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Vahklas Class

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Vulcans
Class Name : Vahklas Class
Type : Starship
Unit Run :
Vahklas1 - Destroyed
plus 47 others built in total. 7 have been lost in all. 41 have been retired from service.
Commissioned : 2055 - 2070, remained in service until 2170
Dimensions : Length : 70 m
Beam : 17 m
Height : 25 m
Decks : 5
Mass : 4,210 metric tons
Crew : 10
Armament : 2 x Phase cannon, total output 250 TeraWatts
1 x B Class photon torpedo tube with 10 rounds
Defence Systems : Standard shield system, total capacity 27,000 TeraJoules
Light Monotanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TOS scale) :
Normal Cruise : 5
Maximum Cruise : 5.2
Maximum Rated : 5.5 for 5 hours.
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 5
Torpedo Firepower : 1.5
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 15
Shield Strength : 10
Hull Armour : 0.31
Speed : 87
Combat Manoeuvrability : 13,390
Overall Strength Index : 35
Diplomatic Capability : 2
Expected Hull Life : 100
Refit Cycle : Minor : 2 year
Standard : 2 years
Major : 20 years

Notes

The Vahklas class was a Vulcan design1 common in the late 21st and early 22nd century. The ship shows tyical design features of Vulcan ships of this period; the nacelles show clear progression towards the ring structure2 which would be a feature of the Surak,3 Sh'Ran4 and D'Kyr5 classes, while the large central hull is an ancestor of the more streamlined axial hulls of the Surak3 and Sh'Ran4 classes.

By 2150 the Vahklas class was considered obsolete, though a handful remained in use by civilians.1 By 2154 a group of these ships had been reactivated by the High Command for use in the planned war against the Andorians.6


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

References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 ENT 1 Fusion
2 Visible on the shooting model
3 ENT 1 Breaking the Ice
4 ENT 1 Fallen Hero
5 ENT 2 Cease Fire
6 ENT 4 Awakening
Series : ENT Season 1 (Disc 4)
Episode : Fusion
Source : Visible on the shooting model
Series : ENT Season 1 (Disc 2)
Episode : Breaking the Ice
Series : ENT Season 1 (Disc 5)
Episode : Fallen Hero
Series : ENT Season 2 (Disc 4)
Episode : Cease Fire
Series : ENT Season 4 (Disc 2)
Episode : Awakening

Comments

The Vahklas was first seen in Enterprise "Fusion". We know relatively little about the ship except that it is pretty much obsolete by this episode - T'Pol declares that the ships have not been used in a long time, and considering Vulcan life spans that could mean centuries.

The most interesting feature is the partially ring-shaped nacelles. Since enterprise-era ships have full ring nacelles, it seems that this is a feature which has evolved over time - early Vulcan ships probably had nacelles on either side, and these gradually become more elongated and curved until they finally met above and below. It is always nice to see a logical progression in ship designs like this.

We don't have a class name for the Vahklas, so I have followed my policy of using the name of the first ship seen as the class name until we get something more official.


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