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Light Patrol Cruiser - Al-Farabi Class by Kelso323
Light Patrol Cruiser - Al-Farabi Class
Light Patrol Cruiser
Al-Farabi Class

Light border interdiction and patrol cruiser; a 'pocket Connie', essentially an Akyazi Class PAV bulked out to Cruiser layout.

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Heavy Cruiser - USS Lovell NCC-32528 by Kelso323
Heavy Cruiser - USS Lovell NCC-32528

Heavy Cruiser
Excelsior Class - Lovell Subclass
USS Lovell NCC-32528

Circa 2341

As the Excelsior Class entered its fifth decade of service, numerous refit programs were proposed to keep these stalwart vessels at the forefront of technological innovation.  Most found their way into wide circulation in the fleet.  Some were found only marginally better than other less expensive programs and abandoned.

The Lovell Subclass is one of those unexplored avenues.

Originally commissioned into service in 2328, the Lovell saw service predominantly along the Cardassian border.  During one particularly intense engagement with elements of the Cardassian 4th Order, the Lovell sustained significant damage and was pulled back to Utopia Planitia for extensive repairs.  With her LN-72 series warp drive little more than twisted wreckage, Starfleet engineers opted to utilize the ship as testbed for Leeding Energies new LF-14 Warp Engines.  Although the engines performed better than expected, demonstrating significant advancements in the areas of warp field harmonics and modulation due to new coil assembly techniques and materials, higher matter-antimatter efficiency ratings due to more efficient plasma utilization techniques, and higher sustained warp speeds, the cost and procurement lead-times of the LF-14 over the LN-72 system prompted Starfleet to give the system a pass for general employment in the fleet.  Thus, USS Lovell is the only Excelsior Class to be fitted with the engines.  She remains in service today operating along the leeward edge of Federation territory.

It is, however, also worth noting that the Lovell holds one other distinction within Starfleet; her ‘colors’.  In an effort to bolster his crew’s espirit de corps, Captain Timothy Strax (CO 2331-2344) applied for and was granted special dispensation to have certain panels on the hull painted red.  Although the request was quite unorthodox, Strax was nevertheless able to convince the Admiralty to allow the special paint scheme, citing that it was meant to pay homage to the distinctive red stripes on Apollo 13 Mission Commander James Lovell’s EVA suit.  Since the red stripes had been specifically designed to aid NASA personnel in recognizing the mission commander over the primitive television images during EVA operations, Strax felt it an appropriate honor considering the Lovell was assigned at that time to act as a Task Force Command Cruiser for 3rd Fleet.  Tenuous as this explanation was, the Admiralty nevertheless quietly relented.

Color scheme inspired by :iconkaisernathan1701:
Minerva Mink Class - kaisernathan1701.deviantart.co…

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Heavy Cruiser - Excelsior Class Proposal 2267 by Kelso323
Heavy Cruiser - Excelsior Class Proposal 2267

Heavy Cruiser
Excelsior Class Proposal

Circa 2267

On Stardate 3198.4, following the collapse of negotiation efforts with the Klingon Empire, the Federation Council reluctantly passed a resolution directing Starfleet Command to issue a Code One Alert; the United Federation of Planets was at war with the Klingon Empire.

All along the nascent front, the respective fleets of the Alpha Quadrant’s two greatest powers prepared to grapple with one another for the first time since the Four Years War.

Many had come to believe the moment was inevitable.  To the Federation, the Klingon Empire represented a deplorable totalitarian power who existence critically undermined the very ideals and freedoms the citizens of the Federation held most dear.  To the Klingon Empire, the Federation was an upstart usurper, an intolerable impediment to their rightful expansion to every corner of the stars.

To the strategists on both sides, there was an expectation of victory.  To the pragmatists, only the wise understanding that the conflict would not be won easily.  So many decades later, historians are quick to argue over who would truly have emerged triumphant; the only real point of agreement is that it would have been a long and bloody war which was, mercifully, never allowed to be fought.

With the imposition of the Organian Peace Treaty, Starfleet was given a chance to step back, and with a fuller understanding of the forces which the Klingon had been prepared to unleash, to perform a pre-conflict post-mortem; when it was over, the Admiralty was not heartened by the conclusions.

