Type: Explorer
Commissioned: 2378-PRES
Production: 6 per year
Mass: 2,500,000 tons
Crew: 550

Armament: 2 Type XV phaser canons
8 x Type XII phaser arrays
1 x Rapid fire quantum torpedo turret + 600 torpedoes

Defense Systems: Auto modulated shield system Heavy Duranium/Tritanium double hull plus 10 cm Ablative armor. High level Structural Integrity Field

Warp Capabilities: Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 8
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 9.9
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 9.99 for thirty six hours
Expected Hull Life: 120 Years
Refit Cycle: Minor : 1 year
Standard : 5 year
Major : 10 year
Dimensions: Length : 680 m
Beam : 240 m
Height : 87 m
Decks : 21 (26 including pod)

Shuttlebays: 3
Shuttle Compliment:
2 Type-11 personnel shuttles
2 Type-13 personnel shuttles
4 Type-9 shuttles
2 Arrow class runabouts
2 Warhammerclass runabouts

The Ronin class was fielded in the 2370's to provide a smaller, more numerous counterpart to the Sovereign class. Whereas the similarly designed Kelvin class was better armed and more geared towards exploration, the Ronin was designed with more of a scientific bent. The design was intended to parallel that of the Sovereign class as closely as possible in order to allow for many identical systems to be installed in both classes; this has resulted in significant improvements in the design and construction processes for the Ronin class and thus allowed comparatively high numbers to be fielded. Compared to the Sovereign class the Ronin has a more compact shape - the engineering hull is integrated directly to the saucer section, a measure which saves some 200 square meters of interior volume and materials.
The major difference in capability is the addition of a prominent housing aft of the saucer section of the Ronin class. This enables the vessel to carry any one of a variety of special equipment pods - current models include a high capacity sensor pod, an enhanced weapons pod, a colony transport pod, an emergency field hospital unit, or a science laboratory pod. Although the basic Ronin design has approximately 80% of the capability of a Sovereign class vessel in most areas, the addition of the mission pod brings that figure up to 95% or more in that specific area. This flexibility actually allows the Ronin design to accomplish almost identical missions despite its smaller size.
In service the Ronin class has proved highly satisfactory, and in many ways these ships are a fully satisfactory replacement for the Nebula Class that forms the backbone of Starfleet's exploratory and scientific programs. Like the Sovereign class they have received regular upgrades to their systems, most notably a new Warp Core design. With the advent of the threats from the Romulan, Dominion and Borg, in a standard issue weapons pod. the pod carries eight standard torpedo tubes and a stock of 300 casings, approximately doubling the ships overall rate of fire.

Artificially Intelligent Computer Interface

The latest upgrade to Starfleet ships is the Artificially Intelligent Computer Interface. While not having direct control of the ship or it's systems, the ship's AI serves as an interface between the live crew and the computer. It's been embedded with a unique personality that's programmed to evolve and learn the crew's preferences and mannerisms. This is suppose to make using the ship's computer more efficient and easier for the crew to work with.

That's the theory anyway...
Deck D-A The top five decks are in the removable pod that sits on top of the saucer section. This pod is interchangeable with a variety if mission specific modules. The types of pods available include, but are not limited to: colonization, science, surveying, rescue, and combat.
Deck 1 Main Bridge, Ready Room, Observation/Conference Lounge
Deck 2 Captain's Quarters, Officers Mess, Senior Officer's Quarters
Deck 3 Officers' Quarters, Holodeck 1, Gym, Transporter Room 1
Deck 4 Living Quarters, Escape Pods, Crew Mess
Deck 5 Forward Lounge, Living Quarters, Sick bay, Counseling Offices
Deck 6 Phaser Systems, Living Quarters, Science Labs
Deck 7 Living Quarters, Computer Core, Operations Center
Deck 8 Living Quarters, Holodecks 2 & 3, Cargo Bays 1 & 2
Deck 9 Shuttle Bays 1 and 2, Main Computer Core
Deck 10 Shuttle Maintenance, Living Quarters, Transporter Rooms 2 & 3
Deck 11 Cargo Bay 1, Hydroponics, Stellar Cartography
Deck 12 Cargo Bay 2, Escape Pods, Waste Processing, Security Office, Brig
Deck 13 Forward Torpedo/Probe Launchers, Deuterium Storage,
Deck 14 Captain's Yacht, Deuterium Storage, Deuterium Injection
Deck 15 Engineering Support, Crew Quarters
Deck 16 Main Engineering, Nacelle Supports
Deck 17 Backup Computer Core, Cargo Bays 3 & 4
Deck 18 Deflector Control, Crew Quarters, Escape Pods
Deck 19 Aft Torpedo/Probe Launchers, Escape Pods
Deck 20 Forward Lower Torpedo/Probe Launcher, Phaser Systems, Shuttlebay 3
Deck 21 Antimatter Storage Pods, Antimatter Injection
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