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{{Sidebar starship class
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|name = ''K't'inga'' class
| colspan="2" style="color: #FFCC00; background-color: #660000; border: 1px outset #660000; text-align: center; font-weight: bold;" | ''K't'inga'' class
 
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|image = Kronos One.jpg
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|caption = Forward view
| colspan="2" style="text-align: center" | [[Image:Iks kronos one.jpg|200px|]]
 
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|owner = [[Klingon Empire]]
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|operator = [[Klingon Imperial Fleet]]<br/>[[Klingon Defense Force]]
| class="odd" | Type:
 
| class="even" | [[Klingon battle cruiser|Battle Cruiser]]
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|type = [[Battle cruiser]]
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|active = [[2270s]] &ndash; [[2370s]]
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|speed = [[warp factor|Warp 5]]
| class="odd" | Armaments:
 
| class="even" | [[Disruptor]]s; [[phaser]]s; [[photon torpedo]] launchers (fore and aft); [[concussive charge]] launcher
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|armament = [[Disruptor cannon]]s<br />[[Phaser]]s<br />Fore/aft [[torpedo launcher]]s<br />[[Concussive charge]] launcher
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|defenses = [[Deflector shield]]s<br />[[Cloaking device]]
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|image2 = K't'inga class, profile.jpg
| class="odd" | Defenses:
 
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|caption2 = Starboard profile view
| class="even" | [[Deflector shield]]s, [[cloaking device]]
 
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|image3 = IKS Amar aft.jpg
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|caption3 = Aft view
| class="odd" | Speed:
 
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}}
| class="even" | [[warp factor|Warp 5+]]
 
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| colspan="2" style="text-align: center" | [[Image:amar fore.jpg|200px|]]
 
|-
 
| class="odd" colspan="2" style="text-align: center" | Forward view
 
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| colspan="2" style="text-align: center" | [[Image:amar aft.jpg|200px|]]
 
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| class="odd" colspan="2" style="text-align: center" | [[Aft]] view
 
|}
 
   
The '''''K't'inga''-class''' [[battle cruiser]] was the primary class of [[Klingon battlecruiser|warship]] in service with the [[Klingon Imperial Fleet]] from the late [[23rd century]] through the late [[24th century]].
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The '''''K't'inga''-class''' [[battle cruiser]] was a primary class of [[warship]] in service with the [[Klingon Imperial Fleet]] in the late [[23rd century]] and with the [[Klingon Defense Force]] in the mid-to-late [[24th century]].
   
==History==
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== History ==
[[Image:Constitution and ktinga.jpg|thumb|Escorted by a [[Constitution class|''Constitution''-class]] cruiser]]
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[[File:USS Enterprise-A escorting Kronos One.jpg|thumb|Escorted by a {{Class|Constitution}} heavy cruiser]]
Introduced in the early [[2270s]], the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser was considered one of the most powerful [[warship]]s in the [[Klingon Defense Forces]], even serving as a [[flagship]] of the Imperial Fleet for a time during the [[2290s]]. (''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]'', ''[[Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country]]'')
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Introduced in the early [[2270s]], the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser was considered one of the most powerful [[warship]]s in the [[Klingon Defense Force]]s, even serving as a [[flagship]] of the Imperial Fleet for a time during the [[2290s]]. ({{film|1}}; {{film|6}})
   
