A Cardassian warship, or Cardassian war vessel, was a type of warship utilized by the Cardassian Union during the 24th century.

Two classes were known to share this nomenclature: the Galor-class warship, or war vessel, and the Keldon-class warship. (TNG: "The Chase", "Ensign Ro"; DS9: "Emissary", "Past Prologue", "The Homecoming", "Profit and Loss", "Second Skin", "Defiant"; VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy", DS9: "Defiant", "Broken Link")


During the Cardassian Wars, a Cardassian warship encountered the USS Stargazer in sector 21503. After making contact with a Cardassian warship, the Stargazer's commander, Captain Picard, offered a truce and lowered his ship's deflector shields as a gesture of good will, but the Cardassian commander ignored the gesture and disabled the Stargazer's weapons and impulse engines before the Stargazer was able to regroup and flee. (TNG: "The Wounded")

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Tactical display of USS Phoenix and Cardassian warship weapon's ranges

In 2367, fearing that the Cardassians were preparing to renew hostilities, Captain Maxwell went rogue and destroyed several Cardassian targets during a preemptive strike on the Cardassians. In effort to stop Maxwell, and prevent destruction of Cardassian lives and property, Captain Picard of the USS Enterprise-D gave a nearby Cardassian warship (transponder code 324384950), the Phoenix's prefix code to give the Cardassians an advantage. (TNG: "The Wounded")

Cardassian warship 324384950, fired at the Phoenix with its high-energy disruptor weapons, with the estimated coherent output of 700 MW. The Phoenix survived the assault, despite taking a sustained hit with 37% penetration through its deflector shields. The Phoenix destroyed the Cardassian warship with a salvo from its forward phaser banks and torpedoes. The Cardassian warship had a crew of six hundred, and a weapon's range of at least 300,000 kilometers. (TNG: "The Wounded", display graphics)

In 2369, the Ferengi claimed two of their freighters were destroyed by a Cardassian warship in the Igo sector. Although Starfleet was skeptical of the Ferengi claim, there was evidence of Cardassian weapons. (TNG: "Realm of Fear")

In 2372, following the discovery of the attack on Korma by the Klingon Bird-of-Prey commanded by K'Temang, Gul Dukat inquired as to the distance of the nearest Cardassian warship, only to learn that the closest warship was probably somewhere in the Dopa system; a three-day journey. (DS9: "Return to Grace")

It is unclear which of the known classes, if any, of the above vessels belonged to, as they remained unseen in the aforementioned references.