Specification Review: Sindar - Class Frigate / First Review (Review Period Ending 10/25/2021)

Posted Nov. 11, 2021, 1:37 a.m. by Fleet Captain Fleet Captain James Sinclair (Engineering Director) (James Sinclair)

Posted by Fleet Captain Fleet Captain James Sinclair (Engineering Director) in Specification Review: Sindar - Class Frigate / First Review (Review Period Ending 10/25/2021)
The following specification is hereby submitted for review. Review period is now open and will end 10/25/2021.

DESIGNER: Amdirgol S
Mark I
Draft 1
DATE: 1 October 2021

History and Mission Overview
In the late 2380s, Starfleet began to see a need for a ship capable of supporting prolonged tactical operations, while still having exploration as a primary mission. The Defiant-class wasn’t equipped for deep-space operations, and the Intrepid-class wasn’t tactically equipped and was beginning to become outdated. The Starfleet Corps of Engineers began work on a new ship with a similar design philosophy to the Intrepid-class, but with better long-term staying power and with more powerful tactical systems. After some delays, the USS Sindar was commissioned in 2394.
The Sindar-class proved to meet Starfleet’s needs, and full production began in February 2395. The new ships were often deployed to areas where Starfleet needed a light tactical presence but not a full-blown warship. They also functioned as scout ships and long-range explorer ships.

The Sindar-Class is well suited to the following mission profiles:
Deep Space Exploration
Light Escort
Advance Scouting
Search and Rescue
Structure and Construction
The Sindar-class has a very similar design to the Intrepid-class, but is slightly smaller and has a narrower shape. The hull is composed of transporter-welded duranium. It is constructed in panels to allow easier repair in deep space. The Sindar-class is capable of landing on planets with up to 1.5 earth gravity.

As it fills two different roles (explorer and tactical), the class has two different mission designs, which amount to minor refits at a drydock. The exploration design includes less powerful weapons, but a more powerful deflector and more powerful sensors, while the tactical is the opposite. Deck 10 is configured based on the design: the exploration design configures a cargo bay with extra food supplies, fuel, and hull panels, as well as a holodeck for recreation. The tactical design has an armory, an extra supply of torpedoes, and a second transporter room.
Science and Remote Sensing Systems
In the tactical design, the Sindar-class is equipped with type IV sensors. The system has a high resolution scan of 1.53 light years and a low resolution scan of 5.0 light years.
In the exploration design, it has type VI sensors. These sensors have a high resolution scan of 2.6 light years and a low resolution scan of 8.4 light years.
Both designs have a secondary deflector on the very front of the top of the saucer section.
Computer Systems
The Sindar-class is equipped with a primary computer core and a smaller backup core. The backup core is able to handle ship operations, but is slower than the primary. The ship uses an isolinear network for the circuitry, as bioneural gel packs, while more powerful, are too vulnerable for long-range operations. The computer uses the LCARS OS with the MAJEL interface.
Holographic Systems
The Sindar-class has holo-emitters on the bridge, in main engineering, and in sickbay. Loaded into the computer core are an Emergency Engineering Hologram mk II, an Emergency Command Hologram mk I, and an Emergency Medical Hologram mk IV.
Warp Propulsion Systems
The Sindar-class is equipped with a class-9 warp core. While this is larger than most frigates, the designers of the class decided to make a trade-off in other systems to allow for greater speed, in support of the primary mission goals. The core spans decks 12 and 13, and connects to the two traditional-style nacelles. The class’s cruising speed is warp 7.0, max sustainable speed is warp 9.6, and max 12-hr speed is warp 9.975. The emergency burst speed is warp 9.985 (sustainable for 45 minutes), but it is highly recommended not to accelerate to this velocity.
Impulse Propulsion Systems
The Sindar-class has two impulse engines housed on the nacelle pylons. It has a maximum impulse velocity of 0.3 c, and can accelerate to this speed from a full stop in 30 seconds.
Tactical Systems
Defensive Shields
The Sindar-class is equipped with a type-7 shield array, with emitters spaced throughout the outer hull. The shields have a maximum graviton load of 1344 mw and a max dissipation rate of 3.65 x 105 kw.
Phaser Systems
The Sindar-class is equipped with 8 arrays of type-7 phasers in the tactical design and type-6 in the exploration design, placed as follows:

1 horseshoe shaped strip along the front of the saucer section, containing 160 emitters
2 strips along the back of the saucer, containing 50 emitters each
2 strips along the sides of the nacelles, containing 80 emitters each
2 strips along the underside of the engineering hull, containing 80 emitters each.
Each strip has an output of 1.3 mw for type-7, and 0.6 mw for type-6.
Torpedo Systems
The Sindar-class has a single forward type-2 torpedo tube. It carries 25 casings, 10 of which are reserved for probes. In the tactical design, an additional 20 casings are carried.
Command and Support Systems
The bridge on a Sindar-class is essentially the same as on an Intrepid-class. The chairs have been updated to a slightly more comfortable design, and the viewscreen is about a foot wider on each side.
Ready Room

The ready room is also practically identical to an Intrepid class’.
Conference Room
The conference room is located on deck 1. It houses a long rectangular table that seats roughly 9.
The Sindar class has 3 1-occupant holding cells, in the center of deck 6.
Main Engineering
Main Engineering resembles the engine room of an Intrepid-class, but slightly smaller. The consoles can be reconfigured to serve as an emergency bridge.
Science Lab
The Sindar-class has 1 science lab, located on deck 7. The lab is fairly large. There is an identically-sized medical lab on the same deck.
Situation Room
In the tactical design, the space on deck 5 is purposed as a strategic planning area. It is shielded by internal force fields, and has its own power supply in case of emergency.

