Cerberus Class

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Class Information
Role: Multi-mission Cruiser


Date Entered Service:


Ship's Complement
Crew Complement:


Overall Dimensions


Warp Performance
Cruising Speed:

Warp 8

Energy Weapons:
Torpedo Launchers:

Regenerative Shielding Systems

Auxiliary Craft

Class Description

Class Design Brief

USS Proteus entering orbit of Kobliad

The Cerberus class was designed as a follow up to and sister class for the Prometheus Class and as such it is equipped with Multi-Vector Assault Mode. While the three sections were docked ship's of this class operates like any other ship fielded by Starfleet and follows the primary/secondary hull layout of other Starfleet ships except these ships have four warp nacelles.

In the docked configuration the ships has four functioning warp nacelles. When operating in Multi-Vector Assault Mode the dorsal nacelles are used by the Beta section and the dorsal nacelles are used by the Gamma section. The Alpha section makes use of two smaller nacelles that fold out of storage bays. One bay is located just aft of the ship's bridge and the other is located in the ventral surface of the Alpha section and can only be extended after separation of the Alpha and Beta section. While in the docked configuration the two main impulse engines housed withing the Alpha section are used to maneuver the ship at sunlight speeds. Both the Beta and Gama sections have impulse engines that are hidden while in the docked configuration but are exposed when these sections are operating independently of the others.

Ships of the Cerberus class are equipped with a total of twelve Type-XI phaser arrays all twelve of these arrays are usable while the ship's sections are operating independently of each other with six of these arrays covered while the ship is operating in the docked configuration. These ships are also equipped with five torpedo launchers. Three of these launchers are mounted to cover the forward firing arc and the remaining two are mounted to cover the aft firing arch. The forward torpedo launcher housed within the Beta section is covered while the ship is in the docked configuration and is there fore not usable until the sections separate from each other. To provided protection to ships of the Cerberus class these ships are equipped with Regenerative Shielding Systems

Like any ship fielded by Starfleet ship's of the Cerberus class are expected to carry out missions of exploration and research. To carry out this ships of this class are equipped with a suite of sensor systems and science, medical, and engineering lab.

Class Service History

USS Nautilus paroling along the Federation/Romulan border

The design that would be come the USS Cerberus started as a list of suggested modifications to the design of the Prometheus Class complied by the Advanced Starship Design Bureau in 2378. This list included the need to change and or add pass through points for turbo lifts, consumables, ODN trunks, and other such ship systems so that the Alpha and Gamma sections could dock together in the case Bata section was destroyed during the use of Multi-Vector Assault Mode. It was also suggested that each section should be given greater range while operating separably from the other two sections increasing the amount of time M.V.A.M. could be used and allowing an orphaned section to reach the safe harbor of a Starbase should the other two sections be destroyed.

This list along with a proposed time table for upgrading the exiting fleet of Prometheus Class ships was submitted to Starfleet Command latter in the same year. With Starfleet Command still concentrating in replacing the ships lost during the Dominion War they rejected the proposal and requested the development of a new ship class that would operate as a sister class to the Prometheus Class.

The A.S.D.B. put together a design team and with the Prometheus Class as a starting point work began on the design of the Cerberus. This design was finalized in 2382 and construction of the USS Cerberus began in 2383 in dry dock 102 at the Antares Ship Yards. In 2387 the construction of the USS Cerberus was completed and the ship was launched on a shake down cruise. During this cruise the ship's systems were heavily tested including fifteen successful docking and undocking cycles of the the Alpha and Gamma sections. In 2389 the USS Cerberus returned to the Antares Ship Yards for the addition of final hull marking. Later in 2389 the USS Cerberus was officially commissioned and construction began on several ships of this class at the ship yards with plans to begin construction of more Cerberus class ships at shipyards across the Federation in 2390.

Ship Specifications

Basic Information
  • Expected Duration: 90 years
  • Time Between Resupply: 2 years
  • Expected Refit Cycle: 5 years
Crew Complement
  • Total Crew: 210
    • 35 Officers
    • 170 Enlisted
  • Number of Civilians: 5
  • Emergency Capacity: 615
  • Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
  • Sublight Speed: 2/3 the speed of light
  • Warp Speed
    • Cruising Speed: Warp 8
    • Maximum Warp: Warp 9
    • Emergency Warp: warp 9.98 (for 12 hours)
  • Slipstream Capable?: Yes
Offensive Systems

ENERGY WEAPONS (DOCKED) 6 Type-XI phaser arrays / (MVAM) 12 Type-XI phaser arrays

