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|−|One of the critical strategic problems faced by Starfleet Command, if the Federation was going to win the Dominion War, was that the Federation forces were being spread too thin. Between defending the Federation territory from and trying to go on the offensive against the Dominion, in addition to keeping a wary eye on the Romulans, Starfleet found it had too many obligations and too few resources. This problem became even more acute when Starfleet strategists had determined that the 'Achilles Heel' of the Dominion was the dependency of the Jem' Hadar on Ketracel-White. If the Federation- Klingon Alliance could destroy, or even severely threaten, the Ketracel-White facilities the Dominion' s Alpha Quadrant Offensive would grind to a halt. Unfortunately the only ships the either Starfleet or the KDF had that could do the job were the Galaxy and Negh' Var class ships. |+|
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|−|Unescorted long-range strikes against heavily defended multiple targets currently could not be performed by any existing vessel. The Defiant-class, with sufficient firepower, had too limited an operating range. The Galaxy and Negh'Var classes, while having the range, were too expensive to risk. Neither the Federation nor the Klingons were willing to commit the large fleets required to hit these targets; to do so would have entailed compromising defense of key Federation and Klingon systems. A new ship of revolutionary design would be required. |+|
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|−|Ship designers of Utopia Planitia were up to the challenge. They not only designed a totally new class of ship, the Achilles; they designed and built it in less than two years. By adapting current anti-Borg designs to the new threat, they developed a ship with revolutionary features that would enable the Achilles to fulfill the role as long-range cruiser with firepower nearly equal to a Sovereign Class cruiser. This was accomplished with the new micro-torpedoes arranged in a 'phalanx' array allows an astoundingly high rate of fire that could cripple any Dominion ship. With the arrangement of the phalanx system, the Achilles can protect itself against the strike fighters defending Ketracel-White facilities, while still maintaining its focus on destroying the target. Redundant warp and impulse nacelles were designed so the Achilles can sustain heavy damage and still maneuver. Dual rapid-fire Quantum torpedo turrets, based on the turret from the Sovereign-class, and a pair of enhanced pulse-phaser cannons, based on Defiant-class cannons, enables the Achilles sufficient firepower to destroy most large fixed targets in one pass. Finally, the Achilles has an unsupported, self-serviceable range equal to the Galaxy Class exploration vessels that is required to operate effectively behind the Dominion defensive perimeter. |+|
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|−|The prototype, deployed for field testing in the closing weeks of the war, performed admirably, destroying two key facilities on its single mission behind enemy lines. It also accounted for two full Cardassian fighter wings, as well as nearly a score of Jem'Hadar strike cruisers in its mission, the best record of any single ship in the war. However successful, a number of problems were identified and the Achilles was returned to Utopia Planitia at the end of the war for refitting. The remainder of her hull was filled out with the non-warfare facilities that were called for in her original design, including a basic science department, multipurpose holodecks and upgraded ship-wide holo-emitters, and she was retasked for system patrol and deep- space exploration, then moved out for further field testing. |+|
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|−|Production Run: |+|
|−|USS Achilles NX- 82376 | |
|−|**further production has not been scheduled, pending testing completion** | |
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|−|Type: Heavy Cruiser |+|
|−|Length: 612 meters |+|
|−|Beam: 372 meters | |
|−|Height: 67 meters | |
|−|Decks: 12 | |
|−|Mass: 1, 295, 410 metric tons | |
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|−|Crew: 75 Officers, 300 Enlisted, 0-500 Other (400 Total Standard Crew) |+|
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|−|Evacuation limit: 900 | |
|−|Diplomatic Capabilities: Grade 3 | |
|−|Standard Mission Duration: 3 years | |
|−|Minor Refits: 5 years | |
|−|Standard Refits: 10 years | |
|−|Major Refits: 15 years (shipyard- based overhauls) | |
|−|Expected Hull Life: 95 years with refits | |
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|−|2 LF-45 Advanced Linear Warp Drive Units (MARA) |+|
|−|2 FIG 6 Subatomic Unified Energy Impulse Units (Standard) | |
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|−|Normal Cruise: Warp 7. 0 | |
|−|Maximum Cruise: Warp 9. 75+ (still under testing) | |
