Flight IIIa Okinawa class frigates incorporate the latest upgrades in open architecture command systems, replacing the orginal seventies ones. The improved sensor systems of baseline 8 phase 4, which incorporates Cooperative Operations Systems and adapted Snoopy sensors from the Apollo development program. Originally the Okinawa class was to be limited to a production run of a prototype, pre-production of a Low Rate of Initial Production (LRIP) and then to two full flights of a few hundred hulls. The prototype, NX 150, was launched in 2275 with the first Flight being built 2278-83. A second Flight II batch was built from 2285-89 with improvements made to the sensor and command systems, incorporating the latest enhancements to the DCLD.
The ratifying of the Khitomer Accords in 2295 brought a new requirement for frigates to reaffirm the border of the Federation - Klingon border. Another requirement for the new supply of frigates was to replace lost members of Okinawa Flight Ia and those whose hull members were considered life expired. Starfleet's Advanced Starship Design Bureau (ASDB) quickly rejected calls for a totally new design, opting for an upgrade of the successful Okinawa class, both for the speed of restarting the construction lines and their capacity for growth and multi-mission flexibility. Yards across the Federation quickly adapted operations from refitting Okinawa vessels to constructing new Flight IIIa and refitting the upgrades to the Flight Ic and Flight IIb vessels.
Okinawa class has been successfully shown an ability for flexibility and multi-mission swap-out mission modules. Variations on the Okinawa class include: police corvette, comando special forces, ELectronic INTelligence (ELINT), Suppression of Enemy Area Defences (SEAD), science version and diplomatic courier. In addition, Okinawa vessels have been used as a small, adaptable testbed for future starship technology. All the signs are there for a Flight IVa Okinawa construction and future upgrades. This successful hulldesign is destined to remain the Starfleet frigate design for the first half of this century.
The Okinawa class starship has 8 decks, summarised as follows:
Deck 1: Main Bridge, Antimatter tanks
Deck 2: Officers lounge, briefing room
Deck 3: Officer quarters, Crew quarters
Deck 4: Sickbay
Deck 5: Transporter room
Deck 8: Torpedo bay
Stardate 13489.5, Okinawa class U.S.S. Falkland, NCC 2309, diverted from the Churchill system to investigate a theft of intellectual property from the Dharma Initiative. Sister ship U.S.S. Interceptor joins the hunt for the thieves. With the ship too far ahead for either ship to catch, Starfleet guides the Sheffield to intercept. Operating from Starbase 52.
The Interceptor has two shuttles:
U.S.S. Interceptor is named both for the excellent, but short-lived game show on Channel 4 in 1989 starring Sean O'Kane in the titular role and it is also named for the ship of the same name in the film "Pirates of the Carribbean". Sean O'Kane is the source of the motto catchphrase for the ship, it being the one he used in the show, along with an eagle screech.
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