A Starfleet workhorse for nearly 50 years, the Apollo class of light
cruisers has had one of the most distinguished service careers in the
fleet. First launched in 2325, Apollo Light Cruisers are some of the lightest of the Federation's light cruisers (and could
be more correctly termed a frigate). The odd hull configuration reveals the fact that Vulcan designers are
responsible for the Apollo. To some, however, the Apollo's design looks disturbingly Romulan rather than Vulcan.
Apollo is small, quick, and capable of extended mission
profiles, thus making them ideal for sector patrol and interdiction
duties. The Apollo is also one of the most common Federation troop transports and can be found ferrying
troops into combat zones. It is in these situations that the Apollo's strong shields and speed is of great use in ensuring that Federation ground troops make it to their target intact.
The Apollo class remains one of the most reliable spaceframe designs
ever to come out of Starfleet's Advanced Technologies division, and many
of its concepts can be seen reflected in the newer Galaxy-class vessels.
As a result of the current threat climate in the United Federation of Planets -- and because of
their exemplary maintenance record as a class -- many Apollo-class vessels
are currently being refit into fast cruisers.
The Apollo class itself ceased production in 2358, when the last vessel
was delivered to Starbase 674 from the Utopia Planitia fleet yards.