Ardennes Class XI Assault Ship

«Last Updated – January 29, 2017»

Federation Ardennes Class XI Assault Ship

Class design by Guidomc

NOTES:
The Ardennes class is specifically designed to transport a smaller contingent of reactionary ground forces with only limited support to establish beach-heads and defensible positions for larger forces to exploit during times of conflict. Unlike a standard frigate, the Ardennes fields twice the number of troops and rarely includes traditional Marine troops, opting for more traditional ground forces and their equipment. The Ardennes, like other assault ships, can support ground vehicles and some support equipment, but it designed to operate with other specialized rapid-reaction vessels to reinforce a quickly established landing zone. Once the Ardennes has beamed it’s troops down, along with their light infantry equipment, the ship will move into a defensive role, protecting other ships within the task-force as they transport heavier equipment and construction materials. The Ardennes’ troops can expand the initial landing zone in force to deter enemy activity while the beach-head is secured.

The Mk I was first proposed in 2310 with the intentions of being a major combat support vessel for the on-going conflict with the Romulans. However, the conflict ended before the project was green-lighted. When relations with the Tzenkethi began to deteriorate in 2316, the Ardennes project was given the go-ahead and Roseanna Designs of Cait was given the contract. In 2317, the design specifications were presented to Star Fleet Procurement, and the Ardennes class was approved for construction. While some sited the Ardennes small troop compliment as a liability, most fleet planners recognized that the Ardennes main strength was not in it’s ground forces, but in the spaceframe’s ability to support ground troops and orbital operations with the firepower and capability of a cruiser. The Mk I mounted an impressive 10 main phasers with 6 supporting phasers, giving the vessel excellent fields of fire. The Mk I also mounted 12 combat transporter, allowing the ship to beam down nearly it’s entire contingent of troops in 5 minutes or less.

The Mk I served admirably during the Tzenkethi conflict, fulfilling it’s mission parameters almost to letter-perfect functionality. On no less than seven occasions, taskforces based on multiple Ardennes class ships were called upon to rapidly transport their forces to various planets to secure landing zones. Followup troops were then able to quickly take advantage of the landing zones and force arriving Tzenkethi ground troops to fight both a ground battle and space battle, reducing their effectiveness. During the conflict, only one Ardenne’s was last due to combat.

The Ardennes class remained a tactical planning tool until 2335 when planners began to realize that the conflict between the Klingons and Romulans (who had not been heard from along the Federation boarder for over 20 years) could eventually spill into a major conflict throughout the quadrant. While relations with the Klingons were, by no means cordial, the Kitomer accords were still active, and should the Romulans push the issue, the Federation would need ground bases and established outposts on a wide range of planets quite quickly. Designers at Rosenna were tasked with finding improvements to a number of designs, including the Ardennes.

The Mk II would see a significant improvement in the main sensors, with the intent to detect cloaked Romulan attack vessels before they threatened landing operations. The secondary weapon systems were also replaced with a much longer ranged phaser system. The main computer was also replaced to the isolinear classification, although some in Star Fleet felt this was an unnecessary expense. None-the-less, the Mk II was approved and 20 new vessels were scheduled.

The conflict with the Romulans never materialized, however, and orders for the Ardennes were reduced from 20 to 14, and then eventually to 10. The days of the Ardennes were far from over, and in 2347 the Ardennes were some of the first vessels to see action in the Cardassian war. As was their mandate, the Ardenns were used to quickly establish defensive position outside outposts and colony cities, preventing Cardassian ground forces from capturing lightly defended position. The Ardennes would go on to serve during the devastating Dominion war and were some of the only Assault Ships to server alongside Romulan assault forces during the war.

Although the Ardennes continues to be in serivce, there is talk about retiring the class, who is now nearly 100 years old. Many of the active spaceframes would require extensive refit and replacements of primary structural components to extend their service life. With newer ships in serive, and other designs easier to upgrade, Star Fleet has announce that, baring another major conflict, the Ardennes class will be removed from service within the next five years.

A total of 31 Ardennes have been built, including 21 Mk I’s and 10 Mk II’s. Of the 21 Mk I’s built, 20 were converted to Mk II’s and one was destroyed. Of the 30 Mk II’s in service, two have been scrapped, both after significant damage during combat. The Ardennes were built at the Cait shipyards.


