Star Trek: Aftermath (Cardassian phase)
y USS Redan NCC-50339
Chimera Destroyer assigned to TF21 to replace USS McKinley
Model Number: Mk I
Date Entered Service: 4/5008
Superstructure Points: 78
Length: 420 m
Width: 228 m
Height: 54 m
Standard Six Person- 4
Combat 22 Person- 2
Cargo, small- 2
Cargo, large- 1
Crew: 60 Officers
1,200 evacuation limit
Shuttlecraft: Type 8 Personnel (4)
Type 16 Shutlepod (4)
Engines and Power Data:
Total Power Units Available: 144
Movement/Point Ratio: 4/1
Warp Engine Type: FIWD-2
Power Units Available: 40
Cruising Speed: 6
Emergency Speed: 9.6
Impulse Engine Type: FIG-2
Power Units Available: 32
Auxiliary Power: 14
Reserve Power: 7
Weapons and Firing Data:
Beam Weapon Type: FH-10
Firing Arcs: 4 f, 4 f/p, 4 f/s, 2 a
Max Power: 7
Missile Weapon Type: FP-4
Firing Arcs: 4 f/p, 4 f/s
Power to Arm: 1
Deflector Shield Type: FSR-3
Shield Point Ratio: 1/5
Max Shield Power: 25/side
Point Value: 169
Although she is by no means one of the most glamorous vessels in Starfleet service, the Chimera-class destroyer has stood on the front lines of Federation defense unwaveringly for thirty years. Born out of necessity from the lessons learned in the conflict with the Tholians in the 2340s, the Chimera is a utilitarian design with few amenities and nothing but a rugged construction to fall back on. The Chimera is one of the most successful designs to come out of the design facilities at Antares Fleet Yards and her versatility is a
testament to her designer’s foresight.
Classification: The Chimera is classified as a destroyer with an emphasis on fleet support operations and long duration border interdiction.
Design: The design for the Chimera began, oddly enough, with a broken model. One of the yard engineers at Antares Fleet Yards had been the chief construction foreman on three previous Excelsior-class starships over his career and had a model of that vessel on
his desk. A janitor cleaning his desk accidentally broke the fragile model one night and the remains were set to be recycled. However, the engineer, upon seeing his prize model in pieces, began experimenting with various nacelle arrangements and hull
configurations with the model that was now in several manageable sections. Within the next week he had completed the warp dynamics modeling of one of his inspired configurations and had permission to proceed with full-scale development within the month. From toy to prototype, the whole process took less than a year.
Engineering: To accommodate the new hull form, the FIWA-1 warp drive was discarded in favor of the lighter FIWD-1 from the Renaissance-class with a resulting top speed of warp 9.6 for 12 hours. To save space, the Chimera utilizes a horizontal warp intermix chamber, the first fit aboard a Federation starship in fifty years due to its fickle maintenance needs. However, the advancements of the last half-century made this a moot point for the Chimera and the design is no more difficult to maintain than any other vessel in the fleet. Impulse power is provided by the very reliable FIG-2 impulse drive for superb performance at sublight speeds.
Tactical: The Chimera’s weapons array is the envy of any other destroyer class in the fleet, even the modern Hurricane and Spitfire classes of the last ten years. Her seven saucer mounted FH-10 phaser banks provide a massive directed energy punch in the forward arc with her FP-4 torpedo launchers providing a rapid fire backup punch. The only drawback is the lack of aft mounted weaponry, and the class relies on a single phaser array to cover that arc. However, the Chimera is designed to fight on the offensive and this has
rarely been a drawback for ship captains in the past.
Crew Support/Computer Systems: The Chimera is a fairly crowded vessel and free space is tight aboard ship. However, the crew’s recreational needs are overseen by some of the first ship-mounted holodecks in the fleet along with ample lounge and common areas.
While the Chimera’s are only rarely sent on survey or research missions, they are often called upon for extensive border patrols with long periods between port visits. The computer core fit aboard ship is the same type developed for the Fletcher-class destroyer and is adequate for the Chimera’s needs.
Development and Construction History: Of the thirty Chimeras built between 2350 and 2359, twenty-two are in active service. No further vessels of the class are planned, and they are expected to remain a part of the active fleet for another forty years.
Kharkov One of four vessels destroyed by Dominion forces on stardate 4/7403 near the Cardassian border.
Camden Declared lost, presumed destroyed while surveying an unstable wormhole in the Klonkara Sector on stardate 4/6409.
Zuiho Destroyed by Cardassian forces on stardate 4/6008 near the Badlands.
Cortez Destroyed by Dominion forces while patrolling near Bajor on stardate 4/7406
Chevalier Destroyed by Cardassian forces near Starbase 223 on stardate 4/5812.
Saginaw One of 98 Seventh Fleet ships destroyed by the Jem’hadar in an attack against a Dominion communications array in the Argolis Cluster on 4/7402.
Cherbourg Declared lost, presumed destroyed while patrolling near Cardassian space on stardate 4/6208.
Santiago Scrapped after striking a Dominion War era gravitic mine near Starbase 375 on stardate 4/7809.
One of the legacies of the Federations three-year war with the Dominion was a proliferation of minefields meant to protect vast regions from unwanted intrusions. Dominion mines are powerful and difficult to sweep, but in the years following the war it was a task that had to be accomplished. To this end, numerous destroyers and smaller combatant vessels were fit with dedicated minesweeping equipment to locate and neutralize the mines one at a time. The USS Santiago was one such vessel, and had been operating in this capacity for more then a year without incident. While sweeping near Starbase 375, the Santiago was in the process of dismantling a particularly heavy concentration of mines when the disaster occurred. The vessel had laid up along side a grouping of mines and was disabling them with a tetrion beam when one of the mines fired its station-keeping thrusters and slammed into its neighbor. That mines fuel reserve ruptured and showered the area with a heavy graviton burst from its damaged warhead. The cascade continued when a nearby mine misinterpreted the accident as a passing vessel, fired its interceptor engine and dove on the
Santiago. Soon the Santigao was being swarmed by dozens of mines that were bent on her destruction. However, the vessel was carrying mine detection gear that provided a small measure of safety and allowed her to get under way and leave the field. Unfortunately, the gear wasn’t foolproof and the Santiago took numerous direct hits after a five-minute flight for safety. With her hull breached in no less than nine places and both warp nacelles gone, Captain Leslie Cordean ordered the Santiago abandoned before the vessel was completely destroyed. Only 78 of the vessel’s compliment survived the disaster and Starfleet engineering would eventually fund a project that would allow the fields to be disabled using unmanned ships to reduce the risk to the minesweepers crews.