- Registry Number: NCC-68482
- Vessel: USS Indria-A
- Class: Nebula
- Designation: Cmdr. Cura Assanti
- Category : Exploration
- War Capablities (0-5): 4.5 *
- Number of Decks: 30 **
- Crew Compliment: Officers: 90
- Elinsted Crew: 360
- Total: 450
- Civilians (Families): Not Permitted
- Maximum Capacity: 1350 *
- Height: 93 Metres
- Width: 477 Metres
- Length: 446.5 Metres
- Warp Engines: MARA
- Impulse Engines: Standard
- Computer System: LCARS
- Cruising: Warp 8
- Emergency: Warp 9.8 (6 hours)
- Maximum: Warp 9.94 (1 hour)
- Expected Duration: 120 Years
- Times B/W Resupply: 7 Years
- Times B/W Refits: 20 Years
- Motto: "Fortune favours the bold."
- * Due to the flexibility of the interchangeable mission pod on the Nebula Class Starship statistics marked with a single asterisk can vary depending on the nature of the mission pod attached. The Indria-A is normally fitted with a customised Weapons/Sensor Pod, and the given figures are calculated with this pod attached.
- ** The standard nebula Class design has 33 decks but the Indria lost 3 decks due to hull improvements and modified engineering systems
The Nebula Class Starship was a direct offshoot from the Galaxy Class project, which was started in the mid-2040s. The Nebula Class was fielded to provide a smaller, more numerous counterpart to the Galaxy Class. The design of the Nebula Class was such that many components from the Galaxy Class could be installed directly into the Nebula Class. This resulted in significant improvements in the design and construction processes for the Nebula Class and thus allowed comparatively high numbers to be fielded.
The Nebula Class is smaller and more compact than the Galaxy Class. The Engineering Hull is mounted directly to the underside of the saucer section, an improvement which saved 200 meters in length. The primary achievement of the Nebula Class design however, was the interchangeable mission pod. This is the prominent housing, aft of the saucer section. This enables the vessel to carry one of a variety of standard or customized mission pods, and this feature gave the Nebula Class a flexibility unparalleled by any other class. The process of changing the mission pod is simple and cost effective and modern techniques mean the process takes only hours. Examples of some standard mission pods currently available are: High Capacity Sensor Pod, Enhanced Weapons Pod, Colony Transport Pod, Emergency Field Hospital Pod. Although there are far too many available to list, this gives an impression of the vast flexibility of the nature of missions that the Nebula Class Ships can perform. This flexibility means that the Nebula Class Starship, despite its smaller size, can perform almost identical missions to the Galaxy Class vessels.
Detailed Analysis of the Ship
The ship is fitted with up-to-date bio-neural circuitry (Mark IV). This improves computer-processing speeds, which results in a faster response time.
The updated version of the EMH is available, unlike previous version the EMH has emitters in all key locations (i.e. Sickbay, Bridge, Engineering, Tactical deck) and is automatically activated upon Red or Yellow alert status. The EMH then assesses which area it is most needed in.
The Indria-A also has two holographic bar-tenders, Hal and Reg, these are programmed with the traditional bar-tender traits and make a very...interesting duo.
Under the command of Commodore Shaun Marlin in the 2370's, one of the most significant features of the Indria-A was its experimental new hull 'coating'. The standard hull was covered with three extra layers of material. The innermost layer was composed of interlaced tungsten filaments, which increased structural integrity and work as an augmentation to the deflector systems. The middle layer is composed of a tritanium/duranium alloy, which can be connected to sensor arrays to boost sensor range and effectiveness. The outermost layer is an experimental sensor-reflective polycarbonite that was able to bend or refract 85-90% of visible light.
This hull was one of the most outstanding design features of the Indria-A and earned the design team leader, Nicole Norris, one of the Federations highest design awards, for her superb idea which matched the Indria's needs perfectly.
