Preface: This version of the Baton Rouge class, its history, development, features, capabilities, and its place in Starfleet are subjective, and drawn from my observations, ideas, and assumptions I've made over the years. The design is based upon Rick Sternbach's original work that appears in the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology, and indeed the basic lines and dimensions are generally the same. I have incorporated many elements into the design that are based upon insights and ideas gleaned from a number of different individuals, and in due course I offer them a sincere and heartfelt thanks for their contributions over the years (many of which are cited in the title block). That being said you will find that my work makes no mention of "plasma cannons" or photon torpedoes being part of the Baton Rouge prototype's armament. This omission is intentional and not accidental as I do not consider the events and history of Earth, UESPA, and Federation as depicted in Enterprise to be cogent with much of what had been established in TOS and TNG. While this may seem heretical or arrogant to some, I believe that placing Enterprise in the Kelvin-verse and forgoing the headache of retconning huge swaths of history makes for a less time consuming and more enjoyable process, for me at least. So some notes.. In my work hull numbers from UESPA do not correspond to hull numbers from the Federation Starfleet. Its my considered opinion that Starfleet as an organization (before the time of Kirk and Spock) may have operated in much the fashion that UN Security/Peace Keeping forces do today in that each member nation may contribute units under nominal control of the UN, but that those units still are the property of those member nations. In this regard, the hull number of the Baton Rouge shown here, XCA-670 indicates that this vessel is an experimental cruiser, and it is the 670th cruiser unit of UESPA. Finally, you may note that the dimensions of the vessel would differ slightly from what is provided from the printed source materials- the figure is solely based upon the original length and then recalculating the figures after putting the design together. So there you go. I hope you enjoy my work, and I look forward to your feedback.