Komsomolsk class dreadnought by Andrew Brown.Komsomolsk class dreadnought

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    Komsomolsk requirement was laid down in 2275 as NXP2275DN. Komsomolsk class design and development was complete but shelved by politics in 2281. After the Klingon offensive, 10 Komsomolsk dreadnoughts were authorised in late 2283 and the first five hulls started construction in 2284. The first five vessels were delivered in 2286 and were planned as a replacement of lost Federation class dreadnoughts. NX 2600 Komsomolsk was trialled with all of the latest tactical technology. The ongoing peace talks with the Klingons were aimed at reducing opposing capital ship levels. One proposal was to decommission Federation class dreadnoughts, replacing them with Komsomolsk class

    Each dreadnought had been built at separate yards, enabling the rapid delivery of the first batch; this was a generational improvement on Starfleet capital ships. Building on previous designs enabled Starfleet to rapidly trial and commission these first ships. As each one entered service, so one of the Federation class dreadnoughts was mothballed.

    By 2312 Komsomolsk class was upgrading to Flight III standards. These primary capital ships will be upgraded with new defensive and sensor systems. Massive Dynamics’ new flexibility technology for the Belknap family will be installed as will new generation automation. TacFleet allocation for the Komsomolsk class will see them concentrated at borders of tactical concern, supplementing the presence of Ascension class to provide strategic presence with command and control. The intention by Starfleet is to bring the number of units constructed up to twenty. These will be allocated to the more unsettled borders of Federation space to supplement other tactical assets there.

    Name Registry Notes Author's Notes
    Komsomolsk 2600
    Yavuz 2601
    Arkansas 2602 Named for the battleship sunk in Operation Crossroads.
    Howe 2603 Named for the KGV battleship from the Royal Navy Pacific Fleet.
    Tiger 2604 Damaged beyond economic repair in the Metar campaign. Named for the beautiful battlecruiser.
    Lützow 2605 Named for the second Derfflinger-class battlecruiser built by the German Kaiserliche Marine.
    Lor'riva 2606 Named for the historic Andorian warrior.
    Mysore 2607 Named for the Fiji-class cruiser that served with the Indian Navy from 1957.
    Mutsu 2608 Named for the Japanese battleship.
    Sevastopol 2609 Named for the port in Crimea.
    Nebraska 2610
    Hessen 2611 Named for the battleship and also the ship I have been on.
    Puerto Rico 2612 Named for the cancelled Alaska-class battlecruiser.
    Fuso 2613
    Zrinyi 2614

    Komsomolsk class was designated the successor design to Federation class, authorised as NXP2275DN. Whereas Federation was a compromise between the explorer of Constitution class and the military battleship that was needed, Komsomolsk was true to that need. Starfleet Commander-in-Chief Robert Bennett saw the Komsomolsk class as the guardians to the gates to Paradise. The fleets of the Klingon and Romulan navies were continuing to develop and produce newer, more powerful dreadnoughts and Starfleet had to meet that threat with an equal protection.

    First of the pioneering dreadnought design, NX-2600 had some systems that had been trialled aboard NCC-2112 U.S.S. Star Union. The saucer section was heavily modified, but even this did not match the scale of the redesigning of the secondary hull. All but basic scientific facilities were removed; dedicated science vessels would perform this task more efficiently in any combat. This new dreadnought design would be dedicated to fighting and defending the Federation from threats both current and envisioned. The confirmed disappearance of the Organians by the Enterprise-A in 2286, and subsequent outbreak of bushfire wars, reaffirmed the need for the new dreadnoughts.

    The first five dreadnoughts were delivered in 2286, with more already ordered by Starfleet Command. The plan was to mothball the Federation class until they were replaced. Events were to spiral out of control and all dreadnoughts would find themselves dragged into the Tabula Rasa crisis and the Klingon border clashes. Despite the loss of some of the new dreadnoughts, this only served to show Starfleet Command that they needed the new capital ships. By now acting as the middle design to the Ascension and new larger Ulysses class, Komsomolsk now was a firm part of the Tac Fleet repertoire.

    2312. U.S.S. Yavuz, the second Komsomolsk class dreadnought, under the command of Captain Andrew Hawkins is the tactical flagship in a Starfleet exercise along the Klingon border. With Lexington class command ship U.S.S. Ural NCC-5733 and carrier U.S.S. Illustrious NCC-15332, the Yavuz is on a pre-planned defensive exercise which is actually a showing of the flag designed to appeal to the Klingons as a sign of the Federation being strong and to give a moment of pause to the resurgent forces under Chancellor Kaarg. Later in the exercise, the Warspite Battleship Battlegroup (BBBG-11185) joined the other tactical assets, along with Excel class U.S.S. Jingyuan and Jupp class Escort Destroyers. Author's Notes: This design came from the brilliant minds of Dizzy and Major Racal at Dynaverse.

    U.S.S. Yavuz artwork by my good friend Andrew Brown.

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