Saladin class was the destroyer class that was at the forefront of the 2250s and 2260s, rebuilt in the 2270s with new linear warp drive technology. The class was designed to face to Klingons, Romulans, Orion pirates, Tholians, Ferasans and other dangers. Members of the class became household names such as the Fletcher, Justice and Achilles. The destroyer units have their own identity and unit badge. By the 2280s a newer class of destroyer was needed and the Akula class met that need. Saladin class with low hull hours were refit into the Flight I Akula class design. Those with high frame hours or had suffered severe damage in their career, were decommissioned as the new destroyer class was brought online.

Some members of the class were retained to test new sensor and defensive systems such as U.S.S. Hannibal (NCC-512), or automated to be used as live targets to test the effectiveness of the latest offensive systems against the latest defensive ones. Kublai was expended in one such test. Stron affliation with names used on these destroyers meant that the Federation Council and Starfleet Command were lobbied for the names to be re-used on the new Akula class destroyers. This was done. Huge numbers of old Saladin class destroyers were de-commissioned, some finding a valiant final battle in the Tabula Rasa and ISC Pacification wars. Most were upgraded to Akula Flight I specifications, allowing the destroyer class to live on in a new form.

Truant Training Ship 'Mars' on the Tay off Dundee. 1869 - 1929.The U.S.S. Mars was a purpose-converted training ship that had all of the facilities and capabilities both of a state-of-the-art starship. The U.S.S. Mars, NCC 525, was a Siva-variant Saladin class starship dating back to the mid-23rd century. All of the systems on the ship had been upgraded and uprated on a regular basis, in order to keep the experience on the Mars accurate to that of a modern starship. The Commanding Officer of the Mars when Cadet Nathaniel Hawkins served onboard was Captain Michael "Achilles" Stirling. 'Achilles'was persuaded to fly a ship of such vintage as he commanded the Achilles NCC-551, one of the most famous members of the class. Captain Stirling relishes in the functionality of the design and the need for crew to 'adapt, improvise and overcome' the lack of advanced techno-gadgetry. The Mars was named in honour of the T.T.S. Mars training ship of Dundee, Earth [1869-1929].

The Mars has been given all of the latest starship systems and equipment, the latest sensor systems and computers. In every sense Mars was designed to accurately represent the latest generation of starships, she is the most advanced ship of her class. A refit in 2295 brought the systems of Mars up to date again and she now virtually can not be internally differentiated from newer vessels. The Mars is regularly used for cadets in order that they be accurately tested on their performance on a starship in the actual environment of space, as opposed to the 'safe' environment of the simulator.

The starship Mars continues to serve Starfleet Academy faithfully in her training ship role. Captain Stirling helps to forge the Starfleet personnel of tomorrow.

  • Length: 229 metres
  • Width: 142 metres
  • Decks: 11
  • Crew: 80 (20 Officers, 60 Enlisted)
  • Starfleet Marines: 30

  • Compliment:
  • Officers: 18
  • Crew: 100
  • Propulsion:
  • Warp: 1 LN-64 Warp Nacelles
  • Max: Warp 5
  • Cruise: Warp 7
  • Sublight: Fusion Thrust Impulse Drive

  • Shuttlecraft: Two: NCC 525[1] Phobos, NCC 525[2] Deimos.

    NCC Number Name Notes Author notes
    500 Saladin
    501 Jenghiz
    502 Darius
    503 Alaric
    504 Sargonex-Nikolai
    505 Xerxes
    506 Pompey
    507 Kublai
    508 Suleiman
    509 Etzel
    510 Tamerlane
    511 Alexander
    512 Hannibal
    513 Ahriman
    514 Rahman
    515 Adad
    516 Hashishiyun
    517 Azrael
    518 Hamilcar
    519 Shaitan
    520 SivaSubclass leader
    521 Lucifer
    522 Molock
    523 Hathor
    524 Ares
    525 MarsStarfleet Academy training vessel until NCC 2252.
    526 Tyr
    527 Jugurtha
    528 Iblis
    529 Loki
    530 CochiseSubclass leader
    531 Alva
    532 Pontiac
    533 Ney
    534 El Cid
    535 Geronimo
    536 Cortez
    537 Alvarado
    538 De Ruyter
    539 Hektor
    540 Lysander
    541 Drake
    542 Appollyon
    543 Samson
    544 Perseus
    545 Al Mahdi
    546 Nelson
    547 Ajax
    548 Akbar
    549 Abu Bekr
    550 Fletcherex-Ivan
    551 Achilles
    552 Theseus
    553 Scipio
    554 Martel
    555 Cimon
    556 Justice ex-Guannada
    557 Alleyne
    558 Diekman
    559 Strong
    560 Wilkes
    561 Harley
    562 Brookings
    563 Quigley
    564 Joyner
    565 Thomason
    566 McWhirter
    567 Manly
    568 Haggerty
    569 Packard
    570 Nixon
    571 Claxton
    572 Humes
    573 Drake
    574 Tipps
    575 Murrel
    576 Danley
    577 Tucker
    578 Trehlow
    579 Leblanc

    Author's Notes: U.S.S. Mars is one of the few remaining Saladin class destroyers in service that were not converted to Akula Flight I specifications. Perfect for the training role as a small, modern technology starship. Capable of simulating both tactical and scientific roles. The Saladin class (Siva variant refit) was the destroyer class of the 2270s, 2280s and early 2290s, rather like the USN Spruance class destroyers of the 1970s and 1980s and the Royal Navy Type 42 destroyers from the same era.

    As with the former USS Arthur W Radford (DD-968) and USS Paul F Foster (DD-964), Saladin class were used for experimental roles such as defensive systems and warp drive nacelle prototypes. Those with high hull frame hours were used in these roles, those with lower hours got refit into Akula class Flight I specifications.

    The Mars was the predecessor to U.S.S. Republic in the training role. The Mars is now being retired after half a century of service.

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