Dominion and Allied Ship Classes

Jem'Hadar - Uncertain Jem'Hadar Class - Karemma - Breen

 

Jem'Hadar


Attack ship

General description

The Jem'Hadar attack ship is an agile and powerful small warship. It is equipped with polaron beam weapons. When the ship was first encountered by the Federation, its shields and transporter technology was superior.
Gallery: Starships of Dominion and Allies

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. The attack ship ("bug") first appeared in DS9: "The Jem'Hadar" and remained their only ship type until the appearance of the much larger battlecruisers in the 5th season. A precise class or type name was never mentioned. The attack ship is occasionally referred to as "fighter". The crew complement of 42 was mentioned in DS9: "The Ship".
  2. The Encyclopedia II and the DS9TM list a length of only 68m for the ship, but almost all visual evidence points to a much larger size, although many references, like the Defiant, Deep Space 9 or the Cardassian Galor class are not completely certain. A good comparison is possible when a Jem'Hadar attack ship rams the USS Odyssey in "The Jem'Hadar" where the ship seems to be about 100m long. In later episodes, the attack ship is mostly a bit smaller than the Defiant and about the same size as a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. In DS9: "The Ship" we see Worf as he stands on a boxy section of the crashed ship which is about 3m tall and which can only represent a raised part in the center bottom of the ship (which is upside down). This would render the attack ship about 100m long as well. The windows in the bow section are the only evidence pointing to a larger size of about 150m.

Class specifications

Attack ship
Length: 95m
Crew complement: 42

 


Battlecruiser

General description

The Dominion battlecruiser is a powerful warship of the size of a Federation Galaxy class.
Article: Variations of the Dominion Battlecruiser
Gallery: Starships of Dominion and Allies

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. The battlecruiser first appeared in DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water", a preliminary version (see below) already in DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow". An official class or type designation for this ship was never given. It is referred to as "warship" in the Encyclopedia II (and depicted upside down :-o) and as "battle cruiser" in the DS9TM.
  2. Most visual evidence indicates that the battlecruiser is about as long as a Federation Galaxy class, as suggested in the Encyclopedia II, the DS9TM and the Fact Files.

Class specifications

Battlecruiser
Length: 650m

 


Battleship

General description

The Dominion battleship is an extremely powerful warship of twice the length of a Federation Galaxy class.
Article: Size of the Dominion Battleship
Gallery: Starships of Dominion and Allies

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

The battleship prototype could be seen in DS9: "Valiant" where its size was explicitly mentioned. The battleship reappeared in the battle in DS9: "What You Leave Behind", where its length was about 1500m again. However, the same episode also showed the same model as something much larger in orbit around Cardassia. Although we must assume that the upscaling was intentional, I suggest we ignore the huge ship. See the complete analysis.

Class specifications

Battleship
Length: 1500m

 

Uncertain Jem'Hadar Class


"V-type" battlecruiser

General description

This may is a variant of the familiar Jem'Hadar battlecruiser.
Article: Variations of the Dominion Battlecruiser

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

The "V-type" battlecruiser appeared in DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow", DS9: "By Inferno's Light" and most likely in the background in DS9: "Call to Arms". The most obvious dissimilarity to the familiar final model of the battlecruiser used since DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water" is that the nacelle struts of the "V-type" run down at a steeper angle, giving it the look of a reversed "V" in a fore view. The lighting and some details are different too. We might decide to ignore the slight differences between the two versions which were supposed to be the same, but I would tend to classify them as two different ship types.

Class specifications

None available

 

Cardassians

To do the Cardassian people justice, their ships are not listed here, but on a separate page.

 

Karemma


Karemma ship

General description

The Karemma use this large type of merchant vessels, which are either unarmed or vastly inferior to a Jem'Hadar attack ship.
Article: Redresses of the Karemma Ship
Gallery: Starships of Dominion and Allies

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

The Karemma ship was featured in DS9: "Starship Down". A redesigned CGI version appeared as a part of the Bajoran blockade fleet in DS9: "Shadows and Symbols", here obviously in the role of a Bajoran ship. The ship's size is hard to judge, the figure of 380m is from the Fact Files.

Class specifications

Freighter
Length: 380m
Crew complement: 24

 

Breen


Breen cruiser

General description

The Breen use this very complex and asymmetric type of warship. It is equipped with an energy damping weapon that was capable of disabling any allied ship until a countermeasure was found towards the end of the Dominion War in 2375.
Gallery: Starships of Dominion and Allies

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

  1. The size of the Breen cruiser is uncertain. There are hardly any windows or other features that would allow a structural analysis. The only safe statement is that the ship must be considerably longer than the Defiant (otherwise there would be hardly any useful volume) and that it is shorter than a Jem'Hadar battlecruiser.
  2. According to the Fact Files schematics, the pod at the aft end of the Breen ship is a detachable auxiliary craft, but this could never be seen on screen.
  3. Breen ships are said to use organic components, according to Tuvok (VOY: "Scorpion"). This does not necessarily imply that the complete hull is made of organic matter. The hull of the Breen cruiser appears to be metallic.

Class specifications

Length: 330m

 


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