Starforce Productions Swan Phaser Frigate

Here is an armed version of the Oberth Class, the USS Swan (Swan Class). This ship is armed with three forward and three aft phasers as well...

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Here is an armed version of the Oberth Class, the USS Swan (Swan Class). This ship is armed with three forward and three aft phasers as well as a forward firing torpedo launcher. These ships aren't that powerful, although in groups these ships would be able to take on more powerful ships. The main role for this ship would be either an escort mission escorting convoys or patrol duties mainly because these ships on their own aren't really that powerful although can be used for a supporting role in a conflict.

The Black Swan-class sloop was the result of a splitting of the orginal Orca-class gunboat into two divergent design concepts. The other half of this concept required the removal of the Orca's heavy weapons and the repositioning of her third nacelle to become the Lewis & Clarke-class high-speed courier. This half removed the Orca's third nacelle but retained its heavy weapons.

Internally very similar to the Asmodeus-class corvette, the exclusion of the Miranda-class photon pod in favour of "mega" phaser cannons renders the Swan even more manoeuvreable and grants her superior close-range firepower at the expense of a heavy punch at extended ranges. More often than not, a Swan will operate with an Asmodeus to grant the escort group greater tactical flexibility as to defensive options.

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====Starforce Productions Swan Phaser Frigate====

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

Armed with:
1 Torpedo (fwd cargo bay)
1 dual turret phaserbank
1 Single beam defensive phaser aft
2x Fwd/Aft Megaphaser Cannons


Vessel history:
Clyde Fleet Shipyards
USS Swan NCC-3601
Black Swan-class sloop

Owner/Operator: United Federation of Planets/Starfleet.
Type: Sloop/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 aquitted 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 designs. 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.

It 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.

The Black Swan-class sloop was the result of a splitting of the orginal Orca-class gunboat into two divergent design concepts. The other half of this concept required the removal of the Orca's heavy weapons and the repositioning of her third nacelle to become the Lewis & Clarke-class high-speed courier. This half removed the Orca's third nacelle but retained its heavy weapons. 

Internally very similar to the Asmodeus-class corvette, the exclusion of the Miranda-class photon pod in favour of "mega" phaser cannons renders the Swan even more manoeuvreable and grants her superior close-range firepower at the expense of a heavy punch at extended ranges. More often than not, a Swan will operate with an Asmodeus to grant the escort group greater tactical flexibility as to defensive options. 

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Ship Stats

Dimensions:
Length: 102m
Beam:   115m
Height:  15m
Crew: 40 
Decks: 4
Shuttles: 1
Work Bees: 2

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