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Fleet
numbers

Introduction

8472

Bajoran

Borg

Cardassian

Dominion

Federation

Ferengi

Human

Kazon

Klingon

Romulan

Son'a

Suliban

Talarian

Vulcan

Xindi

Miscellaneous
Fleet
strengths

Introduction

8472

Bajoran

Borg

Cardassian

Dominion

Federation

Ferengi

Human

Kazon

Klingon

Romulan

Son'a

Suliban

Talarian

Vulcan

Xindi

Miscellaneous
Fleet
weapons

8472

Bajoran

Borg

Cardassian

Dominion

Federation

Ferengi

Human

Kazon

Klingon

Romulan

Son'a

Suliban

Talarian

Vulcan

Xindi

Miscellaneous
Fleet defence
capabilities

8472

Bajoran

Borg

Cardassian

Dominion

Federation

Ferengi

Human

Kazon

Klingon

Romulan

Son'a

Suliban

Talarian

Vulcan

Xindi

Miscellaneous
Basic
fleet specs

8472

Bajoran

Borg

Cardassian

Dominion

Federation

Ferengi

Human

Kazon

Klingon

Romulan

Son'a

Suliban

Talarian

Vulcan

Xindi

Miscellaneous

Federation Fleet Numbers

Starfleet's approach to Starship design is significantly different than that of most Alpha Quadrant powers. The Klingons tend to regard a ship as a method of carrying heavy weapons into battle in order to engage the enemy, or to land troops on the surface of a planet. The Romulans tend to look upon their ships as a statement of political and military might, producing large vessels intended to intimidate all who see them. Cardassian ship design tends to be led by the compromises necessary for of fighting against foes considerably larger and more powerful than themselves.

But a Federation Starship is an exercise in skill, almost a work of sculpture. Throughout its history the Federation has routinely pushed the envelope to the absolute maximum with each new generation, striving for an unmatched level of perfection almost for the sheer pleasure of it. This manifests itself in many ways; while a Federation ship typically devotes between 5 to 30% of its internal volume to combat equipment, they are usually more than a match for dedicated warships of similar size built by other powers. Starfleet ships tend to be faster, more agile and far more flexible than their competitors.

Starships also tend to have a somewhat longer life span than most Alpha Quadrant vessels. The recent Galaxy class has a designed life span of 100 years,1 by no means unusual for a Federation vessel, while examples of the Miranda class remain in full front-line duty more than one hundred and five years after they were commissioned. This allows Starfleet to maintain a significantly larger force for a given industrial capacity. For example the 50 year life span of the Cardassian Galor class battlecruiser means that their production of 63 ships of this class per year2 allows them to maintain a maximum fleet of up to 3,150 ships of this class; a similar production schedule for Norway class ships would allow a fleet of over 5,000 ships, while for Galaxy class ships the number would rise to 6,300.

Prior to first contact with the Dominion, Starfleets total production for all major ship classes stood at one hundred ships per year, allowing them to maintain a total fleet of almost 8,000 capital ships3 - a capital ship in this case being defined as any vessel capable of sustained independent operation. With the loss of the USS Odyssey at the end of 2370,4 the Federation began a series of dramatic and highly secret preparations. The president ordered Starfleet to halt all planned retirements and increase ship production to the maximum possible level; by the outbreak of the war three years later Starship production was up to three hundred ships per year and the standing fleet was at 8,726 ships. The onset of the war allowed the president to openly make ship production a top priority, and by the end of the first year of war a further 370 ships had been built. The second and final year of fighting saw 402 further vessels put into service. Production was almost entirely based around the more combat capable vessels, with production of heavily science-biased ships such as the Nova class cut back almost to nothing. Various measures were also taken to increase the combat capability of vessels already in service, resulting in a significant increase in Starfleets war fighting capabilities.

Unfortunately, the Dominion war took a heavy toll on Starfleet,5 far exceeding vessel production. The first three months of war alone cost nearly a thousand capital ships, leading many analysts to claim that the hostilities could not possibly be maintained for more than twenty eight months before it simply ran out of ships. Indeed, this was regarded by many to be an optimistic estimate since Starfleets ability to mount serious opposition to the Dominion would surely fall as its numbers reduced.

While ships losses continued to greatly exceed production throughout the war, those first three months proved to be the low point. The re-taking of Deep Space Nine is hailed as preventing any further Dominion reinforcements arriving via the wormhole, but that operation also led to the first major defeat suffered by a Dominion warfleet.6 The Romulan entry into the war just a few months later complicated matters for the Dominion,7 while the allied offensive into Dominion space shortly afterwards marked a major shift of initiative towards the allies.8

Nevertheless, the loss rate remained above 220 per month for most of the remainder of the two year war. When hostilities ceased Starfleet had lost a total of 5,800 capital ships, nearly 60% of the total operated during the period. Fatalities totalled 1.6 million personnel, not including those lost on starbases or in ground combat. The post-war fleet numbers only 4,116 ships, and although ship production is highly unlikely to remain at its wartime level it is probable that it will continue at a higher than normal rate until the fleet has returned to something approaching normality.

