The Freedom-class starship was a type of vessel in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. This class of Starfleet starship had the unusual distinction of having one warp nacelle. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")
Ships commissioned Edit
- USS Firebrand (NCC-68723)
Background information Edit
The name for this class was devised by the production staff and was revealed by Okuda in the Star Trek Encyclopedia. Production photos of this class appeared in the special features section of the TNG Season 4 DVD.
Studio model Edit
The scratch-built "kit-bash" studio model of the pre-damaged Freedom-class USS Firebrand was created at Gregory Jein, Inc. by Jein and his staff for the "graveyard" scene that the USS Enterprise-D traveled through following the Battle of Wolf 359. Jein used the molds he had of the Constellation-class and the two-foot Galaxy-class studio models to cast parts for the neck and nacelle, respectively. The other parts he built from scratch. The model was from the start constructed as being pre-damaged. Michael Okuda recalled, "Freedom: Upon reflection, I think this may have been something that Greg Jein came up with for one of the kitbashes he contributed to either BOBW or Unification. I'm not sure which model this was, and I'm not at all confident that Fact Files checked with anyone."  Apart from the Freedom-class, Jein also constructed the pre-damaged Niagara-class USS Princeton for the episode, using his own production assets unlike Okuda, Sternbach, and Miarecki, who constructed their models from commercially available AMT/Ertl model kits (enhanced with miscellaneous other pieces and first built "intact" and "damaged" later).
In 2012, Greg Jein revealed that he had retained ownership of the model, "But we did a three engined ship for that and we did a one engined ship for that, which I think I still have someplace, because I just let them use that out of our stock inventory. We just took parts of the Enterprise we had left over and added nacelles and some other crap to it like that." (The Best of Both Worlds (Blu-ray) special feature, "Regeneration: Engaging the Borg")