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Revision as of 22:11, 22 March 2019

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Class Information
Role: Science Vessel


Date Entered Service:


Fourth Fleet Ships in Service:

View On BFMS

Ship's Complement
Crew Complement:


Overall Dimensions


Warp Performance
Cruising Speed:

Warp 5

Energy Weapons:
Torpedo Launchers:

1 Forward


Graviton Shielding System

Auxiliary Craft

Class Description

The Oberth-class has had a distinguished Starfleet career in its long life serving in the fleet. Oberths are a capable platform from which to conduct scientific research and exploration. They have some crucial advantages such as their ease to construct, maintain, and run. The design is highly modular, the whole vessel is made up of sections of 50, 150, or 300 tons which were simply bolted together, gamma welded, and sealed. This allows construction to take place in the smallest of facilities, even those intended to handle craft such as shuttles. The warp drive system, one of the most difficult parts of any starship to fabricate, sacrifices a large degree of speed and acceleration in return for simplicity and reliability. These factors enabled no less than eight Oberth class vessels to be built for the same resources as a single Constitution-class starship. In service the Oberth's are just as easy to run as they are to build. The engineering plant is almost wholly automated, and the secondary hull is normally unmanned. The entire engineering crew consists of two officers, one warrant officer, and four enlisted personnel, less than a tenth of the number for a Constitution.

In battle the Oberth, being a vessel of science, relies mostly on the ability to dodge, avoid and hide through outsmarting its enemies, as it has very limited weapons capacity. The Oberth has excellent maneuvering capabilities compared to other classes even its own size. This is because they cannot take many direct hits before being destroyed or at the least heavily damaged.

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The exploratory nature of the Oberth-class' mission means that they frequently discover new alien species, but their small size and limited crew numbers meant that they have a very limited diplomatic capability. Although they do occasionally engage in first contact procedures, it is more usual for an Oberth to follow up upon initial contact missions engaged in by other ships, or performing pre-contact evaluations.

The Oberth-class is also famous within Starfleet for perhaps being the longest produced starship in Starfleet history. The design was primarily used by Starfleet and began production in the 2270s, but as the century turned and the multiple uses of the starship became apparent, the design was released and contracted out to civilians looking for a reliable ship. Starfleet continued to produce the Oberth-class well into the 2360s until finally a call was made to replace the outdated design with a newer work horse. With the production of the Nova-class the Oberth design was retired and production finished. Over the years all of the Oberth-class ships have met different fates; many hundreds still serve as short-range science vessels, cargo runners and in several different capacities slowly being phased out in favor of the Nova.

Ship Specifications

Basic Information
  • Role: Science Vessel
  • Dimensions: 150 meters (L) x 77.5 meters (W) x 42.5 meters (H)
  • Decks: 8
  • Expected Duration: 100 years
  • Time Between Resupply: 6 months
  • Expected Refit Cycle: 5 years
Crew Complement
  • Total Crew: 71
    • 8 Officers
    • 63 Enlisted

  • Emergency Capacity: 100
  • Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
  • Sublight Speed: 0.5c
  • Warp Speed
    • Cruising Speed: Warp 5
    • Maximum Warp: Warp 5.5
    • Emergency Warp: Warp 5.75 (for 12 hours)
  • Slipstream Capable?:
Offensive Systems



  • 1 Forward


Defensive Systems
Primary Systems
  • Computer Systems:

Duotronic Computer System

  • Transporters:
    • 1 Personnel Transporter
    • Transporter Range: 40,000 meters
  • Sensor Range: 10 lightyears
  • Communications Range: 15 lightyears
Auxiliary Craft



  • Shuttles: 3

Other Notes


  • Crew Lounge


Deck Listing

Main Hull

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 1
  • Bridge
  • Ready Room
Deck 2
  • Forward shuttle bay
  • Cargo bays (Port and Starboard)
  • Senior officer’s quarters
  • Primary computer core upper level
  • Conference lounge
  • Escape Pods (2)
  • Phaser bank
Deck 3
  • Junior officer’s quarters
  • Enlisted officer’s quarters
  • Mess hall, Sick bay
  • Transporter room 1
  • Upper computer core lower level
  • Forward lateral sensor array
  • Science labs
  • Secondary conference lounge
  • Enlisted officer’s quarters
  • Primary hull life support subsystems
Deck 3 Lower
  • Impulse engine
  • Dorsal sensor dome

Secondary Hull

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
Deck 4
  • Deuterium fuel storage
  • Deuterium injectors
Deck 5
  • Main engineering
  • Transporter room 2
  • Engineering computer core
  • Docking Ports (Port and Starboard)
  • Auxiliary power generators, Escape Pod
Deck 6
  • Anitmatter injectors
  • Deflector dish high bay
  • Aft facing probe launcher
  • Engineering life support subsystems
Deck 7
  • Deflector control
  • Deflector dish main bay
  • Probe storage
  • Engineering support labs
Deck 8
  • Antimatter pods
  • Warp core ejection hatch
  • Antimatter pod ejection hatch

Active Simulations

Official Federation Starship Specifications
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Starship Classes 23rd Century AkulaCardenasConstellationConstitutionConstitution (Refit)CrossfieldEngleExcelsiorExcelsior (Refit)HooverMageeMalachowskiMirandaNimitzOberthOhioShelleyShepardSoyuzSydneyWalker
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