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The California-class was a type of Federation starship in service during the late 24th century.

Technical data

Physical arrangement

Its design consisted of a saucer section and a wide secondary hull positioned below and aft of the saucer between two elongated nacelles. The nacelles connected via pylons to the saucer, while separate pylons connected the secondary hull between them. The pylons contained turbolift access in their aft-most section. The navigational deflector dish was located on the forward face of the secondary hull. (LD: "Second Contact") The ship also carried an embarked Captain's yacht. (LD: "Terminal Provocations")

Interior design

The saucer section contained eleven decks as per the master systems display. Among the noted shipboard facilities was Cetacean Ops. (LD: "Second Contact")

Two main shuttlebays were at the aft of and to either side on the saucer section, spanning Decks 5 and 6 with further room for shuttlecraft storage deeper into Deck 6. The ship carried a complement of at least five Type 6A shuttlecraft and had at least four Argo-type ground vehicle stored on Decks 5 and 7 adjacent to the shuttlebay. An additional shuttlebay was located aft and center of the engineering Secondary hull. This permitted engineering supplies, hazardous materials, and non-hazardous cargo to be separated from one another during shuttlecraft operations. The MSD also depicted several Type 8 shuttlecraft.

Crew quarters

The primary crew quarters for lower-ranking members were barracks-style, with bunk beds lining the walls in a shared living space at the lower aft portion of the saucer section. This space, known as a residential hallway, also featured a large aft-facing viewing window overlooking the secondary hull. (LD: "Second Contact") Higher ranking crew members were afforded their own quarters. (LD: "Moist Vessel")

Recreation facilities

The ship included at least one holodeck available for crew use. (LD: "Second Contact")

Deck 9 had squash courts near crew quarters. (LD: "Second Contact")

Upper decks of the saucer section had a bar where the crew could socialize. (LD: "Second Contact")

Ships commissioned


Fictional ships



Background information

Two California class starships

Two California-class starships with yellow and blue striping

The California-class is named for the state of California. Ships of the class are named after cities located in California, and their shuttles are named after California State Parks. [1]

Per series showrunner Mike McMahan:

The ship is in great condition. It’s a California-class ship, which has always existed in Starfleet – [this is] what we’re saying – that they’re the utility support ships. In the California-class [line], there are three types of hull painting: there’s blue, red, and yellow.

We’ve extended the visual metaphor of the uniforms to the ships, and the Cerritos has yellow on the hull because it’s primarily a second contact engineering ship. They show up to planets that need engineering stuff done on them in order to be able to communicate with the Federation.

There’s also, you’ll see in the show, blue-hulled California-class ships, which are usually deployed to places where there has to be more medical expertise, and red-hulled ships that are like for moving around ambassadors and doing more command-level stuff. [2]

McMahan also stated that he was always a fan of the (Miranda-class) USS Reliant, and used that design mixed with the stylization of the (Galaxy-class) USS Enterprise-D as the visual inspiration for this class. (The Ready Room, "Premiere Special")

The class has three shuttlebays facing aft, two in the primary hull and one in the engineering module. [3]

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