''K't'inga''-class cruisers were in service as early as [[2272]], when the [[Epsilon IX station]] recorded the destruction of three ''K't'inga''-class vessels by the [[V'Ger]] entity. (''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]'') [[Starfleet]]'s interest in the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser was such that in [[2285]] the class of ship appeared in the [[Kobayashi Maru scenario|Kobayashi Maru training scenario]] at [[Starfleet Academy]]. (''[[Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan]]'') Interest in these vessels by the [[United Federation of Planets|Federation]] would continue to appear well into the [[2370s]], as data on this class would commonly be found within numerous Starfleet files. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Naked Now]]", "[[The Last Outpost]]", "[[Conspiracy]]"; [[VOY]]: "[[The Voyager Conspiracy|The ''Voyager'' Conspiracy]]")
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''K't'inga''-class cruisers were in service as early as the [[2270s]], when the [[Epsilon IX station]] recorded the destruction of three ''K't'inga''-class vessels by the ''[[V'ger]]'' entity. ({{film|1}}) [[Starfleet]]'s interest in the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser was such that in [[2285]], the class of ship appeared in the {{Kobayashi Maru scenario}} at [[Starfleet Academy]]. ({{film|2}})
   
For nearly a century, the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser proved to be a rugged, sturdy design that saw continuous use. In that they were much like their [[Federation]] counterparts the [[Excelsior class|''Excelsior'']] and [[Miranda class|''Miranda''-class]] [[starship]]s, whose usefulness out-lived contemporaries such as the [[Constitution class|''Constitution''-class]] cruiser.
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For nearly a century, the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser proved to be a rugged, sturdy design that saw continuous use. In that aspect they were much like their [[Federation]] counterparts the {{Class|Excelsior}} and {{Class|Miranda}} [[starship]]s, whose usefulness outlived contemporaries such as the {{Class|Constitution}} cruiser.
   
With marked improvements, these warships saw continuous use as frontline and border patrol ships throughout the [[Second Klingon-Federation War]] and the [[Dominion War]] of the early-[[2370s]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Way of the Warrior]]", "[[Soldiers of the Empire]]", "[[Call to Arms]]", ''et al.'') They were not always the ship of choice for all missions, however, as more agile craft like the [[Klingon Bird-of-Prey]] were better suited for some tasks. ([[DS9]]: "[[Once More Unto the Breach]]")
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With marked improvements, these warships saw continuous use as front-line and border patrol ships throughout the {{dis|Klingon-Federation War|2372-73}} and the [[Dominion War]] of the early-[[2370s]]. ({{DS9|The Way of the Warrior|Soldiers of the Empire|Call to Arms}}) They were not always the ship of choice for all missions, however, as more agile craft like the [[Klingon Bird-of-Prey]] were better suited for some tasks. ({{DS9|Once More Unto the Breach}})
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==Technical Data==
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== Technical data ==
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The ''K't'inga''-class cruiser was one of the most advanced and versatile warships in the Klingon Imperial Fleet. Although the tactical effectiveness of the K't'inga relative to other ships was never firmly established in true canon, it was capable of challenging a ''Constitution'' class cruiser without fear ({{film|6}}), threatening an ''Excelsior'' class cruiser in a stand-off situation, and in small numbers it could inflict severe damage on an ''Excelsior'' class cruiser ({{VOY|Flashback}}).
[[Image:Excelsior and kangs ktinga.jpg|thumb|Facing off with an [[Excelsior class|''Excelsior''-class]] cruiser. <br>Clearly visible are the vessels [[impulse engine]]s and starboard [[warp drive|warp]] [[nacelle]].]]
 
The ''K't'inga''-class cruiser was one of the most advanced and versatile warships in the Klingon Imperial Fleet, more than capable of facing an ''Excelsior''-class cruiser in a one on one confrontation. ([[VOY]]: "[[Flashback]]")
 
   
===Physical Arrangement===
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=== Physical arrangement ===
[[Image:Amar bridge dome.jpg|thumb|The [[bridge]] section, which connects to the aft section via a "neck" support.]]
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[[File:IKS Amar bridge dome.jpg|thumb|The bridge section, which connected to the aft section via a neck support]]
The outboard plan of the ''K't'inga'' design incorporated the same basic shape and classic design lineage dating back over one hundred years to the [[D5 class]] battle cruiser.
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The outboard plan of the ''K't'inga'' design incorporated the same basic shape and classic design lineage dating back over one hundred years to the {{class|D5}} battle cruiser. ({{ENT|Marauders}}, ''et al.'') The ''K't'inga'' cruiser was a direct offshoot in design-lineage from the venerable {{class|D7}} battle cruiser introduced sometime prior to [[2267]]. ({{TOS|Errand of Mercy}}, ''et al.'')
   
