The Enterprise (NX-01) was equipped with hull-mounted phase cannons during the first year of its interstellar exploration mission. (ENT: "Silent Enemy")

ok, i may be just an idiot here, but the cannons were not hull mounted, the were internal, and retractable, i would hazard a guess and say the are deffinatly not hull mounted. i am gonna edit the main artical, and leave this line here if anone wants to restore it.

Spock's remark in TOS: "Balance of Terror" that the Earth-Romulan War was fought with atomic weapons suggests that phase weapons may have utilized a form of atomic energy. This is assuming, of course, that the weapons were used during the war, which is likely. However, because an overload of the phase cannon's phase modulators caused a plasma recoil, it seems likely the weapons are operated on plasma. It is possible that Spock's comment did not mean the war was fought entirely with atomic weapons, although that may have been the primary weapon employed during the conflict.

i am very very sick of seeing this block of text! i have been doing reasearch on ship board weapons and this appears on every page that starts out with the letter p!!! (just jokeing but i have seen it like 8 times!!!)


I removed,

Spock remarked that the Earth-Romulan War was fought with atomic weapons. (TOS: "Balance of Terror") Given that phase weapons are fundamentally different technology, it can be assumed Earth Starfleet was only able to outfit Enterprise, Columbia, and a few other ships with such weapons, falling back to nuclear-based spatial torpedoes for the rest of the fleet.

as speculation. -Angry Future Romulan 17:15, May 5, 2010 (UTC)


The power of the weapon is talked about in MegaJoules and GigaJoules. As Power is measured in Watts, and Joules(energy) is Power x Time(seconds), can I assume that the Joules should read Watts?

The last comment was by me. Forgot to sign-- 06:49, December 8, 2012 (UTC)

You are correct. However in Memory Alpha we use the terminology that was used in the episodes, even if it conflicts with how the terms are used in the real world. In this case "power output" in Silent Enemy, "yield" in Cogenitor "power" in Regeneration, even though in the real world we would only talk of joules in relation to "energy output" and watts in relation to "power output". We do not note these kinds of small discrepancies in the articles since that would be considered nitpicking. --Pseudohuman (talk) 08:58, December 8, 2012 (UTC)