Discovery Klingon Ship Classes

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The Klingon starships suffered the same fate as the Klingon species in Discovery. It is inevitable to separate the heavily reimagined "new" ships from those of the "old" Prime Timeline and also from the ones of the Abramsverse.

Note Although they are technically not canon until they appear on screen, this database uses the class names from the Eaglemoss Official Starships Collection. Some of the spellings and translations were corrected. Thanks to Ed Bailey.

 

Starships


Bird-of-Prey

General description

The Bird-of-Prey is a common small warship of the Klingon Empire in the 2250s. The ship is capable of atmospheric flight and landing.
Article: The Visual Continuity of Star Trek

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. The Bird-of-Prey can be seen in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars", "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry", "Lethe", "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" and "Will You Take My Hand?". In "Lethe", two of the ships are docked to a ground-based station. In "Will You Take My Hand?", we can see a large Klingon logo on a Bird-of-Prey that the ship type previously didn't seem to have.
  2. The design is a completely different one than the Bird-of-Prey known since "Star Trek III" or its predecessor from Star Trek Enterprise. We may argue that "Bird-of-Prey" is just a generic designation, but it is quite obvious that in the reimagined world of Discovery this new BoP is meant to replace the familiar one from the old Star Trek (just like we never see any old-style Klingons in the series either).

Class specifications

Length: 188.7m

 


Batlh

General description

This is a Klingon ship of the 2250s with an unusual boxy shape.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. We can spot the Batlh class a couple of times in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars". The class also appears in "Will You Take My Hand?".
  2. This ship is occasionally spelled "Bstlh", but "Batlh" is correct. {batlh} means "honor" or "honorably." It refers to inherent honor, like strength of character, rather than to honors that have been conveyed, as symbolized by a medal or award.

Class specifications

None available

 


Chargh

General description

The Chargh class is a Klingon ship of the 2250s with a double hull structure.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. We can see the class in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars". The Chargh looks similar as the Jach class, but the identification of the Chargh is positive. The Chargh, rather than the Jach, is probably also visible in "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" and "Will You Take My Hand?".
  2. The two Charghs in "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" are referred to as battlecruisers.
  3. {chargh} means "conquer."

Class specifications

Battlecruiser

 


Cleave ship

General description

The cleave ship is a huge Klingon ship design with some sort of ram bow, but with an uncertain purpose.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. In DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars", the cloaked cleave ship rams the USS Europa.
  2. It is unknown whether the cleave ship was designed for the very purpose to remain cloaked and ram enemy ships during a battle.

Class specifications

None available

 


DaSpu'

General description

The DaSpu' is an unusual Klingon ship of the 2250s with a tubular shape and hexagonal cross-section.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. The DaSpu' is among the ships that are clearly identifiable in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars".
  2. {DaSpu'} means "bootspike."

Class specifications

None available

 


Jach

General description

The Jach class is a Klingon ship of the 2250 with a double hull structure.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. The Jach probably appears in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars". Since the Chargh is a very similar design, a positive identification of the Jach is hard though.
  2. {jach} means "scream, cry out, shout, yell."

Class specifications

None available

 


JejHa'

General description

The JejHa' class is a dagger-shaped Klingon ship design of the 2250s.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. The JejHa' class can be identified in the fleet of DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars".
  2. {jejHa'} means "be dull," but it's not a simple negation of {jej} "be sharp." The simple negation would be {jejbe'}, "be dull." Negation with {-Ha'} means the sharpness has been undone or done improperly, and probably indicates that it's about something you'd expect to be sharp, like a knife. Our guess is the word suggests the condition of a knife used so often it's become dull.

Class specifications

None available

 


Qatlh

General description

The Qatlh is a Klingon warship of the 2250s, consisting of a main hull and two nacelles in a very flat configuration.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. This ship class is likely present in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars". In any case, we can clearly identify the Qatlh in "Will You Take My Hand?".
  2. Eaglemoss calls the class a "battlecruiser".
  3. This ship is occasionally spelled "Qatih", but "Qatlh" is correct. {Qatlh} means "be difficult."

Class specifications

None available

 


Qoj

General description

The Qoj class is a warship design of the 2250s, consisting of a thin main hull and long nacelles in a very flat configuration.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. It seems likely that this ship class is present in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars". Since the Qoj, the Tlhapqa' and the Veqlargh closely resemble each other, it is hard to identify the specific classes in the episode.
  2. {Qoj} means "wage war."

