Ships of the Fleet 

Last Updated June 24, 2007
Steamrunner Heavy Frigate


United Federation of Planets
Class Heavy Combat Vessel
Availability Unlimited Deployment
In Service 2342
Out of Service n/a
Source Star Trek: First Contact
Author Tyrel Lohr
Last Updated December 16, 2002
Steamrunner Heavy Frigate

The Steamrunner Heavy Frigate was born from the Federation's need to build a ship to replace the aging Excelsior Cruiser in the role of perimeter patrol and defense missions. Although the Excelsior had served well in these missions for over half a century, it was starting to show its age.

The Steamrunner incorporates many design elements that sets it apart from other Starfleet design endeavors. First, the warp nacelles are integrated into the ship's saucer section increasing their vulnerability to enemy fire. The Steamrunner, too, does not have a standard stardrive section, instead placing its navigational deflector array slung beneath a rollbar assemblage placed between the ship's nacelles.

In the end, the Streamrunner demonstrated an Excelsior's firepower on a more maneuverable space frame. Construction of Streamrunners was low and none saw any major fleet actions until the Dominion War. In this war they proved their worth, being influential factors in several of the major battles fought against the Dominion.

Ship Control Sheet(s):
Steamrunner Heavy Frigate - SCS
 Unlimited Deployment
Steamrunner Heavy Frigate (Ablative Upgrade) - SCS
 Common Variant
This ship is included in the:
Ships of the Fleet: United Federation of Planets
Ship Archive
Related Entries:
Excelsior Cruiser
Saber Attack Frigate
Design Notes:

Another of the Final Contact ships, the Steamrunner (I have been calling it the "Streamrunner for some reason) is smaller ship
(when using the canon ship lengths and not some of the wonky lengths you find on the 'net) but was supposed to be
a pretty solid warship overall. Many people claim the ship to be a newer design (as it wasn't seen until the movie), but the registry number
on the Appalachia does make it an older design, and I am more inclined to agree with the DITL.ORG site in
regards to the age of the class. The current date makes it a contemporary of the Saber Attack Frigate.

The finished design is based off of design notes submitted over the last year from Jeremy Ward, Matthew Bond, Eric Bouchard, and Jon Letham.

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