications that would deal with the issues the project was allowed to continue. The Akira was once more launched in 2362 for a second shake down and with the issues dealt with the ship quickly passed all systems tests and was fully commissioned in 2363.

As more ships of the Akira class were put into service the ships won over those assigned to crew them. In 2366 the first run of Akira Class ships was nearing completion when the battle of Wolf 359 occurred. With Starfleet on the losing end of a battle where they lost almost forty ships with out inflicting serious dame to the single Borg Cube the decision was made by the top brass to increase the combat capabilities of the fleet. One way this was done was that more Akira Class ships were ordered not only to replace the ships destroyed by the Borg but to replace ships that were nearing the end of their service life.

Ships of the Akira class easily slipped in to the role of explorer where the large number of auxiliary craft it could carry meant that missions such as system mapping could be quickly carried out. During this time the Akira class ships proved to be excellent explorers but the chance to prove their combat capabilities would have to wait until 2373. During that year the Federation had to deal with the outbreak of The Dominion War and the second Borg incursion. In both instances the Akira class proved to be as capable during times of strife as it was in times of peace.

Three ships of the Akira class took part in the Battle of Sector 001 that resulted in the destruction of the attacking Borg Cube. The Dominion War saw Starfleet suffer significant losses leading to the Akira class to taking on a larger portion of the combat missions. As Starfleet losses mounted more ships of the Akira class were built and soon it was normal to see multiple ships of the Akira Class during fleet operations. The fact that the Akira class could be quickly built and could carry twenty fighters into combat made it a favorite ship of Starfleet Command and more were built to replace war time losses.

After the war the Akira class returned to peace time operations but they stood ready to be pressed into combat operations if so needed. Today nearly two decades after the commissioning of the USS Akira and only one quarter into the expected life span of the USS Akira the ships of this class can be seen an almost every corner of the Federation and have even been tasked with exploring beyond Federation borders. The ship that confused the ASDB no longer confuses people and when people think of Starfleet on of the ships they envision is the Akira class.

Construction of ships of the Akira Class was slowed in 2379 and the last Akira class to be built was launched in 2381. While no ship of this class are currently under construction Starfleet reserves the right to order the construction of more ships of this class if necessary. The Akira Class ships continue to serve Starfleet well and there is no plans to retire the class until at least the mid 2400's.

Ship Specifications

Specifications
Basic Information
  • Role: Heavy Cruiser / Light Carrier
  • Dimensions: 464 meters (L) x 317 meters (W) x 87 meters (H)
  • Decks: 17 plus 3 in Pod
  • Expected Duration: 80 Years
  • Time Between Resupply: 1 Year
  • Expected Refit Cycle: 5 Years
Crew Complement
  • Total Crew: 530
    • 75 Officers
    • 300 Enlisted
    • 125 Marines
  • Number of Civilians: 30
  • Emergency Capacity: 4500
Propulsion
  • Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
  • Sublight Speed: 0.25c
  • Warp Speed
    • Cruising Speed: Warp 7
    • Maximum Warp: Warp 9
    • Emergency Warp: Warp 9.8 (for 12 hours)
  • Slipstream Capable?: No
Offensive Systems

ENERGY WEAPONS

TORPEDO LAUNCHERS

  • Primary Hull
    • 3 Forward
    • 1 Starboard
    • 1 Port
  • Weapons Pod
    • 4 Forward
    • 3 Starboard Aft
    • 3 Port Aft

PAYLOAD

Defensive Systems
Primary Systems
  • Computer Systems:
    • 1 Primary Core, Isolinear Based
    • 1 Secondary Core, Isolinear Based
  • Transporters:
    • 4 Personnel Transporters
    • 4 Cargo Transporters
    • 4 Emergency Transporters
    • Transporter Range: 40,000 kilometers
  • Tractor Beam: 1 Standard Tractor Beam with range of 2,000 meters
  • Sensor Range: 15 Lightyears
  • Communications Range: 100,000 kilometers (Standard)
Auxiliary Craft

SHUTTLEBAYS:

  • 1 Forward (Fighter Access)
  • 1 Aft (Shuttlebay)

