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Trident Attack Scout

Owner

United Federation of Planets
Class Heavy Combat Vessel
Availability Rare Variant
In Service 2334
Out of Service n/a
Source n/a
Author Tyrel Lohr
Last Updated August 14, 2003
Trident Attack Scout
Description:
The Chimera Fast Frigate proved to be a poor combat platform, but Federation designers were never ones to strike perfectly good hulls. One of the variants of that class approved by Starfleet and that saw construction was the Trident Attack Scout. The Trident all but guts the Chimera’s impulse and deflector shielding systems to make room for no less than three photon torpedo tubes and the larger warp core to power them. In addition, the ship was equipped with state of the art ELINT sensors to give it added utility on scouting missions.

These modifications to the Chimera spaceframe produced a ship that was extremely effective in fleet combat situations. The Trident was also a bigger threat to any ships that would assail it during its scouting missions, increasing the ship’s survivability. Unfortunately, these advantages came at too high a price. The modifications made to the class weakened its shield generator, lowering the total shield strength. The impulse drives, too, became atrophied and unable to exert the kind of speed the Chimera enjoyed.

Few Trident Attack Scouts were built, but those that were served with distinction in the fleet. Trident Attack Scouts were valuable assets during many Federation conflicts. Their mix of firepower and ELINT support was a significant advantage before the development of larger, more combat-capable scout cruisers.

Ship Control Sheet(s):
Chimera Fast Frigate - SCS
 Unlimited Deployment
 
Trident Attack Scout - SCS
 Rare Variant
 
This ship is included in the:
Ships of the Fleet: United Federation of Planets
Ship Archive
   
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Design Notes:
The Trident Attack Scout was created to account for the conflicting weapons loadouts for the three-nacelled Excelsior kitbash from Deep Space Nine. The LUG books called for torpedoes while other sources called for all beams. In the end the Trident Attack Scout provide the torpedo end of the arsenal, while the Chimera is more balanced in abilities.


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