U.S.S. Susquehanna, NCC-28107
Operator: UFP Starfleet
Decks: 16 (primary); 19 (secondary); 35 total
Length: approximately 550 meters (primary); 710 meters (secondary); 885 meters (total)
Capacity: 1,500 humanoids; 200 nonhumanoids
Max. Speed: warp 9.12
Max. Cruising speed: warp 8.2
Armament: phasers (x14 dual phaser banks); photon torpedoes (x2 rotary torpedo launchers)
Defenses: deflector shields
||||| Service History |||||
With the outbreak of the Dominion War in 2373 the Susquehanna, like many other older starships, was assigned patrol and defense duties in sectors far from the front lines, where the chances of seeing combat were remote. The Susquehanna spent most of the war escorting transport vessels and ferrying refugees from fallen Federation worlds.
While on patrol between Vulcan and Earth in 2375, the Susquehanna was overwhelmed and heavily damaged by the Breen task force responsible for the San Francisco Raid en route to Earth. The Susquehanna was then scuttled and her crew reassigned.
||||| Starship Background |||||
After the Khitomer Accords resolved hostilities between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, the Federation's Starfleet re-oriented itself to focus more on scientific research and deep space exploration. The smaller science-vessels like the Oberth-class were slowly phased out of the fleet in favor of larger ships that could spend more time on-assignment, and could operate within a much greater range. The Conestoga-II class was the largest ship-class of her time, and was designed primarily for deep space exploration and in-depth research and study.
The Conestoga-II is also notable for being the first Federation starship capable of separating its primary and secondary hulls into two autonomous vessels. The primary hull hosted most of the ships' tactical systems, and the secondary hull most of its scientific equipment and cargo space. This allowed the Conestoga-II to literally be in two places at once, capable of reacting to far-away emergencies while still staying where it was conducting long-term studies.
In cases of catastrophic damage to the primary hull, the secondary hull was equipped with a warp drive that allowed it to function as a mobile lifeboat.
||||| Model Background |||||
The Susquehanna is inspired by both the Oberth-class and NX-class starship designs. I don't really want to say too much here as I'm rather proud of how this model turned out, beyond to griping a bit at how difficult the nacelle pylons wound up being. At one point, there was more geometry in the pylons than in the rest of the ship!
Speaking of which, there's probably way, way, way too much geometry inside the warp nacelles. What can I say? I love visible interiors.
A few minor notes:
I imagined the Susquehanna as being not-very-maneuverable due to its size... that's why I decided to omit traditionally-styled torpedo launchers in favor of a rotating turret that drops down from the bottom of the primary hull. If that sounds familiar, it's the same way DS9's torpedo launchers worked. Hopefully torpedoes with a 360-degree firing arc mange to compensate somewhat for a lack of maneuverability.
While the model is done and finished, I can't say I'm 100% happy with it. The neck is too bulky and the pylons still don't look quite right (especially where they intersect with the impulse-drive components)... but for the most part I'm happy with it.
The Susquehanna is one crazily-huge ship, and it completely dwarfs my other ships... but at the same time, it would be dwarfed by a Galaxy-class starship. One cool bit of trivia: the main shuttlebay here is the largest shuttlebay out of any of my models (thus far)... but also the smallest in proportion to the rest of the ship.
(Starship information is derived solely from my own imagination.)