When the Bajorans were first liberated from Cardassian control, the Bajoran provisional
government set about
constructing a fleet to defend Bajor should the Cardassians return.
They found themselves short of both the yards necessary to build
warships and the technology to design a true Bajoran warship hull. However, the
had left facilities to build Kelrun class freighters and the Bajorans
quickly adapted the design (with some Federation assistance) as an auxiliary
Able to support a flight of impulse fighters and mounting a
phaser on its bow, the Independance class auxiliary cruiser became a
sight in Bajoran space, either patrolling the system or escorting convoys
Trolac and Kelrun class freighters. As the ships look identical to long
range scans, Independence cruisers often gave raiders an unfortunate surprise when they attempted to raid Bajoran shipping.