Utility Systems
The turbolifts run through either side of all decks. In addition, there is a direct line to Sickbay and Main Engineering.
There is a single transporter room on deck 9 with a 6-person personnel transporter.
Deck 9 is primarily composed of cargo bays, consisting of 4 bays, the transporter, and the turbolifts.
Crew Support Systems
The sickbay complex is quite large for a ship the size of the Sindar-class. It is located on deck 7 and houses 15 biobeds, and 2 isolation/surgical areas. Connected directly to the complex is the CMO’s office and the Morgue. The sickbay complex has an independent power source.
4 Forward/5 Forward
The forward section of deck 4 is reserved for a mess hall/recreational room, similar to 10 Forward on a galaxy class. In the exploration design, the space directly below it, on deck 5, is used as a second layer of seating. 5 Forward houses a kitchen, and both decks house several replicators.
CO’s quarters
The CO’s quarters are located on the port side of deck 2. They are divided into a storage area, a work area, a recreational area, and a sleeping area. The sleeping area houses a queen sized bed and a bathtub, the work area houses a desk and workstation, and the recreational area has a couch and replicator.
XO’s Quarters
The XO’s quarters are located on the starboard side of deck 2. They are divided into a storage area, a work and recreational area, and a sleeping area. The sleeping area houses a full sized bed and a sonic shower and the work/recreation area houses a desk and workstation and a replicator.
Senior Officers’ Quarters
The senior officers’ quarters make up most of deck three. They are similar to the XO’s quarters, but are slightly smaller. The furnishings are the same.
Guest Quarters
The guest quarters are identical to the senior officers’ quarters, and are located in the same place.
Junior Officers’ Quarters
Junior Officers have quarters on deck 8. They have a combined work/recreation area containing a desk and workstation, and sleeping area containing a twin-sized bed and a sonic shower.
Non-Commissioned Crew Quarters
These are also located on deck 8, and are slightly smaller than the JO quarters. They hold a small corner table that doubles as a work area, as well as a twin-sized bed against the wall. There is a sonic shower separated from the rest of the room.
The exploration design includes a holodeck on deck 10. This allows the crew to relax on extended deep-space missions.
Counseling Suite
Located on deck 7, the counselor has a set of connected rooms that include holographic systems and large observation windows.

Auxiliary Spacecraft Systems
Deck 11 houses a shuttlebay, with a complement of 3 standard shuttlecraft.
Technical Specifications:
Dimensions and Structure:
Length: 358 meters
Beam: 100 meters
Height: 57 meters
Decks: 13
Crew Complement:
Officers and Crew: 120
Visiting Personnel: 4
Maximum Evacuation Limit: 2400
Computer Systems:
Core: Isolinear data core x2
Software: Starfleet Library Computer Access and Retrieval System
Warp Systems:
Power Plant: One 3000+ cochrane M/ARA core feeding two nacelles
Cruising Velocity: Warp 7
Max. Sustainable Velocity: Warp 9.6
Max. Velocity: Warp 9.975 (12 hours)
Impulse Systems:
Full Impulse: 0.30c
Zero-0.30c: 30 seconds
0.30c-Zero: 30 seconds
Defensive Systems:
Shield Maximum Graviton Load (Continuous): 1344 MegaWatts
Shield Maximum Energy Dissipation Rate: 3.65x10^5 kiloWatts
Offensive Systems:
Torpedo tube (x1)
Standard payload: 15/35 photon torpedoes
Phaser systems
8 Type-IV/VI phaser strips

Deck Layout
Deck 1: Bridge, Ready Room, Conference room
Deck 2: CO’s Quarters, XO’s Quarters
Deck 3: Senior Officers’ Quarters.
Deck 4: Computer Cores, 4 Forward
Deck 5: Computer Cores, 5 Forward/Situation Room
Deck 6: Brig
Deck 7: Sickbay, Morgue, Med Lab, Science Lab, Counseling Suite
Deck 8: Crew Quarters, Junior Officers’ Quarters
Deck 9: Cargo Bays, Transporter Room
Deck 10: Modular
Deck 11: Shuttlebay
Deck 12: Main Engineering (upper)
Deck 13: Main Engineering

Ships of Class
Sindar-class ships are named after elves from the fantasy epic The Lord of The Rings and associated literature.
USS Sindar, NX-100100 (Class Ship)
USS Luthien, NCC-100101
USS Elrond, NCC-100102
USS Cirdan, NCC-100103
USS Feanor, NCC-100104
USS Celeborn, NCC-100105
USS Galadriel, NCC-100106
The following ships are commissioned and held in reserve for use in NPC only status and may be reused as needed by gamemasters.

USS Arwen, NCC-100107
USS Daeron, NCC-100108
USS Glorfindel, NCC-100109
USS Elwing, NCC-100110

The Sindar-class is a small, versatile ship that can serve effectively in peacetime and in war. It is designed to last much better than its size would imply, and to function as a scout and a long-range explorer. While not the flagship of the fleet, the Sindar-class fills a role where it is projected to see decades of successful service.

As no comments or critiques are forthcoming, the Sindar-class frigate is hereby approved for use. A temporary page will be created 7btil such time as the Library is fully updated.

James Sinclair
Director, EDept

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