Federation merchant vessel display

Display of Federation merchant vessel under attack

A Federation merchant vessel was a type of freighters utilized by the Federation for hauling cargo.

In 2370, Cardassians living in the Demilitarized Zone attacked a Federation merchant vessel using modified Cardassian attack vessels, before those were destroyed by the Maquis. The Cardassians later claimed that the vessel refused to be boarded, and concluded that it was carrying weapons through the DMZ. The Federation, however, maintained that the vessel was carrying medical supplies to Soltok IV. (DS9: "The Maquis, Part I")

This type of vessel was also identified by the Cardassians as a Federation merchant ship; the merchant vessel designation was the one used by Sisko.
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