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A Dreadnought is a more tactical variant of what would normally be called a [[heavy cruiser]]. A ship designated as a heavy cruiser can become a dreadnought either after being built from the ground up as more heavily armed and armored, or, an existing heavy cruiser can undergo a [[refit]].
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In [[starship classification]], a '''dreadnought''' was a type of heavily armed [[starship]].
   
The [[Scimitar]], for example, was built initially as a dreadnought, while the Alternate-future [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)]] had undergone a major refit and ''become'' a dreadnought.
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The {{USS|Entente}} was an example of this class of vessel. ({{film|1}})
   
As a general rule, dreadnoughts have more powerful [[weapons]] than other ships of similar class, thicker [[hull plating]], redundant or regenerative [[shields]], or a superior [[cloaking device]] comparatively, are to be expected on dreadnoughts.
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== Background ==
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The only known on-screen reference to a dreadnought comes from the radio chatter in the first [[Epsilon IX station|Epsilon IX]] scene in TMP. The dreadnought was named ''Entente'', which came from [[Franz Joseph]]'s ''[[Star Fleet Technical Manual]]'', which also states that only the {{ShipClass|Federation}} has been called a dreadnought.
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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 ship-of-the-line of the early [[20th century]] which was regarded as the first such vessel. 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.
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== External link ==
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* {{NCwiki}}
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For additional meanings of "Dreadnought", please see Dreadnought.

In starship classification, a dreadnought was a type of heavily armed starship.

The USS Entente was an example of this class of vessel. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

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Background

The only known on-screen reference to a dreadnought comes from the radio chatter in the first Epsilon IX scene in TMP. The dreadnought was named Entente, which came from Franz Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual, which also states that only the Template:ShipClass has been called a dreadnought.

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 ship-of-the-line of the early 20th century which was regarded as the first such vessel. 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.

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