Construction Data:
Model – Mk I Mk II
Ship Class – XI XI
Date Entering Service – 2319 2339
Number Constructed – 21 10
Hull Data:
Superstructure Points – 33 37
Damage Chart – C C
Size:
Length – 374 m 374 m
Width – 177 m 177 m
Height – 60 m 60 m
Weight – 172,990 mt 174,325 mt
Cargo:
Total SCU – 300 SCU 300 SCU
Cargo Capacity – 15,000 mt 15,000 mt
Landing Capacity – None None
Equipment Date:
Control Computer Type – M-8 I-6
Transporters:
Standard 6-person – 6 6
Combat 20-person – 12 12
Emergency 22-person – 8 8
Cargo – 3 3
Other Data:
Crew – 326 329
Troops – 600 600
Passengers – 20 20
Shuttlecraft – 34 34
Engines And Power Data:
Total Power Units Available – 76 77
Movement Point Ratio – 4/1 4/1
Warp Engine Type – FWG-1 FWG-1
Number – 2 2
Power Units Available – 26 ea. 26 ea.
Stress Chart – D/F D/F
Max Safe Cruising Speed – Warp 8 Warp 8
Emergency Speed – Warp 10 Warp 10
Impulse Engine Type – FIG-1 FIJ-1
Power Units Available – 24 25
Weapons And Firing Data:
Beam Weapon Type – FH-3 FH-3
Number – 10 10
Firing Arcs – 4 f/p, 2 f, 4 f/s 4 f/p, 2 f, 4 f/s
Firing Chart – W W
Maximum Power – 5 5
Damage Modifiers:
+3 (1-10) (1-10)
+2 (11-17) (11-17)
+1 (18-20) (18-20)
Beam Weapon Type – FH-12 FH-16
Number – 6 6
Firing Arcs – 2 f/p/a, 2 f/s/a, 1 p/a, 1 s/a 2 f/p/a, 2 f/s/a, 1 p/a, 1 s/a
Firing Chart – R Y
Maximum Power – 6 4
Damage Modifiers:
+3 (-) (1-10)
+2 (1-9) (11-17)
+1 (10-16) (18-24)
Torpedo Weapon Type – FP-4 FP-9
Number – 4 4
Firing Arcs – 2 f, 2 a 2 f, 2 a
Firing Chart – S R
Power to Arm – 1 1
Damage – 20 28
Shield Data:
Deflector Shield Type – FSS FSQ
Shield Point Ratio – 1/4 1/4
Maximum Shield Power – 20 30
Combat Efficiency:
D – 183.2 206.9
WDF – 137.4 157.2

Regsitry  Vessel Shipyard Laid Down Launched Commissioned Status
NCC-13550 Ardennes Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 15 Feb 2318 24 Feb 2319 21 Oct 2319 R2 – 2342
NCC-13551 Aachen Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 05 Aug 2325 08 Nov 2326 24 Apr 2327 R2 – 2346
NCC-13552 Arras Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 20 Jun 2328 12 May 2329 17 Feb 2330 R2 – 2348
NCC-13553 Bastogne Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 02 Apr 2323 29 May 2324 12 Nov 2324 R2 – 2341
NCC-13554 Bodenplatte Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 23 Dec 2323 05 Apr 2325 29 Nov 2325 R2 – 2343
NCC-13555 Cherbourg Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 06 Mar 2329 17 Feb 2330 16 Nov 2330 R2 – 2350
NCC-13556 Dunkirk Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 18 Nov 2328 07 Dec 2329 19 Apr 2330 R2 – 2350, Sc – 2354
NCC-13557 Elsenborn Ridge Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 04 Mar 2322 23 Mar 2323 11 Dec 2323 R2 – 2342
NCC-13558 Gembloux Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 21 Jul 2333 09 Jun 2334 20 Sep 2334 R2 – 2351
NCC-13559 Groningen Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 17 Jan 2326 19 Apr 2327 26 Dec 2327 R2 – 2347
NCC-13560 Hannut Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 08 Mar 2331 17 Jan 2332 26 Aug 2332 R2 – 2352
NCC-13561 Hurtgen Forest Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 29 Sep 2328 10 Jan 2330 29 May 2330 R2 – 2350
NCC-13562 Kesternich Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 04 Feb 2320 29 Apr 2321 12 Nov 2321 R2 – 2339
NCC-13563 Losheim Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 02 Jun 2321 01 May 2322 09 Sep 2322 R2 – 2338
NCC-13564 Maastrucht Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 31 May 2330 18 May 2331 25 Nov 2331 R2 – 2349
NCC-13565 Saint Vith Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 07 Jun 2319 17 Jun 2320 10 Mar 2321 R2 – 2337
NCC-13566 Saumur Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 24 Jul 2318 13 Sep 2319 14 May 2320 D – 2327
NCC-13567 Scheldt Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 09 Nov 2328 29 Nov 2329 27 May 2330 R2 – 2345
NCC-13568 Sedan Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 15 Jul 2333 28 Oct 2334 23 Mar 2335 R2 – 2350
NCC-13569 Willers Bocage Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 31 Jul 2329 24 Sep 2330 17 Jan 2331 R2 – 2351
NCC-13570 Zeeland Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 09 Dec 2335 15 Dec 2336 29 Jun 2337 R2 – 2352
NCC-13571 Bautzen Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 21 Jun 2343 18 Jul 2344 17 Feb 2345
NCC-13572 Grebbeberg Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 15 Dec 2338 23 Oct 2339 22 Mar 2340
NCC-13573 Hague Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 26 Jun 2339 12 Sep 2340 22 Jan 2341 Sc – 2374
NCC-13574 Kolberg Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 12 Oct 2340 24 Dec 2341 16 Oct 2342
NCC-13575 Konigsberg Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 24 May 2343 16 Jun 2344 01 Jan 2345
NCC-13576 Memel Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 09 Oct 2344 17 Feb 2346 13 Jun 2346
NCC-13577 Narvik Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 10 Oct 2341 19 Jan 2343 22 May 2343
NCC-13578 Rostov Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 05 Oct 2341 01 Nov 2342 23 Jul 2343
NCC-13579 Someri Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 22 Jan 2344 17 Apr 2345 17 Aug 2345
NCC-13580 Tannenberg Roseanna Assembly Yards, Cait 17 Dec 2343 08 Apr 2345 20 Nov 2345