Ajax Class VIII Light Cruiser

 

Design by Guidomc

Notes - circa 2330:

     The Ajax class of light cruiser was originally intended to be a simple practical warp field study vehicle designed to test the use of lighter warp drives with the more standard Choikis primary hull. The design study, begun in 2274 eventually lead to the proposal of the Ajax class as a supplementary light cruiser. With Klingon relations continuing to deteriorate, Star Fleet Procurement green lighted the project and contracted for 20 of the small craft to be commissioned.
     The Ajax has an extremely reduced secondary hull, used exclusively to house the botany section, shuttle bay and torpedo armaments. The Mk I was equipped with the light but fast FWE-2 warp drive system which gave the small cruiser excellent maneuverability and power distribution characteristics. Designers fitted the same overall number of phasers aboard the Ajax as were found on the much larger Enterprise class cruiser. But the Choikis primary hull internal configuration chosen was the same as that found on the Wilkerson destroyer. Although the cruiser had a secondary hull, the primary hull still required redesign and layout changes to install the necessary laboratory spaces to fulfill the mission requirements. Several systems were automated and redundancies removed to ensure sufficient room for the needed crew. When finally launched, the Mk I was a capable exploration platform and was quickly sent to the rimward exploration frontier.
     The Ajax class continued is missions, often following up scouting missions and conducting contact with new races where heavier cruisers where not needed. But the Ajax Mk I was still considered an anathema – too heavily armed for a light cruiser and underpowered for a full sized combat vessel. Field commanders enjoyed the weapon options when necessary, but few Ajax class vessels were assigned to boarder patrols. More and more heavier vessels were being built and lunched, quickly outclassing the smaller Ajax. By 2280, the vessels production was reduced to by-yearly launches, and Star Fleet Command began to investigate mothballing the class.
     In 2295, when the last Mk I was officially commissioned, the class suddenly came into its own. In a convoluted series of events, Orion factions along the Klingon boarder suddenly realized that the peace accords between the Empire and the Federation would severely cut into profits. Dashing across the Neutral Zone no longer guaranteed safety. Using purchased Klingon vessels no longer held advantage either. The peace accords meant that twice the number of combat ships were now looking for pirate activities. To compensate, and compete with the ever increase yet quiet pressure from the Frengi, the Orion Syndicate began operating along the Federations far flung frontiers. And the Ajax was there to meet them.
When the USS Ajax her self, now nearly 20 years old, successfully engaged six separate pirate raids against Federation interests along the rimward frontier, Star Fleet realized that keeping the light craft fielded was both plausible and practical. While the Ajax no longer had sufficient heavy firepower to engage warship from major governments, the unique design allowed the Mk I to effectively counter numerous Orion vessels.
     None the less, the decision to upgrade the design was made in 2332. 10 new hulls were contracted to include a larger computer, larger impulse drive and heavier primary weapons. The Mk II, launched later that year, was quickly hailed as a success, and all Mk I’s were converted within 4 years. The Mk II also saw the increase in the secondary weapon’s range, as well as improved sensor suites and enlarged recreation facilities. Despite these improvements, and the fact that no Ajax had yet been lost, the construction contract was finally cancelled in 2315 after only 6 new hulls were completed. By 2339, the Ajax class was no longer conducting primary exploration duties but had been again relegated to follow up missions. Since that time, the Ajax class has continued to serve with distinction and remains in the inventory conducting patrols and follow up missions through out the Federation. Amazingingly, no Ajax has been lost, scrapped or destroyed. One was sold to the Andorian Government in 2325 and is used as a diplomatic cruiser in their fleet. No timetable has yet been put fourth for retiring the Ajax, and several design teams have requested funds to update the venerable light craft to a MK III version.

 

