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Observation Ship

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Talarian
Class Name : Observation Ship
Type : Observation ship1
Unit Run : Unknown
Commissioned : 2350 - 2355, class remains in service
Dimensions : Length : 160 m2
Beam : 65 m
Height : 117 m
Decks : 7
Mass : 120,000 metric tons
Crew : 40
Armament : 1 x Neutral particle cannon
1 x High energy X ray lasers, total output 3,750 TeraWatts
1 x Merculite rocket launcher with 6 rounds
Defence Systems : Standard shield system, total capacity 216,000 TeraJoules
Light Monotanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale) :
Normal Cruise : 6
Maximum Cruise : 7
Maximum Rated : 9.2 for 10 hours.
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 75
Torpedo Firepower : 8
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 120
Shield Strength : 80
Hull Armour : 0.31
Speed : 852
Combat Manoeuvrability : 9,090
Overall Strength Index : 130
Diplomatic Capability : 2
Expected Hull Life : Unknown


These ships served on the Federation border in the early and mid 2360s. They are similar in overall design to the Talarian warships seen in the same area,1 and apparently operate as scoutships for the larger warship. The Observation vessels are less well armed and protected, but are quicker and more agile than their counterparts. Like the warship, they make very effective use of the primitive technology employed.

One of these vessels was diabled by an accident in 2367. The Enterprise-D responded to the ship's distress call and rescued survivors from the crew. Despite a diplomatic incident which ensured when one of the survivors turned out to be a Human teenager abducted as a child, eventually the situation was resolved peacefully.1

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation


# Series Season Source Comment
1 TNG 4 Suddenly Human
2 Speculative Approximation - assumed to be somewhat smaller than the approximately 75 metre long Talarian Warship.
Series : TNG Season 4 (Disc 1)
Episode : Suddenly Human
Source : Speculative
Comment : Approximation - assumed to be somewhat smaller than the approximately 75 metre long Talarian Warship.


Seen in the TNG episode "Suddenly Human", the Talarian Observation ship is an excellent counterpart to the warship also seen in that episode - much kudos goes to the designer for having an alien power produce two vessels which are so obviously related to one another.

Smaller than the warship, this vessel was carrying teenagers on some sort of training mission. It's name makes it sound like a scout ship of some sort, so it it likely to be faster and more lightly armed than the warship.

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