Ptolemy Class IX Transport

From Jackill's Star Fleet Reference Manual-Ships of the Fleet Volume I - by Eric Kristiansen
art by Guidomic

Notes - circa 2287:

     Shortly after the launch of the Andor missile Cruiser, Star Fleet felt a larger and more powerful craft could be constructed to increase the combat capability of the photon torpedo. Dozens of designs were considered, and at first, the Cassard Class was the most logical upgrade. But the inherent nature of photo exhaust and the unusual reaction between launched torpedoes and the warp drive, especially while at high warp speeds, necessitated the moving of the torpedo system. As more and more modular and mission specific ships were created, the Sol III Baltic yards, in a joint effort with Choikis design bureau created and launched the Abbe Class.
     Almost immediately, the potential of the Abbe was apparent. Larger than other missile oriented ships, the Abbe was more powerful, faster and capable of reacting with other first response units. By 2273, production had begun, and one year later, the USS Abbe herself proved the value of the Class. While patrolling near the Orion boarder, the USS Milliam (NCC 5303) encountered four pirate vessels en-rout to an unknown base within the Orion space. After challenging the Orion pirate vessels, the Milliam was jumped by a Orion bought Klingon D-7. Believing they had the advantage, all five vessels attacked the Milliam. With deft maneuvering, the Milliam dodged the smaller pirate ships and attacked the D-7. Firing volley after volley of torpedoes, while still holding off the other, more maneuverable Blockade Runners with her heavy Phasers. The D-7, realizing it was outgunned, attempted to disengage from the battle. The captain of the Milliam, having no intention of allowing the criminals to escape, pursued, followed by the smaller Orion pirate vessels. Totally catching the Orions off guard, the Milliam’s forward and aft torpedo bays were able to destroy one Lightning and damage two others. The Milliam was forced to break off to lend assistance to one of the crippled Orion Lightnings after they lost life support. Capturing nearly 100 pirates and two ships, the Milliam suffered only minor damage and was back on patrol in less than two days.
     The initial success of the Abbe, while notable, did point out the moderate phaser capabilities of the craft, and on 2276, the Mk II was first tested. Increasing the impulse power of the ship, as well as improving the phaser’s offensive capabilities, the Mk II remained unchanged for 8 years, serving with distinction until 2284, when the Mk III was launched. The Mk III was the first upgrade to the torpedo targeting system. The new Loraxial Defense Industries FP-4 lunch system allowed each torpedo to be programmed individually, giving the Abbe more flexibility and offensive capability. Coupled with a shield and computer upgrade, the Mk III would not be upgraded until 2297, when the advances in warp technology saw the improvement of the FWG drive to the FWL, giving the Mk IV a better response time and high warp pursuit capabilities. Increases in torpedo weaponry and computer power combined to create the most dangerous variant of the popular destroyer.
     By 2340, the Abbe class was over 60 years old, and many vessels were being considered for retirement. Refitting of the of the popular vessel was believed to be excessively costly, and the 21 active Abbes, now relegated to secondary fleet duty, were scheduled for retirement within 10 years. The original designers at Biraktes quickly fielded a proposal to upgrade and modernize the aged destroyers. While designers claimed they could refit the vessels for 1/4 of the initial upgrade proposal, many in Fleet procurement were skeptical. None the less, the Abbe was scheduled to refit, and in 2342, the first vessel was recommissioned. Although outward appearances were unchanged, internally, the Abbe was a new vessel. An isolinear computer replaced the "M" series computer, which allowed radical improvement to nearly every onboard system. A more powerful impulse drive was installed, as was a stronger shield system. But the improved primary phasers quickly became the standard for other destroyer upgrades. The new FNH-9 nearly doubled the overall firepower of the primary phasers. The Abbe could now easily engage most known enemy vessels with a high degree of survivability.
     None the less, the political instability of the late 2350's and early 2360's prompted the launch of the Mk VI. Finally commissioned in 2368, the Mk VI replaced the well worn FWG-1 drive with the much newer and more easily maintained FNWD series of warp drive. A more powerful impulse drive and heavier weapons continued the tradition of a powerful first strike which was the hallmark of the Abbe class. The installation of the extremely efficient and powerful FNSR shield system allowed the Abbe to engage event the most powerful of Romulan and eventually Cardassian vessels. While the FNSR had to be custom fit to the Abbe's smaller hull, it's installation allowed all 8 Abbes that eventually fought in the Dominion war to survive their various encounters. While most Abbe's could be considered well past their prime, Star Fleet maintains the fleet, most of whom components are new. The Abbe class is expected to continue to serve will into the 2380's.
     The Abbe was produced at the Wall Bradilajia Dry-dock and the Biraktes Shipyards Inkestra III Primary Construction Docks at a combined rate of 2 per year. Refits were initiated at various dry-docks throughout the Federation. Of the 21 Abbes built, only one has been lost in over 80 years. The remaining 20 vessels are still in active service.

