Starfleet Starship Classes by type

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Facts

  • Dates reflect active service

Combatants

Cruiser

Courier

  • Smaller, high-speed vessels meant for supply runs, quick transport, diplomatic ferrying, etc.

Escort

  • Also known as destroyer
  • Small combat-focused vessel used to protect larger, less-armed ships

Explorer

  • Vessel devoted to long-term exploration missions far from Federation core territory, without access to starbase support

Frigate

Strike Fighter

  • Very small, quick, heavily-armed vessel meant for use in large groups, often held in larger carriers

Noncombatants

Hospital ship

  • Medical support vessel; combat support, planetary medical disaster, etc.

Repair ship

  • Industrial vessel devoted to on-site maintenance, offering facilities normally available only at starbases

Runabout

  • Large auxiliary vessel used as support for starbases or other fixed locations

Survey

  • Also known as science vessels, scouts
  • Vessels meant for short-term analysis and observation, often intelligence-gathering or scientific study

Transport