Acknowledgements go to the following for this page: Nick Cook, Lucita Faria, Gordon Dickson, David Reid, Jim and Amanda Robertson, Alan Score and Mark Wood for their gift of the Miranda class plans by Michael C. Rupprecht and Alex Rosenzweig. I will never be able to thank you all enough for this gift.

U.S.S. Sheffield's new logo. Image copyright © Nick Cook 2002.  All Rights Reserved.U.S.S. Sheffield plaque, in the style used by the Enterprise-B.U.S.S. Sheffield is a twenty-five year old Federation starship. Sheffield is Miranda class light cruiser, a design that dates back to the 2270s. Sheffield continues a tradition that dates back to the light cruisers and frigates of the time of James T. Kirk. Smaller than Captain Demora Sulu's Enterprise-B, Sheffield is a Class 3 Light Cruiser with Class 1 defensive capabilities. She is 233 metres long and weighs over 655 000 tonnes.

U.S.S. Sheffield has a compliment of 231 officers and crew. This starship is capable of independent operation for up to five years without refuelling. The average mission length is three for this class of starship. Every twenty years, the Sheffield is stripped bare and fully refit with the latest equipment. The last major refit took place in 2307, with a minor refit performed at Copernicus Luna Orbital Fleet Yards at the end of 2311, after the Tomed Incident.

U.S.S. Sheffield was originally laid down on December 28th 2284. Her motto is 'Triumph through adversity'. The Sheffield was launched on November 17th 2285 and commissioned on stardate 8422.5 [2nd January 2286] from the Starfleet's Copernicus Luna Orbital Construction Yards. U.S.S. Sheffield was the second ship of the second batch, which included NCC 1975 U.S.S. Ranger and NCC 1978 U.S.S. Coventry. She was constructed internally for intelligence-gathering roles. During the height of the cold war between the Federation and the Klingons [and Romulans] the Sheffield patrolled the Neutral Zone borders, scanning the subspace frequencies and observing fleet movements on the other side of the border. Various sensor configurations and intelligence-gathering technologies were tested during this time, including early Idionomothetic equipment.

The Miranda class design of Light Cruiser has various elements which aid in the usual workhorse mission she performs. The aft section of the Miranda is a combined area of main engineering, impulse and warp drives, photon torpedo system, pulse phaser cannon system and two large shuttlebays. Various configuration of shuttle fleets can be found in the varius Miranda class starships. In the case of U.S.S. Sheffield, she has 1x executive shuttlecraft, 3x Galileo class multirole shuttles and 1x aeroshuttle.

The main mission of U.S.S. Sheffield is exploration, diplomacy and research. For those occasions where the use of force is unavoidable - and all other options have been exhausted - the Sheffield has an impressive array of defensive options, ranging from shields and deflector screens, up to phasers, twin pulse phaser cannons and 50 photon torpedoes.

The late 2280s was a period of intense political tensions between the Klingon Empire and the Federation. Sheffield's first mission was to examine the Klingon disposition along the Neutral Zone border. Amongst the first Idionomothetic subjects were Chancellor Gorkon, General Chang, Kor, Kang, Koloth and one or two studies of Brigadier Kerla. This first mission covered the Whaleprobe Crisis and the Nimbus III hostage situation. This mission also covered the change in leadership to Gorkon and the increasingly beligerent nature of the Klingons towards the Federation.

The second mission from 2291 covered the events up to, during and the aftermath of the Praxis explosion. Just how close the Sheffield was to the explosion still remains classified. What is known is that as soon as the mission allowed, U.S.S. Sheffield put into Starbase 20 "Key Stone" for structural repairs. U.S.S. Sheffield was of primary importance for an assessment of the Klingon Empire following the explosion of Praxis and the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon. The Idionomothetics department came into its own, assessing the political situation and aiding predictions into the future situations on Qo'noS. The Sheffield's mission concluded in 2295 where the starship underwent a refit programme for her next mission from 2296 - 2298.

