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Starfleet dreadnought type ships in general were known not only for their heavy firepower, armor and shielding, but also for having a more extensive & comprehensive Electronic Warfare capability than other Starfleet warships, for example ''Federation''-class vessels were known to be equipped with a holographic decoy system that could fox even sophisticated sensor systems, while the ''[[Dreadnought!|Star Empire]]''-class had a holographic camouflage system that could disguise the ship as another ship altogether, among other things. The increased EW capability that UFP dreadnoughts demonstrated was apparently not only a function of more space available to fit in various systems but also a power budget that left even Federation heavy cruisers in the shade. {{incite}}
 
Starfleet dreadnought type ships in general were known not only for their heavy firepower, armor and shielding, but also for having a more extensive & comprehensive Electronic Warfare capability than other Starfleet warships, for example ''Federation''-class vessels were known to be equipped with a holographic decoy system that could fox even sophisticated sensor systems, while the ''[[Dreadnought!|Star Empire]]''-class had a holographic camouflage system that could disguise the ship as another ship altogether, among other things. The increased EW capability that UFP dreadnoughts demonstrated was apparently not only a function of more space available to fit in various systems but also a power budget that left even Federation heavy cruisers in the shade. {{incite}}
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The term "dreadnought," denoting a class of warship larger and more heavily-armed than a cruiser, was taken from the HMS ''Dreadnought'', a Royal Navy warship of the early [[20th century]] which was upon it's launch rendered most other capitol ships obsolete. HMS ''Dreadnought'' is considered to be the prototype modern battleship design and is considered a battleship, not a distinct class of ships, by current naval historians. From the 1906 commissioning of ''Dreadnought'' to the 1920s when all pre-''Dreadnought'' battleships were decommissioned, "dreadnought" was commonly used as a classification of battleships that shared the characteristics of turbine drive, a hull form that would allow them to take advantage of the greater propulsive power allowed by turbines, and a uniform, "all-big-gun" main armament (rather than main armament being split into big, powerful 12-inch guns and smaller, faster-firing 8- or 7-inch guns).
   
 
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The game ''[[Star Trek Online]]'' uses the term "Dreadnought" as a distinct type of ship, usually combining the durability and movement characteristics of Cruisers with the tactical focus of Escorts. Starfleet's Dreadnought Cruiser is represented by the {{mb|Galaxy X-class|''Galaxy X''-class}} from the [[TNG]] episode {{e|All Good Things...}}. Other playable ships belonging to different factions in the game are also classified as "Dreadnought", including the ''[[Scimitar]]'' Warbird, the [[Jem'Hadar battleship]] (though the game calls it a "dreadnought carrier"), the [[Xindi-Aquatic cruiser]] (also reclassified as a dreadnought carrier) and other game-exclusive designs. Dreadnought ships are also equipped with combat-capable hangar bays and can launch fighter ships in battle.
 
The game ''[[Star Trek Online]]'' uses the term "Dreadnought" as a distinct type of ship, usually combining the durability and movement characteristics of Cruisers with the tactical focus of Escorts. Starfleet's Dreadnought Cruiser is represented by the {{mb|Galaxy X-class|''Galaxy X''-class}} from the [[TNG]] episode {{e|All Good Things...}}. Other playable ships belonging to different factions in the game are also classified as "Dreadnought", including the ''[[Scimitar]]'' Warbird, the [[Jem'Hadar battleship]] (though the game calls it a "dreadnought carrier"), the [[Xindi-Aquatic cruiser]] (also reclassified as a dreadnought carrier) and other game-exclusive designs. Dreadnought ships are also equipped with combat-capable hangar bays and can launch fighter ships in battle.
   
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