The bulk of the ship's overall mass was incorporated in the [[aft]] section of the ship. The bridge module was located on a bulbous forward section, which was separated from the aft section by a relatively thin connective section that attached to and flared into the aft portion. Jutting from below the major side sections of the aft area were a pair of [[warp drive|warp]] [[nacelle]]s. Finally, located on the caudal section of the ship, were the ship's [[impulse engine]]s.
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The bulk of the ship's overall mass was incorporated in the [[aft]] section of the ship. The [[bridge]] module was located on a bulbous forward section, which was separated from the aft section by a relatively thin connective section that attached to and flared into the aft section. Located on the caudal section of the ship were the ship's [[impulse engine]]s. Jutting from below the [[port]] and [[starboard]] side of the ship's aft section were the ship's [[warp drive|warp]] [[nacelle]]s.
   
The ''K't'inga''-cruiser was a direct offshoot in design-lineage from the venerable [[D7 class|D7-class battle cruiser]] introduced in the [[2260s]]. Aside from possessing a slightly sleeker shape and contour than its older counterpart, the most notable design variations between the two classes included a less bulbous forward section, a larger bridge-dome, differently-designed warp nacelles, and more extensive external hull plating.
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Aside from possessing a slightly sleeker shape and contour than its D7-class predecessor, the most notable design variations between the two classes included a less bulbous forward section, a larger bridge dome, differently-designed warp nacelles, and more extensive external hull plating. ({{film|1}}, ''et al.'')
   
===Tactical Systems===
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=== Tactical systems ===
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The weapon systems aboard the ''K't'inga''-class cruisers have included [[phaser]]s, [[disruptor]]s, [[photon torpedo]] [[torpedo launcher|launchers]], and [[concussive charge]]s. ({{TNG|The Emissary}}; {{DS9|The Way of the Warrior}}; {{film|1}}; {{VOY|Flashback}})
[[Image:Amar firing forward torpedo.jpg|thumb|Firing forward [[photon torpedo]]es]]
 
[[Image:Amar firing aft torpedo.jpg|thumb|Firing aft photon torpedoes]]
 
[[Image:Iks tong firing disruptors.jpg|thumb|Firing [[phaser]]s]]
 
[[Image:Ktingas attack ds9.jpg|thumb|Firing [[disruptor]]s]]
 
The primary weapon systems aboard the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser were disrupters, photon torpedo launchers, and a [[concussive charge]] launcher. Some were even outfitted with [[phaser]]s. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Emissary]]")
 
   
In its original configuration the torpedo launchers were located such that one was forward and one aft. The aft torpedo bay was located between the impulse engines. During the arming sequence, the interior perimeter of the torpedo tube area glowed a bright red until the torpedo or torpedoes were fired. (''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]'', ''[[Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan]]'', ''[[Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country]]'', [[VOY]]: "[[Flashback]]")
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The torpedo launchers included one [[torpedo tube]] in the forward section, and one aft. The forward [[torpedo bay]] was located below the bridge, in the foremost part of the ship, while the aft torpedo bay was located between the impulse engines. During the arming sequence, the interior perimeter of the torpedo tube area glowed a bright red until one or more torpedoes were fired. ({{film|1}}; {{film|2}}; {{film|6}})
   
