Baker Class VIII-IX Destroyer

Baker Class VIII-IX Destroyer

Original Graphic | Brad R. Torgerson Graphics

From Ship Recognition Manual-The Federation (2nd Edition), FASA - Lee Wood

Notes - circa 2400:

      The Baker Class destroyer has a unique development history. When the original contracts were let out, they called for a research vessel with limited combat capabilities. The designs for the ship were accepted by Star Fleet Procurement, and, on Stardate 2/1403, the actual construction of the Baker Class research cruiser began.
      As the main hull neared completion, Star Fleet decided that a destroyer was needed to supplement the Larson Class. At this same time, the Admiralty was of the opinion that fewer research cruisers would be needed on the frontiers. The Baker class was then dropped as a research cruiser and re-designated a destroyer.
      In order to accomplish its mission as a destroyer, the Baker's design underwent several changes. The laboratory facilities were removed and crew quarters and recreation areas were expanded. The Baker class vessels are well known for these spacious quarters and crew comforts. Another change came in the weaponry. The original design had only four phasers, and as can be seen, the finished design, known as the Mk II, was fitted with six phasers and two torpedoes.
      On Stardate 2/1606 the Baker Class destroyer was brought into service with the commissioning of the USS Baker, USS Stafford, and USS Peterson. Since that time, 224 ships of this class have been commissioned. As was intended, these vessels are being used to replace the aging Larson Class destroyers in more hostile areas, the latter being used more and more along trailing and rimward frontiers.
      The Baker Class has a compartmented dual-wall internal structure to give additional protection from explosive decompression during battle. Earlier designs with single-wall protection often ruptured when one compartment decompressed, victims of a domino effect that would eventually render the entire vessel incapable of sustaining itself. Although compartmentalization is not new in ship design, double walls separated by a pressurized dead space was. Such a dead space counteracts the forces on the outer wall surfaces by means of sensors that detect any changes in pressure and trigger units that regulate the pressure inside the dead space. This system has become a standard feature on all Federation warships. The Baker Class destroyer is the first vessel in Star Fleet to be designed with the newer style nacelle; previous uses were all refits. The FWE-2 warp drive system was installed to give a cruising speed of Warp 7 and temporary speeds of Warp 8, as well as great maneuverability, making it more efficient in battle, than many of its counterparts. The weapons arrangement of the Baker Class is unusual by Star Fleet standards. Two of the phaser banks are capable of firing in all quadrants except directly to the rear, unlike most other Federation vessels on which they are usually positioned to fire in only two quadrants.
      The Baker Class remained unchanged until an experimental model, the USS Knutson, completed its testing of an impulse drive system that would increase the total power output of the vessel by 25%. The Mk III went into production on Stardate 2/1804, but was quickly replaced by the Mk IV with upgraded FP-1 photon torpedoes. All Mk Ill's have been refitted to this design.

 