While every tactical simulation indicated any conflict would have ended in a Federation victory, in terms of projected losses of starships, crews and civilian casualties within the disputed zones would have made such a victory pyrrhic at best.

Armed with these sobering projections, Starfleet undertook a hard reevaluation of the fleet’s tactical doctrine.  Up to that point, most strategic thinking was influenced by the two particular conflicts; the Earth-Romulan War and the Four Years War.  Although both conflicts saw a heavy emphasis on developing cutting edge technologies with which to equip Federation crews, both wars are also seen as examples of classic attrition warfare.  Horses had given way to warp drive, but in the end both conflicts had come down to an arms race; a question of who could field the most warships to alter the balance on the frontlines.

It was during this evaluation phase that a subtle shift in strategic thinking began to take shape.  With the Federation in possession of vast research capabilities and numerous technological advantages, the Admiralty came to understand that it did not matter so much how many ships Starfleet had on the frontline as long as those vessels held significant advantages in terms of sensors, propulsion, shields and weapon systems.  It was this change in thinking that prompted such programs as the Constitution Class Refit program of the 2270’s.  Instead of outbuilding the enemy, the focus became in out-innovating them.

One of the early focuses in this drive to out-innovate was the Excelsior Class program.  Originally conceived as merely a Heavy Cruiser which integrated firepower capabilities and lessons learned from the Federation Class Dreadnoughts into a more multi-mission capable platform, the Excelsior Class was more-or-less hijacked into becoming a test-bed not only for the (failed) Transwarp project, but also for a vast array of other technological developments that would eventually carry Starfleet well into the 24th Century.

This graphic represents the ‘Great Experiment’s’ humble beginnings, a drawing board concept sketch from 2267.

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Border Patrol Cruiser - Sentinel Class by Kelso323
Border Patrol Cruiser - Sentinel Class

Border Patrol Cruiser
Sentinel Class

Circa 2311

Limited-run follow-on design to the Starstalker Class Patrol Cruiser.

Originally conceived as potential refit program for the highly successful Starstalker platform, the Sentinel Class has since become a textbook example of the potential hazards of allowing TacFleet-centric officers to put out to contract, and then later amend, a loose ‘wish list’ rather than firm, realistic specifications to starship construction firms.

The first ‘snag’ to the operational deployment of the Sentinel Class centered around the installation of a pared-down version of the fleet-standard flag command suite and related subsystems in order to give Sentinels the ability to operate as secondary Task Force Command ships.  Now somewhat derogatorily referred to as the ‘Admiral Dunsel Doctrine’, the inclusion of these expensive and unnecessarily redundant systems in the design neglected the factual realities that deployment plans anticipated Sentinels operating exclusively in sectors already assigned larger and often far more capable dedicated Command Cruisers.  Although ‘operational redundancy’ was often cited by the Admiralty as a necessitating factor in this decision, at no time during their active service were any Sentinel Class vessels employed as Flagships, typically because, as already stated, more capable vessels were always available to fill that role.

The next controversial decision was the inclusion of a significantly expanded flight-deck area in the primary hull by comparison to the previous Starstalker Class.  Although this expanded ability allowed the Sentinels to carry a full section of fighters, they were not fitted with the larger aerospace control network control systems typically employed on ships operating as carriers, an omission which complicated deployment and landing operations.  In addition, later operational plans calling for the embarkation of dedicated Marine assault shuttles instead of fighters neglected the fact that Sentinels were not equipped with any expanded berthing facilities to house Marine units.  The net effect was a significant increase in overall vessel tonnage, and the resultant degradation of maneuverability at both impulse and warp speeds, with little to no significant tactical advantages.