SUPPORT CRAFT:

  • Shuttles: 12
  • Workbees: 6
  • Runabouts: 2
  • Fighters: 20
Other Notes

CREW AMENITIES:

  • (2) Holodecks
  • Crew Lounge
  • Arboretum
  • Standard Gynasium Facilities

STARSHIP FEATURES:

  • Stellar Cartography
  • Ejectable Warp Drive Assembly


Deck Listing

Weapons Pod (inaccessible by Turbolift)

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
A Deck
  • Torpedo Launchers
  • Torpedo Magazine
B Deck
  • Torpedo Magazines
  • Weapons Pod Control Room
  • Tactical Office
C Deck
  • Auxiliary Fusion Reactor (High Bay)
  • Intra-ship Transporter Room
  • Relief Lounge
D Deck
  • Auxiliary Fusion Reactor (Low Bay)
  • Secondary Structural Integrity Field Generator

Main Ship

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 1
  • Port Catamaran
    • Formal Observation Lounge 1 (Upper Level)
    • Briefing Room 2
  • Starboard Catamaran
    • Recreation Rooms 1 & 2
Deck 2
  • Port Catamaran
    • Formal Observation Lounge 1 (Main Level)
    • Formal Galley
    • Formal Observation Lounge 2 (Can be added to Lounge 1)
    • High Bay Catwalk Access
      • Port Shield Generator
      • Structural Integrity Field Generator
      • Impulse Drive Fusion Generator
  • Starboard Catamaran
    • Swimming Pool
    • Recreation Rooms 3 & 4
    • Multipurpose Room
    • High Bay Catwalk Access
      • Port Shield Generator
      • Structural Integrity Field Generator
      • Impulse Drive Fusion Generator
Deck 3
  • Port Catamaran
    • Transporter Room 1
    • VIP Cabins
    • Civilian Cabins
    • Chief Counselor's Office
    • Counseling Offices (3)
    • Port Dorsal Shield Generator
  • Starboard Catamaran
    • Transporter Room 2
    • Civilian Cabins
    • Administration
      • Captain’s Yeoman’s Office
      • Quartermaster’s Office
      • Legal, Affairs, and Supplemental Offices
      • Executive Officer’s Office
    • Starboard Dorsal Shield Generator
  • Primary Hull
    • Bridge
    • Captain’s Ready Room / Head
    • Bridge Crew Head
    • Briefing Room 1
Deck 4
  • Port Catamaran
    • NCO Cabins
    • Deuterium Supply Tank
    • Damage Control / Emergency Supply Locker
    • Dorsal Structural Integrity Field Generator
    • Dorsal Shield Generator
  • Starboard Catamaran
    • NCO Cabins
    • Deuterium Supply Tank
    • Damage Control / Emergency Supply Locker
    • Dorsal Structural Integrity Field Generator
    • Dorsal Shield Generator
  • Primary Hull
    • Enlisted Cabins
    • Life Support Generator
    • Holosuites 1-4
    • Chief Flight Controller’s Office
    • Chief Strategic Operations Officer’s Office
    • Warp Core Deuterium Injectors
    • Dorsal Engineering Bay (Upper Level)
      • Navigational Array
      • Subspace Radio Transceiver
      • Tactical Sensors
      • Transporter Receiver
Deck 5
  • Port Catamaran
    • NCO Quarters
    • Deuterium Tank
    • Emergency Supply Hold
    • Crew Storage Unit
  • Starboard Catamaran
    • NCO Quarters
    • Deuterium Tank
    • Emergency Supply Hold
    • Crew Storage Unit
  • Primary Hull
    • Enlisted Quarters
    • Lounges 1-4
    • Library
    • Life Support
    • Escape Pod Access
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
    • Dorsal Engineering Bay (Upper Level)
      • Navigational Array
      • Subspace Radio Transceiver
      • Tactical Sensors
      • Transporter Receiver
Deck 6
  • Port Catamaran
    • Junior Officer’s Quarters
    • Deuterium Tanks
  • Starboard Catamaran
    • Junior Officer’s Quarters
    • Deuterium Tanks
  • Primary Hull
    • Enlisted Quarters
    • NCO Quarters
    • Evacuation Transporter Rooms 1 & 2
    • Observation Lounges 3 & 4
    • Holodecks 1 & 2 - Upper Level
