Oldest Starship Classes In Service in a Post Nemesis Star Trek Series

Discussion in 'Trek Tech' started by Samuel, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. Samuel

    Samuel Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I've wondered if replicated material in the hull and space frame might be shorter lived and less reliable than that made by traditional metal forming methods. Which would explain why we still seem to see so many mines in Star Trek.
     
  2. Viper78

    Viper78 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I would say by 2415 the oldest ships in service would be the Galaxy class as it was designed to have a service life of 100 plus years and was arguably Starfleets biggest project . The Ambassador class was few and far between by the TNG timeline and in 2415 I would think the Excelsior and Miranda class would have been long phased out.

    I've always considered the Sovereign class to be a replacement for the Excelsior class, built to complement the Galaxy class rather than replace it and I would assume it would also still be in service by this date.

    The Intrepid class could also still be in service although reaching the end of it's lifespan.
     
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  3. TurtleGerald

    TurtleGerald Cadet Newbie

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    Hi all, just joined the site, so still getting up to speed (not exactly working on all thrusters, one might say!) I love discussions like this, though. I'm also imagining a post-Nemesis storyline, although a bit earlier than Samuel's - probably starting immediately after Nemesis and focused on an "every day" ship - a Nova Class assigned to DS9 for renewed Gamma Quadrant exploration, crewed by competent but regular people, not a ship full of prodigies a la every series and movie made!

    Anyway, not to hijack the thread with my own idea! In response to Samuel's original post, I'm with those that say the Ambassador Class is probably the oldest in regular service by 2410 - maybe a handful of Excelsior Class ships still in operation under the command of veteran captains with strong personal attachments to the ships, unwilling to "trade up" to a new command and with enough influence at Starfleet Command to keep their grand old ladies in service. I would imagine them being phased out as said captains retired, however (similar to the Enterprise-A's presumed fate after The Undiscovered Country - soon replaced by the Enterprise-B after Kirk's retirement). I would like to imagine a big period of rebuilding, new designs, and a renewed focus on exploration and humanitarian missions in the years following the Dominion war, replacing many ships lost and retiring many that were damaged.
     
  4. Leathco

    Leathco Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    There was even a Constitution class hulk on the graveyard scene of Best of Both Worlds.

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    I'm not sure if it was actually in service, or pulled from mothballs since it could fire some weak phasers at a cube and be a target while a stronger ship attacked, but that is definitely the secondary hull of a constitution class ship pictured.
     
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  5. Samuel

    Samuel Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Of course it could be the remains of another class of starship that had roughly the same secondary hull design as the iconic Constitution class. You can find literally dozens of those kinds of designs scattered around the internet.