This hull modification's new refractive outer layer was ideal given the covert nature of the Indria's mission brief. This layer makes initially detecting the vessel at any speed under impulse very much harder. In computer simulations enemy vessels, which were not specifically searching for the ship, passed through a system that the Indria was in 96.6% of the time without detecting the vessel.
Unfortunately the refractive layer had its limitations, if a vessel was actually sweeping space, searching for the Indria-A, it could still be found, although it might take longer, and once located the Indria-A could be easily monitored with a sensor lock. This means that the new hull modification were used to try and avoid initial detection however once the ship has been detected the modification is rendered ineffective.
In mid-2385, Fleet Captain Rocar ordered the removal of this experimental hull as part of the minor refit that took place at the Starbase 118 ship yards. Given that the nature of Starfleet's operations had changed since the Dominon War of the 2370's, Rocar ordered the installation of a more traditional (and cheaper) standard hull plating.
Major Tactical Systems
Under the command of Commodore Shaun Marlin in the 2370's, the USS Indria-A was fitted with:
- Tachyon Sensor System (TSS) detects cloaked ships within 30 000km with 65% accuracy
- Multi-frequency sub-space and tactical sensor jammers
- The Interdiction System (INDS)
First field-tested by the USS Ranger, the INDS system, short for "Interdiction System" substantially equals the playing field for a Federation Fleet, which is numerically inferior to her enemies.
The purpose of the system is to allow for a special narrowed subspace sensor to scan target vessels to determine the modulation of her weapons and defence systems. In this way, the data can then be utilised by the INDS vessel to tune her own weapons to match target shields so as to increase their effectiveness, and also to tune her own shields so as to minimise the damage done by the target vessel's own systems. In the original configuration carried by the Ranger, the data needed to be fed to the tactical systems after INDS fed it to the TAC station. In the new standard issue system, the Tactical Computers perform that function unless overridden by the TAC officer.
However, by 2385 both the Klingon and Romulan powers had advanced their technologies to a point where these systems were rendered redundant. The USS Indria-A, therefore, had standard systems reintroduced as part of her minor refit of 2385.
During the Dominion Wars the Indria-A was armed with the newer Quantum Torpedoes. The ship had 8 individual launchers, each capable of a simultaneous yield of 2 torpedoes. The ship has two aft launchers which, although adjustable, can only fire aft; and three bow launchers, which again can only fire in the forward direction of the vessel. The remaining launchers (3) are multi-directional and can support frontal or rear assaults as needed, they are located: On the ships modified mission pod (1), on the ships saucer section (1) and on the ships engineering section (1). During wartime deployment, the Indria-A is stocked with a total of 320 Mark IV Quantum Torpedoes as standard.
However, by the mid-2380's the USS Indria-A's mission was reclassified as one of science and exploration. With the threat of the Dominion no more, the ship was refitted to introduce room for science laps and the Quantum Torpedoes were replaced with a much smaller compliment of standard photon torpedoes.
Under Commodore Shaun Marline in the 2370's the USS Indria was fitted with asymmetrical peristaltic subspace graviton field type shields. This type of shield was similar to those of most other starships. However, besides incorporating the now mandatory nutation shift in frequency, the shields altered their graviton polarity to better deal with more powerful weapons. During combat, the shield sent data on what type of weapon is being used on it, and what frequency and phase the weapon uses. Once this is analyzed by the tactical officer, the shield can be configured to have the same frequency as the incoming weapon - but different nutation. This tactic dramatically increases shield efficiency.
There were twelve shield grids on the Indria-A, and each one generates 558.3 MW, resulting in a total shield strength of 6,700 MW. The power for the shields is taken directly from the warp engines and impulse fusion generators. The shields, when raised, stayed extremely close to the hull to conserve energy, the average distance being only ten meters.
Unfortunately, this type of shield used high amounts of energy and detracted from other systems that would be more useful during peacetime. Thus, standard shields were reintroduced during the Indria-A's minor refit of 2385.