The following table shows the number of Starfleet vessels both in service at the start of the war and built during it, the losses sustained by each class, and the number of ships remaining in service.

Class Type Strength Number
Built
Number
Lost/Retired
Number
Remaining
Original Class
Strength
Current Class
Strength
Akira Class Heavy Cruiser 1,493 191 57 134 285,163 200,062
Ambassador Class Enhanced scientific/diplomatic explorer 723 58 27 31 41,934 22,413
Andromeda Class Frigate 165 211 200 11 34,815 1,815
Apollo Class Transport Ship 80 111 52 59 8,880 4,720
Bradbury Class Transport Ship 75 116 55 61 8,700 4,575
Centaur Class Frigate 200 403 100 303 80,600 60,600
Challenger Class Light Cruiser 254 42 33 9 10,668 2,286
Cheyenne Class Enhanced scientific/diplomatic explorer 381 136 106 30 51,816 11,430
Chimera Class Cruiser 520 133 104 29 69,160 15,080
Constellation Class Cruiser (obsolete) 224 9 4 5 2,016 1,120
Defiant Class Escort9 1,551 31 5 26 48,081 40,326
Deneva Class Freighter 85 120 61 59 10,200 5,015
Excelsior Class (standard) Explorer / Cruiser 374 414 222 192 154,836 71,808
Excelsior Variant 1 (1701-B) Explorer / Countercloak Cruiser 414 102 44 58 42,228 24,012
Excelsior Variant 2 (Lakota) Combat Enhanced Cruiser 1,301 1 0 1 1,301 1,301
Federation Raider Specification for gamma type assault craft 92 480 330 150 44,160 13,800
Freedom Class Destroyer 423 59 46 13 24,957 5,499
Galaxy Class (basic) Explorer / Heavy Cruiser 1,000 18 4 14 18,000 14,000
Galaxy Class (uprated) Explorer / Heavy Cruiser 1,355 31 6 25 42,005 33,875
Griffin Class Destroyer 265 26 20 6 6,890 1,590
Hokul'a Class Destroyer 265 218 107 111 57,770 29,415
Holo Ship Special purpose holo-environment 72 1 0 1 72 72
Intrepid Class Light Explorer / Scout 591 50 15 35 29,550 20,685
Istanbul Class Transport Ship 80 112 56 56 8,960 4,480
Korolev Class Destroyer 230 21 7 14 4,830 3,220
Luna Class Light Explorer 983 12 1 11 11,796 10,813
Mediterranean Class Freighter 85 210 156 54 17,850 4,590
Merced Class Cruiser 530 98 53 45 51,940 23,850
Miranda Refit (refit) Destroyer 262 820 467 353 214,840 92,486
Nebula SWAC (Basic) Explorer / Heavy Cruiser 841 50 3 47 42,050 39,527
Nebula Class (Basic/Pod) Explorer / Heavy Cruiser 1,153 25 2 23 28,825 26,519
Nebula Class (Uprated/Pod) Explorer / Heavy Cruiser 1,329 25 2 23 33,225 30,567
New Orleans Class Frigate10 328 456 358 98 149,568 32,144
Niagara Class Fast Cruiser 480 144 52 92 69,120 44,160
Norway Class Destroyer (science/diplomacy enhanced) 303 299 231 68 90,597 20,604
Nova Class Science Vessel 255 18 1 17 4,590 4,335
Oberth Class Science Vessel11 116 2,186 1,049 1,137 253,576 131,892
Olympic Class Medical Vessel 124 101 80 21 12,524 2,604
Polaris Class Frigate 158 66 52 14 10,428 2,212
Prometheus Class (docked mode) Attack Cruiser 1,340 1 0 1 1,340 1,340
Prometheus Top (MV mode) Attack Cruiser 2,060 1 0 1 2,060 2,060
Raven Class Research Vessel 38 137 19 118 5,206 4,484
Renaissance Class Cruiser 590 95 61 34 56,050 20,060
Rigel Class Long Range Explorer 485 84 70 14 40,740 6,790
Saber Class Scout 217 724 572 152 157,108 32,984
Sequoia Class Cruiser 670 291 254 37 194,970 24,790
Shelley Class Cargo Vessel 109 389 306 83 42,401 9,047
Sovereign Class (basic) Enhanced Deterrence Explorer 2,765 3 0 3 8,295 8,295
Sovereign Class (uprated) Enhanced Deterrence Explorer 3,084 5 0 5 15,420 15,420
Springfield Class Frigate 122 18 6 12 2,196 1,464
Steamrunner Class Light Cruiser 513 240 80 160 123,120 82,080
Surak Class Cruiser 635 101 53 48 64,135 30,480
Trident Class Cruiser 279 20 15 5 5,580 1,395
Wambundu Class Light Cruiser 400 412 400 12 164,800 4,800
Yeager Class Scout 329 13 10 3 4,277 987
Yorkshire Class Cruiser 650 106 55 51 68,900 33,150
Totals 10,244 6,069 4,175 3,035,119 1,339,128
 
