Began in 2364, the Europa class was designed to be the next Generation of large, deep space explorers, perhaps as even a possible replacement for the Galaxy Class Starship. The class has come into it's own thanks to the recent Dominion war. Officially labeled as a deep space explorer/battlecruiser, the Europas are large, fast, and very powerful. Sporting a quad-nacelle design, different from the Constellation and Cheyenne classes, the Europa is still a power hungry monster. To cure some of the power problems, the Europa Class uses the same dual-warp core design pioneered on the Saber Class, but yet still, the Europas still require massive amounts of power to operate.
Right now, there are five Europa class Starships, the prototype USS Europa, served in the 9th fleet until its destruction in early 2375. The USS Bonaventure, USS Saratoga, and USS Emanual are in Bravo Fleet. One of the class was destroyed during the Sector 001 attack by the Borg, while two have been lost at the hands of the Dominion.
2364: Starfleet issues a general design brief for yet another a multi purpose vessel capable of Deep Space exploration, yet be fast and powerful. The general idea is for a modular starship, which would be based on improving plans for the Galaxy class starship. Two project briefs are handed to Starfleet for the Eroupa, and Safari Classes. The Europa class is approved by Starfleet. Permission for base designs are approved.
2365: Starfleet view the Design Schematics for the Europa and after deliberation, the primary design is rejected. Down points include the ship's power hungry systems. Redesigns are made, submitted, and approved and briefs for the propulsion, computer, weapons and spaceframe parameters are sent out to Starfleet Design agencies for consultation. Spaceframe Design is approved and full specifications are forwarded to Utopia Planitia for designations - Utopia Planitia is currently booked so Avalon Shipyards gets the job. Five ships are started at once. Production begins with a projected 8 year turnover for the Prototype ship.
2366: Saucer section separation mechanism borrowed from the Galaxy class and approved. Europa Class Warp Coils are approved. Nacelle design proceeds, and team comes up with a new design for the 'Quad-Nacelle' idea. Dual-Warp Core arrives for prototype.
2367: Chassis latching system passes Review One. By the end of the year the spaceframe is 65% completed.
2368: Computer cores arrive and are fitted. Nacelle design pass Reviews One and Two. By mid June, reactors are on line and supplying primary power. By August, the computer system are operating at 74% of maximum. System expected to become self aware within the year. Warpcores synchronized begin primary testing. Problems found in auto-sync systems. Star drive section nears completion with final attachment of navigational deflector array. Galaxy Class bridge module attached to primary hull. Primary hull work complete. Habitat modules are attached and bridge unit is brought to functional status. Computer systems are uploaded and tested. Primary modules are attached and outer hull of the saucer section nears completion.
2369: Warp Cores passes Review Three and it tested to 90% peak. Computer system fully self aware and umbilicales from the station are cut as the ship become self sufficient. Structural latching systems onboard with regards to Saucer separation are tested and approved. Impulse systems pass Review Three. Weapons systems pass Review 3. Impulse systems pass Review Four at the end of the year and being autonomous low level power control. Secondary backup generators are shut down and become auxiliary system control. structural latching system for saucer separation passes Review Three. Shield and IDS systems pass Review 3. USS Europa leaves dry dock for primary testing estimate to last two years.
2371: USS Europa proceeds to Avalon Shipyards early in year. Phaser 'Cannon' borrowed from the Pegasus project installed for testing. All future ships of the class have the cannon installed. Warp stress coating is applied and USS Europa begins deep space assessments. All primary tests have passed Review 4.
2372: USS Europa returns to Avalon for final exterior markings and paint. On 17, June 2372 the USS Europa is officially commissioned by Starfleet at Avalon during a brief Ceremony. Bridge Plaque is put in pride of place and Captain Monica Nunn takes command. USS Bonaventure Commissioned 2 days later. Both ships begin shakedown cruise estimate to last a year.
expected duration: 100 years
time between resupply: 5 years
time between refit: 10 years
cruising speed: Warp 7.4
maximum speed: Warp 9.6
emergency speed: Warp 9.991 ( for 24 hours )
hybrid bioneural circuitry
primary fusion reactors: output 8.2 EJ/hr
secondary fusion reactors: output 5.6 EJ/hr
tractor beam: type-X ( range 2.0 km )
sensors: advanced lateral and long range output/retrieval systems
warp core: M/ARA ( using a Trelinium Core powered core )
*can separate and rejoin saucer and stardrive sections*
Weapons and Shields:
type-XII phaser arrays: 9
type-XV multi-fire phaser strip arrays: 4
ventral phaser cannon: 1
launchers: 2 ( 1 forward, 1 aft )
tri cobalt: 20
ablative armor matrix
Klingon cloaking device: hull conformal
enlisted crewmen: 675
2 type-7 personal shuttles
2 type-8 personal shuttles
4 type-9 personal shuttles
2 type-10 cargo shuttles
2 type-11 personal shuttles
2 type-18 shuttle pods
4 Rogue Class attack fighters
4 Razor Class fighters
4 Broadsword Class fighter/bombers
2 Danube Class runabouts
1 Repulse Class runabout
1 Blackhawk Class runabout
1 Orion Class Scoutship
1 Delta Flyer
1 Beowulf Class
height: 158.5 Meters
width: 459.4 Meters
length: 658.7 Meters