Sovereign class/Class Profile

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Sovereign Class Explorer
Commissioned: 2369

The Sovereign Project was one of three main forays into the field of new defensive technologies initially intended for use against the Borg. USS Sovereign, NX-73811, was herself still in the design phase during the Battle of Wolf 359 and began its actual space trials in 2369.

Initial production of the Sovereign class began at the ASDB Integration Facility, Utopia Planitia, Mars, with final compartmentalization at the San Francisco Fleet Yards, Earth, where it continues to this day. Long term production plans are anticipated to include both the Antares Fleet Yards, Antares IV, and the New Aberdeen Fleet Yard, Aldebaran.

Heavily-armed, the design philosophy for the Sovereign class was shaped by the discovery of the Borg. The Sovereign Project attempted to push the envelope as far as possible when it came to computer power, shielding, armament and systems capabilities. Two forward and two aft rapid-fire torpedo launch systems are coupled with twelve Type XII advanced phaser emitters. The Type XII phaser arrays are the most powerful phaser systems to be installed aboard a Federation starship to date, capable of delivery crippling blows to enemy shields and armor.

With her defensive capabilities and speed, the Sovereign class has begun replacing the venerable Excelsior class as a multipurpose vessel capable of rapidly answering crises within the Federation or along its borders, which in turn has allowed the larger Galaxy class starships to return to their original mandate of deep space exploration.

Black-and-white ship illustrations by Tim Davies unless otherwise noted. Used with permission. All other images are copyright to their respective owners.
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