“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
Born from the fires of the Dominion War, the Vesta Class starship was designed as the Federation’s ‘return to exploration’ multi-mission explorer. With state of the art technology, the Vesta class was an entirely new breed of starship. First placed in service in 2380, it serves as a testbed for various new and experimental technologies for Starfleet, helping to advance starship design in general. From weapons to propulsion, the Vesta class has been instrumental in bringing theory to reality all across the Federation and to its allies.
Unlike other Vesta Class vessels, the USS Excalibur (Vesta Refit) was not automatically outfitted to the extent of others of her class. Instead, she was given minimums that allowed the outfitting and testing of various items belonging to a diverse number of systems throughout the ship as needed for research and development purposes. While this does dramatically reduce her overall firepower and capabilities compared with those of her sister ships, it allows for a flexibility which those vessels in turn do not enjoy.
It is also for this reason that she was christened Excalibur. Those intimately involved in the project viewed her as a ‘hope for a brighter future’ forged in the flames and blood of one of the deadliest and costliest crises the Federation, along with her allies, had ever faced. The name ‘Excalibur’, that of the legendary sword gifted to King Arthur Pendragon on Earth by the Lady of the Lake, represents the ushering in of a new era of exploration, science and technological development.
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