Artwork by Todd Guenther
FASA Stats by William Colley
NOTES - circa 2330:
Known sphere Of Operation: Empire-wide use
Data Reliability: C
Major Data Source: Klingon Sector Intelligence
In early 2267, the Klingon Empire launched one of the most successful and prolific destroyer designs ever created. Simple, sleek, powerful and roomy, the K'Teremny quickly became the front line destroyer of choice among squadrons on both the Romulan and Federation boarders. The Type A was originally built as a stand alone combat vessel. Mounting the powerful KWD-1 drive system and had as much power as it’s D-7 cousin. The K'teremny’s sleek design reduced the restrictions of the earlier weapons mounting, and 10 disrupters were mounted on the boom section and secondary hull. Four were mounted on the Command Pod, giving the destroyer excellent forward firepower in head on engagements. With the addition of a forward and aft torpedo bay, the Type A was thought to be the wave of the future.
The K'teremny's would suffer a crushing blow in 2270 when two squadrons were destroyed along the Romulan boarder by a single V-6 on a retaliation mission for an earlier Klingon attack. Battle reports indicated that the lack of manueverability had allowed the larger cruiser to out flank and eventually outgun the squadrons. This battle, coupled with several other near defeats, caused a panicked reevaluation of Klingon designs, and a number of improvements were quickly implemented. In 2271, the Type B was launched. Faster and more maneuverable, the Type B was even more successful than it’s original design. The new design increased manuevering power by installing the KWF-1 warp engine and upgrading to the highly successful KD-8 disruptor system. Coupled with new shields and a reinforced hull, this ship was equal to any cruiser of the day. But in 2272, the Type B would see a test of fire against an unwarranted foe.
Fearing that the Klingon High Council had lost the backbone to fight the Federation, Admiral Komax, commanding an L-24 along the Romulan boarder, announced his intention to defect to the IKS. One of the most popular and charismatic commanders along the frontier, Komax had been in charge of the deployment and advancement of over 200 front line commanders and their squadrons. Several personal fortunes were due to Komax’s political influence. As Komax began his long journey towards the IKS, dozens of commander were faced with a conflict of honor. None the less, duty to the empire forced the commander of the 281st Attack Squadron, Captain Klevalt to chase the larger battleship and hunt down his personal mentor. Within 6 weeks, Klevalt and the 281st had caught up with Komax near IKS territory. In typical stoic fashion, Komax turned his vessel and argued with his favorite pupil to carry out his duty. Klevalt and his squadron of 5 Type B attacked, and for over 2 hours battled fiercely with the larger and more powerful L-24. Shortly there after, IKS re-enforcement arrived, forcing Klevalt to withdrawal, but not before crippling the L-24. Komax, it was later learned, had died in the final moments of the battle, and had ordered his ship to self-destruct, rather than be taken by the IKS without him at the helm. Although his remaining crew joined the IKS, the mighty battleship was not taken.
The Type B remained successful for almost 4 years before technological and political needs required yet another upgrade to keep the popular design at the forefront of destroyer commands. The Type C mounted the massive KIF-2 drive, which nearly doubled the already powerful impulse output and the KP-4 torpedo. With in hours of the successful design tests, the Type C was rushed into production. More powerful than several cruiser designs, the Type C was again, more popular than it predecessors. But the Type C, like so many popular designs, suffered significant cutbacks after the destruction of Praxis. The K'Teremny construction project was halted completely for nearly two years, before being reinitiated in 2298. Production of starships, at an all time low, would not increase until 2301. By then, the Empire had to consider combat with new political enemies. The Type D, intended as a next-generation high survivability version of the D-30, suffered immidiately from major computer problmes that often crippled the destroyer during test combats. By earys end, one test bed had been lost and the other was being retooled.
The final variant - the Type E, was also the longest production run for the destroyer, with over 300 E models built. The E model used the newly inventoried KD-16. Not as powerful as earlier heavy weapons, the KD-16's extended the range of the destroyer combat effectiveness and allowed the instilation of the more powerful KP-10 torpedo. Also installed was the stonger KSQ deflector sheield system. Although expansive and difficult to maintain, the D-30E is expected to remain the mainstay of the K'Teremny fleet.
Of the 861 total D-30 built over the years, 268 C models and 474 E models remain in active service. 2 A', 3 B's and 1 E are listed as missing. 13 A's, 29 B's, 9 C's and 18 E's have been destroyed over the years. 11 have been scrapped due to combat (2 A's, 5 B's, 1 C and 3 E's) and 3 have been captured by the Romulans (2 A's and 1 B). 172 A's were eventually converted to B models. 227 B models were converted, including 100 to C models and 177 to E models. Active production has halted in favor of converting the remainin 268 C's to the E configuration. Completeion is expected within 5 years and production of the D-30 may resume at that time.