Cardiff Class

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Class Information

Diplomatic Courier and Explorer



Date Entered Service:


Basic Stats


Cruising Speed:

Warp 8

Total Complement:


Tactical Systems
Energy Weapons:

6 Type-X phaser arrays

Torpedo Launchers:

4 Launchers


Class Description

USS Explorer in orbit of Goren IV

In 2366 a study of various ship classes and their performance during diplomatic missions. As expected the Norway and Galaxy class ships performed the best. This study also uncovered the need of a ship that could provide the type of accommodations on a ship much smaller.

When the Advanced Starship Design Bureau stated the design project for what would eventually become the Cardiff Class several designs were considered and the design that was finally chosen for full development was a departure from the standard layout of Starfleet ships. The secondary hull was held above the primary hull. Two catamaran hulls protected aft from the primary hull that held the impulse engines and just forward of the impulse engines was the ships single warp induction ring. Out board of were the ring connected to the catamarans were the two pods.

The final design of the USS Cardiff was roughly the size of the Norway class but a larger portion of its internal volume was dedicated to diplomatic operations and the standard accommodations was for guests and diplomatic personnel was up graded to the type of accommodations found on larger ships but the size of the internal volume did not allow for the expansive quarters that could be found on a ship of the Galaxy Class.

Along with Diplomatic mission the Cardiff Class ships were expected to carry out missions of exploration and to that end the ship was designed to house the current state of the art long and short range sensor systems.

With the design finalized Construction was started on the Cardiff Class in 2368 with construction of the first of the class, the USS Cardiff, being completed in 2370. After a successful shakedown cruise the USS Cardiff was commissioned later that same year by 2373 four more ships of the Cardiff Class had entered service.

In the intervening years the ships of the Cardiff class have proven successful in their primary role as Diplomatic Couriers and have also proven to be good secondary explorers. In such a role the Cardiff Class Vessels follow up missions to systems, Nebula or other recently discovered areas that had been previously explored by front line ships such as the Sovereign Class.

Ship Specifications

Basic Information
  • Role: Diplomatic Courier and Explorer
  • Dimensions: 330 meters (L) x 210 meters (W) x 60 meters (H)
  • Decks: 11
  • Expected Duration: 85 Years
  • Time Between Resupply: 2 Year
  • Expected Refit Cycle: 5 Years
Crew Complement
  • Total Crew: 430
    • 80 Officers
    • 335 Enlisted
  • Number of Civilians: 15
  • Emergency Capacity: 915
  • Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
  • Sublight Speed: 0.25c
  • Warp Speed
    • Cruising Speed: Warp 8
    • Maximum Warp: Warp 9
    • Emergency Warp: Warp 9.6 (for 12 hours)
  • Slipstream Capable?: No
Offensive Systems


  • 3x Type-X Phaser Arrays
  • 3 type X phaser arrays mounted to the dorsal surface of the primary hull
  • 3 type X phaser arrays mounted to the ventral surface of the primary hull


  • 4
    • 2 Forward
    • 2 Aft


Defensive Systems
Primary Systems
  • Computer Systems:

Isolinear/bio-neural computer systems

  • Transporters:
    • 4 Personnel Transporters
    • 4 Cargo Transporters
    • Transporter Range: 45,000 kilometers
  • Sensor Range: 15 Lightyears
  • Communications Range: 15 light years
Auxiliary Craft



  • Shuttles: 4
  • Workbees: 2

Other Notes


  • Captains ready room
  • Holodecks
  • Crew lounges


  • The Cardiff Class is of a unique design. Instead of using twin warp nacelles like other ships in the fleet the Cardiff Class utilizes a single warp induction Ring.
  • The warp ring, impulse engines, and the mission pods are held at the aft end of the primary hulls catamarans.
  • The Cardiff class has two pods one on the port and the other on the starboard side of the ship.
  • The Cardiff’s secondary hull is located above the primary hull just forward of the warp ring and aft of the bridge.

