The reason fo my previous post about the Starship “Costumes” of Star Trek Online is made clear…I’ve been waiting to show off my favorite starship from the game. This comes from my first online character, Adm. John Able. His command ship is the Assault Cruiser U.S.S. Sulaco, NCC-93736. I call her “The Beast”. She’s big, beautiful, and armed to the teeth. Granted she’s a little slow in the turns, but a few engineering console upgrades will help with that.
Her design consists of components from the Imperial Class, Noble Class and Majestic Class. And, yes, she is named after the Colonial Marine Cruiser from James Cameron‘s Aliens.
In the early days of Star Trek Online, before the release of the Specialty Starship classes, unique starship “Costumes” were made available to purchase, with C-Store Points,for each of the Admiralty Level classes. Essentially, they are a new addition to each class of vessel, either to be used in whole or as components that can be used in combination with the original 3 classes availble in-game. There are 6 costumes available:
Here are a few images recently posted on Facebook of the Odyssey Class U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-F. Here you can see her with the Saucer separated from the Secondary Hull, and an as-yet unmentioned Auxilliary Craft, perhaps the Captain‘s Yacht? I must say I am looking forward to having this ship class available on Star Trek Online.
The original Defiant, commanded by Captain Benjamin Sisko, was on the front lines during the Dominion War. When it was lost to the Breen at the Second Battle of Chin’toka, Starfleet assigned the U.S.S. Sao Paulo to Deep Space Nine, but gave Sisko and his crew permission to rename the ship to Defiant.
Almost 35 years later Starfleet has launched the Tactical Escort Refit: Sao Paulo Class in honor of that ship. This vessel comes equipped with Quad Phaser Cannons. This fearsome energy weapon draws power from the ship’s engines to deal massive damage to an enemy. The Quad Phaser Cannons scale in effectiveness with your Rank and Grade, and may be equipped on any Escort or the Dreadnought Cruiser.
Having grown bored with the Science Role, I decided to start over again and create a new character for Star Trek Online. This time, we are taking the more aggressive approach with a Tactical Officer. We also decided it would be fun to be play an alien this time around. I chose an Andorian, one of my favorite alien races thanks to the performance of Jeffrey Coombs as Shran on Enterprise. So here have for you the first of our upgraded starships: the tactical escort U.S.S. Ney’Tiri, NCC-93530. Yes, she is named after the Na’Vi character portrayed by Zoe Saladana in James Cameron’s Avatar. I’m actuallu planning to name all subsequent starships after either characters or creatures from the film. Anyway, she is a combination of the Gladius Class and the Rapier Class. She’s fast, well armed, very maneuverable…and ugly. But I like her anyway.
Moving right along within Star Trek Online, character has finally made it to the rank of Captain. This is thanks in large to the new Duty Officer system, which is kinda fun to mess with. As usual, the promotion comes along with a new class of starship. Using the last of my C-Store points, I opted to purchase the Bellerophon Class Refit Long Range Science Vessel. The only modifcations to her design were to use the nacelle pylons of the Discovery Class, and then a different Aztec pattern. She is christened the U.S.S. Sojourner, NCC-94360. She has been upgraded to include the Prototype Red Matter Capacitor, Enhanced Plasma Manifold, Photonic Displacer Module, Subspace Field Modulator, and the new Nadeon Detonator Module.
I love this design. The game designers even went so far as to include the variable geometry aspect into the warp nacelles. Whenever you go to warp, they rotate up into position. I have included here numerous shots of this awesome new ship.
With the new Duty Officer System up and running, and a 400 day bonus modifier on skill points, I have been able to advance my Star Trek Online character to Commander rank pretty quickly, more quickly than I was expecting actually. But, it has afforded me the opportunity to comman one of my favorite starship classes: the Research Science Vessel. Commander Ableman has christened her the U.S.S. Perseus, NCC-92939. She has been engineered using the components of all three types of Research Science Vessels: the Hope Class, Olympic Class, and the Horizon Class.
Cmdr. Ableman also had her outfitted with the Prototype Red Matter Capacitor, the Enhanced Plasma Manifold, our Photonic Displacer, and our newest acquisition: a Subspace Field Modulator. As a necessity, she’s armed pretty well too.
Having progressed to Lieutenant Commander within Star Trek Online, and enjoying the newest additions that came out today, I thought I would take this opportunity to show off our current starship: the Federation Science Vessel U.S.S. Rembrandt, NCC-93276. Her design consists of a combination of components from the Aurora Class, the Quasar Class, and the Rhode Island Class starships. We also outfitted her with my Prototype Red Matter capacitor, Enhanced Plasma Manifold, and the new Photonic Dsiplacer Module.
The only Tier3 specialty vessel currently available in the Star Trek Online C-Store, comes the Thunderchild Class. The first U.S.S. Thunderchild was an Akira Class starship that fought the Borg at the Battle of Sector 001 in 2373. The Heavy Escort Refit: Thunderchild Class pays homage to the brave men and women who served aboard that vessel. This ship comes equipped with a Point Defense System. This console activates an automated Phaser Turret Point Defense System designed to defend the vessel from small craft, mines and targetable torpedoes, but that will also target larger vessels as well. This console can be equipped on any escort in any console slot.