This class of ship was also equipped with dual, forward mounted [[disruptor]]s, including emitters located at the mid-point on each of the forward-facing portions of the aft section. ([[VOY]]: "[[Flashback]]") Considered "state of the art" during the late 2290s, they were no-match for a [[Galaxy class|''Galaxy''-class]] starship. They were, however, more than a match for any weakly defended [[colony]] or [[outpost]]. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Emissary]]")
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This class of ship was also equipped with two forward mounted phasers. ({{TNG|The Emissary}}) This phaser and torpedo weaponry was considered state of the art during the [[2290s]]. They were no match for a {{class|Galaxy}} starship of the [[2360s]], but were, however, more than a match for any weakly-defended [[colony]] or [[outpost]] at the time. ({{TNG|The Emissary}})
:''It is unknown if the disruptor types used were the [[type-3 disruptor]]s mentioned in ''[[Star Trek: Generations]]''.''
 
   
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By the late [[24th century]], ''K't'inga''-class battle cruisers had been [[retrofit]]ted to keep up with the advances of [[technology]]. In the [[2370s]], their forward torpedo launchers included a powerful disruptor emitter, allowing these vessels to remain formidable adversaries. ({{DS9|The Way of the Warrior|Rules of Engagement}})
:''The apocryphal ''[[Star Trek: Starship Spotter]]'' identifies eight disruptor emitters; only two have been seen, however. But if the weapon placement on the D7 is any indication of the weapon placement on the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser, then it is possible that there is also a pair of dual, forward disruptor emitters [[:Image:D7disruptors.jpg|mounted on the nacelles]]. Examination of the ''K't'inga'' model itself appears to indicate that there are also disruptor emitters located on either side of the bulbous "head" on the forward section of the ship. These have not been confirmed in usage, though.''
 
   
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{{bginfo|The red [[directed energy weapon]]s seen in "The Way of the Warrior" and "Rules of Engagement" were identified as disruptors in the script of "The Way of The Warrior". ''{{st-minutiae|resources/scripts/474.txt}}''|''[[Star Trek: Starship Spotter]]'' identifies eight and the ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual]]'' identifies six disruptors on the ''K't'inga''.}}
By the late [[24th century]], many of the ''K't'inga''-class battle cruisers had been retrofitted to keep up with the advances of technology. By the 2370s, their forward [[torpedo launcher]]s had been replaced with more powerful [[disruptor]]s, allowing these vessels to remain the formidable adversaries they were nearly a century earlier. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Way of the Warrior]]", "[[Rules of Engagement]]")
 
   
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===Cloaking Device===
 
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File:IKS T'Ong firing phasers.jpg|Firing [[phaser]]s <!--DO NOT CHANGE to "disruptor," the T'Ong is specifically said to be firing "PHASERS" in "The Emissary" -->
These vessels also had incorporated, like many [[Klingon starships]] of the time, a [[cloaking device]], which hid them from detection in most [[evasive maneuvers|evasive situations]]. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Emissary]]"; [[DS9]]: "[[The Way of the Warrior]]", et al.)
 
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File:IKS Amar firing forward torpedo.jpg|Firing forward [[photon torpedo]]es
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File:IKS Amar, aft torpedo launcher.jpg|Firing aft photon torpedoes
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File:K't'ingas attack DS9.jpg|Firing [[disruptor]]s
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=== Cloaking device ===
''K't'inga''-class cruisers underwent several cloak upgrades during their years of service. Those cruisers equipped with cloaks installed prior to [[2290]] were known for the particular weakness of not being 100% efficient at blocking [[gamma radiation|gamma-ray output]]. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Emissary]]")
 
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Like many [[Klingon starships]] of the time, these vessels also incorporated a [[cloaking device]], which hid them from detection in most [[evasive maneuvers|evasive situations]]. ({{TNG|The Emissary}}; {{DS9|The Way of the Warrior}})
   
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''K't'inga''-class cruisers underwent several cloak upgrades during their years of service. Those cruisers equipped with cloaks installed prior to [[2290]] were known for the particular weakness of not being 100% efficient at blocking [[gamma radiation]]. ({{TNG|The Emissary}})
===Additional Systems===
 
