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The warship Voyager

In starship classification, a warship, war vessel, or combat vessel was a generic term for any armed starship designed for combat. These vessels included battleships, battle cruisers, various sized cruisers, escorts, and destroyers.

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Captain Jonathan Archer once said that he didn't want to be in command of a warship in response to Captain Jefferies' desire to install powerful weapons on Enterprise NX-01. (ENT: "Home")

Starfleet typically avoids using the warship classification, instead applying euphemisms such as "escort" and "tactical cruiser" for the Defiant-class and Prometheus-class, respectively. Despite this custom, chief petty officer Dorian Collins referred to the USS Valiant as a "state of the art warship." (DS9: "Valiant")

Kasidy Yates once asked chief petty officer Miles O'Brien if her presence on board the USS Defiant bothered him, noting "I'm a civilian. Isn't it awkward having me aboard a warship?" (DS9: "The Sound of Her Voice")

The Klingons and Jem'Hadar almost exclusively employ warships, which is a reflection of their warrior culture. However, the Negh'Var warship, D7-class, Jem'Hadar fighter, and Jem'Hadar battle cruiser were specifically referred to as warships by Starfleet. (VOY: "Drone"; DS9: "The Ship"; TOS: "Friday's Child")

The Douwd who assumed the form of Kevin Uxbridge created a warship in order to drive the USS Enterprise-D away from Delta Rana IV. (TNG: "The Survivors")

The Enterprise-D encountered an unnamed and unidentified combat vessel at the Qualor II depot in 2368. (TNG: "Unification I")

After pirating the main computer processor of the USS Voyager, Tau commented to Captain Janeway that "I could sell it to you, but I could hardly let it go for anything less than a warship." (VOY: "Concerning Flight")

The warship Voyager was part of The Voyager Encounter holographic simulation in the Kyrian Museum of Heritage. (VOY: "Living Witness")

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Ronald D. Moore commented: "This also is a legacy of Gene's. He felt very strongly that the Federation would not build warships per se, but rather a fleet of scientific exploration vessels with weapons designed for defense rather than offense. It was quite a fight just to get the Defiant designated as a pure warship around here, much less trying to go for an entire fleet of ships like it." (AOL chat, 1997)

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