Frigates

Pound for pound the Klingon frigates and corvets are some of the most powerfull ships in the Alpha Quadrant. The reason for this is lack of comfort and recreational ammenties. A klingon would feel quite at home in the cramped enviroment of a WWII German U-boat.

 

F3 Early Warp Frigate

The F3 was the first warp powered frigate being either updates from F2s or new builds subsituting warp era technology for the planned sublight equivalents.  The main weapon is a spinal mount disrupter. This ship never received UIM or DERFACES.  However as the disrupter lacked a sizable punch many captians relied on the two drone racks as their primary ranged weapon.  
There are no P2s as they were too bulky and expensive at the time, to go onto a frigate.  Instead there are P3s which were still a marked improvement over Lasers.
Most F3s were transfered to planetary customs duty or converted to penal frigates when the F4s arrived.

F3 Penal Frigate

The F3 quickly became a popular penal ship when the F4s arrived.  The obvious reason being the newer ships could always capture it.
The second drone rack was removed to reduce the temptation to misuse the explosive warheads

 

F41D Drone ship

The F41D lost its wing disrupters to make room for drone racks. The usual shuttle bay to drone conversion was done with enough space being found to fit a small cargo bay in to house additional drone reloads.
Occasionaly Scout Sensors were added to enable long range drone bombardment and detection of enemy ships at extreme ranges.  This was an expensive and thus rare upgrade.  Where there is no scout sensor subsitute a extra Lab box.
This ship always operated in a frigate squadron, never alone. Typically replacing the unpopular E4 scout that the commadores of the newer F5 frigate squadrons complained 'could never keep up'. The similarity of the F41D and F5 operating in a single squadron made operational logistics easier than a mixed F5/E4 squadron.

 

 

With the treaty of sambaria nothing more than a case study for political science majors the number of old hulls was beginning to pile up. Klingons never throw away a weapon; even a rusty blunt blatlef can do damage. A batch of E1s were turned over to engineering students. These students began working their way up through the frigate classes. Some of these students went on to design the F6 and E7 frignaughts of the later general war era.

E11 Escknort

With the huge number of E1s available to them and unlimited use of an officially decommissioned construction slipway the engineering students had plenty of opportunity to tinker. The solution was to take a whole warp nacelle from one E1 and transplant it onto another giving three warp engines. Unlike the three engine design used in cruisers and larger ships the nacelle had to be fixed to the rear deck rather than onto the front boom section due to stress considerations. This blocked the extended rear firing arcs of the forward facing phaser-II. The first E11 had the third warp nacelle attached by a huge I-beam girder & bolts that Isembard Kingdom Brunell would have been proud off. Subsequent conversions received more consideration with a triangular bracing that was large enough to fit a shuttle into. This allowed the preexisting shuttle bay to be converted to a second drone rack

 

 

 

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