The USS Regent is a Columbia class starship. It is similar to the Oberth class, with the exception of an extension nuzzled in between the nacelles that serves as a survey command center. It is detachable and has cloaking capability. Its inner sphere drive is totally silent by utilizing an older ionic drive system.
The Regent was the first of a new class of survey ships for exploring new cultures that no longer required a crew to beam down and construct cloaked shelters for observation. These totally autonomous work centers are mobile and self-contained.
In 2376, the crew of the USS Kodiak took the USS Regent on the first science mission since the end of the Dominion War.
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