Some ''K't'inga''-class cruisers were equipped with [[Cryonics|cryonic technology]], which allowed crews of the late 23rd century to be placed in cryogenic sleep for long voyages. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Emissary]]")
 
   
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=== Propulsion systems ===
==Interior Design==
 
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[[File:USS Excelsior and Kang's cruiser faceoff.jpg|thumb|Facing off with an {{Class|Excelsior}} cruiser; clearly visible are the vessel's [[impulse engine]]s and starboard [[warp nacelle]]]]
===Main Bridge===
 
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The warp drive of the ''K't'inga''-class enabled it to reach the speed of at least [[warp factor|warp 5]]. ({{TNG|Heart of Glory|The Emissary}})
[[Image:Amar viewscreen.jpg|thumb|[[Viewscreen]] of the ''Amar'' with [[tactical display]]]]
 
The configuration of the darkened [[main bridge]] design of the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser set the tone for many of the later Klingon warship bridges layouts, including the later [[Klingon Bird-of-Prey|Birds-of-Prey]] and [[Vor'cha class|''Vor'cha''-class]] cruisers.
 
   
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During an encounter between the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}} and the {{IKS|T'Ong}}, ''Enterprise'' [[chief engineer]] [[Geordi La Forge]] figured that the ''Enterprise'' could probably knock out the ''T'Ong''{{'}}s warp engines without damaging the rest of the ship, as a means of disabling the vessel. ({{TNG|The Emissary}})
The main bridge was located at the top portion of the forward section of the vessel. Located in the front of the bridge, against the forward bulkhead, was the ship's main [[viewscreen]], used by the ship's [[Captain]].
 
   
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=== Additional systems ===
[[Image:Amar captains chair.jpg|thumb|[[Captain's chair]] of the [[IKC Amar|IKC ''Amar'']]]]
 
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Some ''K't'inga''-class cruisers were equipped with [[Cryonics|cryonic technology]], which allowed crews of the late 23rd century to be placed in cryogenic sleep for long voyages. ({{TNG|The Emissary}})
Featured in the center of the bridge, on a raised platform, directly behind the viewscreen was the [[captain's chair|command chair]], which had the ability to swivel 360 degrees. This positioning provided the [[commanding officer]] an unobstructed view of the screen, as well as allowed the commander to visually monitor all bridge operations.
 
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== Interior design ==
[[Image:Amar navigation and helm.jpg|thumb|[[Navigation]] and [[helm]] stations]]
 
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[[File:Kronos one-corridor.jpg|thumb|Main corridor of the ''[[Kronos One]]'']]
Directly behind the command chair were two manned consoles. The port side position had control over the viewscreen display and could take the ship into [[evasive maneuvers]] (as with [[helm]] control on a [[Constitution class|''Constitution''-class]] ship.
 
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The primary color scheme aboard ''K't'inga''-class cruisers was distinctively earth-tone colors, such as beige and gray.
   
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In contrast to the corridors found aboard contemporary vessels, such as the Bird-of-Prey, these vessels were considerably spacious in size. ({{film|6}})
[[Image:Amar tactical.jpg|thumb|[[Tactical]] stations]]
 
Lastly, at the rear of the bridge were two pivoting weapons targeting stations. (''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]'')
 
   
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=== Main bridge ===
:''[[Andrew Probert]]'s conceptualization of what lurked beneath the battle cruiser's oddly shaped bridge helped set the Klingon style for all the ''[[Star Trek]]'' productions to follow, including the [[IKS Hegh'ta|IKS ''Hegt'ta'']] and the [[IKS Bortas|IKS ''Bortas'']].
 
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The configuration of the darkened [[main bridge]] design of the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser set the tone for many of the later Klingon bridge layouts, including the later [[Klingon Bird-of-Prey|Bird-of-Prey]] and {{Class|Vor'cha}} cruisers.
   