Next was the inclusion of a truly eye-opening number of assault phaser emplacements (six forward; four aft).  Although a cursory assessment would lead one to believe this afforded Sentinels a truly staggering first-strike capability, actual operational experiences were significantly less spectacular.  During her acceptance trials, it was found that USS Sentinel’s matter-antimatter systems were taxed to the very edge of capacity when her weapons systems were brought online.  Assuming full combat conditions, it was realized that in order to employ all forward-facing assault phasers, the vessel would need to enter the engagement zone with said weapons already full charged.  Once discharged, a Commanding Officer could only count on any one pair of assault phasers being recharged for a successive barrage every three minutes with the ship’s shields in place.  With shields deployed, it could take as long as ten minutes to charge all six emplacements, and even then only to 75% discharge capacity.  Worse still, during the recharge cycle, impulse maneuverability was often reduced by 15%, and all assault phaser systems would need to be powered down in order to engage warp systems.  This shortcoming was only marginally addressed by the installation of newer fusion reactors in the mid-2320s

Those who argued that this limitation in phaser power was not in fact a handicap to Sentinel combat performance were quick to cite that the inclusion of an equally staggering punch of eight forward photon torpedo tubes more than mitigated this limitation.  While it is true that the torpedo systems are far less power intensive, in order to ensure Sentinels weren’t rendered functionally impotent in combat after just a few salvos, considerable space had to be allotted inside the spaceframe for the torpedo magazines.

While this expanded torpedo storage did ensure that Sentinels were indeed very dangerous adversaries, it also earned them a reputation for being very cramped, even by the relatively austere crew comfort standards of the day.  For a vessel whose deployments routinely involved stretches of six to nine months along hostile borders without the benefit of shore leave, such cramped living space had an appreciable detrimental effect on crew efficiency and cohesion.  During the later years of their service, it was not uncommon for Commanding Officers of Sentinel Class vessels to outright ‘commandeer’ the rear hangar decks in the secondary hull (i.e., forgoing the embarkation of full shuttle/fighter complements) in order to allocate additional space for expanded recreational facilities to help ameliorate these problems.  In fact, a review of operational records indicate that after 2326, no shuttle operations were conducted from the secondary hull hangar bays on any Sentinel Class vessel, the Commanding Officers of all ships having reallocated those spaces to various forms of recreation for the sake of crew morale.  Indeed, records show that from 2328 to 2335, the USS Warrior was actually equipped with a full Olympic size swimming pool and two adjacent hottubs which her Commanding Officer had ordered installed during an extended layover period at her own expense.  While most would be quick to applaud such a noble gesture clearly made for the benefit of the crew, it bears note that the action was also a highly illegal one, violating nearly a dozen Starfleet regulations from unauthorized tampering with Federation property to breach of regulations regarding large bodies of free standing water in variable gravity environments (it is not hard to imagine the havoc such large masses of water might create within the closed environment of a starship were artificial gravity to be lost).  Nevertheless, at the time of this publication no formal reprimand for these violations could be located at the Starfleet Bureau of Personnel records for the Warrior’s CO; she retired in 2341 at the rank of Rear Admiral.

Design request from :iconkal-el4:

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Kelso323
I invoke the 5th...
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Well, less an "Artist", more an enthusiast

Prior USMC Infantry
Weapons 1/1, First of the First
Fox 2/23, Saints & Sinners

Not as lean, not as mean, but in my heart, forever a Marine.

Personal Quote: I have a bullet with your name on, and I'm going to keep firing my weapon till I find that bullet.

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Kelso323 Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Hobbyist Artist
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
Oh, trust me! I know THAT gig so well..!
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Zerozero204 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Thanks for tha llama. Nice to see some people still appreciate modern classics like S:A&B. :) (hums Ring of Fire)
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Kelso323 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
As I recall from my near-obsessive watching the DVD set, Johnny Cash's 'I Walk The Line' was featured much more prominently in 'Ray Butts', with a little 'Folsum Prison Blues' at the start, don't recall 'Ring of Fire'...

Nevertheless, I agree, S:AAB was a great show that was never given a fair shot; Fox network, go figure...
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Zerozero204 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
You're likely right. I could do with a rewatching (around here somewhere) of S:A&B and an 8 hour nap. :P
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Kelso323 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Upon closer review, actually, we're both right; 'Ring of Fire' IS in the episode as well...I tip my hat to you.
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Kelso323 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Just remember, can't watch Ray Butts without pancakes...
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starbase54 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
ia big star trek fan I have all the ship an now I want to redisn my own so if u go to my page an see my ship can you draw it
or send it too some who mite
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Kelso323 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The best men to contact for drawing up your ships are :iconcaptshade:, :iconkavinveldar: and :iconmarcusstarkiller:
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