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Specification Review: Brazen-Class Escort Destroyer, Mark II - Draft 2 - Review OPEN Until 8 August 2020

Posted July 25, 2020, 6:37 p.m. by Captain Nicholas Villarreal (Engineering Director) (Nicholas Villarreal)

Ray Branch has submitted a second draft of his Brazen-class Mark II design. I know it’s a little late in the term, but we might as well take a look, shall we? The same review rules as usual apply.

The review period ends on 8 August 2020.

Nicholas Villarreal
Engineering Director


Change Log:
-Corrected grammar mistakes throughout description
-Reworded cargo bay levels description
-Specified landing bay access

BRAZEN-CLASS
CATEGORY: DESTROYER
VARIANT: ESCORT
DESIGNER: Ray Branch
Mark II
Draft 2
DATE: 20 July, 2020

HISTORY AND MISSION OVERVIEW

Nearly 10 years after the creation of the Avenger class starship, Starfleet Command decided that a new class of starship would be created to go above and beyond the capabilities of both of the Defiant and Avenger classes. This new class of starship, the Brazen-class, would be built to serve on the front lines and combat the Federation’s current enemies like the Flarn, Orion pirates, and rogue Romulans, just to name a few. In 2388, it took engineers a few months to design the ship that would replace the Avenger. This new ship was to carry the state of the art sensors, weaponry, and shielding. It wasn’t until two years later, in 2390, that the first Brazen class was set for its maiden voyage.

The Brazen Class starship will continue in the roles of its sister classes and partake in missions including, but are not limited to, the following:

System patrols
Search and rescue
Sabotage
Escort
Scouting

STRUCTURE AND CONSTRUCTION
The Brazen is designed with the nacelles built into the sides of the ship, which runs ¾ the length of the ship, and are heavily shielded, which makes them less of a target in a battle. The ship was created into a circular design. The nose of the ship stuck out in front, while the nacelles created a rectangular wing shape along the edges. The Brazen class hull is designed to be built with 9.5cm of ablative armor with structural alloys that span the entire ship. The ship is also equipped with articulated/jettisonable hull plates to allow access to the ship’s exterior. The hull interior is made up of 3 layers. Inside each layer is reinforced tritanium alloys and foam plastic. If the need arises, the Brazen has the capability to automatically construct sectional force fields used by their own emergency power to quickly seal breaches.

The Brazen class was designed to be able to land on most terrain, so atmospheric thrusters were included. These thrusters are located in the hull and are designed to allow the ship to easily land on surfaces up to 1.9g environments. Since the ship is capable of surface landings, the designers added landing struts in a square pattern at the bottom of the ship. The Brazen’s ideal landing is on a flat and stable structure/ground. On average, it would take the ship 2-3 minutes for the ship to land, however it would take the ship 4-6 minutes for the ship to take off and reach space.

SCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING SYSTEMS
The Brazen’s Type 7 high resolution sensors can reach a range of 3.11 light years, whereas the low-resolution sensors can reach a range of 11 light years. The sensors on the Brazen class are modeled after the standard sensor pallets used on other starships. As with the Avenger Class starship, the Brazen’s sensor clusters can be brought into reinforced slots during battle. While that procedure ultimately reduces the effectiveness of the sensors by 45 percent, the sensors are protected from any weapons fire.

-COMPUTER SYSTEMS
To maintain the abundance of the ship’s systems and memory, the Brazen is equipped with isolinear computer grids which are located on the center most areas of decks 5 and 6. The computer system uses bio-neural circuitry. The ship is equipped with the LCARS software package.

The Brazen Class is equipped with the same advanced AI program as found on the Memorial class battle cruiser. The Enhanced Neural Image, Navigation, Tactical, and Defense Intelligence (ENINTADI) is a self-aware neural imaged Al, able to coordinate ship navigation, tactical, and defensive systems. While this system also has the ability to take full control over the ship’s systems, voice authorization is required by the Captain and first officer.

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-SENSOR MASKING AND MISDIRECTION ALGORITHMS
The Brazen class also includes efforts made by Starfleet Intelligence to give the ship some combat stealth and misdirection capability. It includes pre-written programs within the computer to initiate sensor ghosting, false sensor signals, and targeting disruption algorithms run by the ENINTADI Al system. While not perfectly effective, this solution does provide increased efforts of disguise over more general starships using such decoys.

-HOLOGRAPHIC SYSYEMS
This ship is equipped with an EMH Mark IV. Holo emitters are located in all critical parts of the ship, with access to the bridge, engineering, the science lab, all cargo bays, sickbay, and corridors.

