Lower Decks Starfleet & Federation Ship Classes

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Starfleet Starships


Antares type

General description

The Antares type is a small cargo vessel of the 23rd century.
Article: The Antares Class(es)
Article: Starships in TOS and TOS Remastered

Known ships

(Name unknown) NCC-502
 

Annotations

  1. In the junkyard in LOW: "Terminal Provocations", we can see a ship based on the TAS cargo drone and the automated freighter Woden from the remastered version of TOS: "The Ultimate Computer". A very similar design, essentially just with an additional crew module, could be seen as the Antares in TOS-R: "Charlie X".
  2. The ship in LOW: "Terminal Provocations" appears to be the same as the automated cargo drone, without the crew module. Yet, we may argue that the module is simply missing. We never see the front side, where the two designs should be distinguishable due to the different placement of the deflector dish. The registry NCC-502 as visible on the ship in "Terminal Provocations" is very close to that of the Antares, NCC-501. This is why I assume it is an Antares-type ship, rather than a cargo drone.
  3. There is a goof in the sequence in which the Drookmani bombard the Cerritos with debris. We can see how the a fragment of an upper hull with the registry NCC-502 breaks apart when it hits the shields of the Cerritos. A little later, the secondary hull of a ship labeled NCC-502 is largely intact again. This certainly doesn't mean there were two ships with the same registry at the same time, although it is possible that one was so labeled to provide spare parts for the other.

See also Starfleet Ship Classes A-K

Class specifications

Cargo vessel

 


California

General description

The California class is a support vessel for tasks such as "second contact", salvage operations or engineering support. The design includes a circular saucer, two underslung nacelles and a pod between the nacelles in which the deflector dish is located.

Known ships

USS Alhambra
USS Cerritos NCC-75567
USS Merced NCC-87075
USS Rubidoux NCC-12109
USS Solvang NCC-12101
 

Annotations

  1. California-class ships have stripes running across the saucer hull that come in three different colors: yellow on the Cerritos, blue on the Merced, red on the Rubidoux and Solvang. While this may have been done primarily to visually distinguish the otherwise mostly identical ships (especially regarding the Cerritos and Merced in LOW: "Moist Vessel"), the real-world reason my be to indicate different primary operational areas of the ships (yellow for engineering, blue for science, red for command). As a further difference, the roughly triangular raised sector behind the bridge is gray on the Cerritos and on the Rubidoux, whereas it is the same color as the stripes on the Merced and on the Solvang.
  2. The master systems display with 11 identifiable decks in the saucer hull points to a length of the California class of about 460m. The shot with the Cerritos and the Titan side by side in LOW: "No Small Parts" confirms that both ships are about the same size. Yet, the window arrangement of the California class as visible from the outside is inconsistent. There are three narrowly spaced window rows in the saucer rim, although there should be only two.
  3. Although not explicitly stated, it is absolutely certain that the Alhambra is another California-class ship, because of the striking similarities to the Cerritos that confuse T'Ana in LOW: "Veritas".
  4. Apparently all ships of the class are named for towns in California. This, however, makes it unlikely that the lead vessel really is called USS California.
  5. The USS Rubidoux NCC-12109 and USS Solvang NCC-12101, the two ill-fated ships commanded by Captain Dayton, have hull numbers that don't comply with the Starfleet registry scheme and may be real-world in-jokes, perhaps referring to dates.

Class specifications

Length: ca. 460m

 


Luna

General description

The Luna class is a top-of-the-line starship with high combat strength. The design consists of a an ovaloid saucer directly attached to an engineering, with two nacelles that align to the bottom of that engineering hull. A sensor or weapons pod sits atop the saucer hull.

Known ships

USS Titan NCC-80102
 

Annotations

  1. The USS Titan was designed by Sean Tourangeau. It was the winning entry in a competition to design Riker's ship (as mentioned in "Star Trek Nemesis" for the novel series Star Trek: Titan. It was first pictured in The Sword of Damocles, released in 2007. As such, the Titan was non-canon until its appearance on Lower Decks.
  2. The Titan as seen in LOW: "No Small Parts" is the exact design as in the illustrations by Sean Tourangeau. The registry is the same as well.
  3. Although it was not mentioned on screen, it is a reasonable assumption that the Titan belongs to the Luna class, as proposed by the designer and stated in the novels.

Class specifications

Length: ca. 450m

 


Olympic

General description

The Olympic class is a mid-sized ship with a spherical main hull.
Gallery: Various Starfleet Ships

Known ships

USS Quito
 

Annotations

  1. The USS Quito as it appears in Mariner's flashback in LOW: "Cupid's Errant Arrow" is a faithful reproduction of the USS Pasteur from TNG: "All Good Things".
  2. So far, the Olympic class was only shown in the parallel reality in TNG: "All Good Things". Lower Decks features the first verifiable appearance of the ship class in the persistent timeline.

See also Starfleet Ship Classes L-Z

Class specifications

Length: approx. 320m

 


Osler type

General description

The Osler is a more or less secret small starship operated by Division 14 of Starfleet. The vessel is dart-shaped and painted black.

