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Noble-class cruiser
USS Noble (NX-91001)


The NX-91001, later known as the USS Noble, circa. 2409

Production information

Type

Multi-role cruiser

Preceded by

Sovereign-class cruiser

Succeeded by

Universe-class cruiser

Manufacturer

Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards

Technical specifications

Length

692 metres (2,270 feet)

Beam

253 metres (830.1 feet)

Depth

92 metres (301.8 feet)

Mass

3,200,000 metric tons

Maximum warp

Warp factor 9.985 for 18 hours

Engine

Mark IX STEAMRUNNER deuterium fusion reactor

Propulsion systems

Type-III configuration

Armament

Defensive systems

Other systems

Many others

Hull

Decks

28 (variable layout)

Auxiliary spacecraft

172 vessels

Complement

705 people

  • 550 naval personnel
    (30 officers, 480 enlisted)
  • 355 Shipboard Marines:
Usage

Began service

April 12, 2409

Ended service

June 9, 2443

Roles

Affiliation

Federation Starfleet

[Source]


The Noble-class cruiser was a class of multi-role cruiser that was in service with Federation Starfleet from 2409 until it was phased-out during the early-2440s. It sported many advanced starship technologies that were considered new and experimental. Despite having been heavily armed and very battle-capable, it was designed with deep-space exploration in mind. For example, many of these vessels were intended to venture deeper into the Delta and Gamma Quadrants, in what was evidently going to be the Federation's last wave of ships tasked with charting the unknown regions of the Milky Way Galaxy, "seeking out new life and new civilizations," and boldly going where the Federation has never gone before. In other words, the Noble-class would see the end of the galactic era, and usher in a new, intergalactic era for the denizens of the Milky Way.

HistoryEdit

PrototypeEdit

The NX-91001, the prototype that ultimately gave rise to the Noble-class was designed with the intent to finish what the Federation started centuries earlier, to chart and spread their influence throughout the entire galaxy. It was one of the first multi-role Starfleet starship designs since the Sovereign-class decades prior, but as proved in the past, a well-rounded ship would endure in most situations.

After the NX-91001 was created and launched in 2409, Starfleet was astounded by the efficiency and success of the design. After the engineers felt that their prototype model was out of its beta-stage, they registered it as the USS Noble, in honor of the previous USS Noble, which was destroyed in 2376, after a deadly warp core malfunction, due to a flaw that was now identified and fixed with this new model. Because of this, the line of starships that it spawned were considered Noble-class vessels.

Technical descriptionEdit

DesignEdit

The Noble-class was 692 meters long, 253 meters across, 92 meters tall, and weighed roughly 3,200,000 metric tons.

One notable and unique feature was that it possessed two up-swept pylons that curved inward, so that a small bridge-like structure connected its two warp nacelles. This link is the highest accessible location onboard the ship, and is usually only accessible via engineering access tunnels and Jefferies tubes. This section, however, is not present on some ships of the line, or any of those produced after their 2416 refit.

Following the conventional Starfleet ship design, the saucer section was located at the front of the vessel, beneath the nacelles. The starship's navigational deflector is located on the dorsal side of the saucer. The ships interior sections were supported by victurium alloy support structures.

The Noble-class was outfitted with some of the most advanced and exclusive systems that the Federation had at their disposal. For instance, it featured an ablative tetraburnium alloy outer hull, making it extremely heat and damage-resistant, regenerative shields, such as those first fielded on the Prometheus-class, and bio-neural circuitry, such as that which was incorporated into the USS Voyager sometime around 2371.

The Noble-class also sported a unique, concealed sensor pod which could be operated remotely from the bridge or directly. The sensor systems included telemetric observation VISOR technology, allowing a science officer to interface with data transmitted from a robotic exo-probe.

The Noble-class' combat systems were also kept up to date. 16 type XIV phaser arrays, 8 above and another 8 beneath, all rounding the saucer at even intervals give it an advantage regardless of what direction the vessel is facing. Following this philosophy, the ship also wielded the new type B torpedo launchers, designed to hold both photon and quantum torpedos. It also possesses 6 phaser cannons, however, there is one more set facing forward than there is backward because of the position of the pylons.

