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Old September 13 2013, 06:26 AM   #1
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USS Vengeance - design build?

How long do you think it took Starfleet in the Abramsverse to design and build the USS Vengeance, which is a huge purpose built warship that dwarfs the Abrams-timeline Enterprise.
I doubt the Vengeance's basic design was a direct result to the events in ST2009 since Nero's destruction of Vulcan in 2258 occurred only a year before ST Darkness took place in 2259, and taking less than a year to design a large, complex starship like the Vengeance from scratch to a complete and ready-for-service ship stretches plausibility.

Supposedly Khan (who was revived by Section 31 under Admiral Marcus’s direction) helped design the Vengeance. I don't find it plausible Khan designed the Vengeance by himself since he would still have had late 20th century engineering knowledge when Section 31 revived him. Though, as seen as “Speed Seed” in the prime timeline, Khan was a quick learner and studied starfleet technical manuals, and Khan might have suggested refinements to the IMO already designed ship. Still, I doubt the basic design of the Vengeance was laid out by Khan and it's design was on Starfleet's drawing board for several years, and refined into a warship-oriented design by Marcus and his pursuit of a more military-oriented Starfleet.

In the prime timeline it took almost 20 years from the Galaxy class to go from scratch to a commissioned in service-class. And I imagine it took a decade prior to 2259 to get the Vengeance off the drawing board and service-ready.

It's also interesting the huge USS Vengeance took the opposite approach to the purpose-built warship concept, when compared to the small easy to build in quantity USS Defiant in the TNG-era prime universe.
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Old September 13 2013, 06:33 AM   #2
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Marcus probably started his warship project shortly after Nero's ride of hell through Federation space. So three years or so before Khan shows up. He stumbles on Khan and Khan adds his special touches to the design.

I figured that the Vengance started life as either an off the shelf Constitution class ship or some other new build class--maybe something design around deep-range (5+ year missions) exploration. Khan gets woken up and he helps Marcus file off the serial numbers and god-mod the living hell out of the thing. Whatever it was before Marcus and Khan got their hands on it, was probably (re)designed out of it to the point that it was a totally new ship and design.
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Old September 13 2013, 01:26 PM   #3
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I don't think it would have been difficult to build a larger ship or space structure especially for a minimal crew, the main issue was that the advancements in defence and propulsion would have to be made quickly enough within the space of a year to bring their battle ship upto the task of dealing with unknown threats.

Khan's superior intellect possibly gave starfleet/S31 engineers the help they needed to unlock some of the mysteries that limited their understanding in weapons and warp technology.

The Vengeance project would have not needed the go through usual Federation red tape and meet approval of commitees so this would have saved possibly years of delay in a starship project.
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Old September 13 2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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Re: USS Vengeance - design build?

I'd wager such a project would have been in the works, or on and off the table ever since 2233.

I get the feeling that the Vengeance was a ship of it's own purpose before Marcus had it re-allocated and the interior functions were changed around to make it a death ship.

Khan's input would have likely been in the design of new weapons, and the notions of making a single ship capable of fighting several ships. (Usage of drone craft and minimizing the crew required.)
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Old September 13 2013, 02:23 PM   #5
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Re: USS Vengeance - design build?

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I get the feeling that the Vengeance was a ship of it's own purpose before Marcus had it re-allocated and the interior functions were changed around to make it a death ship.
lol. So Starfleet openly made a Dreadnaught Class ship? Kind of hard to sell the message that you're a "peacekeeping and humanitarian" armada when one of your ship designs has the word "dread" in it's class name.
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Old September 13 2013, 02:27 PM   #6
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The Enterprise took something like 5-10 years to build. In order to build Vengeance within a year, Marcus must have taken every welder from every shipyard on Earth and had them working non-stop.
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Old September 13 2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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lol. So Starfleet openly made a Dreadnaught Class ship? Kind of hard to sell the message that you're a "peacekeeping and humanitarian" armada when one of your ship designs has the word "dread" in it's class name.
Not quite what I said. The hull of the Vengeance could have been used for anything. Hell, for all we know SF might have had it in their mind to build a large-scale exploration and research vessel.
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Old September 13 2013, 03:04 PM   #8
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I get the feeling that the Vengeance was a ship of it's own purpose before Marcus had it re-allocated and the interior functions were changed around to make it a death ship.
lol. So Starfleet openly made a Dreadnaught Class ship? Kind of hard to sell the message that you're a "peacekeeping and humanitarian" armada when one of your ship designs has the word "dread" in it's class name.
The dreadnought/vengeance project need not require approval from the diplomatic wings of the federation.

