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The Akira-class was a class of Federation starship that was in service with Starfleet by the early 2370s.


Starships of this class were constructed at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards by 2371. (VOY: "Relativity")

It quickly became a common fixture in Federation fleet deployments, appearing on the front lines of numerous engagements, including against the Borg at the Battle of Sector 001 in 2373, and in the Dominion War, where several vessels of this class were assigned to Starfleet's Second Fleet, which participated in Operation Return in 2374, the second Battle of Chin'toka, and the Battle of Cardassia in 2375. They were also frequently stationed near Deep Space 9 during the war. (Star Trek: First Contact; DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels", "Statistical Probabilities", "The Magnificent Ferengi", "Afterimage", and more)

An additional noted engagement happened in 2374, where an Akira-class, and two Defiant-class escorts successfully engaged three Romulan D'deridex class-class warbirds after Tal Shiar agents hijacked and stole the Prometheus-class prototype USS Prometheus, and tried to take the ship back to Romulan space for study. The Akira-class, in conjunction with the Prometheus, and the Defiant-class escorts, destroyed one of the warbirds. (VOY: "Message in a Bottle")

At least one member of the class was within a light year of Earth in 2378. (VOY: "Endgame")

Akira class model

Freeman's shelf model

Admiral Alonzo Freeman kept a model of an Akira-class starship in his ready room in 2381. (LD: "First First Contact")

In 2384, at least 8 ships of this class intercepted the USS Protostar in a restricted sector near the star Gamma Serpentis. They were part of an armada which included Centaur-type, Defiant-class, and Sovereign-class starships. (PRO: "Mindwalk", "Supernova, Part 1", "Supernova, Part 2")

In 2401, four ships of this class were sent by Starfleet to join an armada opposing a unknown Borg vessel. The Borg liaison sent to the USS Stargazer briefly commandeered this vessel and others, before the crew managed to engage their auto-destruct system. (PIC: "The Star Gazer")

Later that year, eighteen ships of this class participated in Frontier Day celebrations near Sol Station. Along with the rest of the fleet, these ships were seized by the Borg Collective after their younger crews were assimilated by a Borg signal transmitted via Jack Crusher. (PIC: "Võx", "The Last Generation")

By 2402, at least two ships of the class, the USS Sentinel, and the USS Wersching were retired from service, and placed on display at the Fleet Museum in orbit of Athan Prime. (PIC: "Võx", "The Last Generation")

Technical data[]

Physical arrangement[]

Akira class destroyed by orbital weapon platform

Overview of design

The Akira-class design ditched Starfleet's usual saucer-secondary hull-nacelle design, and more closely resembled the NX-class with its catamaran shaped hull. The engineering section was tucked under the main saucer, which housed the main deflector, and some of the ship's tactical systems. The nacelles were connected via long catamaran type structures, which in turn connected to a large weapons pod, housing several photon torpedo launchers. The catamaran pylons offered a degree of protection for the main bridge, which retained its traditional location at the top of the saucer. (Star Trek: First Contact; DS9: "Call to Arms", et al.)

Tactical systems[]

Akira class in neutral zone

An Akira-class firing forward phasers

The Akira-class design incorporated a multitude of tactical systems, including at least three phaser arrays, and housed numerous photon torpedo launchers along the port and starboard sides of the ventral primary hull, at least one launcher forward of the deflector, and several located on the aft weapons pod, which rotated into place before firing. (Star Trek: First Contact; LD: "Grounded"; PRO: "Supernova, Part 1")

Command and control systems[]

By 2401, the computer systems on board the class had been overhauled to include the Fleet formation mode, also known as Starfleet emergency protocol NX12.11, designed to place all Federation starships within a fleet under the automated control of the Starfleet mainframe. (PIC: "Võx")

Ships commissioned[]

Name Registry Notes Status Date
USS Akira NCC-62497 Active 2401
USS Avalon NCC-63887 Active 2401
USS Firesword NCC-64280 Active 2401
USS Helios NCC-63284 Active 2401
USS Rabin NCC-63293 Active 2401
USS Sentinel NCC-68455 Retired, Preserved 2401
USS Thunderchild NCC-63549 Active 2401
USS Wersching NCC-63328 Retired, Preserved 2401
Name Registry Notes Status Date
USS Masaka NCC-63277 Active 2401
USS Spector NCC-63898 Active 2401



Background information[]

The name of the ship class was never mentioned on screen, but is derived from production sources.