 

Construction Data:                        
     Model-    Mk I    Mk II    Mk III    Mk IV    MK V    MK VI
     Class-    XI    XI    XI    XI    XI    XI
     Class Commission Date-    2273    2276    2284    2297    2342    2368
     Number Produced-    10    11    21 Refit    21 Refit    21 Refit    21 Refit
Hull Data:                        
     Superstructure-    34    35    38    39    42    50
     Damage Chart-    C    C    C    C    C    C
     Size:                        
          Length-    261 m    261 m    261 m    261 m    261 m    261 m
          Width-    141 m    141 m    141 m    141 m    141 m    141 m
          Height-    53 m    53 m    53 m    53 m    53 m    53 m
          Displacement-    162,293 mt    165,083 mt    175,518 mt    178,120 mt    176,348 mt    170,042 mt
Cargo:                        
     Total SCU-    383 SCU    383 SCU    383 SCU    383 SCU    383 SCU    383 SCU
     Cargo Capacity-    19,150 mt    19,150 mt    19,150 mt    19,150 mt    19,150 mt    19,150 mt
Equipment Data:                        
     Computer Type-    M-6    M-6a    M-7    M-7A    I-6    I-7
     Transporters-                        
          Standard 6-person-    4    4    4    4    4    4
          Emergency 22-person-    3    3    3    3    3    3
          Cargo-    4    4    4    4    4    4
Other Data:                        
     Crew-    401    401    401    401    401    401
     Passengers-    30    30    30    30    30    30
     Shuttlecraft-    7    7    7    7    7    7
Engines and Power Data:                        
     Total Power Available-    64    68    68    76    77    81
     Movement Point Ratio-    4/1    4/1    4/1    4/1    4/1    4/1
     Warp Engine Type-    FWG-1    FWG-1    FWG-1    FWG-1    FWG-1    FNWD-2a
          Number-    2    2    2    2    2    2
          Power-    26 ea.    26 ea.    26 ea.    26 ea.    26 ea.    23 ea.
          Stress Chart-    D/F    D/F    D/F    D/F    D/F    C/D
          Max Safe Cruising-    Warp 8    Warp 8    Warp 8    Warp 8    Warp 8    Warp 8
          Emergency Speed-    Warp 10    Warp 10    Warp 10    Warp 10    Warp 10    Warp 10
     Impulse Engine Type-    FIF-1    FIF-2    FIF-2    FIG-1    FII-8    FIK-1
          Power Units-    12    16    16    24    25    35
Weapons and Firing Data:                        
     Beam Weapon Type-    FH-8    FH-9    FH-9    FH-9    FNH-9    FNH-15
          Number-    6    6    6    6    6    6
          Firing Arcs-    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s
          Firing Chart-    T    X    X    X    W    W
          Maximum Power-    5    6    6    6    12    15
          Damage Modifiers                        
               +3    (-)    (-)    (-)    (-)    (1-7)    (1-7)
               +2    (1-10)    (1-12)    (1-12)    (1-12)    (8-15)    (8-15)
               +1    (11-18)    (13-22)    (13-22)    (13-22)    (16-20)    (16-20)
     Torpedo Type-    FP-6    FP-5    FP-4    FP-9    FP-9    FP-20
          Number-    8    8    8    8    8    8
          Firing Arcs-    4 f, 4 a    4 f, 4 a    4 f, 4 a    4 f, 4 a    4 f, 4 a    4 f, 4 a
          Firing Chart-    O    R    S    R    R    T
          Power To Arm-    1    1    1    1    1    1
          Damage-    12    16    20    28    28    30
Shield Data:                        
     Shield Type-    FSL    FSP    FSS    FSS    FSQ    FNSR
          Shield Point Ratio-    1/3    1/4    1/4    1/4    1/4    1/5
          Maximum Shield-    14    16    20    20    30    53
Combat Efficiency:                        
     D-    137.1    170    182.3    193.7    214    291.5
     WDF-    79.4    112    136    169.6    197.8    230.2

 

 

 Vessel     Regsitry     Shipyard     Laid Down     Launched     Comissioned     Status 
 Abbe     NCC-5300     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     November 23, 2271     December 14, 2272     July 19, 2273     Active 
 Grattchi     NCC-5301     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     January 19, 2273     March 05, 2274     October 31, 2274     Active 
 Akkardi     NCC-5302     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     June 23, 2273     July 21, 2274     March 11, 2275     Active 
 Millian     NCC-5303     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     February 28, 2272     July 10, 2273     March 18, 2274     Active 
 Sketters     NCC-5304     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     October 14, 2273     February 21, 2275     October 09, 2275     Active 
 Winkler     NCC-5305     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     February 12, 2275     February 11, 2276     June 01, 2276     Active 
 Gipson     NCC-5306     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     May 31, 2274     May 29, 2275     September 19, 2275     Active 
 Jacka     NCC-5307     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     June 06, 2274     September 21, 2275     July 05, 2276     Active 
 Zhang     NCC-5308     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     November 24, 2274     December 23, 2275     August 03, 2276     Active 
 Xe     NCC-5309     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     March 21, 2275     July 30, 2276     December 09, 2276     Destroyed 
 Edlin     NCC-5310     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     July 01, 2275     July 25, 2276     November 14, 2276     Active 
 Brittania     NCC-5311     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     August 05, 2275     July 24, 2276     April 09, 2277     Active 
 Esprey     NCC-5312     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     May 18, 2275     July 22, 2276     January 19, 2277     Active 
 Kelso     NCC-5313     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     April 19, 2276     May 20, 2277     October 05, 2277     Active 
 Wakinhutch     NCC-5314     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     July 03, 2276     August 22, 2277     March 04, 2278     Active 
 Maddox     NCC-5315     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     September 07, 2276     January 06, 2278     June 02, 2278     Active 
 Jenss     NCC-5316     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     June 22, 2277     September 02, 2278     January 13, 2279     Active 
 Caudle     NCC-5317     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     February 09, 2277     March 14, 2278     December 12, 2278     Active 
 Abbdoria     NCC-5318     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     September 08, 2277     August 30, 2278     May 20, 2279     Active 
 Paxton     NCC-5319     Harrell Hullworks, Catulla, Theta Pictoris     January 17, 2279     January 04, 2280     June 15, 2280     Active 
 Yearkiss     NCC-5320     Starbase 12, Gamma 400 III, Gamma 400     January 14, 2279     May 18, 2280     October 10, 2280     Active