|−|Maximum Rated: Warp 9. 99+ (still under testing) | |
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|−|Phasers: | |
|−|8 x Type XII Phaser arrays, total output 40,000 TeraWatts | |
|−|2 x Class I rapid fire phaser pulse cannons, total output 32,500 TeraWatts | |
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|−|2 x Burst-fire Torpedo Turrets (Photon/Quantum) + 300 torpedoes | |
|−|Phalanx Torpedo Array + 300 mini-quantum torpedoes (max 50km range) | |
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|−|Auto-modulated high capacity regenerative shield system, total capacity 3,100,000 TeraJoules |+|
|−|Heavy Duranium/Tritanium double hull plus 10 cm Ablative armor. |+|
|−|High level Structural Integrity Field |+|
|−|Primary Computer System: Class XIX Bioneural/Isolinear Computer Core/LCARS | |
|−|Primary Navigation System: RAV/ISHAK Mod 7 Warp Celestial Guidance | |
|−|Beam Strength: 1,450 | |
|−|Torpedo Strength: 6,840 | |
|−|Weapons' Range/Accuracy: 1,000 | |
|−|Shields: 1,148 | |
|−|Hull/Armor Strength: 1,900 | |
|−|Speed: 4,125 | |
|−|Combat Maneuverability: 7,500 | |
|−|Total Strength: | |
|−|2895.773 (within 50km) | |
|−|1912.601 (outside 50km) | |
“Sing, oh Muse, the wrath of Achilles"”
- Homer, Iliad
USS Achilles (NX-82376), briefly named NX Nemesis from 2381 to 2383, is a Federation starship and the lead ship of her class. She was named for the ancient Greek hero of Homer's epic poem the Iliad.
USS Achilles was laid down on Stardate 237310.3 at the Procyon Fleetyards, launched stardate 237412.21, sponsored by Leticia Apollodorus, daughter of the governor of Greece, with Captain Morghan O'Riley in command.
Due to the Romulan hijacking of USS Prometheus the previous year, Achilles was moved under heavy escort from Procyon to the Utopia Planitia Fleetyards orbiting Sol IV (Mars), where the rest of her systems, including the THETIS AI control system, were installed.
Her combat outfitting complete, Achilles deployed to the front on Stardate 237504.04, construction crews still aboard fitting out some of her systems. Arriving at Starbase 372, Achilles was immediately assigned to the command of Thomas Riker and given a long-range unescorted strike mission, the target being the Ketracel White production facilities in the Pelosa system. Despite heavy resistance from defending Cardassian and Dominion forces, she made a successful single pass on the facility, destroying the complex with its high output quantum torpedo launchers. In addition to the facility, the Achilles destroyed a full wing of fighters and four Dominion attack ships, while crippling at least as many. This was a single-mission ship kill record that stood for the rest of the war.
While extremely successful during the war and finished out shortly afterward, problems between her commanding officers and the THETIS system, however, resulted in the most advanced ship in Starfleet having 5 COs within a year after the war, then being drydocked, unused, at the Utopia Planitia yards for nearly six more.
New threats, in the form of the Romulan Empire, pushed Starfleet Command to find a new commander for Achilles and Fleet Captain Adler Wong-Aquiss was assigned to the ship. After being told that she was being recommissioned, the onboard AI hacked the computers that controlled the moorings at Utopia Planitia and took the ship out for a short trip, leaving her new CO to arrive at the shipyards to find no ship of which to take command. The ship was tracked by long-range sensor arrays making a blazingly fast triangle to Wolf 359, then Procyon, before returning to Mars.
As NX Nemesis
At the request of the Fleet-Captain Wong-Aquiss, Achilles was renamed Nemesis, honoring a long line of ships with that name. The onboard AI was less than thrilled with this name change but was forced to go along with it nonetheless.
The first mission of the ship was successful, evacuating a colony before the planet tore itself apart from internal seismic pressure. The second mission was to stop a defecting Starfleet Admiral from reaching Romulan space; Nemesis was intercepted and presumed destroyed by 5 Norexean-class Warbirds. She managed to destroy two Romulan ships and crippled two others, reportedly badly enough that at least one of them was scrapped rather than being repaired.
Reports of the ship's demise were, to quote Mark Twain, "greatly exaggerated." The ship reappeared in the Ithassa region, operating under her original name Achilles, and played a role in precipitating the Gorn invasion of that region in 2383.
After the conflict, Starfleet decided it was time to track down Achilles and bring her back into the fold. Commander Walker and the USS Ronin were assigned to that task. After a tense encounter involving the summary destruction of three Grendellai ships and the spacing of their boarding parties from the Ronin by the AI, the ship returned willingly to Deep Space 17 and its newly expanded facilities for repairs and refitting.