Known ships

Osler NX-75300
 

Annotations

  1. The Osler can be seen in LOW: "Much Ado About Boimler" where the ship emerges from an anomaly. It seems that this is a deliberate cloaking strategy (although an anomaly would raise unnecessary suspicions).
  2. The ship is apparently named for Sir William Osler, a Canadian physician. Note that the Osler doesn't seem to have a USS prefix.

Class specifications

None available

 


Parliament

General description

The Parliament class is a capital starship of Starfleet in the late 24th century. The design consists of a circular main hull and two nacelles, whose pylons extend all the way down from the top of the saucer hull around its aft edge.

Known ships

USS Vancouver NCC-70492
 

Annotations

  1. The USS Vancouver appears in LOW: "Cupid's Errant Arrow", where the illustrious ship literally overshadows the USS Cerritos.
  2. It is unusual that the warp pylons apparently contain inhabitable space, as indicated by the windows in this region.
  3. The master systems display with 9 decks in the saucer hull points to a length of the class of between 500 and 600 meters. Unlike the ship encounter suggests, the Vancouver shouldn't be much larger than the Cerritos if we go by the two MSDs. Also, just as with the attempt to match the structure of the Cerritos with its exterior, there are more windows visible on the hull of the Vancouver than the MSD would permit.

Class specifications

None available

 


Unnamed class 1

General description

This is an apparently smaller ship type with two nacelles directly attached to the saucer hull, and without a visible deflector.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

In LOW: "Second Contact", "Crisis Point" and "No Small Parts", we can see two otherwise identical starship types at Douglas Station, one with the nacelles up and one with the nacelles down. Although in Star Trek all ships (even of different civilizations) traditionally match their orientations, I assume these two are the same design.

Class specifications

None available

 


Unnamed class 2

General description

This is an apparently smaller ship type with two nacelles attached to a small engineering hull with a deflector.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

This previously unseen ship can be seen in LOW: "Second Contact", "Crisis Point", "Veritas" and "No Small Parts".

Class specifications

None available

 

Unnamed class 3, visible outside the museum (probably on Vulcan) in LOW: "Veritas"
At least two of the ships look like they are the same Federation design with a saucer and two nacelles. There is no clue whether they are active and parked on landing pads or whether they are on display in the museum.

 

Starfleet Shuttles


Galileo 7 type

General description

This type of shuttles was carried aboard Federation starships and also used on starbases in the 2260s.
Article: Starships in TOS and TOS Remastered
Gallery: Federation Shuttlecraft

Known shuttles

No name given
 

Annotations

We can see the old Galileo 7 type aka Class F shuttle in the museum in LOW: "Veritas". A similar angular shuttle with a trapezoid door that was obviously inspired by the Galileo 7 previously appeared on Tulgana IV in "Envoys".

Specifications

Length: 6.7m

 


Orbital platform

General description

This type of orbital platform is self-propelled, has one deck and features a large cockpit with a panoramic window.

Known shuttles

Orbital Platform Gamma
 

Annotations

In LOW: "Cupid's Errant Arrow", these platforms assist in the controlled destruction of a moon.

Class specifications

None available

 


Sequoia type

General description

The Sequoia is a one-off shuttle, composed of the shortened body of a Type 6a and Type 6 nacelles.

Known shuttles

Sequoia
 

Annotations

We can see the four ensigns work on the Sequoia during season 1, until it is used for the suicide mission in LOW: "No Small Parts". It is quite obviously not a shuttle officially assigned to the Cerritos and probably built of parts that would otherwise have been scrapped.

Class specifications

None available

 

Shuttles on Tulgana IV, as seen on the surface and in the air in several regions of the planet in LOW: "Envoys"
Considering that it is probably not a Federation planet, most of the shuttles seem to be alien designs. Regarding possible Federation designs, besides the Type 6 and the Galileo 7 that are described in separate entries, we can see a vehicle that was clearly inspired by the San Francisco air tram from "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" in front of the gate to the Klingon district.

 


Tug

General description

These small support crafts are used for starship construction and repair in the late 24th century.

Known shuttles

No name given
 

Annotations

Two tugs appears when the Cerritos is repaired inside Douglas Station in "No Small Parts". The tug may be an unmanned spacecraft.

Specifications

None available

 


Type 6

General description

This is an older standard shuttlecraft by the end of the 24th century.
Article: Starship Mutations
Article: Voyager Inconsistencies
Gallery: Federation Shuttlecraft

Known shuttles

No name given
 

Annotations

Type-6 shuttles can be seen on Tulgana IV in LOW: "Envoys" and in the museum in LOW: "Veritas". It is not certain whether the latter are museum pieces. Perhaps they are just used to transport visitors.

See also Starfleet Shuttlecraft

Specifications

Light short-range warp shuttle
Length: 6m
Mass: 3.38t
Warp 2 for 36 hours (uprtd.)

