Abbe Class

Design & Construction History

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 modeling 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 and faster, capable of responding with other first response units. By 2272, production had begun, and one year later, the USS Abbe herself proved the value of the class. While patrolling near the Orion boarder, the Abbe encountered four pirate vessels en-rout to an unknown base within the Orion space. After challenging the Orion pirate vessels, the Abbe was jumped by a Orion bought Klingon D-7. Believing they had the advantage, all five vessels attacked the Abbe. With deft maneuvering, the Abbe 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 Abbe, having no intention of allowing the criminals to escape, pursued, followed by the smaller Orion pirate vessels. Totally catching the Orions off guard, the Abbe’s forward and aft torpedo bays were able to destroy one Lightning and damage two others. The Abbe 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 Abbe 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 2280, the Mk II was first tested. Doubling the impulse power of the ship, as well as improving the phaser’s offensive capabilities, the Mk II remained unchanged for 15 years, serving with distinction until 2295, when the Mk III was launched. The Mk III was the first upgrade to the torpedo system the class had seen. The new FP-8 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 2301, 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, computer power and phaser range all coupled to create the most dangerous variant of the popular destroyer.

The Abbes are produced at the Wall Bradilajia Dry-dock and the Biraktes Shipyards Inkestra III Primary Construction Docks at a combined rate of 3 per year.

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General Information
Abbe Class Mark IV Torpedo Destroyer

Classification: Escort
Development Project Started: 2297
Production Start Date: 2301
Production End Date: Still in Production
Expected Hull Life: 100 years

Dimensions

Length: 261.3 m
Width: 141.72 m
Height: 53 m
Decks: 14 (Main Body-11, Torpedo Pod-3)
Mass: 173,348 metric tons (Mark II)

Armament

6 Twin-Mount Type-VII Phaser Banks
8 Torpedo Launchers (4 Fore, 4 Aft)

Defensive Systems

Standard Shield System
Standard Duranium Single Hull
Standard-level Structural Integrity Field

Warp Speeds

Standard Cruise: 6
Maximum Cruise: 8
Maximum Rated: 9.5 (for 6 hours)

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