Argonaut class

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Class Information
Role: Light Cruiser


Date Entered Service:


Fourth Fleet Ships in Service:

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Ship's Complement
Crew Complement:


Overall Dimensions


Warp Performance
Cruising Speed:

Warp 7

Energy Weapons:
Torpedo Launchers:

5 Launchers


Multi-Layered Shielding System

Auxiliary Craft

Class Description

The Argonaut-class was born from the numerous designs that had been considered for what would eventually become the Intrepid-class. One such design, dubbed the "Argonaut" by her designer in honor of the recently destroyed USS Argonaut, became one of the final shortlisted proposals but was ultimately not chosen. Instead the idea was filed away, perhaps for later use.

In late 2372, with the development of the Dominion threat, Starfleet massively increased production of vessels and searched for designs that could be produced in a short time frame. Subsequently, the "Argonaut" was re-discovered and, since it had already progressed to a relatively late stage with extensive studies, projections and presentations already produced in the recent past, there was little that needed to be done in order to re-open the project and press ahead with production. The design was also relatively simple so it was believed possible to build in 24 months or less, albeit with less-than-ideal production values.

Only very minor tweaks were made to the proposal, mainly an increase in her tactical capabilities by installing the new pulse phasers developed for the Defiant-class. However the Argonaut received much less powerful, and therefore much less power-consuming Type-X pulse phasers compared to the Defiant-class' Type-XII. The class was rushed to the shipyards with three vessels ordered constructed immediately. By the time the Dominion War began in late 2373 the three Argonaut-class vessels were approximately 50% completed. Production efforts were redoubled and the new USS Argonaut was launched late 2374, although several internal sections of the vessel were still incomplete. Nevertheless, she was fully armed and after the briefest possible shakedown immediately joined the front lines. The two other initial ships of the class followed soon after, launched and sent to help with the war effort as soon as possible.

By the end of the war in late 2375, six Argonaut-class vessels had been constructed and all had seen action, performing admirably despite incomplete sections and inevitable problems associated with a project rushed and built with all possible haste. Eventually some design flaws were discovered in the warp design and weapons systems. Most notably was that there was only enough power to fire either the pulse phasers, or the phaser arrays, at once; not both at the same time. This has resulted in a very unique combat tactic for the ship.

Ship Specifications

Basic Information
  • Role: Light Cruiser
  • Dimensions: 386.5 meters (L) x 128.6 meters (W) x 68 meters (H)
  • Decks: 13
  • Expected Duration: 80 years
  • Time Between Resupply: 1 year
  • Expected Refit Cycle: 4 years
Crew Complement
  • Total Crew: 200
    • 40 Officers
    • 125 Enlisted
    • 35 Marines
  • Number of Civilians: 0
  • Emergency Capacity: 360
  • Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
  • Sublight Speed: 0.25c
  • Warp Speed
    • Cruising Speed: Warp 7
    • Maximum Warp: Warp 9.4
    • Emergency Warp: Warp 9.8 (for 12 hours)
  • Slipstream Capable?: Yes
Offensive Systems



  • 2 Forward
  • 3 Aft


Defensive Systems
Primary Systems

Auxiliary Craft



  • Shuttles: 6
  • Runabouts: 2
Other Notes


  • Holodecks


Deck Listing

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 1
  • Forward shuttle bay control room
  • Upper sensor platform
Deck 2
  • Bridge, Captains,
  • Ready Room,
  • Main conference lounge
  • Senor officer quarters
  • VIP quarters X/O’s office
  • Forward shuttle bay main level
Deck 3
  • Officers quarters
  • Officers mess
  • Enlisted quarters
  • Holodecks 1 and 2
  • Forward shuttle bay shuttle storage and maintenance
Deck 4
  • Enlisted quarters,
  • Main sick bay
  • Chief medical officer’s office
  • Aft torpedo launcher 1
  • Torpedo storage
  • Transporter rooms 1 and 2
Deck 5
  • Cargo bay 1 and 2
  • Holo decks 3 and 4
  • Security department
  • Brig, Chief Tactical/Security Office
  • Aft shuttle bay control room
  • Pulse phasers 1 and 2
  • Transporter machinery rooms 1 and 2
  • Enlisted quarters
  • Enlisted mess
Deck 6
  • Chief Science Officers office
  • Main science labs
  • Impulse engine high bay
  • Aft shuttle bay main level
  • Atmospheric processing
  • Environmental sub systems
  • Guest quarters
Deck 7
  • Main Engineering
  • Chief Engineers office
  • Engineering labs
  • Impulse engine mid bay
  • Aft shuttle bay shuttle storage and maintenance
Deck 8
  • Engineering fabrication facilities
  • Industrial replicators
  • Impulse engine bay main level
  • Transporter room 3
Deck 9
  • Waste management
  • Cargo bays 3 and 4
Deck 10
  • Replicator consumables storage
  • Deflector control
  • Transporter room 3
Deck 11
  • Main deflector dish
  • Torpedo storage
  • Aft torpedo launchers 2 and 3
  • Torpedo storage
Deck 12
  • Anitmatter generator
  • Antimatter pods
  • Antimatter injectors
  • Forward torpedo launchers 1 and 2
Deck 13
  • Warp core ejection hatch
  • Antimatter pods
  • Anitmatter pod ejection hatch

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