It could simply have been like this:

Day 1) Having lost Vulcan and the word on the street is that the Klingons smell blood and might want to fight us and Starfleet prepared is not prepared for war.

Day 2) Marcus decides that he wants a prototype warship capable of defeating all possible threats from the Klingons, dont tell Starfleet or anyone else about it though, so lets get started!

Day 3-14) Ship builders and suppliers are invited to tender to anonymous representatives of Marcus and S31 (Khan is awoken)

Day 15-300) Construction goes underway, Khan is forced to participate in the development of the ship aswell as perform special covert missions on behalf of Marcus.
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Old September 13 2013, 03:32 PM   #9
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There is no way that the Vengeance wasn't already under construction when Khan was brought out of his deep-freeze.
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Old September 13 2013, 03:39 PM   #10
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There is no way that the Vengeance wasn't already under construction when Khan was brought out of his deep-freeze.
Even if Vengeance was a fast build, and there's no reason to think she was, Marcus has been scheming and planning this war for a long time.

Maybe even before the Narada incident, a deep-seated hatred for the Klingons and always pushing for preemptive military action.

After losing the Kelvin, I could see him pushing hard to become head of Starfleet and being behind a lot of the more overt militarisation and starting the Dreadnought project as a long term solution to further events.

But always personally hoping/planning to use it to bring a war with the Klingons, having Vengeance and perhaps a second sister ship in operation by then.

Of course Kahn put a spanner in the works, Marcus tried to salvage his plan, thinking one ship would be enough to tip the balance in their favour in a conflict.
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Old September 13 2013, 06:23 PM   #11
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I'm in the "she was around for a longer time" camp - obviously, the basic design wasn't a complete secret as Marcus had the display model in his office to stare at lovingly, so I'm guessing it was an existing design/prototype repurposed into a new class. I'm also not convinced that Khan played a huge role in a lot of the technology she carried*, but was involved more in refining her to be a better warship.

* = could be the basement of the "Kelvin Memorial Library" was where Section 31 was reverse enginneering Narada's technology based on scans made by Kelvin.
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Old September 13 2013, 06:27 PM   #12
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Jeyl wrote: View Post
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I get the feeling that the Vengeance was a ship of it's own purpose before Marcus had it re-allocated and the interior functions were changed around to make it a death ship.
lol. So Starfleet openly made a Dreadnaught Class ship? Kind of hard to sell the message that you're a "peacekeeping and humanitarian" armada when one of your ship designs has the word "dread" in it's class name.
That would have been a lame critique even if one weren't aware that "dreadnaught" (or "dreadnought") literally means "fear nothing".
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Old September 14 2013, 02:51 AM   #13
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Re: USS Vengeance - design build?

I'd agree with the "already under construction, planned possibly as a consequence of Narada's arrival" camp on this one. Makes more sense that way. Marcus is a "long game" planner or he wouldn't have gotten to his post as of Into Darkness.
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Old September 14 2013, 02:59 AM   #14
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At the time of Narada's arrival Marcus would only have been a Commander or Lt. Commander. Countdown to Darkness tells us he was first officer of April's Enterprise in the late 2230s, so if Vengeance was borne out of Nero's presence, Marcus wouldn't have been involved from the beginning.
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Old September 14 2013, 03:40 AM   #15
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You know, I only beat this horse sparingly, because I know that for whatever reason it isn't a popular theory among fandom (even though it makes too much sense to be wrong), but the Abramsverse did not have its original point of divergence from the Prime timeline when the Narada came out of the wormhole. It happened at least as far back as the NX-01's participation in the Temporal Cold War, and possibly even further back (but including those events) to the interactions of the NCC-1701-E crew and the Borg with Cochrane and the Vulcans.

The reason I am bringing this up now is because I see what I believe to be some serious mischaracterization of Abramsverse Starfleet. This isn't Kirk Prime's Starfleet. This Starfleet grew out of a humanity whose father of warp drive and whose founding Vulcans knew at least a little about the freakin' BORG, and humanity's first Warp 5 capable ship encountered them. That didn't happen in the Prime timeline. The TCW resulted in a swath of destruction in Florida and an attempt to destroy the whole planet that probably never happened in the Prime timeline. The Romulans have warp drive earlier. And on and on.

Point being, do you honestly think this Starfleet wouldn't be working on some serious muscle, for defense if for nothing else? They'd be criminally stupid and negligent NOT to be! Marcus hijacked the project to add automation and the tinkering of a geneticly modified superintellect for his personal benefit, but that ship design without those changes may still be seen in the line, I think.
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