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"Right now I'm on the bridge of the toughest, fastest, most powerful ship Starfleet ever put into service. And I got a fleet of them at my back."

The Inquiry class was a type of starship operated by Starfleet during the late 24th century. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")


In 2399, multiple ships of this class were in a fleet led by the USS Zheng He to the planet Coppelius, where they acted as protectors of the synthetic lifeforms living there. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

Technical data

Inquiry-class ships featured the saucer section / engineering section / warp nacelle layout common to most Starfleet vessels. The class contained two variations of warp nacelles. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

As of 2399, Inquiry-class ships were the fastest and most tactically capable ships in the Federation fleet. They were equipped with phasers and deflector shields. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

Interior design

The main bridge was located on deck one, with a central command chair for the commanding officer, and a computerized transparent window-viewscreen. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

Ships commissioned


Background information

The Inquiry class was identified by name by Michael Chabon. He identified the class as "a heavy cruiser: the Inquiry-class. That's the Zheng He." Originally, when asked by fans on his Instagram account, he identified the USS Zheng He as a Curiosity-class ship, but he later amended the classification of the ship. [1]

The class was designed by John Eaves, who in turn based it off one of the three starship designs he had originally submitted for Perpetual Entertainment's ultimately abandoned Star Trek Online 2006 computer game version. (Star Trek Universe: The Official Starships Collection, issue 2, p. 9) The models were not labeled with names or registries. (citation needededit)

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