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Starship classification

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Unofficially, many starships are classified by their design type. Although Starfleet tries not to classify their vessels in any such categorization, there have been numerous occasions where a Starfleet officer referred to Starfleet or enemy vessels by type during a fleet engagement, such as in Operation Return when Captain Sisko calls upon Galaxy wings to engage Template:ShipClass destroyers. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

Starship Classifications

Primary ships

Support ships

Other designations


In some unclear terms, the designations for several starship classes have been the issue of some confusion. Some examples are:

  • The Template:ShipClass has sometimes been confused with the scout designation, though it is officially a science vessel rather than a scout.
  • Similarly, the Template:ShipClass starship has been classified in multiple categories as well, most notably as a heavy cruiser and as a battle cruiser.
  • The Template:ShipClass has also been the subject of some confusion. It may have been a new kind of heavy cruiser in its early life, then later called a medium cruiser, light cruiser, and possibly even a destroyer in its late life. Another possibility was being classified as an explorer, which is similar to a heavy cruiser. If this is still its unofficial designation, then it would contradict its current status, thus the confusion.
  • The Template:ShipClass was officially an explorer, but has also been referred to as a heavy cruiser (in one script reference). In an alternate, more militaristic, timeline, the equivalent of the Galaxy-class was classified as a battle cruiser.

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