Merced Class
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Specs & Schematics

Light cruiser / frigate
Length: 336m
Beam: 160m
Height: 58m

Original version
 
Modified version

CAD drawing
 
Dedication plaque

 

Design History

The android known as Data once served aboard the starship U.S.S. Trieste of the Merced class.

The Merced-class has been in the service longer than any other frigate type vessel. Not as adaptable and flexible as most Starfleet vessels, the Merced was designed shortly after the Excelsior class. Similar to the Hokule'a-class heavy cruiser, the Merced is known as a solid, durable, dependable little ship. The prototype, while still under construction in 2311, was a suspected target for the Romulans - Starfleet Intelligence intercepted plans for an assault on the Groomridge Fleet Yards, but the Tomed Incident sent the Romulan Empire into deep seclusion before the planned date of attack.

Notable vessels include the Masada, the first Starfleet vessel to make sensor contact with the Cardassians in 2318; and the Trieste, which was destroyed in 2375 at the Battle for DS9. During the Cardassian Wars, many Merced-class frigates were refit with new warp engines and updated weapons systems. In 2350, however, Starfleet began decommissioning Merced-class vessels in favor of newer designs. Today, 41 of these frigates remain in service.

 

Gallery


Merced, Excelsior, and Oberth

Merced at warp
 
3D model

3D model

3D model
 
3D model 

 

Credits

Design by Mike
Finalized by
Jason and Bernd
3D design by Mark

 

Last modified: 28.03.13