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The main bridge was located at the top portion of the forward section of the vessel. Located in the front of the bridge, against the forward bulkhead, was the ship's main [[viewscreen]], used by the ship's [[captain]].
[[Image:Kronos one-corridor.jpg|thumb|Main corridor of the [[IKS Kronos One|IKS ''Kronos One'']]]]
 
:''According to the text commentary by [[Mike Okuda]] on the [[Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition)|director's edition of ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'']], the Klingon interiors were intended to be "a contrast to the clean, sleek ''[[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)|Enterprise]]'' interiors seen later" in the movie.''
 
   
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Featured in the center of the bridge, on a raised platform directly behind the viewscreen, was the [[captain's chair|command chair]], which could swivel 360 degrees. This position provided the [[commanding officer]] an unobstructed view of the screen, as well as allowed the commander to visually monitor all bridge operations.
:''The bridge featured in ''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]'' would later be redressed and used as the ''Enterprise'' torpedo room in ''[[Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan|Star Trek II]]'' and ''[[Star Trek III: The Search for Spock|III]].
 
   
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Directly behind the command chair were two manned consoles. The port side position had control over the viewscreen display and could take the ship into [[evasive maneuvers]] (as with [[helm]] control on a {{Class|Constitution}} ship). Lastly, at the rear of the bridge were two pivoting weapons targeting stations, which contained the ship's targeting systems. ({{film|1}})
An [[:Image:Knera on ktinga bridge.jpg|alternative bridge style]] was used on some ships during the mid-[[2360s]]. It featured the captain's chair at the back of a dimly lit bridge with [[flags and banners|banners]] of the Federation and Klingon Empire on the rear wall. ([[TNG]]: "[[Heart of Glory]]")
 
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{{bginfo|[[Andrew Probert]]'s conceptualization of what lurked beneath the battle cruiser's oddly-shaped bridge helped set the Klingon style for all the ''[[Star Trek]]'' productions to follow. According to the text commentary by [[Mike Okuda]] in the [[Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition)|director's edition of ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'']], the Klingon interiors were intended to be "a contrast to the clean, sleek {{Enterprise}} interiors seen later" in the movie.}}
   
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An alternate bridge style was also used on ships by the early [[2360s]]. It featured the captain's chair at the back of a smokey and dimly lit bridge with [[banner]]s of the Federation and Klingon Empire on the rear wall. ({{TNG|Heart of Glory}})
:''It is most likely that [[:Image:Knera on ktinga bridge.jpg|this simplistic design]] was intended to be the main bridge as it was the cheapest way for the [[:Category:Production staff|production staff]] to create a Klingon bridge on the relatively tight budget established for [[TNG Season 1]].''
 
   
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:''The bridge of [[Kang's battle cruiser (2293) |Kang's battle cruiser]], briefly shown in "Flashback", was presumably a reuse of [[Dukat]]'s [[Dukat's Bird-of-Prey |Bird-of-Prey]] bridge from [[DS9]]: "[[Apocalypse Rising]]", which was filmed around the same time.''
 
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File:Klingons watch V'ger.jpg|[[Viewscreen]] of the {{IKS|Amar}} with [[tactical display]], [[2270s]]
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File:Amar captains chair.jpg|[[Captain's chair]] of the ''Amar'', 2270s
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File:Amar helm and navigation.jpg|[[Navigation]] and [[helm]] stations, 2270s
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File:Amar weapons operators.jpg|[[Tactical]] stations, 2270s
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File:Kang's bridge.jpg|Bridge, 2293
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File:K'Nera on K't'inga bridge.jpg|Bridge, 2364
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=== Transporter room ===
[[Image:kronos one transporter room.jpg|thumb|[[Transporter room]]]]
 
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[[File:kronos one transporter room.jpg|thumb|[[Transporter room]]]]
 
===Transporter Room===
 
 
The [[transporter room]] aboard a ''K't'inga''-class cruiser contained five transporter pads, arranged linearly.
 