This mission focussed on the Klingon/Romulan Border War and the continuing turmoil in the Klingon High Council. It was during this mission that the extent of the damage inflicted on the Klingon Empire, both from the explosion of Praxis and the Romulans, could be ascertained. Together with data from the Victory and Montrose aid missions to Qo'noS, the data from U.S.S. Sheffield showed that the Klingon Empire had been critically weakened, with many shipyards destroyed or unable to operate from either lack of resources or lack of energy. This news focussed the efforts of the fledgling Idionomothetics team to work in concert with the U.S.S. Montrose to compile data on Chancellor Azetbur and the High Council with regards to their stability of position, given the extent of the crisis.

The mission 2299 - 2305, with the emphasis again on the Klingon Empire and the effects post-Praxis. U.S.S. Sheffield is said to be the starship that first learned of the fall of the Ch'ramak system at the hands of the Klingon fleet, passing this information up to the Commodores and Admirals further up the chain of command. The exact position of the Sheffield when she picked up this information is still classified, although there are suspicions that the U.S.S. Sheffield used her 'stealth' abilities to be actually present in the system when it fell.

2306 - 2311 the Sheffield was under the command of Captain Okigbo, with Lieutenant Commander Nathaniel Hawkins as his Executive Officer. The Sheffield was assigned to explore sector 16334 during the rising tensions with the Romulans. Hawkins was onboard to use the state-of-the-art idionomothetics equipment, whereas Okigno was one of the finest diplomats on the Starfleet. Tensions eventually escalated to the point where war seemed inevitable, but the Tomed Incident saw the Romulans finally withdraw behind the Neutral Zone. The Sheffield went to Starbase 20 "Key Stone" for a thorough refit and Nathaniel Hawkins became her caretaker C.O. as this was performed.

2309 - 2311 crew:

  • Commanding Officer - Captain Raekwon Okigbo
  • Executive Officer - Commander Nathaniel Hawkins
  • Operation Officer - Lieutenant Commander
  • Mission Operation Officer - Lieutenant
  • Chief Medical Officer - Doctor
  • Chief Engineering Officer - Lieutenant Commander Sean O'Reilly
  • Chief Science Officer - Lieutenant Commander
  • Communications Officer - Lieutenant (junior grade) Kara Fox
  • Helmsman - Lieutenant (junior grade) Chikran
  • Navigator - Ensign Aarama (Deltan male)
  • Chief Special Services Officer -
  • Chief Security Officer (Andorian male)
  • Chief Security Operations Officer (Michael Chiklis)

    As of 2312, Sheffield is currently under the command of Captain Nathaniel Hawkins and has 231 crew assigned.

  • Commanding Officer - Captain Nathaniel Hawkins
  • Executive Officer - Commander Ilani
  • Operation Officer - Lieutenant Commander S'sana
  • Mission Operation Officer - Lieutenant Commander T'daen
  • Chief Medical Officer - Doctor Jobin A'ochak
  • Chief Engineering Officer - Lieutenant Commander Sean O'Reilly
  • Chief Science Officer - Lieutenant Commander Judith Peers
  • Communications Officer - Lieutenant (junior grade) Kara Fox
  • Helmsman - Lieutenant (junior grade) Marcus Moss
  • Navigator - Ensign Shai Ramon
  • Chief Special Services Officer - Lieutenant Commander Eryn Hart
  • Chief Security Officer - Lieutenant Jonathan Hirst
  • Chief Security Operations Officer (Michael Chiklis)

    The Mission:USS Sheffield in orbit over Starbase 77. First Image of the real USS Sheffield model taken by Ady 11.6.04

    Starfleet has decided that, in the light of the Romulan withdrawal following the Tomed Incident and the Klingons settling in with their new Chancellor, Kaarg, this is an ideal opportunity to re-evaluate the status quo in the Beta Quadrant. Information is a vital asset to the Federation is conflict-prevention. Ever since the 2290's, the Beta Quadrant has become, if anything, even more unstable with rebel Klingon factions and unrest in the Romulan Empire. Sheffield's mission is to see what the political, strategic and tactical situation is across the border from the Federation, and to feed that information back securely to Starfleet Intelligence and Starfleet Tactical. With the current Ch'ramak terrorism situation sharp in everybody's mind, gathering accurate data on the Federation frontier region in the Beta Quadrant has never been more important.

    U.S.S. Sheffield Technical details [by Michael C. Rupprecht, Alex Rosenzweig and Memory Alpha]:

    U.S.S. Sheffield is a Class 3 Light Cruiser with Class 1 defensive capabilities.

