The Centaur-class is a type of Federation starship in use in the 24th century. With many serving during the Dominion War, these ships can hold their own against a Jem'Hadar Fighter.

A light warship built from an Excelsior's saucer section with a short connecting strut to two warp nacelles, the Centaur serves primarily as a light patrol and police craft charged with local planetary defense within Federation borders. The aging vessel lacks substantial firepower but its enhanced maneuvering makes it perfect to act as a mid-sized escort for Federation capital ships, screening enemy light craft before they can attack.

Built in the 2320's, the Centaur was a forerunner of the Saber class. Intended to operate with the Ambassador, Excelsior and Miranda classes, the Centaurs where to act in the role of scouts and conduct general support missions during fleet actions. They where designed to be very small and agile, and as a result the Centaur has limited weaponry and a relatively poor standard of accommodation. This has prevented them from being used regularly on long duration missions, a problem which recurred with the Saber class.

The hull form of the Centaur clearly shows the ship to be a contemporary of the Excelsior/Ambassador generation. Her nacelles are large for a ship of this size, a feature she shares with the Excelsior. She is equipped with phaser banks rather than arrays Starfleet has attempted to refit the Centaur class with phaser arrays several times during their life span, but has consistently been refused the necessary resources. The Centaur is equipped with two torpedo tubes, one forward and one aft, and a limited stock of reloads.

The Centaur has proved popular with her crews, but these ships are now nearing the end of their service lives and are due to begin retirement. However, the Centaur class have been heavily involved in the Dominion war. It is therefore unlikely that any of these ships will actually be retired prior to the end of the war, unless serious age related problems begin to appear.

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