Specifications - USS Liberty

Summary

Key duties of Akira-class starships:

Replace Excelsior, Ambassador, and New Orleans class Starships as the primary instrument of Federation deep-space defense.

Provide a mobile platform for a wide range of ongoing scientific and cultural research projects.

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 during times of war and emergencies.

Provide a mobile platform for testing and implementation of mission-specific or new technology of any kind.

The Akira Class starship entered service in 2364 and has quickly become the pride of Starfleet’s next generation of starships. Akira Class vessels are part of the new belief that smaller, faster, more maneuverable Starships are needed to better serve Starfleet's, and, by extension, the Federation's needs.

Heavily armed, the design philosophy for the Akira class created lessons later utilized in the Defiant Project, especially the early “Torpedo Gunboat” design that was later scrapped in favor of the current design. A Combined Forward/Aft torpedo bay is located both along the Aft Dorsal "Sail" portion of the hull, while a second set of forward launchers are located just under the nose of the ship. Combined with the Type X phaser array, the current Akira class is heavily armed, and in raw torpedo firepower, could return fire - torpedo for torpedo, with the vaunted Galaxy / Nebula Class launchers.

After the Dominion War, most Akira Class vessels had their Fighter Wings transferred to fixed orbital facilities or ground based Starfleet or Allied Facilities to allow for additional cargo space and the addition of modular laboratories installed into the unused Hangar space. This gave the majority of the Akira class laboratories and, most of all, doubled the normal loadout of sensor probes, making the class a premier exploration vehicle with half of the crew and construction costs of a Galaxy or Sovereign Class Starship.


General

Class Akira
Role Heavy Cruiser [Defensive/Explorer/Diplomatic]
Duration 80 Years
Time Between Refits 5 Years
Time Between Resupply 1 Year

Dimensions

Length 464 meters
Width 316 meters
Height 87 meters
Decks 18

Personnel

Officers 100
Enlisted Crew 400
Emergency Capacity 4500

Speed

Cruise Speed Warp 7
Maximum Speed Warp 9.5
Emergency Speed Warp 9.8 for 12 hours.

Weapons & Defensive Systems

Shields Type: A symmetrical subspace graviton field. This type of shield is fairly similar to those of most other Starships. However, besides incorporating the now mandatory nutation shift in frequency, the shields alter their graviton polarity to better deal with more powerful weapons, such as the neutron-carbide beams of Tamarian vessels. During combat, the shield sends data on what type of weapon is being used on it, and what frequency and phase the weapon uses. Once this is analyzed by the tactical officer, the shield can be configured to have the same frequency as the incoming weapon - but different nutation. This tactic dramatically increases shield efficiency.

Output: There are sixteen shield grids on the Akira Class, and each one generates 186 MW, resulting in a total shield strength of 2976 MW. However, during normal combat operations, only 10 of the 16 shield generators are activated, with the remaining 6 generators serving as the emergency shield system. This means that, in normal combat operations, the Akira class has a rated shield strength of 1860MW. The power for the shields is taken directly from the warp engines and impulse fusion generators. If desired, the shields can be augmented by power from the impulse power plants. The shields can protect against approximately 36% of the total EM spectrum (whereas the standard Galaxy Class Starship's shields can only protect against about 23%), made possible by the multi-phase graviton polarity flux technology incorporated into the shields.

Range: The shields, when raised, stay extremely close to the hull to conserve energy - average range is ten meters away from the hull.
Weapon Systems PHASERS

Phaser array arrangement: Two dorsal phaser arrays on the primary hull, extending from just aft of the bridge to almost midway around the saucer section. The arrays converge to intersect at the bow of the ship, giving them an almost oval appearance. Two ventral phaser arrays on the primary hull, extending from the very back of the primary hull almost to the bow. These arrays also converge gradually as they approach the widest part of the primary hull, converging near the bow. Two phaser arrays are located on or near the aft sail covering the rear firing arc.

Phaser Array Type: The Akira Class utilizes the Type X array system. The seven arrays are all type X, the new standard emitter. 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.

TORPEDO LAUNCHERS

Arrangement: Three fixed-focus torpedo launchers, one located just above the main deflector dish and another at the bow of the primary hull along with a third launcher within the main sail. These launchers are the second generation of automated, high-speed launchers originally developed and found on the New Orleans and Saber Class (and later seen aboard Excelsior Class Starships as part of their refit schedule) starships and each launcher is armed with 5 tubes per launcher, giving the Akira Class the ability to launch up to fifteen torpedoes in a single salvo. The third generation of this launcher has seen deployment aboard the Sovereign Class and Norway Class.

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 the Chief Tactical Officer or TIC Weapons Officer.

Payload: The ship can carry a maximum of 375 torpedoes.

Range: Maximum effective range is 3,000,000 kilometers.
Armament 6 Type-X Phaser Arrays
3 (5-tube) Photon Torpedo Launchers

Photon Torpedoes: 375
Quantum Torpedoes: 50

Auxiliary Craft

Shuttlebays 1
Shuttles 6 Type 18 Shuttlepods

2 Type 7 Personnel Shuttles

2 Type 6 Personnel Shuttles

1 Danube Class Runabout

10 Sphinx Class Work Pods