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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")
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")