Construction Data:                                    
     Model-    Mk I    Mk II    Mk III    Mk IV    Mk V    Mk VI    Mk VII    Mk VIII    Mk IX
     Class-    VIII    IX    IX    IX    IX    IX    IX    IX    IX
     Class Commission Date-    2269    2270    2273    2273    2288    2289    2295    2339    2358
     Number Produced-    2    162    6    62    140    100    160    Refit    Refit
Hull Data:                                    
     Superstructure-    17    22    22    23    25    26    26    30    33
     Damage Chart-    C    C    C    C    C    C    C    C    C
     Size:                                    
          Length-    301 m    148 m    77 m    301 m    301 m    301 m    301 m    301 m    301 m
          Width-    148 m    148 m    148 m    148 m    148 m    148 m    148 m    148 m    148 m
          Height-    77 m    77 m    77 m    77 m    77 m    77 m    77 m    77 m    77 m
          Displacement-    113,025 mt    121,765 mt    122,938 mt    124,598 mt    128,663 mt    130,163 mt    130,963 mt    136,245 mt    139,335 mt
Cargo:                                    
     Total SCU-    110 SCU    110 SCU    110 SCU    110 SCU    110 SCU    110 SCU    110 SCU    110 SCU    110 SCU
     Cargo Capacity-    5,500 mt    5,500 mt    5,500 mt    5,500 mt    5,500 mt    5,500 mt    5,500 mt    5,500 mt    5,500 mt
Equipment Data:                                    
     Computer Type-    M-3    M-3    M-4    M-4    M-4    M-4    M-4    M-6A    I-5
     Transporters-                                    
          Standard 6-person-    4    4    4    4    4    4    4    4    4
          Combat 22-person-                                    
          Emergency 18-person-    2    2    2    2    2    2    2    2    2
          Cargo-    1    1    1    1    1    1    1    1    1
Other Data:                                    
     Crew-    265    265    273    273    280    280    280    280    280
     Troops-                                    
     Passengers-    15    15    15    15    15    15    15    15    15
     Shuttlecraft-    9    9    9    9    9    9    9    9    9
Engines and Power Data:                                    
     Total Power Available-    28    30    38    38    42    42    42    50    70
     Movement Point Ratio-    41334    3/1    3/1    3/1    3/1    3/1    3/1    3/1    4/1
     Warp Engine Type-    FWE-2    FWE-2    FWE-2    FWE-2    FWE-2    FWE-2    FWE-2    FWE-2    FNWD-2a
          Number-    2    2    2    2    2    2    2    2    2
          Power-    13 ea.    13 ea.    13 ea.    13 ea.    13 ea.    13 ea.    13 ea.    13 ea.    23 ea.
          Stress Chart-    G/K    G/K    G/K    G/K    G/K    G/K    G/K    G/K    C/D
          Max Safe Cruising-    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 7    Warp 8
          Emergency Speed-    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 9    Warp 10
     Impulse Engine Type-    FID-1    FID-2    FIF-1    FIF-1    FIF-2    FIF-2    FIF-2    FII-7    FII-7
          Power Units-    2    4    12    12    16    16    16    24    24
Weapons and Firing Data:                                    
     Beam Weapon Type-    FH-8    FH-8    FH-8    FH-8    FH-8    FH-8    FH-9    FNH-5    FNH-15
          Number-    4    6    6    6    8    8    8    8    8
          Firing Arcs-    4 p/f/s    4 p/f/s, 2 f    4 p/f/s, 2 f    4 p/f/s, 2 f    4 p/f/s, 2 f, 2 a    4 p/f/s, 2 f, 2 a    4 p/f/s, 2 f, 2 a    4 p/f/s, 2 f, 2 a    4 p/f/s, 2 f, 2 a
          Firing Chart-    T    T    T    T    T    T    X    W    W
          Maximum Power-    5    5    5    5    5    5    6    9    15
          Damage Modifiers                                    
               +3    (-)    (-)    (-)    (-)    (-)    (-)    (-)    (1-15)    (1-7)
               +2    (1-10)    (1-10)    (1-10)    (1-10)    (1-10)    (1-10)    (1-12)    (16-18)    (8-15)
               +1    (11-18)    (11-18)    (11-18)    (11-18)    (11-18)    (11-18)    (13-22)    (19-20)    (16-20)
     Torpedo Type-    -    FP-2    FP-2    FP-1    FP-1    FP-5    FP-5    FP-13    FP-18
          Number-    -    2    2    2    2    2    2    2    2
          Firing Arcs-    -    2 f    2 f    2 f    2 f    2 f    2 f    2 f    2 f
          Firing Chart-    -    H    H    L    L    R    R    P    S
          Power To Arm-    -    1    1    1    1    1    1    1    1
          Damage-    -    6    6    10    10    16    16    23    28
Shield Data:                                    
     Shield Type-    FSI    FSI    FSI    FSI    FSL    FSL    FSL    FNSH    FNSO
          Shield Point Ratio-    1/3    1/3    1/3    1/3    1/3    1/3    1/3    1/3    1/5
          Maximum Shield-    13    12    12    12    15    15    15    27    31
Combat Efficiency:                                    
     D-    84.3    91.5    103.5    104.8    116.8    118.2    118.2    153.9    217.2
     WDF-    17.2    29.8    29.8    34.6    43.2    53.4    67    95.6    138.2

 

Update Notes:

Superstructure minimum of 21 for Mk II & Mk IV for weight class. Increased to 22 for even accuracy.
Weight of Mk II & Mk IV adjusted.
Number of Shuttlecraft increased.
D- adjusted on Mk II & Mk IV.
WDF- adjusted on Mk II & Mk IV.

Graphics/Design Notes:

       I almost decided to replace the standard Baker design with that of Brad. R. Torgerson - a graphic artists who's talents far surpass mine. I've done that with a number of designs here at the site - he's just that good. But in the end, I decided to re-draw the Baker, rather than adopt Brads design. While I agreed with Brad's comments, I did disagree with several changes he made. The first being the fact that he scaled it back. The reasoning was "right," but the results just looked somewhat too small. I was use to the big Baker. For my version - I originally envisioned a primary hull similar to that of Calon Riel's Constitution II design. While the Connie 2 was in fact launched AFTER the re-fit USS Enterprise, the more basic primary hull look, also found on the Jensham, just seemed like it would be a good fit for the slightly older Baker class. Boy was I wrong. It looked "unfinished" and I went back to the more traditional Enterprise style. I toyed with changing out the bridge module, but decided to stick to the traditional Enterprise bridge as well, yet go with the Pharris torpedo style. Personally, I'm starting the feel that the "notched" primary hull with the torpedoes set in is getting used a bit too much. The Pharris style harkens back to the original location of the torpedoes on the old Constitution class - well, in the Ship of the Star Fleet graphics anyway.
        As for combat systems and versions, our Mk I, III, IV, V, VI and VII are from Lee Wood at Morena Shipyards. While I think the "Number Produced" need to be scaled back a little - there are other spreadsheets that need to be completed first before that can be addressed, and in the long run - we can live what we have here for now. A bit of warning about Brad's later versions. I've linked to it, but this is his first FASA destroyer that he's updated to his TNG stats. And I'm hoping he'll scale it back a bit. His Movement Point Ratio is so incredibly low that it unbalances the game tremendously. We based most of our TNG material off of Brads original equipment concepts, but have always been at "odd" so to speak with his MPR ratios.