The total number of Akira-class vessels present at Frontier Day was established by Picard Research Assistant Jörg Hillebrand. [1]

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, 4th ed., vol. 1, p. 14, the Akira-class was named after the anime fantasy film Akira. "Along with the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the Akira-class starship helped to inspire Doug Drexler's design of the NX-class Enterprise from Star Trek: Enterprise."

According to designer, Alex Jaeger, "This was my gunship/battlecruiser/aircraft carrier. It has 15 torpedo launchers and two shuttlebays – one in front, with three doors, and one in the back. I really got into it with this one, with the whole idea that the front bay would be the launching bay, and then to return they'd come into the back, because they'd be protected by the rest of the ship." (Star Trek: The Magazine, July 1999, Issue 3)

A design sketch of the USS Akira shown the vessel bearing the registry NCC-2497. In an unpublished interview with author Larry Nemecek, designer Jaeger said he simply used the four-digit number of his then-phone extension for that registry; to conform to Starfleet practice, the number "6" was added by Mike Okuda and the film's art department to make "62497," a number then approved by producer Rick Berman. At the same time, Jaeger said, two other ship names and registries were approved as back-ups, if needed, to the USS Thunderchild actually seen on film as NCC-63549: the USS Rabin (named after former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin) as NCC-63293, and the USS Spector (NCC-65549). The ship scale sheet showing the back-up names and registries can be found on John Eaves' blog.

The latter ship's name has appeared on screen in a graphic from the Star Trek: Picard episode "Vox". The CGI file used for the Akira-class seen in the Voyager episode "Message in a Bottle" was ostensibly the Spector, and was used by the Star Trek Fact Files. The ship allegedly appeared in one of the battle scenes from the sixth and seventh seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but this has not been verified.

The scale of the CGI mesh, according to a January 20, 1998 post in the newsgroup, by DS9 Visual Effects Supervisor David Stipes, was 860 feet or 262.13 meters, the length used when he blocked shots in DS9. [2] However, the measurement used by Visual Effects Supervisor Gary Hutzel, according to an in-house chart dated 5/15/98, was 840 feet.[3]

According to a size chart of Alex Jaeger, the Akira-class would be roughly 500 meters (1640.4 ft) in length. [4]

Studio model[]

Technical Manual[]

The following specifications and defenses come from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual (p. 153):

  • Production Base: ASDB Integration Facility, Antares Fleet Yards, Antares IV.
  • Type: Heavy Cruiser.
  • Accommodation: 500 officers and crew; 4,500 personnel evacuation limit.
  • Power Plant: One 1,500 plus Cochrane warp core feeding two nacelles; one impulse system.
  • Dimensions: Length, 464.43 meters; beam, 316.67 meters; height, 87.43 meters.
  • Mass: 3,055,000 metric tonnes.
  • Performance: Warp 9.8 for 12 hours.
  • Armament: Six type-10 phaser emitters; Two photon torpedo launchers.



The Star Trek: The Dominion War novel Behind Enemy Lines features the Akira-class starships USS Carla Romney (β) and the USS Sharansky (β).

The Millennium novel The Fall of Terok Nor mentions two Akira-class starships, the USS Bondar (β) and the USS Garneau (β), both named after Canadian astronauts Roberta Bondar and Marc Garneau.

The Akira-class starship USS Gryphon (β) features heavily in the DS9 novels set after "What You Leave Behind". The Gryphon was commanded by Elaine Mello (β). In Lesser Evil, Kira Nerys is given command by Captain Mello when the Gryphon is sabotaged by its first officer Alejandro Montenegro (β) after he was infested by a Bluegill parasite who intended to use the ship to attack Trill, but Kira was able to stop Montenegro and regain control of the Gryphon.