    • Gymnasium
    • Null-G Gymnasium
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
Deck 7
  • Port Catamaran
    • NCO Quarters
    • Deuterium Tank & Processing Center
    • Transporter Transceiver
  • Starboard Catamaran
    • NCO Quarters
    • Deuterium Tank & Processing Center
    • Transporter Transceiver
  • Primary Hull
    • Holodecks 1 & 2 - Main Level
    • Observation Lounges 5 & 6
    • Mess Hall
    • Officer Quarters
    • Enlisted Quarters
    • NCO Quarters
    • Shuttlebay & Flight Deck Control Room
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
Deck 8
  • Primary Hull
    • Senior Officer Quarters
    • Junior Officer Quarters
    • NCO Quarters
    • Transporter Rooms 3 & 4
    • Emergency Supply Lockers
    • Secondary Armory
    • Cargo Bays 1-4 Upper Level
    • Auxiliary Control
    • Rear Shuttlebay Upper Level
    • Shuttlepod Storage
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
Deck 9
  • Primary Hull
    • Briefing Rooms 3-6
    • Science Labs 1-4
    • Engineering Labs 1-4
    • Cargo Bays 1-4 Main Level
    • Phaser Systems Compartment
    • Escape Pods
    • Rear Shuttlebay Upper Level
    • Flight Deck Upper Level
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
Deck 10
  • Primary Hull
    • RCS Thrusters & Fueling System
    • Rear Shuttlebay Main Level
    • Flight Deck Main Level
    • Fighter Ordinance Storage
    • Fighter Pilot Locker Room
    • Fighter Maintenance Crew Locker Room
    • Fighter Pilot Quarters
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
Deck 11
  • Primary Hull
    • Lateral Sensor Array
    • Water Tanks
    • Ventral Engineering Bay
      • Navigational Array
      • Tactical Sensor Array
      • Transporter Receiver
      • Ventral Shield Generator
    • Computer Core Upper Level
    • Fighter Squadron Mess Hall
    • Torpedo Launchers & Magazines
    • Replicator Inorganic & Organic Materials Storage
    • Engineering & Fighter Workshop
    • Fighter Pilot Briefing Area
    • Fighter Pilot Command Area
      • Squadron Commander’s Office
      • Deputy Commander’s Office
    • Shuttle Maintenance
    • Escape Pods
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
Deck 12
  • Primary Hull
    • Engineering & Fighter Workshop
    • Ventral Mess Hall
    • Cryogenic Gas Tankage
    • Life Support
    • Computer Core - Upper Level
    • Security Complex
      • Brig
      • Isolation Cells
      • Primary Armory
      • Briefing Room
      • Training Areas
      • Chief Security Officer’s Office
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
Deck 13
  • Primary Hull
    • Computer Core - Upper Level
    • Life Support
    • Emergency Supply Lockers
    • Main Engineering
      • Warp Core Intermix Chamber
      • Chief Engineer’s Office
    • Sickbay
      • Surgical Ward
      • Recovery Ward
      • Main Ward
      • Morgue
      • Chief Medical Officer’s Office
      • Research Labs 1 - 3
Deck 14
  • Primary Hull
    • Evacuation Transporters 3 & 4
    • Break Lounges 1 & 2
    • Computer Core - Main Level
    • Main Deflector Compartment - Upper Level
    • Operation Center / Chief Operations Officer’s Office
    • Science Complex
      • Science Labs 1-6
      • Chief Science Officer’s Office
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
Deck 15
  • Primary Hull
    • Secondary Power Generator
    • Main Deflector Compartment
    • Warp Core Magnetic Constrictors
Deck 16
  • Primary Hull
    • Main Deflector Compartment
    • Warp Core Antimatter Injectors
Deck 17
  • Primary Hull
    • Antimatter Pods
    • Antimatter Generator

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