WARP PROPULSION SYSTEM
The ship has a 1649 Cochrane Rating Class 7 Warp Core as the Main power source. In case of an emergency, the Brazen may eject the core out the aft section of the hull, since the core runs horizontally. The Engineering section runs from decks 4 through 6. The Brazen is able to sustain a standard cruising speed of warp 6, a max sustainable speed of warp 9, a max velocity speed of warp 9.2 for 12 hours, and an emergency speed of warp 9.5 for 3 hours.

IMPULSE PROPULSION SYSTEM
The Brazen’s two impulse engines are located on the aft of Decks 3 and 4. To combat time dilation effects, the Brazen has a maximum impulse speed of 0.30c, which is coupled with combat RCS thruster packs, located around key positions of the ship’s hull to maximize its maneuverability. The ship has both an acceleration and deceleration time of 20 seconds.

TACTICAL SYSTEMS
-DEFENSIVE SHIELDS
The Brazen Class starship is equipped with Type 10 shields that allow for a Max Graviton Load of 2150 MW and a Max Dissipation Rate of 5.84 X 10^5kW. The ship’s Main Deflector is built into the nose of the ship.

-PHASER SYSTEMS
The Brazen class has four Type 10 phaser strips located in the wings of the ship; two on each wing. They are located dorsally and ventrally respectively. There are also four forward Type 10 pulse fire phaser cannons located in the nose of the ship. Each phaser array has a Max Energy output of 5.1MW and a range of 150,000 km.

-TORPEDO SYSTEMS
The Brazen Class has five Type 3 torpedo tubes, 2 in the bow and 3 aft, which are capable of multi launch fire. That means two torpedoes could be fired every four seconds. The Brazen Class starship is capable of carrying 100 casings. However, the standard payload is usually between 60 and 70 casings. That number comes out to 30 photon torpedoes, 15 quantum torpedoes, and 25 probes.

COMMAND AND SUPPORT SYSTEMS
-MAIN BRIDGE
The Bridge is sunken into the first deck of the ship to offer it more protection.

The aft section of the bridge (behind the mission specialist) contains 5 stations/consoles. Facing forward they are port to starboard:

-Operations/Communications station
-Support Science 1 console
-Engineering Support 1 console
-Miscellaneous/Auxiliary 1 console
-Tactical/Security station

The Captain’s chair is located directly in the center of the bridge with a guard rail that forms a half circle behind the chair. Built into the guard rail, directly behind the Captain’s chair, is the mission specialist’s console which can double as the First Officer’s station. Centered halfway between the Command chair and the viewscreen is the combined Helm/Navigation station. Facing forward on the starboard side of the Bridge is the Chief Engineer’s station and facing forward on the port side of the Bridge is the Chief Science Officer’s station.

Access to this location is possible by 2 turbolifts. One is located between the Operations and Support Science stations and the other is located between the Auxiliary and Tactical stations.

-CONFERENCE ROOM
The conference room entrance is located between the Operations station and the Chief Science Officer’s station. It is furnished by a medium sized table with round corners, able to seat 8 people comfortably. The conference room also contains a LCARS display and a small replicator.

-READY ROOM
The entrance to the Captain’s ready room is located between the Tactical station and Chief Engineer’s station. The Ready Room is furnished by a L-shaped desk, computer and small replicator. The ship’s Captain has the option of a small bookcase or an extra arm chair.

-MAIN ENGINEERING
Due to the size of the Brazen’s hull, the warp core was positioned horizontally. This allowed the power transfer conduits to run from one wing to the other. With the warp core positioned how it is, it could be ejected from the aft section of the ship in 7 seconds.

The upper deck starts on deck 3 of Engineering and allows engineers to access the upper and lower Impulse Engines. The mid-level or Main Engineering is located on deck 4, and houses the warp core. This is also where the Chief Engineer’s office is located. The lower level is located on deck 5 and houses the machine shop as well as Engineering control monitors.

-MACHINE SHOP
The machine shop is located on deck 5, the bottom level of Engineering. This allows a starship to make any parts that they need, without going to a Starbase.

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-SECURITY STATION AND DETENTION CELLS
The security station is located on Deck 4. There the Chief of Security, or another security officer, can monitor the two detention cells that could hold a max of 3 people each. Within the Security Station is a room which houses an entire wall that shows the ship’s current security status.

-ARMORY
The ship’s armory is located in the Security Center. The armory is equipped with 75 handheld type 2 phasers and 25 type 3 phaser rifles. The Brazen is also equipped with 5 PSP-1s, 3 Sentry guns, and 10 WTR-600s which could be used in lieu of tricorders.

