Heermann Class IX Light Frigate

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design by John Bandow

Classified as a light frigate, the Heermann class was indeed more of a patrol frigate than a troop transport vessel. And yet it’s internal volume and roomy quarters made it another popular frigate for marines and naval personnel alike.

The Heermann was also a design that attempted to reduce the overall plasma needs of the warp coils by moving the main stage flux tuners outward from the main plasma intake assembly. While this nacelle layout had only marginal returns in fuel savings, it was still a popular design that was use to convince Star Fleet Procurement to fund various ships. With the Heermann’s layout, it also reduced the vulnerability of the plasma intakes for the nacelles, essentially hiding them under the bulk of the Heermann’s primary hull.

Internally, the Heermann was well loved. Two large “barracks” facilities housed the majority of the on-board troops providing room for recreation facilities and training spaces. The small on-board labs and large botanical section allowed additional crew activities beyond those normally associated with front line patrols.

The Mk I was well armed with six mid-range phasers and two torpedo launchers. The Powerful FSK shield gave the ship good survivability during combat. Six years after the launch of the Mk I, the Mk II increased the impulse drive by removing some of the shuttle storage space. The additional space also allowed for the upgrade of the main weapon systems. The efficient FSI shield was eventually installed. Though not as powerful at the FSK, the FSI was more efficient, leaving more power for other sub-systems during combat.

The USS Morgenroth would go on the prove the merits of the new systems shortly after being upgraded in 2267. After spending four weeks heading for her patrol zone, the Morgenroth responded to a boarder sensor buoy that reported a Klingon D-10 in the Neutral Zone. Three days later, the Morgenroth arrived on scene to find the D-10 headed for Orion space. The Morgenroth eventually caught the heavy cruiser and engaged it. While the Klingon had superior firepower, the Morgenroth continued to outmaneuver the D-10. Even after several obvious attempts by the Klingons to disable the Morgenroth’s engines, the Morgenroth continued to harass the D-10 until the heavy cruiser finally was able to cross back into the Neutral Zone. To date, the identity of the Klingon cruiser remains unknown, as does the reason for it’s withdrawal.

Of the 15 Heermann’s built, 1 Mk I was scrapped. The remaining Mk I’s were converted to Mk II’s. The Heermann is still in service as a support vessel and is scheduled to be refit within the next two years. The Heermann was built at the Merak and Cait facilities.

Construction Data:
Model – Mk I Mk II
Ship Class – IX IX
Date Entering Service – 2260 2266
Number Constructed – 12 3
Hull Data:
Superstructure Points – 22 24
Damage Chart – C C
Length – 244.4 m 244.4 m
Width – 127.1 m 127.1 m
Height – 53.7 m 53.7 m
Weight – 122,185 mt 125,835 mt
Total SCU – 127.05 SCU 127.05 SCU
Cargo Capacity – 6,2.5 mt 6,2.5 mt
Landing Capacity – None None
Equipment Date:
Control Computer Type – M-4 M-4
Standard 6-person – 3 3
Combat 20-person – 3 3
Emergency 22-person – 2 2
Cargo – 2 2
Other Data:
Crew – 242 242
Troops – 124 124
Passengers – 25 25
Shuttlecraft – 10 10
Engines And Power Data:
Total Power Units Available – 29 32
Movement Point Ratio – 3/1 3/1
Warp Engine Type – FWE-2 FWE-2
Number – 2 2
Power Units Available – 13 ea. 13 ea.
Stress Chart – G/K G/K
Max Safe Cruising Speed – Warp 7 Warp 7
Emergency Speed – Warp 9 Warp 9
Impulse Engine Type – FIC-2 FIC-3
Power Units Available – 3 6
Weapons And Firing Data:
Beam Weapon Type – FH-7 FH-8
Number – 6 6
Firing Arcs – 2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s 2 f/p, 2 f, 2 f/s
Firing Chart – Q T
Maximum Power – 4 5
Damage Modifiers:
+3 (-) (-)
+2 (1-8) (1-10)
+1 (9-14) (11-18)
Torpedo Weapon Type – FP-1 FP-6
Number – 2 2
Firing Arcs – 2 f 2 f
Firing Chart – L O
Power to Arm – 1 1
Damage – 10 12
Shield Data:
Deflector Shield Type – FSK FSI
Shield Point Ratio – 1/2 1/3
Maximum Shield Power – 15 12
Combat Efficiency:
D – 81.5 98.8
WDF – 28 39.2
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