Class Type Strength Number
Built
Number
Lost/Retired
Number
Remaining
Original Class
Strength
Current Class
Strength
Argo Class Shuttle 45 1 0 1 45 45
Danube Class Multirole interstellar craft12 51 1,865 665 1,200 95,115 61,200
Delta Flyer General purpose interstellar craft 82 2 1 1 164 82
Federation Scout Scoutship 75 380 105 275 28,500 20,625
Federation Trainer Pilot training craft 29 1,035 73 962 30,015 27,898
Orbital Shuttle Inter-orbital and surface to orbit transport 27 2,624 1,394 1,230 70,848 33,210
Peregrine Class Medium fighter 53 10,897 7,840 3,057 577,541 162,021
Type 6 Shuttle (standard) Shuttlecraft 29 2,208 1,010 1,198 64,032 34,742
Type 6 Shuttle (uprated) Shuttlecraft 29 450 110 340 13,050 9,860
Type 7 Shuttle (standard) Shuttlecraft 32 6,432 2,105 4,327 205,824 138,464
Type 7 Shuttle (uprated) Shuttlecraft 32 1,217 612 605 38,944 19,360
Type 8 Shuttle (standard) Shuttlecraft 33 2,839 779 2,060 93,687 67,980
Type 8 Shuttle (uprated) Shuttlecraft 32 1,012 587 425 32,384 13,600
Type 9 Shuttle Shuttlecraft 41 13,600 4,815 8,785 557,600 360,185
Type 11 Shuttle Shuttlecraft 54 12 0 12 648 648
Type 15 Shuttle Shuttlepod 31 2,185 923 1,262 67,735 39,122
Type 18 Shuttle Shuttlepod 29 1,759 624 1,135 51,011 32,915
Work Bee Repair pod 29 20,436 7,251 13,185 592,644 382,365
Totals 68,954 28,894 40,060 2,519,787 1,404,322
Grand Totals 79,198 34,963 44,235 5,554,906 2,743,450

There are many who regard the Dominion war as the greatest disaster ever to befall the Federation. But while it cannot be disputed that the loss of life has been little short of disastrous, the unswerving dedication and self-sacrifice with which Starfleet and its allies faced - and, ultimately, defeated - their foe has gained the admiration of the entire quadrant. Throughout its history the fact that Starfleet not only regards its military role as a relatively minor one but is positively proud of this fact has led many to suggest that it is somehow weak, even soft. This is a criticism that has seldom been heard since the start of the Dominion war, even from the Federations traditional opponents.

With the end of the war Starfleet has already begun shifting its dispositions to a peacetime basis. While it is likely that several of the larger combat fleets will be retained for at least the next year or two as a deterrent to further hostilities, many ships are being transferred back to their more normal roles. The diplomatic mission especially is likely to take up much of Starfleets time over the next few years. During the war the Federation was desperate to make as many alliances as possible in an attempt to gain reinforcements against the Dominion. Such a hurried and haphazard process has already resulted in some severe strains, even leading to one major political scandal within the Federation itself.

Despite the many pressing concerns of the present, Starfleet is unlikely to forget that its main goal is to ensure the future. Ultimately the Federation must continue with its scientific and exploratory missions if it to remain the vibrant and active culture it has always been. Starfleet is the principle instrument of this process, and as such it will surely continue to prosecute to the fullest the mandate outlined in the motto of its most famous vessel - "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before".


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

References
# Series Season Source Comment
1 Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual
2 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
3 Generic official information
4 DS9 2 The Jem'Hadar
5 DS9 6 A Time to Stand
6 DS9 6 Sacrifice of Angels
7 DS9 6 In the Pale Moonlight
8 DS9 6 Tears of the Prophets
9 DS9 3 The Search, Part 1
10 TNG 1 Conspiracy
11 Star Trek III : The Search for Spock
12
Source: Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual
Source: Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
Source: Generic official information
Series: DS9 Season 2 (Disc 7)
Source: The Jem'Hadar
Series: DS9 Season 6 (Disc 1)
Source: A Time to Stand
Series: DS9 Season 6 (Disc 2)
Source: Sacrifice of Angels
Series: DS9 Season 6 (Disc 5)
Source: In the Pale Moonlight
Series: DS9 Season 6 (Disc 7)
Source: Tears of the Prophets
Series: DS9 Season 3 (Disc 1)
Source: The Search, Part 1
Series: TNG Season 1 (Disc 6)
Source: Conspiracy
Source: Star Trek III : The Search for Spock


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