 


Type 6A

General description

This standard shuttle can be found on the USS Cerritos and other starships. Some are equipped with new blast shields.

Known shuttles

Death Valley (USS Cerritos)
Fairview (USS Vancouver)
Joshua Tree (USS Cerritos)
Kings Canyon (USS Cerritos)
Kitsilano (USS Vancouver)
Marpole (USS Vancouver)
Redwood (USS Cerritos)
Yosemite (USS Cerritos)
 

Annotations

  1. The designation "Type 6A" is visible on an LCARS panel inside the shuttle in LOW: "Envoys".
  2. The shuttles attached to the Cerritos are all named for California national parks, those on the Vancouver for neighborhoods in Vancouver. An unnamed shuttle of the type appears at the end of LOW: "Much Ado About Boimler" to take Boimler and Tendi back to the Cerritos.

Class specifications

None available

 


Work bee

General description

Work bees are used in drydocks and space stations for starship maintenance and to tow cargo containers.
Gallery: Other Small Federation Vessels

Known shuttles

No name given
 

Annotations

A yellow work bee just as the one that made its debut in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and was last seen at Deep Space 9 is on display in the museum in LOW: "Veritas". In "No Small Parts", we can see that the work bee is still in service as of 2380.

See also Starfleet Shuttlecraft

Specifications

Length: 3.2m

 

Starfleet Ground Vehicles


Jeep

General description

This four-wheeled ground vehicle is the 24th equivalent of an all-terrain pickup truck.

Known vehicles

No name given
 

Annotations

The vehicle that appears in LOW: "Second Contact" and "Crisis Point" is similar but not quite the same model as Picard's Argo from "Star Trek Nemesis".

Specifications

Length: approx. 4.5m

 


Hydroscoot

General description

This Starfleet watercraft is essentially the same as a 20th century jet ski.

Known vehicles

No name given
 

Annotations

We can see the hydroscoots in Mariner's holodeck scenario in LOW: "Crisis Point". We can't tell for sure whether they really exist but it seems likely.

Class specifications

None available

 

Starfleet Space Stations


Douglas Station type

General description

This is a huge type of space station. The upper portion of the mushroom-shaped spacedock may house several large starships.

Known stations

Douglas Station
 

Annotations

  1. Douglas Station appears in LOW: "Second Contact", "Crisis Point" and "No Small Parts".
  2. The design of Douglas Station is very similar to, but not quite the same as the familiar Earth Spacedock and its various re-uses. We can see that Douglas Station has some kind of platform on top where the antennae are located. Also, the shapes of the lower sections are somewhat different. Considering the relatively high level of detail in Lower Decks, we may argue that the differences are more than just artistic license.

Class specifications

None available

 


Deep Space 9

General description

The space station Terok Nor was put under common control of the Provisional Bajoran Government and Starfleet after the end of the Cardassian occupation in 2369.
Gallery: Cardassian Starships

Known stations

Deep Space 9 (formerly: Terok Nor)
 

Annotations

The station appears in a flashback in LOW: "Cupid's Errant Arrow".

See also Cardassian Ship Classes

Class specifications

Diameter: approx. 1km

 

Vulcan Vessels


T'Plana Hath type

General description

The T'Plana Hath was a small survey ship of unknown class with a threefold structure from the 21st century. It was capable of landing on a planet.

Known ships

No name given
 

Annotations

A ship of the T'Plana Hath type is visible in the museum in LOW: "Veritas". Perhaps this is even the T'Plana herself.

Class specifications

Survey ship
Diameter: approx. 43m

 


Vulcan warpshuttle

General description

The Vulcan warpshuttle is a design from the 23rd century that is apparently still in use by the year 2380. It consists of a passenger compartment and a warp sled that can be separated to allow the passenger compartment to dock with starships.
Gallery: Other Small Federation Vessels

Known shuttles

No name given
 

Annotations

The warpshuttle is hijacked by the team led by Shaxs in LOW: "Veritas".

Class specifications

Length: 48m

 

Unknown Class

USS Illinois, mentioned in LOW: "Moist Vessel" as a previous common posting of Captains Freeman and Durango

USS Oakland, mentioned in LOW: "Much Ado About Boimler" as being commanded by Captain Amina Ramsey
This may well be another California-class starship.

USS Sacramento, mentioned in LOW: "No Small Parts" as an opportunity for a "huge career boost"
This may be another California-class starship, if it were not for the implication of it being a better positioning than the Cerritos.

(Name unknown) NCC-77567, shuttle with this mother ship registry shown in LOW: "Veritas"
Perhaps this is the USS Alhambra, the California-class starship that T'Ana mistakenly boarded in the same episode? The very similar registry fits with the fact that everything and everyone else is nearly the same.

 

Non-Existent Ships

USS San Clemente, mentioned in "The Rise of Vindicta" in LOW: "Crisis Point"
The USS San Clemente is referred to in Mariner's holodeck scenario and is said to be non-existent. If it existed, it would quite clearly belong to the California class.

 


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