Class specifications

None available

 


Qugh

General description

The Qugh class is a common Klingon warship of the 2250, consisting of a main hull with "wings" and embedded nacelles in a very flat configuration.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. We can see the Qugh class in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars", "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" and "Will You Take My Hand?".
  2. This ship type is referred to as a destroyer in "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum".
  3. {Qugh} means "disaster." It's also Kruge's name in Klingon.

Class specifications

Destroyer

 


Sarcophagus ship

General description

The huge Sarcophagus ship acts as the flagship of T'Kuvma and later of Kol in the war against the Federation, until its destruction at Pahvo. The ship was in the service of the House of T'Kuvma before it was abandoned. T'Kuvma reactivated it by the year 2256. The outer hull of the Sarcophagus ship (sometimes referred to as "Ship of the Dead") is adorned by the coffins of revered Klingon warriors.

Known ships

"Sarcophagus"
 

Annotations

  1. The Sarcophagus ship appears in DIS: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars", "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry", "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" and "Into the Forest I Go".
  2. It is unknown whether the Sarcophagus ship is a sui generis design or whether it used to be a standard type before it was phased out. In any case, it is the only such ship in service during the Klingon war against the Federation.
  3. Although the ship may be meant to be somewhat smaller, the visual effects in "Battle at the Binary Stars" and "Into the Forest I Go" put the Sarcophagus in the 2 kilometers size range.

Class specifications

None available

 


Sech

General description

The Sech class (Federation designation: D7) is a Klingon warship in the 2250s. It consists of an arrow-shaped main hull with an embedded propulsion system.
Article: The Visual Continuity of Star Trek

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. We can see this ship design in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars" and "Choose Your Pain".
  2. The Sech class is called "D7" in "Choose Your Pain". Since this is a very definite designation, it is clear that Discovery's starships have no visual continuity with those of the "old" Prime Timeline. In the episode, the ship (a battlecruiser in the old Star Trek) is occasionally referred to as as "prisoner transport", although this most likely isn't the primary purpose of the design, even in Discovery's version of history.
  3. {Sech} means "torch."

Class specifications

None available

 


Tlhapqa'

General description

The Tlhapqa' class is a warship design of the 2250s, consisting of a thin main hull and long nacelles in a very flat configuration.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. It seems likely that this ship class is present in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars". Since the Qoj, the Tlhapqa' and the Veqlargh closely resemble each other, it is hard to identify the specific classes in the episode.
  2. This ship is occasionally spelled "Tihapqa'", but "Tlhapqa'" is correct. {tlhapqa'} means "take again," {tlhap} meaning "take" and the ending {-qa'} meaning "do again" or "resume." In short, it means "take back" or "retrieve."

Class specifications

None available

 


Veqlargh

General description

The Veqlargh class is a warship design of the 2250s, consisting of a thin main hull and long nacelles in a very flat configuration.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. It seems likely that this ship class is present in DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars". Since the Qoj, the Tlhapqa' and the Veqlargh closely resemble each other, it is hard to identify the specific classes in the episode.
  2. {veqlargh} is the standard transcription of Fek'lhr, the Klingon "devil" as seen in TNG: "Devil's Due".

Class specifications

None available

 

Shuttles


Raider

General description

The raider is a small warp-capable auxiliary craft. It consists of a cockpit section with two seats that is surrounded by a voluminous transparent canopy, and an aft fuselage. Wing-like structures unfold in flight mode.

Known shuttles

No name given
 

Annotations

Lorca and Tyler use a raider to escape from the Klingon ship in DIS: "Choose Your Pain".

Class specifications

Length: approx. 30m

 

Space Stations


Orbital platform

General description

The planet Qo'noS appears to be orbited by a possibly large number of stations in 2257.

Known stations

No name given
 

Annotations

We can see at least three structures in orbit of Qo'noS in DIS: "Will You Take My Hand?". These could be starships, but they appear to be rather static. The structures look like they are larger than satellites, and perhaps inhabitable. It is quite possible these are orbital defense platforms.

Class specifications

None available

 

Satellites and Probes


Photonic beacon

General description

This is an ancient construction designed to emit a strong light pulse of over 1 billion lux and a subspace signal, to call together the Klingon houses. A large fan-like antenna is extended for this purpose.

Known beacons

"Beacon of Kahless"
 

Annotations

The Beacon of Kahless appears in DIS: "The Vulcan Hello", where it is activated by T'Kuvma. It appears to be a one-off design.

Class specifications

None available

 


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