Campaign of the Month: August 2017
Star Trek: Aftermath (Klingon Phase)
z: (Phase 1) USS Endurance NCC-83812
St. Louis Class Cruiser
Specifications for the USS Endurance, NCC-83812, Saint Louis class Cruiser
Model Number: Mk II
Date Entered Service: 4/7703
Superstructure Points: 81
..Length: 355 m
..Width: 269 m
..Height: 82 m
Computer: I-7 (2 cores), supporting EMH, EEH, ETH, and EHH
Holographic emitters: Type 4, Sick Bay, Bridge, Main Engineering
..Standard Six Person- 5
..Combat 22 Person- 3
..Cargo, small- 2
..Cargo, large- 1
..4,000 evacuation limit
..Type 8 Personnel (12)
..Type 16 Shuttlepod (6)
Engines and Power Data:
Total Power Units Available: 168
Movement/Point Ratio: 7/1
Warp Engine Type: FUYA-2
..Power Units Available: 56
..Cruising Speed: 6
..Emergency Speed: 9.65
Impulse Engine Type: FIH-2
..Power Units Available: 28
..Auxiliary Power: 14
..Reserve Power: 7
Weapons and Firing Data:
Beam Weapon Type: FH-19
..Firing Arcs: 4 p/f/s, 3 f/p/a, 3 f/s/a, 2 a
..Max Power: 14
Missile Weapon Type: FPQ-2 (Combo Photon/Quantum Launcher)
..Firing Arcs: 4 f, 2 f/p, 2 f/s, 2 a
..Power to Arm: 1 Photon, 3 Quantum
..Damage: 20 Photon, 50 Quantum
..Deflector Shield Type: FSR-8 (Regenerative)
..Shield Point Ratio: 1/4
..Max Shield Power: 30/side
Saint Louis-class Cruiser
After a thirty-eight year production run, the New Orleans-class starships were nearing the end of their viability as new constructs. Technological innovations had made the venerable craft if not obsolete, then at least inefficient to produce. Instead of scraping the class entirely, a plan was put forth to improve upon the old design. The result was the lackluster Saint Louis-class. Considered a good “fleet filler” ship, it found its place in patrolling transport lanes, border patrol, fleet pickets, escort duty, and other such dull but needed duties.
Classification: Although she was originally designed as a frigate, her low maneuverability and high-end tactical systems classify the Saint Louis as a cruiser.
Design: With only moderate modifications to the outer hull design and the internal rearrangement of the secondary hull, the Saint Louis closely follows the design parameters set down by the New Orleans-class.
Engineering: The Saint Louis utilizes a modified version of the warp drive system mounted aboard the Galaxy-class with twin FIG-1 impulse drives providing maneuvering power at sublight speeds. For a vessel plagued with design bugs, the propulsion systems
aboard the Saint Louis have been fairly reliable with only minor revisions since her commissioning in 2377. Although the mounting of the heavy FUWA-2 warp drive allows high-speed emergency sprints up to warp 9.75, they slow the vessel considerably at impulse speeds. After a design review in 2376, the tradeoff was deemed disappointing but acceptable. In 2378, a general recall of the class was issued to replace faulty EPS flow regulators on all five commissioned vessels. The problem was eventually traced back to a mistake in the class’ early design stages and faulty part specifications being sent to the fabrication facility on Luna.
Tactical: While it can be said that the FH-15 phaser array and FP-10, and more recently FPQ-2, torpedo launchers are far superior to the older systems aboard the New Orleans, their added weight further slows the Saint Louis, and the computer targeting software was initially prone to crashes. Her FSR-3 shield system was a further source of disappointment, as it was lifted virtually as-is from the old New Orleans-class, but is now highly efficient with the upgrade to the FSR-8 Regenerative model. While reliable and adequate for most vessel’s needs, the design was dated and clearly in need of refit. A refit project is underway on the ships in the Cardassian Operational Theater.
Crew Support/Computer Systems: The Saint Louis is a long range tactical operations and support vessel whose long periods between port visits necessitates the addition of better than average crew amenities and living quarters. Her 125 member Marine contingent is only rarely fully deployed aboard ship leaving the Saint Louis’ roomy for their size. The computer system aboard the Saint Louis is an all bioneural setup with the standard redundant isolinear backup. In 2377, the USS John Adams had to spend a memorable three months in spacedock having an entire computer core replaced only weeks after commissioning. The problem was eventually traced to a power surge that irradiated her bioneural gel packs and burnt out the isolinear chip backups, the first such failure of that type since the new computer system was introduced eight years before. Deployment of EH systems are underway on refit test ships.
Development and Construction History: After a production run of only five vessels, the entire project was canceled and the partially completed hulls of two ships were sold for scrap. The abysmal quality of the vessel’s design eventually led to a Federation Council inquiry into the Starfleet Engineering Bureau’s design authorization division. Their findings resulted in the resignation of the division head and ten subordinates with fines being imposed on three subcontractors providing various system integration services on the design project. By mid-2379, the construction flaws in the existing Saint Louis-class starships had been resolved, and all five are serving Starfleet in a variety of duties. Production on the full allotment of vessels was restarted and completed by 2385. However, due most to their early problems and the reputation developed during that period, they remain unpopular assignments for their officers and crews. Of the five original Saint Louis-class cruisers constructed, all of them are currently in service. The vessels are built at the Luna and Sol III shipyards at the rate of 3 per year.