Miranda Class

From ST_ACTD Wiki

Jump to: navigation, search

The Miranda Class starship was a type of light cruiser introduced by Starfleet in the late 23rd century through the late 24th century.

Contents

History

Introduced in the latter half of the 23rd century, these ships typically performed patrol and survey assignments. Despite the small size, the class performed satisfactorily. Several series and variants of these ships were produced throughout the 23rd and 24th centuries, with many still serving in the fleet through the mid-2370's. The design filled a number of different mission profiles from supply ship (the USS Lantree) to science vessel (the USS Brattain). These vessels served in a large number of engagements during the Dominion War. Used primarily as escorts, many were subsequently lost. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection", "Night Terrors")

Many ships of the class saw action during Operation Return, the First Battle of Chin'toka and the Second Battle of Chin'toka and the Battle for Cardassia. Many ships of the class were stationed near Deep Space 9.

Physical Arrangement

The configuration of the Miranda Class shares a similar design lineage and features with the Constitution Class, implemented in 2270.

All Miranda Class starships have a saucer section making up the majority of the vessel. The saucer is similar to that of a Constitution Class, but with a bulkier aft end with shuttlebays and a warp core. Below the saucer, at the aft edges, are the nacelle pylons connected to the warp nacelles.

There are four configurations of the Miranda Class.

  • The most common was the USS Reliant configuration, which had a "roll bar" immediately above the nacelle pylons. The "roll bar" had two phaser emitters on each side that can fire foward and aft, along with 2 forward and 2 rear firing photon torpedo launchers.
  • Another configuration was the USS Lantree configuration, which lacked the "roll bar" and featured only Class 3 defensive armaments. This type of Miranda Class was apparently suitable for transport duty.
  • The USS Saratoga configuration, which lacked the "roll bar", and had two large sensor pods installed on the port and starboard sides of the ship. It also had a phaser array mounted on the lower part of the sensor dome.
  • The USS Majestic configuration, which had the "roll bar", but the warp nacelles were different from the other Miranda configurations, along with some other details.


Main Bridge

Located on Deck 1 of the saucer section, the Main Bridge houses the command center of the Miranda Class. The design lineage of the main bridge is a fairly standard floorplan for a Federation starship.

Located in the front was the ship's viewscreen, with side-by-side navigator and helm consoles. The captain's chair is directly aft of the aforementioned stations.

At the center, rear of the bridge, was the turbolift-entryway. The primary stations, which were located along the rear of the bridge included the tactical station on the port side of the bridge. Along the rear, starboard side of the bridge was the primary science station and communications station.

Ships Commissioned (Known)

  • USS Brattain (NCC-21166)
  • USS Lantree (NCC-1837)
  • USS Majestic (NCC-31060)
  • USS Nautilus (NCC-31910)
  • USS Reliant (NCC-1864)
  • USS Saratoga (NCC-1867)
  • USS Saratoga (NCC-31911)
  • USS ShirKahr (NCC-31905)
  • USS Tian An Men (NCC-21832)
  • USS Sitak|USS Sitak

Background

The name "Miranda", may refer to a character from the play The Tempest by Earth playwright William Shakespeare. In the play, Miranda is the daughter of the wizard Prospero. She exclaims the famous line once referenced by Captain Jean-Luc Picard "Brave New World...", one of the most appropriate of all Shakespeare quotations for the Federation's message of peaceful exploration of the unknown.

Sources

This article borrows heavily from the Memory-Alpha article of the same name.

Personal tools