Avenger Class Heavy Cruiser
As tensions between the Federation and Romulan Star Empire mounted, Star Fleet identified a strategic weakness in the fleet deployments. Fearless-class cruisers would be outgunned by the larger Romulan Warbirds, and would have to attack in groups in order to overwhelm their defenses. To counter this weakness, Star Fleet Command authorised the refit of heavy cruisers with more efficient systems and heavier weaponry. The nacelles were replaced; configured in a way to streamline the ship better and cope with a secondary warp core. Ablative armor was added to the hull plating, and a stealth unit was installed to make the ship harder to detect an acquire with sensors.
Due to the immense cost and time required to refit the vessels, only three vessels - the USS Avenger, BC-1500, USS Dauntless, and USS Gettysburg ever received the upgrade. However, instead of having the upgrades removed in order to restore the vessels to their original configuration, Star Fleet left the upgrades in place so that if needed, the battle cruisers would once again bring their heavy firepower to bear against an enemy.
During the Krynar Inquisition, 10 years following the Romulan and Borg invasions of 2402, Star Fleet determined that a merging of the ageing Fearless Class Heavy Cruiser and the Avenger Class Battle Cruiser was in the best interests of the fleet. As such, all vessels of both classes were refit into a single class of starship, encompassing the statistics and capabilities of the Avenger Class to create the Avenger Class Heavy Cruiser.
During the year 2413, between Star Dates 21302.28 and 21309.01 all Avenger Class Battle Cruisers were renamed with the CA- designation, and all Fearless Class Heavy Cruisers were refit to match the specifications of the previous BC class.
From 2418, Avengers began to be withdrawn from front-line service, especially service beyond Federation borders. Though still a common site within Federation Space, the number of Avengers will only get smaller as more Beckett, Vesta and Merian class vessels commission.
|Type:||Heavy Cruiser (CA)|
|Mass:||3,651,300 Metric Tons|
|Decks:||23 Deck Plans|
|Crew Compliment:||Standard: 173 Officers, 691 Enlisted Crew Breakdown|
|Warp Speed:||Type: 2 Main Warp Engines (Type 6D)|
Cruise Speed: 6 (3 with saucer separation)
Sustainable Speed: 9.2 (7 with saucer separation)
Emergency Speed: 9.6 (12 hour automatic shutdown)
|Impulse Engines:||Type: 1 Main Impulse Engine (MIE),|
2 Secondary Impulse Engines (SIE)
Speed: .93 C
|Defensive Systems:||Type 1 Main Shield Generator (MSG-2)|
|Other Defensive Systems:||Sensor Cloak, Ablative Armour|
|Armament:||Phasers: 2 banks of 3 Type 1 (P/S)|
3 banks of 2 Type 1 (2F/1A-360D)
Torpedoes: 5 Torpedo Launchers (3F/2A)
Payload: 100 Quantum, 250 Photon Torpedoes, additional material for 100.
|Computer System:||Daystrom Industries HSCS-2|
|Tractor/Repulsor:||2 Main Tractor/Repulsor Beams,|
6 Docking Tractors,
2 Shuttle Tractors
|Shuttlecraft:||1 Bay (A), 8 Shuttles (6 Type 7, 2 Type 9A),|
1 Runabout (Type 1). 1 Seleya Class Captains Yacht
|Sensors:||Andorian Industries FSMSA-2|
|USS Bunker Hill||CA-1378|
|USS Iwo Jima||CA-1972|
|USS Valley Forge||CA-1996||20005.28|
- Lost in combat operations.
- Destroyed by unknown aliens Stardate 20501.15
- Destroyed in the attack on the Sol System by the Borg on Stardate 20211.15