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The reference of this vessel's class possibly came from a piece of background artwork or a computer readout, although i must confess i've never seen such a thing about this particular vessel -- however, the Star Trek Encyclopedia is the source for this, and Okuda et al. mostly (but not always) made the Encyclopedia reflect references they had worked into a filmed production.
So I'm not sure how valid a case we have for specifying this ship's class, except that it was devised by the technical staff of the show -- there's no specific onscreen source, just the secondary Encyclopedia source (and this was never made as a model -- just a dialogue mention of the ship that was dubbed over Shelby saying "Chekov"). -- Captain Mike K. Barteltalk