Devil Dog Class
500m x 280m x 56m - 3,275.5 Metric Tonnes
14 decks: 250 crew - 50 officers 200 Enlisted
2 full Battalions of Marines
3x Type X Phasers
6x Type XII Phasers
13x Rapid Fire Phaser Pulse Cannons
Total output ~ 200,000 TW
2x Type 3 Burst Fire A-Class Torpedoes (Aft)
2x Type 4 Burst Fire A-Class Torpedoes (Fore)
2x Pulse Fire A-Class Torpedoes (Fore)
900 Torpedo Stock
Shields: 5 million TJ
25cm Ablative Armor
Warp Cuise: 14.25
Max Warp: 17.1
Wepon Range: 750
In 2406 General Hammond of the United Federation of Planets Marine Corps (UFPMC), began agitating for a new Marine Carrier. The Eaton Class, a Starfleet design to fill the role, was, he felt, too underpowered to function properly. In the few skirmishes since its initial run, the Eaton had demonstrated its inadequacy. The class was often destroyed before entering orbit, or shortly there after and seldom was able to defend a planet without any battle cruiser support.
With Starfleet's permission Hammond formed a team to begin designing the new ship. Within weeks four major leaders had emerged to guide the program to completion. Major J. Frazee of the Marine's Engineers Corps, Commander J. Sears from Starfleet R&D, Lt. Commander C. Sutter from the Starfleet Engineering Division, and finally Captain C. Stapleford, veteran of the Dominion War, and experienced starship designer.
The first step taken by the team was their decision to design a roughly medium sized ship. This was chosen because of the balance it presented between number of Marines per craft and number of crafts, each with their own pro's and cons. They also began the preliminary designs selecting a triangular saucer, with a drive section slightly smaller in comparison, and four nacelles for survivability.
Major Frazee took charge when the debate turned to defensive systems. After weeks of discussion, he pushed through the decision for a shield system rated at five million TJ, powered on its own generator. They also decided on a loose fitting matrix, giving a balance between the pros/cons of bubble and form fit shields, and with a slightly less costly power drain of only seven percent, giving the shields active field strength at 4,650,000TJ. The Major also insisted on heavy armor. He was displeased with the decision of only 25cm Ablative Armor, but he was forced to bite his toung as resources and the rest of the team dictated that as their max.
The team then turned to outfitting the weapons systems on the new class. After weeks of debate and consultation with General Hammond and other Eaton Commanders, it was decided they would go with an Anti-Fleet Configuration, powered at ~200,000 TW. They also devoted 1/5th the ship to torpedo systems, with six torpedo tubes: two pulse fire tubes, two type three burst fire tubes, and two type four burst fire tubes. They also included a stock of 900 A-Class Torpedoes, and a torpedo replicator.
Finally, the design teams turned to the remaining ship space. They increased the size of the sickbay to add additional equipment and beds for use during battle. They increased the number of transporters and the size of the hanger bay to allow quicker transport to and from any planet they were besieging. It was also decided to include two holodecks, for recreational and training purposes, two gyms for the Marines, and a recreational lounge area.
They were about to submit the design when Commander Sears suggested the use of a new computer system from R&D. The Quantum Computer is an upgrade in the computer security and storage systems. The quantum computers were updated with the newest anti-hacker code Starfleet could develop, and was done so after extensive analysis of retrieved Borg computers. On top of this, because the computer stores information as light inside an Einstein-Condensate, if the firewalls should be breeched, the computer will initiate the heating of the computer core to about 5 Kelvin solidifying the condensate and releasing the information storing light. The computer system is another advancement and is used in conjunction with isolinear chips and bio-neural gel packs.
The ship was outfitted for missions lasting a max of ten months. The designers wanted a life long enough to hold a planet but couldn't devote too much cargo space to the ship, ten months it was decided was a long enough life, and the ships could easily be freighted too when in blockade.
General Hammond was pleased with the design and gave it his endorsement. By 2408, the USS Devil-Dog was under construction. In 2409, the first Devil-Dog class ship was launched and has since proven its worth and ability.
*This was a group designed starship that I did along with the help of Mr. Frazee, Mr. Sears, and Mr. Sutter. Also credit to Teaos whose design process for the Paladin is the basics of how I did mine.