  • Length: 233 metres
  • Beam: 142 metres
  • Height: 58 metres
  • Crew: 231 [35 officers, 196 enlisted]
  • Cruising Warp 7 [OCU]
  • Max Warp 11 [OCU]
  • Maximum Speed: Warp 9.2 for 12 hours (new scale)
  • Armament: 6 dual type-7 phaser banks; 2 pulse phaser cannons; 4 photon torpedo launchers
  • Defences: Deflector shields

    U.S.S. Sheffield has 11 Decks:

    Primary Hull:

  • 01 Main Bridge, Ready Room
  • 02 Executive Deck - First and Second Officers offices and Briefing room.
  • 03 Senior Crew Quarters, Junior Crew Quarters, Crew Quarters, Social Sciences Department
  • 04 VIP lounge, Officers Quarters, Arboretum, Quartermasters office, Mathematics and statistics laboratories, aeronautics and aquanautics labs, Main Deflector, Main Impulse Drive, Deuterium Tanks, Main Engineering
  • 05 Officers mess, Gym, Swimming pool, Crew Quarters
  • 06 Crewman and NCO quarters, Food synthesis equipment, Primary navigational deflector, ShuttlebaysU.S.S. Sheffield CGI image by Fesarius. Click on this image for his homepage.
  • 07 Main deck - Sickbay, Transporter Room
  • 08 Docking level - Docking ports, Aux fire control, Fabrication facility, Laundry, Reclamation, Anti-matter Storage, Cargo
  • 09 Computer laboratory, Intelligence department, Temperature regulation Cargo
  • 10 Circuit breaker deck Cargo
  • 11 Main Sensor Array, Navigation dome

    Author's Notes:

    The U.S.S. Sheffield is, by definition, an intelligence gathering starship. The ST: TNG Technical Manual [page 179] talks of Starfleet having lots of smaller, mission-specific starships. Sheffield is one such ship, designed and drydocked frequently to maintain a status as cutting-edge intelligence gathering starship. Personally I believe it is far more interesting to write about an average standard ship than the flagship of the fleet, you've less torpedoes and more need to be diplomatic, think and talk it out.

    September 28th 2002 will be remembered by me not only as the day I watched the Chinese State Circus, but also the day U.S.S. Sheffield finally really came to life. My friend Nick Cook and the others of the U.S.S. Intrepid Star Trek group in Dundee bought me a going away present which was delivered on this day: Plans for U.S.S. Sheffield, NCC 1976, by Michael C. Rupprecht and Alex Rosenzweig. These plans, published by Federation Frontiers, are the closest thing to official plans of the Miranda class to date. My friend Nick had fooled me into believing questions about this ship were purely for this website, when in reality he contacted the above designers to print off the plans as U.S.S. Sheffield, complete with new logo and motto that I had come up with myself. I guess this was my thirty-and-three-quarters birthday present...

    July 25th 2005 is another day I will always treasure as I received an e-mail from Ryutaro Yamada, AKA Fesarius, which contained a CGI image of U.S.S. Sheffield - shown on the index page of this website and on this page as well. This really brought the U.S.S. Sheffield alive for me. We had a model, the deck plans and a feel for what she was like, now we have an image of her with all the lights on. Beautiful. Thank you, Fesarius.

    HMS Sheffield: namesake of NCC 1976:

    Cruiser Sheffield C24. Image copyright M. D. Thomas. Click here for a link to the Haze Grey website which features this and more shots.
    The above image is copyright M. D. Thomas. Click on this image for a link to the Haze Grey website.

    This is 'Old Shiny, the Southampton class HMS Sheffield [1] from 1937 -1967. Her battle honours included: Bismarck.

    Tribute to the 20 people who were lost aboard HMS Sheffield, D80, on May 4th 1982. Click here for a link to a HMS Sheffield D80 page.Current Type 22/2 HMS Sheffield, F96, at Plymouth Navy Day. 1999. Photo Copyright © Adrian Jones 1999.

    Here are 'shiny Sheff' from the Falklands War. Her life was a short 1971 - 1982. She was the class ship of the Sheffield class Type 42 destroyers. 'New shiny' was a Type 22 batch 2 Broadsword class frigate. She lasted from 1988 - 2002.

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