Guardian Class V-VI Destroyer

«Last Updated on December 12, 2023 »


Known sphere Of Operation:  Orion Colonies
Data Reliability:  C for all models
Major Data Source:  Klingon & Orion Sector Intelligence

The many year that the Orions have spread throughout the galaxy, plying their trade and pirating from those who they could, rarely has the home world produced a purely military vessel in answer to it’s neighbors. While transports, raiders and freighters abounded within the Orion controlled spaces, fewer than ten designs could honestly be called a military vessel. Traditionally, the Orions had always purchased larger combat craft from others, or simple done without. But the scars of the Four-Years were deep and fresh on the minds of the Orions. While these was no real government in the Orion colonies, those who played at politician and the billions they represented had become outraged at the restrictions the war had created. With only a light token combat force, the Orions had no real way to prevent a similar set of circumstances in the future. By war’s end, the Orions had designed what would arguably be one of their most successful military designs.

The Guardian was designed from the outset to engage a wide range of enemy vessels, including destroyer and cruisers from both the Klingon Empire and the Federation. The A-1 model was built with the venerable and well-loved OWA-1 drive system, coupled with the OIA-4 impulse drive. While Orion shipwrights were producing newer engine designs, the older OWA system gave the light craft superb speed and handling characteristics. Repairs could be made at any of the worlds now part of the Orion colony worlds. The A-1 was also well armed with it’s medium disruptors. In non-typical fashion, the new destroyer mounted it’s weapon primarily forward, similar to the many Federation and Klingon ships that had fought within Orion space during the war. But the most telling weapon system aboard the Guardian was the newly created OP-1.

The torpedo was in fact a copy of the Federation’s FP-1. More efficient than known Klingon torpedo designs, the OP-1 was quickly in high demand. But many realized that priority had to be given to the ever expanding Guardian project, and for the years of 2256, 2257 and 2258, nearly every OP-1 torpedo system build, and 98% of all torpedo casings were diverted to the project. Only a hand full of other hulls received OP-1s. Some influential corporate owners insisted that the OP-2, also a newly fielded torpedo design, was equal to the OP-1 and were threatening to pull their funding, but cooler heads prevailed, and the A-1 continued construction with the OP-1 as its primary weapon. The weapon gave the Guardian significant punch in combat, and would remain the primary weapon system for over 30 years.

The Guardian was first scanned by Federation scouts monitoring the Klingon border near Orion space. The effect was immediate and many upper echelon commanders began to wonder if the Orions were being supplemented by the Klingons in a bid to destablize the region. The sheer firepower of the Guardian stunned fleet planners and Star Fleet began transferring some of their beleaguered forces to the Orion boarder. But it would be the Klingons who would first taste the sheer ferocity of the Guardian in battle when a squadron of D-16s crossed into Orion space in the hopes of capturing much needed supplies. The Klingon destroyers met the only two Guardians currently completed. The Orions devastated the Klingon raiding party. One D-16 was destroyed and a second was so badly damaged it was abandoned and later captured by the Orions. The third destroyer picked up what survivors it could and raced for home. While some felt the Klingons would retaliate, the audacity of the Orions in fact impressed Klingon policy makers who chose to grudgingly trade with the Orions rather than try to capture what was needed by the Empire.

The Guardian’s power was impressive, but eventually overshadowed by Federation and Klingon designs alike. Fearing that either government would try and impose restrictive trade policies, the Orions fielded the A-2 Guardian. The A-2 mounted a larger impulse engine and heavier disruptors. To ensure that the weapons systems didn’t overload the main computer, the more powerful Mark IV was installed.

In 2272, the Orions launched the larger and even more powerful B-1 model. The B-1 was a true warship of significant capabilities and could easily take on cruiser and destroyer from the major powers.

Some ten years later, the Orions would again launch an updated version of the Guardian, the B-2. Improved weapons and shields gave the B-2 model greater staying power in battle.

The destruction of Praxis, however, reduced the need for the Guardian with the Klingons needing trade with Orion interests far more than the returns from raiding and supporting such efforts. By 2300, the Guardian project was no longer proving lucrative and few Orion families or planetary administrators were showing interest in the ship. Sales of all active hulls soon flooded the market. A large number were transferred and sold to interest near the Cardassian and even Breen regions of space. While the BCP had dozens of small outposts throughout the region, none was lucrative enough to support continued operations of the Guardian class. By 2360, all Guardians had been sold to other interests.

Construction Data:
     Model – A-1 A-2 B-1 B-2
     Ship Class – V V VI VI
     Date Entering Service – 2256 2267 2272 2281
     Number Constructed – 71 53 28 6
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points – 20 20 20 22
     Damage Chart – C C C C
           Length – 187 m 187 m 187 m 187 m
          Width – 121 m 121 m 121 m 121 m
          Height – 33.5 m 33.5 m 33.5 m 33.5 m
          Weight – 44,248 mt 46,470 mt 65,593 mt 68,883 mt
          Total SCU – 150 SCU 150 SCU 150 SCU 150 SCU
          Cargo Capacity – 7,500 mt 7,500 mt 7,500 mt 7,500 mt
     Landing Capacity – None None None None
Equipment Date:
     Control Computer Type – Mark III Mark IV Mark IV Mark VI
          Standard 5-person – 3 3 3 3
          Emergency 14-person – 4 4 4 4
          Cargo – 2 2 2 2
Other Data:
     Crew – 181 184 211 217
     Passengers – 25 25 25 25
     Shuttlecraft – 4 4 4 4
Engines And Power Data:
     Total Power Units Available – 38 39 44 44
     Movement Point Ratio – 2/1 2/1 3/1 3/1
     Warp Engine Type – OWA-2 OWA-2 OWD-3 OWD-3
          Number – 2 2 2 2
          Power Units Available – 17 ea. 17 ea. 20 ea. 20 ea.
          Stress Chart – G/F G/F G/F G/F
          Max Safe Cruising Speed – Warp 7 Warp 7 Warp 6 Warp 6
          Emergency Speed – Warp 9 Warp 9 Warp 8 Warp 8
     Impulse Engine Type – OIA-4 OID-1 OIA-4 OIA-4
          Power Units Available – 4 5 4 4
Weapons And Firing Data:
     Beam Weapon Type – OD-3 OD-4 OD-5 OD-11
          Number – 4 4 4 4
          Firing Arcs – 2 f, 1 f/p, 1 f/s 2 f, 1 f/p, 1 f/s 2 f/p, 2 f/s 2 f/p, 2 f/s
          Firing Chart – R T U U
          Maximum Power – 4 6 7 8
          Damage Modifiers:
               +3 (-) (-) (-) (-)
               +2 (-) 1-18 1-10 1-20
               +1 1-16 (-) 11-20 (-)
     Beam Weapon Type – OD-3 OD-4
          Number – 2 2
           Firing Arcs – 2 f 2 f
          Firing Chart – R T
          Maximum Power – 4 6
          Damage Modifiers:
               +3 (-) (-)
               +2 (-) 1-18
               +1 1-16 (-)
     Torpedo Weapon Type – OP-1 OP-1 OP-1 OP-1
          Number – 2 2 2 2
          Firing Arcs – 2 f 2 f 2 f 2 f
           Firing Chart – L L L L
          Power to Arm – 1 1 1 1
          Damage – 10 10 10 10
Shield Data:
     Deflector Shield Type – OSI OSJ OSJ OSR
     Shield Point Ratio – 1/3 1/4 1/4 1/4
     Maximum Shield Power – 7 8 7 11
Combat Efficiency:
     D – 120.1 150.6 122.6 131.5
     WDF – 20.8 29.6 38 45.6