Deck Listing

Secondary Hull

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 1
  • Upper sensor array
  • Sensor maintenance
  • Deflector dish bay upper level 1
  • Escape pods
  • Upper RCS thruster implements
Deck 2
  • Deflector dish bay upper level 2
  • Shuttle bay upper level
  • Shuttle bay control room
Deck 3
  • Deflector dish bay mid-level
  • Main deflector dish monitoring and maintenance
  • Shuttle bay main level
Deck 4
  • Deflector dish bay lower level 1
  • Shuttle storage and maintenance
  • Deuterium upper level
  • Secondary and primary hull waste reclamation.
Deck 5
  • Deflector dish bay lower level 2
  • Deuterium storage tanks lower level
  • Secondary and primary hull life support systems
  • Diplomatic suites 1 through 4

Primary Hull

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 5
  • Bridge
  • Main conference room
  • Captains ready room
  • Senior Officer quarters
  • Officers quarters
  • Holodecks 1 through 4
Deck 6
  • Executive Officer's Office
  • VIP stat rooms
  • Officers mess
  • Senior enlisted quarters
  • Crew lounge 1 (port) and 2 (starboard)
  • Diplomatic conference rooms 1 and 2
  • Diplomatic suites 5 through 8
Deck 7
  • Main sick bay
  • Chief Medical Officer’s office
  • Medical support labs
  • Officers quarters
  • Dorsal phaser arrays
  • Dorsal phaser maintenance and monitoring
  • Impulse engine 1 and 2 upper level
  • Transporters rooms 1 and 2
Deck 8
  • Main engineering
  • Chief Engineer’s Office
  • Engineering support labs
  • Officers quarters
  • Enlisted quarters
  • Enlisted mess
  • Primary RCS thruster emplacements
  • Escape pods
  • Impulse engine 1 and 2 mid-level
  • Transporter machinery rooms 1 and 2
  • Warp induction ring plasma injectors (port and starboard)
Deck 9
  • Main Brig
  • Chief Security/tactical Officers Office
  • Main armory
  • Enlisted quarters
  • Ventral phaser arrays
  • Ventral phaser maintenance and monitoring
  • Escape pods
  • Impulse engine 1 and 2 lower level
Deck 10
  • Enlisted Officers quarters
  • Cargo bays 1 through 4
  • Cargo transporters 1 and 2
  • Guest quarters
  • Holodecks 5 and 6
Deck 11
  • Antimatter generator
  • Antimatter storage pods
  • Antimatter storage pod ejection hatch
  • Warp core ejection hatch
  • Cargo transporter machinery rooms 1 and 2

Port Pod

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 5
  • Upper port sensor array
  • Upper sensor array maintenance and monitoring
  • Upper port pod RCS thrusters
Deck 6
  • Primary science labs
  • Transporter room 3
Deck 7
  • Chief Science Officers Office
  • Secondary science labs
  • Transporter room machinery room 3
Deck 8
  • Port Bussard collector
  • Forward torpedo tube 1
  • Aft torpedo tube 1
  • Torpedo storage
  • Port aft senor array
Deck 9
  • Port pod life support systems
  • Port pod waste reclamation
Deck 10
  • Replicator raw material storage
  • Cargo bays 5 and 6
  • Cargo transporter 3
  • Escape pods
Deck 11
  • Lower port sensor array
  • Lower port sensor array
  • Maintenance and monitoring
  • Cargo transporter 3 machinery rooms
  • Lower port pod RCS Thrusters

Starboard Pod

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 5
  • Upper Starboard sensor array
  • Upper sensor array maintenance and monitoring
  • Upper starboard pod RCS thrusters
Deck 6
  • Engineering secondary labs
  • Transporter room 4
Deck 7
  • Fabrication facility
  • Transporter machinery room 4
Deck 8
  • Starboard Bussard collector
  • Forward torpedo tube 2
  • Aft torpedo tube 2
  • Torpedo storage
  • Starboard aft sensor array
Deck 9
  • Starboard pod life support systems
  • Starboard pod waste reclamation
Deck 10
  • Replicator raw material storage
  • Cargo bays 7 and 8
  • Cargo transporter 4
  • Escape pods
Deck 11
  • Lower Starboard sensor array
  • Lower Starboard sensor array maintenance and monitoring
  • Cargo transporter 4 machinery rooms
  • Lower starboard pod RCS thrusters
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