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http://www.star-fleet.com/library/bookshelf/tm/sentrygun.html
http://www.star-fleet.com/library/bookshelf/tm/wtr-600.html

-INTELLIGENCE OFFICE
The Brazen has a dedicated Intel office on Deck 4, located next to the Security Office and detention cells. The office contains uplinks to ship sensors and has access to Starfleet Intelligence reports, which can only be accessed by an assigned Intel Officer or someone with a Level 10 security clearance.

-GENERAL SCIENCE LABORATORY
Due to the size of the Brazen, there is only one science lab which is located on Deck 2. The lab is a modular single room. That means it is able to support many scientific fields of study and can have the modules switched out by either starbase engineers or ship’s machine shop.

UTILITY SYSTEMS
-CARGO BAYS
With external bay doors the ship’s three cargo bays are equipped with two small cargo transporters (Cargo Bay A and C). The crew can also turn one of the Cargo bays into a Triage center or a larger science lab. Each cargo bay’s upper level is located on deck 2 and its lower level is on deck 3. Due to the nature of some of its missions, the Brazen Class starship is capable of operating for 18 months without being resupplied.

-TRACTOR BEAM SYSTEMS
The ship has a tractor beam emitter located dorsal aft on deck 2, with a range of 25,000 km, while the main emitter is located on the bottom or ventral aft of the ship, with a range of 45,000km.

-TRANSPORTER SYSTEMS
The transporter room aboard the Brazen, is located on deck 4, with in the port section of the ship. The transporter pad is able to beam up to 6 people each. Due to the high-resolution buffers, both normal and cargo transporters have a range of 45,000 km.

There are 2 emergency pads, one on deck 3 and the other on deck 5. Both are able to transport a maximum of 4 people per cycle at a range of 35,000 km.

CREW SUPPORT SYSTEMS

-SICKBAY
The ship’s sickbay is located on Deck 6. It’s split up into 3 sections or rooms. The first section is the Examination and Emergency Room. The standard setup has two biobeds and a permanent table. The table can be removed and replaced with a third biobed, if needed. The second section is where the medical storage and bio labs are located. The third section is where the Chief Medical Officer’s office is located. There, the Chief Medical Officer can review patient status from monitors located on the wall.

Holo emitters are located throughout sickbay to support the Emergency Medical Hologram. The medical staff only has 12 official staff members, so members of the science department are optionally cross trained in the medical department as Emergency Medics.

-COUNSELOR’S OFFICE
While not always assigned, Starfleet thought that a Counselor could serve as a moral officer, along with their psychology role, on longer missions. Inside the office, one could set up a desk, 3 chairs, and a computer. Decoration would be left up to the assigned Counselor.

-ENLISTED QUARTERS
The Enlisted quarters are on deck 3. Due to the small structure of the ship, the crew quarters are each 35 square meters. Each room houses four enlisted crew. Each quarter has two bunk beds, one on each of the port and starboard walls, with a table and two chairs in the center. A washroom is shared between two quarters of eight people. The washroom contains four sonic shower stalls, four water toilet stalls, and two sinks.

-JUNIOR OFFICER’S QUARTERS
The Junior Officers’ quarters are on deck 4 and are 30 square meters. The quarters contain one twin sized bed to the starboard side of the room. The room also contains a desk with two chairs, plus a console that allows access to the ship’s database.

Washrooms are shared between every three quarters, or three people. They contain three sonic showers, three toilet stalls and two sinks.

-DEPARTMENT HEAD’S QUARTERS
There are four Senior Officers’ Quarters located on Deck 5, and a further four are located on Deck 3. These 35 square meter rooms include a single full-size bed, with a work desk that includes computer access to the ship’s database, and two chairs. Two quarters or two people would share a washroom. These washrooms have one sonic shower, two toilet stalls, and one sink.

-CO AND XO QUARTERS
The CO and XO quarters on Deck 6 include a king size bed, a workstation with access to internal comms and the ship’s database. They also have a private washroom to themselves which contains one sonic bathtub/shower that can be turned into a hot tub, one toilet stall, and one sink for each cabin. These two also have access to a small food replicator.

-V.I.P QUARTERS
There are 3 VIP Quarters on deck 5 and are arranged the same as the CO and XO quarters. The atmosphere in the quarters may be changed to Class H, K, L, M, N, and N(2) environments. These rooms come standard with a single bed and a work desk, along with a replicator.

