Himalaya Class (2352)

The development of the USS Himalaya was one effort to replace the Ambassador class. New materials and new assembly methods, which were later employed for the Nebula and Galaxy classes too, were tested with this ship. Since the Himalaya was intended to operate in unexplored space far beyond the Federation borders, it included large quarters for families, a novelty aboard cruiser-type ships. In addition, one of the first fully operational holodecks was installed, but it was restricted with respect to its processing speed, not yet creating perfect illusions. On all ships it has been replaced by a state-of-the-art holodeck in the meantime. The limited performance of the warp drive whose nacelles were taken from the Ambassador class without significant changes was the most severe drawback of the four ships of the first series. The maximum speed of Warp 9.0 was sufficient and was one of the fastest of all Starfleet classes, but the stress on the warp coils soon required a general limit of the sustainable speed to Warp 7. This was the reason to equip the second series with a more powerful propulsion system, including new nacelles. The first four starships will prospectively be refitted with a new warp system in the near future.

Preliminary three-view schematics (ca. 1996)

Revised and more detailed version

Pastel image
created by Jason Colbert

3D model for SF Command, side
created by Jay Hagen

3D model for SF Command, top
created by Jay Hagen
Class specifications
Ship type: Heavy cruiser
Length: 515m
Width: 305m
Height: 105m
Crew complement: 568
Max. speed: Warp 9.0
Commissioned ships
USS Himalaya NCC-58000
USS Chancellor NCC-60541
USS Cygnus NCC-61234
USS President NCC-61529


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