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Cardassian Fleet Numbers

In many ways, the Cardassians have suffered more than any other group in the Dominion war. Their joining the Dominion was prompted by the Klingon invasion,1 which cost them heavily.2 As the tide of the war turned in favour of the Federation and its allies, there were suggestions that the Founders were more than happy to let the Cardassians soak up as much punishment as they possibly could in order to spare their own fleet. This certainly seems to be borne out by the casualty figures; the Cardassians have lost almost three quarters of their fleet since the beginning of the war, compared to only 31% for the Dominion proper.

The Cardassians suffered further when the Breen allied themselves with the Dominion after recieving several Cardassian territories in return.3 This led to their rebellion against the Dominion,4 which prompted various reprisals against the civilian population.5

Class Type Strength Number
Original Class
Current Class
Cardassian Freighter General purpose cargo carrier 39 650 437 213 25,350 8,307
Galor Class (Type 3) Destroyer6 347 850 668 182 294,950 63,154
Galor Class (Type 2) Medium Cruiser 85 521 227 294 44,285 24,990
Galor Class (Type 1) Medium Cruiser 203 485 268 217 98,455 44,051
Hideki Class Patrol craft 150 1,200 892 308 180,000 46,200
Keldon Class (Figures for Type 2) Heavy Cruiser7 510 405 250 155 206,550 79,050
Grand Totals 4,111 2,742 1,369 849,590 265,752

Yellow text = Canon source Green text = Backstage source Cyan text = Novel White text = DITL speculation

# Series Season Source Comment
1 DS9 5 By Inferno's Light
2 DS9 4 The Way of the Warrior
3 DS9 7 'Til Death Do Us Part
4 DS9 7 The Changing Face of Evil
5 DS9 7 What You Leave Behind, Part 1
6 DS9 6 Sacrifice of Angels
Series: DS9 Season 5 (Disc 4)
Source: By Inferno's Light
Series: DS9 Season 4 (Disc 1)
Source: The Way of the Warrior
Series: DS9 Season 7 (Disc 5)
Source: 'Til Death Do Us Part
Series: DS9 Season 7 (Disc 5)
Source: The Changing Face of Evil
Series: DS9 Season 7 (Disc 7)
Source: What You Leave Behind, Part 1
Series: DS9 Season 6 (Disc 2)
Source: Sacrifice of Angels

Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 4,486 Last updated : 12 Mar 2013