  • MESS HALL
    The mess hall on deck 5 is where the crew eats and entertains themselves. Five replicators line the walls, while 8 small tables, with 3 chairs per table, are scattered in the front, while 3 lounge chairs and a couch surrounded a low table in the back. Under the table are numerous board games that could be played as entertainment. Because there aren’t any windows in the mess hall, several LCARS displays are used to provide entertainment for those who occupy the room.

-HOLOSUITE
The ship’s holosuite is located on deck 7 and is much smaller than an average holodeck, due to the size of the ship. During normal operations, one must reserve a spot through the Operations department, to save resources. During critical missions in space or during red alert, the holosuites are turned off. The ship’s EMH is also able to have access to the holosuite.

AUXILIARY SPACECRAFT SYSTEMS
The Brazen Class can hold two shuttle craft. Due to the size of the landing bay, which is located on the port and starboard side of Deck 1, only shuttles at or under ten meters in length or 6 meters in width are able to be used. Given the landing bay’s location, access is only achievable by using turbolifts or jefferies tubes. The ship comes standard with two Armadillo class shuttles.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
-DIMENSIONS and STRUCTURE
Length: 187 meters
Beam (width): 147 meters
Height: 46 meters
Decks: 7

-CREW COMPLEMENT
Officers and Crew: 70
Command: 5
Tactical/Security/Intel: 20
Science: 12
Medical: 12
Engineering/Operations: 20
Counseling: 1
Visiting Personnel: 6
Maximum Evacuation Limit: 160

-COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Core: 1x isolinear computer core with bio-neural circuitry
Operating System: Starfleet Library Computer Access and Retrieval System (LCARS)
User Interface: MAJEL and ENINTADI Al

-WARP SYSTEMS
Powerplant: One 1649+ M/ARA cores feeding two nacelles
Cruising Velocity: Warp 6.0
Max Sustainable Velocity: Warp 9.0
Max Velocity: Warp 9.2 (12 hours)
Emergency Speed: Warp 9.5 (3 hours)

-IMPULSE SYSTEMS
Full Impulse: 0.30c
0-0.30c: 20 sec.
0.30c-0: 20 sec.

-DEFENSIVE SYSTEMS
Shield Maximum Graviton Load (continuous): 2150 MegaWatts
Shield Maximum Dissipation Rate: 5.84 X 10^5 kilowatts

-OFFENSIVE SYSTEMS
Torpedoes
Torpedo Tubes: 2x Type-3 launchers
Standard Payload: 70 torpedoes (Max 100 casings for special assignments)
Photon Torpedoes: 30
Quantum Torpedoes: 15
Probes: 25

Phasers
4 Type X Phaser Strips
4 Type X Pulse Phaser Cannons

DECK LAYOUT

-DECK 1
Main Bridge
Main Bridge Ready Room
Main Bridge Conference Room (10 seats)
Shuttle Landings Bays Port and Starboard

-DECK 2
Science Lab
Shuttle Repair Bays Port and Starboard
Cargo Bays A, B, C (upper)

  • DECK 3
    Enlisted Quarters
    Cargo Transporters (1 and 2)
    Cargo Bays A, B, and C (lower)
    Airlock 1 and docking port (port)
    Airlock 2 and docking port (starboard)
    Impulse Engines (Upper)

-DECK 4
Engineering Deck A
Impulse Engines (Lower)
Deuterium Storage Tanks
Junior Officer Quarters
Brig/Armory
Intelligence Office
Transporter Room 1 (port)

-DECK 5
Engineering Deck B
M/ARA
M/ARA Ejection System
Airlock 3 and docking port (forward)
Mess Hall
VIP Quarters
CNS Office
Department Heads’ Quarters

-DECK 6
Engineering Deck C
Sickbay
Computer Core
CO and XO Quarters

-DECK 7
Landing Struts
Anti-Deuterium Storage Pods
Anti-Deuterium Storage Pod Ejection System
Deuterium/Anti Deuterium Refill Ports
Holosuite
Airlock 4 and Docking Port (lower)
Docking Clamps

SHIPS OF THE LINE
The Brazen is named after its appearance compared to the missions it takes on:

USS Brazen, NCC-99189
USS Courage, NCC-99190
USS Bold, NCC-99191
USS Blatant, NCC-99192
USS Fearless, NCC-99193
USS Insolent, NCC-99194
USS Flagrant, NCC-99195
USS Impertinent, NCC-99196
USS Audacious, NCC-99197
USS Brave, NCC-99198

CONCLUSION

The Brazen Class is the next generation destroyer escort. It is designed to handle long term covert missions into the heart of the Federation’s enemies. With its state-of-the-art technology, the Brazen class will be Starfleet’s key to remain the top power in the quadrant.

Ray Branch
20 July 2020


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