Ships of the Fleet 

Last Updated June 24, 2007
Nelson Scout


United Federation of Planets
Class Medium Ship
Availability Unlimited Deployment
In Service 2248
Out of Service n/a
Source FASA Star Trek Starship Tactical Combat Simulator
Author Tyrel Lohr
Last Updated December 13, 2002
Nelson Scout

The Nelson Scout was designed to supplement the Oberth Science Vessels in their duty of exploration on the fringes of Federation held territories. Where the Oberth was adequate for scouting and exploring within areas which had previously been mapped by larger exploratory cruisers they found themselves too weak and too slow to journey alone into dangerous uncharted territories. The Nelson Scout was built from the beginning for strategic speed, being able to outrun most ships of the period with its short bursts at high warp speeds.

The Nelson does pay a price for its warp speed advantage. Nelson Scouts are only minimally armed and have weak shield generators that are not resilient to damage. Because of this fact the Nelson Scouts fell out of favor in the fleet and ceased to be used, the hulls instead mothballed or scrapped. By the 2270's, the Oberth continued on as the premier exploration ship of Starfleet, with larger dedicated explorers such as the Soyuz Scout taking up the slack.

Ship Control Sheet(s):
Nelson Scout - SCS
 Unlimited Deployment
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Design Notes:

The Nelson is very similar to the Hermes and Saladin designs, but is listed here as a separate scout design.

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