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Hermes Class

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Class 1

Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Federation
Class Name : Hermes Class [1]
Type : Scout [1]
Unit Run :
NCC 585 USS Hermes [1] - Retired
NCC 586 USS Anubis [1] - Retired
NCC 588 USS Aeolus [1] - Retired
NCC 589 USS Diana [1] - Retired
NCC 590 USS Quintillus [1] - Retired
NCC 591 USS Bridger [1] - Retired
NCC 592 USS Carson [1] - Retired
NCC 593 USS Batidor [1] - Retired
NCC 594 USS Cody [1] - Retired
NCC 595 USS Revere [2] - Retired
NCC 596 USS Spaker [1] - Retired
NCC 597 USS Bowie [1] - Retired
NCC 598 USS Sacajawea [1] - Retired
NCC 599 USS Tonte [1] - Retired
NCC 600 USS Crockett [1] - Retired
NCC 601 USS Monocerus [1] - Retired
NCC 602 USS Aries [1] - Retired
NCC 603 USS Equulus [1] - Retired
NCC 604 USS Lupus [1] - Retired
NCC 605 USS Taurus [1] - Retired
NCC 606 USS Camelopardus [1] - Retired
NCC 607 USS Leo [1] - Retired
NCC 608 USS Lynx [1] - Retired
NCC 609 USS Ursa Major [1] - Retired
NCC 610 USS Lepus [1] - Retired
NCC 611 USS Canis Major [1] - Retired
NCC 612 USS Pegasus [1] - Retired
NCC 613 USS Vulpecula [1] - Retired
NCC 614 USS Leo Minor [1] - Retired
NCC 615 USS Canis Minor [1] - Retired
NCC 616 USS Ursa Minor [1] - Retired
NCC 617 USS Cygnus [1] - Retired
NCC 618 USS Apus [1] - Retired
NCC 619 USS Tucana [1] - Retired
NCC 620 USS Corvus [1] - Retired
NCC 621 USS Columbia [1] - Retired
NCC 622 USS Pavo [1] - Retired
NCC 623 USS Aquila [1] - Retired
NCC 624 USS Grus [1] - Retired
NCC 625 USS Phoenix [1] - Retired
3 have been lost in all. 37 have been retired from service.
Commissioned : 2245 - 2260, remained in service until 2320
Dimensions : Length : 242.5 m [3]
Beam : 127.1 m [1]
Height : 60 m [1]
Decks : 16
Mass : 412,000 metric tons
Crew : 195 [1]
Armament : 2 [1] x Type VI phaser bank [1], total output 850 TeraWatts
Defence Systems : Standard shield system, total capacity 40,500 TeraJoules
Standard Monotanium Single hull.
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TOS scale) :
Maximum Cruise : 6 [1]
Maximum Rated : 8 [1] for 18 hours.
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 17
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 35
Shield Strength : 15
Hull Armour : 5
Speed : 267
Combat Manoeuvrability : 6,340
Overall Strength Index : 48
Diplomatic Capability : 3
Expected Hull Life : 60
Refit Cycle : Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 20 years


The Hermes class was developed in parallel to the Saladin class destroyers. Initially it was envisaged that each ship would have a different hull design, with the Hermes hull approximately 65% the size of the Saladins. However, in the initial feasibility studies it became clear that the development costs for a second hull would be significantly greater than the saving made by building a smaller design. Starfleet decided to scrap the smaller vessel and build an offshoot of the Saladin design.

Compared to the Saladin, the Hermes class scout had a substantially reduced armament - the were only two lasers compared to six, and no photon torpedo tubes. The shields were also significantly weaker. The extra space created within the frame was used to install extra planetary survey equipment and extend the fuel supplies, allowing the ships to operate over greater unsupported ranges than the Saladins. This made them a good choice for short and medium range exploratory missions.

The Hermes class benefited from the reliability of the Saladin hull, and they proved very popular in service. In the 2260's they recieved phaser weapons in place of their lasers. Like the Saladins they did experience some problems with the warpfield geometry generated by the single nacelle, but these were solved relatively quickly. The first nine ships recieved Monotronic computers, with Duotronic systems arriving once they had been fully tested in the Constitutions.

The Hermes class was treated relatively poorly in terms of updates, and by 2300 they were no longer considered effective designs. Nevertheless Starfleet was reluctant to either retire or upgrade the ships and they were forced to soldier on until the last one retired in 2320.

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# Series Season Source Comment
1 Star Trek - Starfleet Technical Manual
2 Star Trek : The Motion Picture
3 Star Trek - Starfleet Technical Manual Stated on page 01:04:14.
Book : Star Trek - Starfleet Technical Manual
Film: Star Trek : The Motion Picture
Book : Star Trek - Starfleet Technical Manual
Comment : Stated on page 01:04:14.


Another ship from the TOS Technical Manual, the Hermes shares an identical configuration with the Saladin, and this has dictated most of the entry. Everything in green is straight from the TOS TM.
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