USS Columbia A
The USS Columbia A ("Columbia") is an Ambassador-Class Starship of the United Federation of Planets that serves as a diplomatic and exploratory vessel in the Shackleton Expanse during the 2380's.
HistoryColumbia was commissioned in 2315, relatively late in the production of Ambassador-class vessels. She was given an upgraded communications systems and sent to work as a diplomatic runabout between the Federation Core Worlds and outposts. Her crew knew her to see little to no action, acting as an escort in relatively uncontested space. This changed during the many wars of the mid-24th century. Her duties were given to smaller, older vessels and she was assigned to the front lines of the war. The Dominion War saw her get the most action, as she was stationed patrolling the Cardassia and later Kron'os systems. After the war, Columbia spent two years in spacedock at Jupiter Station seeing a massive refit to all of her systems. With the return of the USS Voyager (NCC-74656), and concerns growing over a Borg offensive against Earth, she was assigned to the Shackleton Expanse to replace the much better-equipped USS Venture (NCC-71854) in a mission of exploration and diplomacy with the Klingons she once fought.
An upgraded matter/antimatter warp core replaces the outdated core installed during its extensive refits at Jupiter Station allowing it to reach much higher speeds than the class frame had been able to achieve in the past. Secondary fusion generators are situated on Decks 3-4 and 12-13
Thrusters are usable under fusion generation only, providing only slight movement and attitude adjustment. Impulse engines, located on the aft of the saucer, provide substantial sublight speeds. Two variable-geometry warp nacelles were installed during the Jupiter refits allowing Columbia a significant boost in speed while also diminishing negative effects on subspace.
Weapons & Armament
10 fore and aft phaser strips, 3 fore and 2 aft photon torpedo banks.
Armor and defense
Standard shielding. The class does not boast the ablative armor the newer ships of the line may sport.
Hangars & docked vessels
The Columbia carries a fleet of 5 Type-8 Shuttlecraft and 2 Danube-Class runabouts named after the earth astronauts killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia incident.
"You are just your intelligence" - Kalpana Chawla
3.71 million tonnes
Refit cruising speed of Warp 8.8, Maximum speed of warp 9.75
Complement / Crew
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