Starforce Productions Asmodeus Torpedo Frigate

====Starforce Productions Asmodeus Torpedo Frigate====

Production Run: 2269-2279

In an early phase of the New Technology engineering...

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====Starforce Productions Asmodeus Torpedo Frigate====

Production Run: 2269-2279

In an early phase of the New Technology engineering and materials breakthrough of the late 2260s, which lead to the modernisation of the entire Star Fleet from 2270 onwards, Starfleet Engineering's Research and Development (R&D) department designed and trialled three separate prototype spacecraft. These vessels, each specially tailored for a different specific role, were the very antitheses of Starfleet's usual "Class One Starships" which excelled at performing any task asked of them. In contrast, these new prototype vessels were specialist ships, better and/or more resource-effective than a starship at performing a particular task but totally unsuited to performing any other. As such, new parlance was introduced, and this type of ship became known as "Class Two Spacecraft".

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====Starforce Productions Asmodeus Torpedo Frigate====

Credits:
Original model and texture: P81
Enhancements: GAFY?
Kitbashing: Scottish Andy
Conversion and HP: Starforce2

Armed with:
2x Torpedo Fwd/Aft
1 dual turret phaserbank
1 Single beam defensive phaser aft


Vessel history:
Clyde Fleet Shipyards
USS Asmodeus NCC-3501
Asmodeus-class corvette

Owner/Operator: United Federation of Planets/Starfleet.
Type: Corvette/small escort.
Availability: Widespread. In service from 2269
Production Run: 2269-2279


In an early phase of the New Technology engineering and materials breakthrough of the late 2260s, which lead to the modernisation of the entire Star Fleet from 2270 onwards, Starfleet Engineering's Research and Development (R&D) department designed and trialled three separate prototype spacecraft. These vessels, each specially tailored for a different specific role, were the very antitheses of Starfleet's usual "Class One Starships" which excelled at performing any task asked of them. In contrast, these new prototype vessels were specialist ships, better and/or more resource-effective than a starship at performing a particular task but totally unsuited to performing any other. As such, new parlance was introduced, and this type of ship became known as "Class Two Spacecraft".

The three vessels, launched in 2262, were specifically designed to fill the roles of a short-range convoy escort and spacelane patrol ship, a fast courier vessel, and a scientific investigation vessel. They were launched as the corvette USS Jester NX-600, the clipper USS Orca NX-601, and the science vessel USS Oberth NX-602 respectively.

Several years of trials and testing went into the shakedown voyages of these new designs and they acquitted themselves well, though their designs went through several modifications as more efficent layouts were discovered, and the Orca's design was further spit into two separate mission roles. However it wasn't until the advent of the two-day Klingon-Federation War of 2267, also known as the Organian Conflict, that prompted intense interest in the programmes from the Federation Council and Starfleet top brass.

While the Federation's Class One Starships held their own against the modernised Klingon fleet, Starfleet's stable of older ship classes were gutted. Scores of older Ambush-class destroyers and Baton Rouge- and Mann-class cruisers had been destroyed or wrecked, and the smaller border patrol and escort units had also suffered heavily. As a result, a crash contruction program was authorised to replace the war losses and fill out Starfleet's support ranks with modern vessels. The production run lasted ten years and produced over 480 vessels from 2269 to 2279, able as they were to be produced at civilian-rated shipyards to commercial specifications rather than Starfleet's more stringent requirements for their starships. 


The Asmodeus-class corvette, which replaces the Oberth's massive sensor pallet with a Miranda-class photon pod, is often used to escort convoys or single ships with high-priority cargoes through interior Federation space, freeing up the larger Starfleet frigates for border patrol and active anti-piracy duties. Many are found posted to a specific duty station such as guarding Prime Directive-protected developing species from external influence and exploitation. Due to the nature of their role, these ships are equipped with the most powerful shipboard phasers available and internal space is devoted to barracks for Marine boarding parties and auxiliary reactors to power the offensive and defensive systems. The shuttlebay at the bow contains a single Galileo type 7-person shuttle, and the two small cargo bays at the port and starboard edges of the saucer each contain a single work bee.

Internally very similar to the Black Swan-class sloop, the retention of the Miranda-class photon pod renders the Asmodeus less manoeuvreable but grants her superior long-range firepower through a proximity photon barrage. More often than not, an Asmodeus will operate with a Swan to grant the escort group greater tactical flexibility as to defensive options. 

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Ship Stats

Dimensions:
Length: 102m
Beam:   103m
Height:  33m
Crew: 40 
Decks: 4
Shuttles: 1
Work Bees: 2

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