Greer Class IV Corsair

«Last Updated on December 27, 2023 »

from Starfleet Prototype – The Journal of Innovative Design and Ideas, David Schmidt & Mastercom Data Center

The Greer was designed as one of the lightest fully capable deep space combat vessels with the ability to engage enemy freighter, transports and other support vessels. The Greer were designed to fulfill a Tellarite military doctrine of support denial, which had proven it self during the Four-Years War. The basic platform was intended to operate in small squadrons and quickly react to aggressive move from hostiles governments by bypassing the frontline attack forces and destroying the support vessels that would desperately be needed after the initial attack.

To fulfill it’s mission, the Greer was well armed with medium range phasers capable of targeting multiple vessels. It’s most effective tools, however, were it’s sophisticated fire control systems nd long range targeting scanners. This gave the small vessel excellent combat capability equal to ships twice it’s size.

The Greer’s most unusual and controversial aspect was it’s use as a corsair. As with other corsair class vessels, the Greer was assigned to local Federation governments who retained control and jurisdiction over the day to day operations of the Greer class. Many were crewed with native personnel rather than Star Fleet crew (although it is noteworthy to mention that a vast majority of these beings were retired star fleet personnel). Despite the controversy, Star Fleet felt that the doctrine was sound, with may pointing out that such an arrangement allowed Star Fleet to detail heavier patrol vessels closer to hostile boarders.

The Mk I, launched in 2279, was considered an immediate success. With it’s well established main drive consisting of the FWA and FIB power systems, the Greer could operate well outside the range of their home systems and be in position to intercept enemy forces when necessary. The 6 main FH-5 phasers, a significant number for a vessel of this size, gave the corsair excellent beam weapon coverage without taxing the main power system. With their excellent sensors, the Greer often operated as an interdiction vessel and deep space customs craft, intercepting freighters and transports while still hours from their home system.

This unique dual role would continue even as Star Fleet fielded the Mk II in 2290. The Mk II improved the primary fire-control system and enlarged the impulse drive. Heavier weapons were also installed to give the Greer greater capability, a reaction to the recent Taal Tan incursion.

In 2309, as many Mk I’s approached their 30 year mark, Star Fleet Procurement began investigating if the older versions should be upgraded to the Mk II, a process that had not yet been started. Although some governments, such as the Tellarites and Andorians did express willingness to fund the upgrades, many others found the refit cost outside their normal budgetary capability. By years end, Star Fleet had decided to not upgrade the Mk I, instead choosing to sell them in the coming years.

In late 2316, the final Mk I had been sold, with promises of further purchases in later years as the Mk II began to age out of its standard life cycle. Contracts for the sale of nearly all Mk II are currently being negotiated.

Of the 490 Greers built, 31 Mk I’s and 204 Mk II’s remain in active service. 7 Mk I’s and 4 Mk II’s have been destroyed. 3 Mk I’s are listed as missing. 21 Mk I’s and 11 Mk II’s have been scrapped. 187 Mk I’s and 7 Mk II’s have been sold. 15 Mk I’s were disarmed and traded to various groups in the Federation.

Construction Data:
Model – Mk I Mk II
Ship Class – IV IV
Date Entering Service – 2279 2290
Number Constructed – 264 226
Hull Data:
Superstructure Points – 16 18
Damage Chart – C C
Length – 102 m 102 m
Width – 103 m 103 m
Height – 20 m 20 m
Weight – 35,135 mt 37,365 mt
Total SCU – 40 SCU 40 SCU
Cargo Capacity – 2,000 mt 2,000 mt
Landing Capacity – None None
Equipment Date:
Control Computer Type – M-1 M-1
Standard 6-person – 2 2
Emergency 22-person – 1 1
Cargo – 1 1
Other Data:
Crew – 70 70
Passengers – 15 15
Shuttlecraft – 4 4
Engines And Power Data:
Total Power Units Available – 20 22
Movement Point Ratio – 2/1 2/1
Warp Engine Type – FWA-2 FWA-2
Number – 2 2
Power Units Available – 8 ea. 8 ea.
Stress Chart – J/M J/M
Max Safe Cruising Speed – Warp 6 Warp 6
Emergency Speed – Warp 8 Warp 8
Impulse Engine Type – FIB-2 FIB-3
Power Units Available – 4 6
Weapons And Firing Data:
Beam Weapon Type – FH-5 FH-12
Number – 6 6
Firing Arcs – 2 f/p, 2 f/s, 1 p/a, 1 s/a 2 f/p, 2 f/s, 1 p/a, 1 s/a
Firing Chart – R R
Maximum Power – 4 6
Damage Modifiers:
+3 (-) (-)
+2 (1-8) (1-9)
+1 (9-16) (10-16)
Shield Data:
Deflector Shield Type – FSF FSH
Shield Point Ratio – 1/2 1/2
Maximum Shield Power – 13 15
Combat Efficiency:
D – 69.9 78.7
WDF – 18.6 29.4