The Noble-class was in the first wave of Federation starships to recommission cloaking devices after the dissolution of the Treaty of Algeron which was just put in place over two-decades after the collapse of the Romulan Star Empire in 2387. It had a unique advantage, considering that it was equipped with the still-experimental phasing cloaking device, which allowed it not only to become completely invisible, but to actually travel through matter for limited periods of time.

It was built around a class 10 warp drive and a hyper impulse drive, which greatly increased the rate of travel in both warp and at space-normal speeds. Ships in this class possessed a cruising speed of warp factor 8, but were capable of traveling at speeds of up to warp factor 9.985, due to their quantum sublimating theta-matrix compositor, which recrystallised their dilithium into a more stable form than previously possible.

It was also equipped with holographic technologies throughout. These included holographic consoles and astrometric labs, but was also equipped so that emergency medical and emergency command holograms could function throughout the ship.

Despite the Noble-class being of average size, it still contained many shipboard facilities and departements, and did not compromise in any respects. In fact, it was widely considered the most advanced design in the fleets.

The Noble-class USS Noble served as a test-bed for a number of new Starfleet technologies, including quantum slipstream drive. Systems installed as part of the slipstream drive included a quantum field focus controller at the front of the ship's main deflector, and a chroniton integrator; the latter of which could be used to take sensor readings several seconds into the future when the ship was using its slipstream drive.

Deck layoutEdit

Below is a general deck layout that most Noble-class ships follow. This list does not include the general access corridors, emergency access corridors, Jefferies tubes, turbolifts, or turboshafts that appear on all floors. Because public restrooms appear on most every floor they are not listed either. In this list, offices, scientific laboratories, quarters, and lifeboats are not listed specifically according to their designations or numerically.

Keep in mind how in starship terminology, the term "deck" can be applied to a function present on a specific deck of a ship if it is the main function occurring on that deck. For instance, the deck housing the most teleporter rooms could be referred to as the "teleporter deck" if there is not much else present on the deck. "Bay" is used to indicate an arrangement of rooms sharing the same general purpose, while the word "room" indicates only one. As an example, an arrangement of teleporter rooms make up a teleporter bay. Please note that some areas take up multiple decks.

Deck Ship locations
1 Bridge, captain's ready room, emergency transporter room, lifeboats
2 Briefing room, lifeboats
3 Primary shuttlebay, officers' armoury, cargo bays
4 Primary shuttlebay, primary transporter bay, cargo bay
5 Secondary transporter bay, cargo bay, hull access
6 Cargo deck, replication bay, hull access
7 Captain's quarters, senior officers' quarters, lifeboats
8 Senior officers' quarters, holodecks, lifeboats
9 Mess hall, barbershop, library, crews' quarters, holodecks, lifeboats
10 Recreation bay, stores, replication center, bowling alley, gymnasium, holodecks, lifeboats
11 Stellar cartography department, guest quarters, educationary department, laboratories, lifeboats
12 Secondary shuttlebay, sickbay, medical laboratories, lifeboats
13 Secondary shuttlebay, storage deck (morgue), hull access
14 Crews' quarters, guest quarters, laboratories, lifeboats
15 Crews' quarters, guest quarters, laboratories, environmental replication bay, lifeboats
16 Crews' quarters, guest quarters, armoury, lifeboats
17 Crews' quarters, phaser range, armoury, lifeboats
18 Crews' quarters, MACO quarters, combat training holodeck, armoury, lifeboats
19 Prison deck (brig), lifeboats
20 Combat information center, torpedo bay, ventral weapons calibration systems, lifeboats
21 Storage deck, tertiary transporter bay, hull access
22 Tertiary shuttlebay, tractor beam power, replication bay, cargo bay
23 Computer-housing deck, transceiver array, priority cargo deck
24 Upper engineering, life support, hull access
25 Main engineering, warp core, lifeboats
26 Lower engineering, auxiliary computer-housing bay, deflector control room
27 Antimatter storage deck, torpedo bay, dorsal weapons calibration room
28 Waste reclamation deck, interior sensor pod, landing struts, hull access

Ships of the lineEdit

 Name   Registry   Commissioned   Ended service   Status 
USS Noble NX-91001 April 12, 2409 February 11, 2410 Decommissioned
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-G February 3, 2412 June 28, 2419 Destroyed
USS Paris NCC-102930 April 24, 2420 Active


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