Keldon Class

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Class Information

Heavy Cruiser



Date Entered Service:


Basic Stats


Cruising Speed:

Warp 7

Total Complement:


Tactical Systems
Energy Weapons:


Torpedo Launchers:



Deflector Shields


Class Description

Cardassian combat tactics have always favored flotillas of cruisers over heavier starships, but in the wake of its defeat by the Federation in the mid-24th century the Cardassian military was forced to concede that the lack of a heavy starship design suitable for taking on the largest Federation explorers had been a serious detriment to its strategic position. With that defeat fresh in mind, leading figures in the Sixth Order began design work on a class that would be a match for the most powerful starships of all their neighbors. The Keldon-class was the fruit of their efforts, and it was not entirely successful.

Forward Dorsal view of a Keldon Class vessel

Beginning with a template only somewhat larger than a Galor type cruiser, the Keldon crams in enough firepower to give even a Sovereign-class explorer pause. While it lacks much of the technological refinement of its Federation cousins, it compensates by being willing to cramp its crew to accommodate the massive weapons arrays that provide it that punch. Unfortunately, the designers were unable to match this developmental triumph with a similar increase in defensive capabilities, leaving the Keldon badly under-defended for her intended purpose. Cardassian tactical ingenuity, however, has not failed to take note of the fact that the defenses are perfectly adequate for engaging Federation cruisers, against whom the Keldon's firepower is a crushing advantage.

Heavily used in the Dominion War, the Keldon enjoyed a considerable reputation among the Alliance fleets. Repeatedly refitted with the best weapons technology available, including Dominion weapons on occasion, they became the ship of choice for a Cardassian commander looking to stiffen the spine of a Galor formation moving against heavy odds. After the end of the war, the surviving Keldons have become the pride of their respective Orders - the ship called on when a task is grim, or the persistent relevance of the Cardassian Union to quadrant politics must be demonstrated.

They have been, for the last decade, worked extremely hard.

Ship Specifications

Basic Information
  • Role: Heavy Cruiser
  • Dimensions: 371.88 meters (L) x 192.23 meters (W) x 70.13 meters (H)
  • Decks: 15
  • Expected Duration: 50 years
  • Time Between Resupply: 3 years
  • Expected Refit Cycle: 2 years
Crew Complement
  • Total Crew: 700
    • 130 Officers
    • 470 Enlisted
    • 100 Marines
  • Number of Civilians: 0
  • Emergency Capacity: 1000
  • Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
  • Sublight Speed: 2/3 the speed of light
  • Warp Speed
    • Cruising Speed: Warp 7
    • Maximum Warp: Warp 8
    • Emergency Warp: Warp 9 (for 12)
  • Slipstream Capable?:
Offensive Systems


  • 1 Forward mounted spiral wave disrupter/deflector array
  • 1 Aft mounted disrupter cannon
  • 12 spiral wave disrupter emitters


  • 2 forward torpedo launchers

PAYLOAD 200 photon torpedoes

Defensive Systems
  • Shields: Deflector Shield
Primary Systems
  • Computer Systems:

Isolinear Computer Systems

  • Transporters:

3 six-person transporters

    • Transporter Range: 45,000 Kilometser
  • Sensor Range: 25 light years
  • Communications Range: 30 light years
Auxiliary Craft



  • Shuttles: 4

Other Notes


  • Crew Messhall


  • The primary weapon of the Keldon class is a combination disrupter / deflector array. This combination of defensive and offensive systems is unique to Cardassian ship designs. The forward combination disrupter deflector array can fire directed energy bolts similar in appearance to a photon torpedo. This has been rarely seen.
  • The Keldon class like other Cardassian ships do not have separate warp nacelles. Instead the “wing sections” of the main hull house two warp field emitters in the forward edge of each wing.
  • The Keldon class has three impulse engines. One is mounted in the command section. One is mounted in each of the “wing sections” of the main hull.
  • The Keldon Class has 4 cargo bays 2 located on the port side and 2 on the starboard side.

Official Cardassian Union Starship Specifications
Starship Classes GalorKeldonMilitary FreighterCivilian Freighter
Aux Craft Classes HidekiShuttle
Starbase Classes Nor