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Pursuant to Starfleet Exploration Directives 911.3, Starfleet Defense Directives 114.9 & 154.7, Starfleet Borg Defense Initiative Directive 371.6 and Federation Security Council General Policy, the following objectives have been established for a Saber-Class Starship:

Provide a mobile platform for a range of defensive, diplomatic, or scientific projects.
Supplement the Oberth and Miranda class Starships in some specific missions, as an instrument of Federation deep-space explorative, scientific or defensive roles.
Provide autonomous capability for full execution of Federation defensive, cultural, scientific, and explorative policy in deep space or border territory.
Serve as a frontline support vehicle for primary assets during times of war and emergencies.
Provide a mobile platform for testing and implementation of mission-specific or new technology of any kind.

DESIGN STATISTICS

Length: 190 meters
Width: 193.19 meters
Height: 48.60 meters
Weight: 2,756,000 metric tons
Cargo capacity: 9,954 metric tons

Hull: Duranium-Tritanium composite with micro-fiber reinforced ablative armor over critical compartments.
Number of Decks: 10 Total, 9 Habitable.

The Saber Class starship entered service in 2358 with the purpose to replace the out-dated Oberth class science/scout ships, as well as to fill the role of an escort/police vessel for the internal security of the Federation. She was envisioned as an extension of the Steamrunner class light cruiser, so that, when working in tandem, the two classes would complement and support each other. With limited facilities, long-term missions were generally outside of its design, but for internal Federation missions, or specific deep space objectives, the Saber proved to be a very capable ship.

Small, fast, highly maneuverable, and well armed, the Saber has also proven its worth as a defensive vessel. Many ships of this class were involved in the defense of Sol during the Second Borg Incursion, as well as being involved in the conflict against the Cardassian/Dominion alliance. While not specifically a warship, the Saber held its own and showed itself to be a valuable asset for Starfleet and the Federation.

In 2336, when the United Federation of Planets sent out a call for a new vessel, capable of adapting to multiple roles and destined to replace the aging Miranda and Oberth class ships, over ten designs were submitted by various research and development groups. Several of these designs were picked for prototype construction and evaluation, including the Norway, Steamrunner, and Saber class vessels. Each design was assigned a construction yard and development team, with hopes of a rapid construction and deployment.

But before the Saber-class prototype could be readied for construction, there was a fundamental shift in Starfleet's "Master Plan for the Fleet" causing the focus of R&D resources to be redirected to larger, multi-mission ships instead of the smaller, mission-specific types. It wasn't until the late 2340's that Starfleet again returned to the development of its smaller vessels.

With the returned interest of Starfleet, the plans for the small frigate were dusted off and reviewed. After a minor redesign, construction on the prototype hull, designated NX-60500, began in 2354 at the Avondale Production Facility on Rigel II. Basic nacelle / hull construction was completed within 8 months, and the Primary computer core was installed in January 2355.

The Ceries Industries B-grade M/ARA was obtained for the main power source. Installation was completed without problems and ship-generated power was produced within 2 weeks of warp core delivery. Impulse engines and reaction thrusters were mounted, with only one week lost due to faulty fusion reactor cores.

Initial construction was completed by late 2355. Moved to the Avondale testing grounds, the newly named USS Saber began its impulse stress tests, which it passed with extremely high efficiency scores. Returning to the Avondale Production Facility, internal compartmental construction was soon completed. On March 5, 2356 the Saber left Rigel II on her shakedown voyage.

On December 6, 2356 the USS Saber, NCC 60500, was officially commissioned during a ceremony over Earth. At this time the R&D team and the construction crews were given a commendation for the rapid development and construction of a new starship class.

Since then the Saber-class has been prolific. While not glamorous, the small vessel completes its assigned tasks with great proficiency, and trustworthiness. During its flight career it has logged some of the fewest engineering problems, and some of the best warp field efficiencies within Starfleet. Even when its compatriot, the Steamrunner class, was pushed out of its field by the newer Intrepid class, the Saber continued to serve in Starfleet.

Even though safety was always a concern, it wasn't until the discovery of the Dominion that Starfleet began to consider strengthening the Saber. With the Steamrunner entering into a refit cycle, it was decided that certain variations of the Saber would also be upgraded to stronger offensive/defensive capabilities. Patrol and Scout variants were redesigned to handle the 2nd generation torpedo launchers and the new Type X phaser arrays. New shield grids and avionics upgrades were included as well as general engineering redesigns and computer core replacements. When completed, the 'new' Saber class, designated FFU, became a formable defensive platform.

During the Dominion war and the following 2nd Borg Incursion, the Saber continued to win itself accolades for sturdiness and engineering strength. The design had proven so solid that production continues (with NCC's starting in the 79000's), and new Saber class vessels leave the construction yards with surprising regularity.

Several small modifications have since been added to the refit specifications on the Saber class, including the addition of EMH technology in sickbay. All current productions of the Scout and Patrol variants are now the FFU.

PHASERS

Phaser array arrangement: Two dorsal phaser arrays on the primary hull, extending from the aft 1/3 of the saucer and converging on either sides of the bridge. One ventral phaser array with a 90 degree arc on the forward half of the primary hull .

Phaser Array Type: Originally the Saber-class vessel was launched with three type IX phaser arrays. After the fleet wide refit, the Saber-class, even though it is a small sized vessel, was fitted with the Type X array system, the new standard in phaser emitters.

Each array fires a steady beam of phaser energy and the forced-focus emitters discharge the phasers at speeds approaching .986c (which works out to about 182,520 miles per second - nearly warp one). The phaser array automatically rotates phaser frequency and attempts to lock onto the frequency and phase of a threat vehicle's shields for shield penetration.

Phaser Array Output: Each phaser array takes its energy directly from the impulse drive and auxiliary fusion generators. Individually, each type X -emitter can only discharge approximately 5.1 MW (megawatts). However, several emitters (usually two) fire at once in the array during standard firing procedures, resulting in a discharge approximately 10.2 MW.

Phaser Array Range: Maximum effective range is 300,000 kilometers.

Primary purpose: Assault

Secondary purpose: Defense/anti-spacecraft/anti-fighter

TORPEDO LAUNCHERS

Arrangement: Two fixed-focus torpedo launchers are used for photon or quantum torpedo/science probe deployment. The forward launcher is located on deck three. The aft torpedo tube is located on Deck one. In the uprated Saber, these launchers are the second generation of automated, high-speed launcher found on the smaller, newer starships (such as the Intrepid, Defiant and the Nova) and each is capable of firing 3 devices at a time, giving the ship a salvo of 6 torpedoes at a time (3 forward, 3 aft).

Type: Mark XXV photon torpedo, capable of pattern firing (sierra, etc.) as well as independent launch. Independent targeting once launched from the ship, detonation on contact unless otherwise directed by tactical.

Payload: Sabers can carry 45 completed torpedoes. Additional components stored onboard can allow for the manufacture of an additional 15 photon torpedoes.

Standard manufacture rate is 2 torpedoes per hour. Max rate is 5 torpedoes per hour.

Quantum torpedoes are carried as the mission dictates.

Range: Maximum effective range is 3,000,000 kilometers.

Primary purpose: Assault

Secondary purpose: Anti-spacecraft

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