The USS Sentinel mentioned in DS9: "Treachery, Faith and the Great River" is described as an Akira-class starship that Lt. Commander Sonya Gomez served on during the Dominion War as chief engineer, according to Pocket SCE: War Stories, Book 1 and had the registry NCC-68455. The ship would make it canonical appearance in Season 3 of Picard.

The DS9 novel Original Sin features the Akira-class USS James T. Kirk (β) (NCC-63719), named in honor of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. The James T. Kirk was commanded by Elias Vaughn (β) and had an illustrious service history which included exploration and defensive missions.

The Star Trek: Destiny novel Gods of Night features the Akira-class USS Constant (β). During the Borg invasion (β) of 2381, the Constant was assigned to defend the planet Khitomer, along with the USS Ranger (β) and USS Arimathea (β). Although the USS Enterprise-E signaled of an incoming Borg cube, the fleet of three vessels had little chance of defending the Klingon planet. The Constant was destroyed first after the cube adapted to their weaponry; although the vessel was able to launch escape pods, they were all consumed by the ship's destruction.

The short story "On the Spot" in the anthology book The Sky's the Limit features the Akira-class USS Korolev.


STO (Perpetual) USS Perpetual,

The Akira-class USS Perpetual as seen in the original Star Trek Online

Akira class Starfleet Command

Akira-class ship from Starfleet Command III

Akira class Legacy

Akira-class ship from Star Trek Legacy

The Decipher role-playing games supplement Starships lists several Akira-class starships, including USS Geronimo (β) (NCC-62501), USS Osceola (β) (NCC-62743), USS Black Elk (β) (NCC-62878), USS Nez Perce (β) (NCC-62891), USS Mateo (β) (NCC-63002), USS Red Cloud (β) (NCC-63306), and USS Susquehanna (β) (NCC-63419).

The Activision PC game Star Trek: Bridge Commander includes the USS Devore (β) (NCC-64088), USS Geronimo (β) (NCC-69302), and USS Kali (β).

The Activision PC game Star Trek: Armada includes the USS Jupiter (β) (NCC-71267) and USS Templar (β), as well as many others. In both this game and the sequel, Star Trek: Armada II, these vessels have an advanced weapon called the "chain reaction pulsar (β)" which bounces a bolt of energy off of enemy shields, damaging several ships consecutively. The Jupiter was also a promotional card for the Star Trek Customizable Card Game, where it was listed as being "under the command of Captain Satelk."

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Dominion Wars includes the USS Singh (β).

Star Trek: Away Team includes the USS Leyte Gulf (β) (NCC-71427).

The Akira-class is featured in the game Star Trek: Starfleet Command III, where it is classified as a heavy cruiser.

The Xbox 360/PC game Star Trek: Legacy allows control of Akira-class ships as cruisers with names such as USS Akira, USS Spector, USS Rabin, and USS Thunderchild.

The Akira-class is featured in Star Trek Online as the prototypical example of a "Strike Wing Escort", a class of tactical starship blending the weaponry an escort with the capacity to field smaller vessels such as shuttlecraft, runabouts, or attack fighters in combat. Other Strike Wing Escort classes fielded by Starfleet with designs derived from the Akira-class include the game-original Armitage (β), Alita (β), and Thunderchild (β) classes. The in-game model has been updated multiple times to improve its level of detail and make it more screen accurate, the most recent of which was used in Star Trek: Picard. In 2024, the game released a new mission depicting the Battle of Wolf 359 in a Holodeck simulation where players are embodying one of the 40 fleet vessels engaged against Locutus' Borg Cube. One Akira-class ship, the USS Kaneda, is depicted as one of the destroyed ships during the battle. Her registry number is NX-62498 which suggest it was a prototype years prior the initial launch of the USS Akira commission.

  • Akira-class ship names from Starfleet Command III:
    • USS Akira
    • USS Aquino
    • USS Begin
    • USS Cristiani
    • USS Galtieri
    • USS Gorbachev
    • USS Grant
    • USS Kennedy
    • USS Kravchuk
    • USS Landsbergis
    • USS Lincoln
    • USS Mitterand
    • USS Ramos
    • USS Reagan
    • USS Shamir
    • USS Shevardnadze
    • USS Sihanouk
    • USS Thatcher
    • USS Thunderchild
    • USS Yeltsin

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