Construction Data:        
     Model-    Mk I    Mk II
     Class-    VIII    VIII
     Class Commission Date-    2276    2332
     Number Produced-    11    6
Hull Data:        
     Superstructure-    18    20
     Damage Chart-    C    C
     Size:        
          Length-    238 m    238 m
          Width-    141 m    141 m
          Height-    49 m    49 m
          Displacement-    118.383 mt    119,988 mt
Cargo:        
     Total SCU-    210 SCU    210 SCU
     Cargo Capacity-    10,500 mt    10,500 mt
Equipment Data:        
     Computer Type-    M-3    I-3
     Transporters-        
          Standard 6-person-    4    4
          Emergency 22-person-    2    2
          Cargo-    2    2
Other Data:        
     Crew-    326    326
     Passengers-    40    40
     Shuttlecraft-    9    9
Engines and Power Data:        
     Total Power Available-    38    42
     Movement Point Ratio-    3/1    3/1
     Warp Engine Type-    FWE-2    FWE-2
          Number-    2    2
          Power-    13 ea.    13 ea.
          Stress Chart-    G/K    G/K
          Max Safe Cruising-    Warp 7    Warp 7
          Emergency Speed-    Warp 9    Warp 9
     Impulse Engine Type-    FIF-1    FIF-2
          Power Units-    12    16
Weapons and Firing Data:        
     Beam Weapon Type-    FH-3    FH-3
          Number-    6    6
          Firing Arcs-    2 f/p, 2 f/, 2 f/s    2 f/p, 2 f/, 2 f/s
          Firing Chart-    W    W
          Maximum Power-    5    5
          Damage Modifiers        
               +3    (1-10)    (1-10)
               +2    (11-17)    (11-17)
               +1    (18-20)    (18-20)
     Beam Weapon Type-    FH-1    FH-4
          Number-    6    6
          Firing Arcs-    2 f/p/a, 2 f/s/a, 2 a    2 f/p/a, 2 f/s/a, 2 a
          Firing Chart-    F    Q
          Maximum Power-    2    3
          Damage Modifiers        
               +3    (-)    (-)
               +2    (-)    (1-8)
               +1    (-)    (9-14)
     Torpedo Type-    FP-7    FP-8
          Number-    2    2
          Firing Arcs-    2 f    2 f
          Firing Chart-    R    S
          Power To Arm-    1    1
          Damage-    8    10
Shield Data:        
     Shield Type-    FSL    FSL
          Shield Point Ratio-    1/3    1/3
          Maximum Shield-    16    16
Combat Efficiency:        
     D-    102.3    111.1
     WDF-    47.4    63.0

 

 Vessel     Regsitry     Shipyard     Laid Down     Launched     Comissioned     Status 
 Ajax     NCC-2670      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      May 18, 2275     October 02, 2276     April 12, 2277     R2 - 2332 
 Jamaica     NCC-2671      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      March 11, 2276     May 11, 2277     July 18, 2277     R2 - 2334
 Diomede     NCC-2672      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      January 01, 2277     May 03, 2278     October 08, 2277     R2 - 2335 
 Arethusa     NCC-2673      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      April 03, 2279     June 18, 2280     August 31, 2280     R2 - 2335, Sold - 2340 
 Vostok     NCC-2674      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      August 22, 2279     December 02, 2280     February 09, 2281     R2 - 2338 
 George Washington     NCC-2675      Star Fleet Division Kuha Keihasalm, Sosma Docks      July 21, 2283     November 05, 2284     January 27, 2285     R2 - 2337 
 Curlew     NCC-2676      Star Fleet Division Kuha Keihasalm, Sosma Docks      November 20, 2284     April 04, 2286     June 05, 2286     R2 - 2340 
 Birmingham     NCC-2677      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      April 10, 2287     August 14, 2288     November 13, 2288     R2 - 2342 
 Yarmouth     NCC-2678      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      June 13, 2287     October 08, 2288     January 14, 2289     R2 - 2340 
 Newcastle     NCC-2679      Star Fleet Division Kuha Keihasalm, Sosma Docks      September 04, 2290     December 14, 2291     February 28, 2292     R2 - 2344 
 Gambia     NCC-2680      Star Fleet Division Kuha Keihasalm, Sosma Docks      April 30, 2294     September 13, 2295     November 10, 2295     Active 
 Nottingham     NCC-2681      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      December 19, 2330     December 26, 2331     April 10, 2332     Active 
 Ceylon     NCC-2682      Star Fleet Division Kuha Keihasalm, Sosma Docks      December 28, 2330     December 29, 2331     April 14, 2332     Active 
 Black Prince     NCC-2684      Star Fleet Division Kuha Keihasalm, Sosma Docks      March 22, 2334     May 18, 2335     July 28, 2335     Active 
 Adelaide     NCC-2685      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      January 25, 2336     March 17, 2337     June 05, 2337     Active 
 Trinidad     NCC-2686      Star Fleet Division New Aberdeen Naval Yards, Aldebaran      August 18, 2337     September 15, 2338     November 20, 2338     Active 
 Chester     NCC-2687      Star Fleet Division Kuha Keihasalm, Sosma Docks      October 10, 2337     November 01, 2338     January 09, 2339     Active