  • Alpha section
    • 2 dorsal arrays
    • 2 ventral arrays
  • Beta section
    • 2 dorsal arrays (not available when docked)
    • 2 ventral arrays (not available when docked)
  • Gamma section
    • 2 dorsal arrays (not available when docked)
    • 2 ventral arrays

TORPEDO LAUNCHERS (DOCKED) 4 Launchers / (MVAM) 5 Launchers

  • Alpha section
    • 1 forward launcher
    • 1 aft launcher
  • Beta section
    • 1 forward launcher (not available when docked)
  • Gamma section
    • 1 forward launcher
    • 1 aft launcher

PAYLOAD 500 Quantum Torpedo

Defensive Systems
Primary Systems
  • Computer Systems:

Isolinear/Bio-neural computer systems

  • Transporters:
  • 6 Six-person transporters
  • 2 Cargo transporters
    • Transporter Range: 45,000 Kilometers
  • Sensor Range: 20 Light years
  • Communications Range: 20 Light years
Auxiliary Craft

SHUTTLEBAYS: 1 (located in Beta Section)


  • Shuttles: 4
  • Workbees: 2
  • Runabouts: 1
Other Notes


  • 4 holodecks
  • 2 Mess halls
  • Crew lounge


  • The Cerberus Class is capable of Multi-Vector Assault Mode
  • Each section is equipped with enough matter and antimatter to travel independently for 50 light years
  • Each section is equipped with both warp nacelles and impulse engines.

Deck Listing

Alpha Section

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 1
  • Alpha section upper auxiliary nacelle storage bay
  • Forward torpedo launcher 1
  • Aft torpedo launcher 1
  • Torpedo storage
Deck 2
  • Alpha section deuterium storage tank
  • Main bridge
  • Weapons locker
  • Captain’s ready room
  • XO's Office
Deck 3
  • Phaser arrays 1 and 2
  • Transporter rooms 1 and 2
  • Senior officers’ quarters
  • VIP quarters
Deck 4
  • Alpha section engineering bay
  • Transporter machinery rooms 1 and 2
  • Officers quarters
Deck 5
  • Docking latch connect points
  • Chief Medical Officer’s office
  • Sick bay
  • Medical labs
  • Officers quarters
  • Senior enlisted quarters
  • Mess Hall 1
Deck 6
  • Alpha section antimatter pod
  • Alpha section lower auxiliary nacelle storage bay
  • Alpha section auxiliary impulse engine
  • Docking latch connect points
  • Alpha section antimatter pod and warp core ejection hatch
  • Phaser arrays 3 and 4

Beta Section

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 6
  • Beta section deuterium storage tank
  • Docking latch storage bays
  • Main impulse engines 1 and 2 two upper level
  • Shuttle bay upper level
  • Shuttle bay control room
Deck 7
  • Docking latch storage bays
  • Main impulse engines 1 and 2 lower level
  • Phaser arrays 5 and 6
  • Shuttle bay lower level
  • Chief Science Officer’s office
  • Science labs
  • Crew lounge
Deck 8
  • Beta section auxiliary bridge
  • Shuttle storage and maintenance
  • Transporter rooms 3 and 4
  • Enlisted quarters
  • Guest quarters
  • Holodecks 1 and 2
Deck 9
  • Chief Engineer’s office
  • Main engineering
  • Engineering support labs
  • Transporter machinery rooms 3 and 4
  • Enlisted quarters
Deck 10
  • Forward torpedo launcher 2
  • Torpedo storage
  • Cargo bays 1 through 8
  • Cargo transporter room 1
Deck 11
  • Beta section anti matter pod
  • Beta section antimatter pod and warp core ejection hatches
  • Phaser arrays 7 and 8
  • Cargo transporter machinery room 1

Gamma Section

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 11
  • Phaser arrays 9 and 10
  • Enlisted quarters
  • Guest quarters
Deck 12
  • Gamma section Auxiliary bridge
  • Weapons locker
  • Transporter rooms 5 and 6
  • Officers quarters
  • Enlisted quarters
  • Mess hall 2
  • Holodecks 3 and 4
Deck 13
  • Gamma section engineering bay
  • Gamma section auxiliary bridge
  • Deflector dish upper level
  • Transporter machinery rooms 5 and 6
Deck 14
  • Deflector dish mid-level
  • Deflector control
  • Security/Tactical officer’s office
  • Brig
  • Armory
  • Enlisted quarters
Deck 15
  • Deflector dish lower level
  • Phaser arrays 11 and 12
  • Cargo bays 9 through 16
  • Cargo transporter 2
Deck 16
  • Main antimatter pods
  • Gamma section antimatter pods and warp core ejection hatches
  • Forward torpedo launcher 3
  • Aft torpedo launcher 2
  • Torpedo storage
  • Cargo transporter machinery room 2
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