The [[transporter room]] aboard a ''K't'inga''-class cruiser contained five transporter pads, arranged linearly.
   
At an angle, and to the right of the pads, was the transporter control console, with an operator's chair; to the left was the doorway. (''[[Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country]]'')
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At an angle, and to the right of the pads, was the transporter control console, with an operator's chair; to the left was the doorway. ({{film|6}})
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{{bginfo|The transporter room was a repainted set borrowed from ''The Next Generation''. (''[[Charting the Undiscovered Country: The Making of Trek VI]]'', p. 59)}}
[[Image:kronos one stateroom.jpg|thumb|Stateroom]]
 
===Stateroom===
 
The stateroom aboard the [[IKS Kronos One|IKS ''Kronos One'']] was the [[Klingon Chancellor]] [[Gorkon]]'s private dining and conference room. This room featured a large transparent pedestal-table, with an overhead chandelier, set on a raised platform with surrounding chairs. (''[[Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country]]'')
 
   
==Ships Commissioned==
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=== Stateroom ===
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[[File:Kronos one stateroom.jpg|thumb|Stateroom]]
===Named===
 
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The stateroom aboard the ''[[Kronos One]]'' was the [[Klingon Chancellor]] [[Gorkon]]'s private dining and conference room. This room featured a large transparent pedestal-table, with an overhead chandelier, set on a raised platform with surrounding chairs. ({{film|6}})
* [[IKS Amar|IKS ''Amar'']]
 
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{{bginfo|The appearance of stateroom was designed to accommodate the wirework that was used for the filming of the anti-gravity scene. According to cinematographer [[Hiro Narita]], "''I knew that the plainer the wall, the more noticeable the wires would appear against it, so I suggested that by darkening the wall and adding a pattern to it, we could create enough visual confusion that the camera might not see the wires." (''[[Charting the Undiscovered Country: The Making of Trek VI]]'', p. 61)}}
* [[IKS B'Moth|IKS ''B'Moth'']]
 
* [[IKS Kronos One|IKS ''Kronos One'']]
 
* [[IKS T'Ong|IKS ''T'Ong'']]
 
===Unnamed===
 
* [[Unnamed K't'inga class starships]]
 
** [[K'Nera's battle cruiser]]
 
** [[Kang's battle cruiser (2293)|Kang's battle cruiser]]
 
   
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== Ships commissioned ==
==Appendices==
 
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===Appearances===
 
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* {{IKS|Amar}}
* [[Star Trek Movies|''Star Trek'' Movies]]:
 
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* {{IKS|B'Moth}}
** ''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]''
 
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* ''[[Kronos One]]''
** ''[[Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan]]'' (illusionary)
 
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* {{IKS|T'Ong}}
** ''[[Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country]]''
 
* [[TNG]]:
 
** "[[The Naked Now]]" (database image)
 
** "[[The Last Outpost]]" (database image)
 
** "[[Heart of Glory]]"
 
** "[[Conspiracy]]" (database image)
 
** "[[The Emissary]]"
 
** "[[Peak Performance]]" ([[model]])
 
** "[[Unification I]]"
 
* [[DS9]]:
 
** "[[The Way of the Warrior]]"
 
** "[[Rules of Engagement]]"
 
* [[VOY]]:
 
** "[[Flashback]]"
 
** "[[Unity]]"
 
* [[DS9]]:
 
** "[[By Inferno's Light]]"
 
** "[[Soldiers of the Empire]]"
 
** "[[Call to Arms]]"
 
** "[[A Time to Stand]]"
 
** "[[The Changing Face of Evil]]"
 
** "[[Tacking Into the Wind]]"
 
** "[[What You Leave Behind]]"
 
* [[VOY]]:
 
** "[[The Voyager Conspiracy|The ''Voyager'' Conspiracy]]" (database image)
 
   
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;Unnamed
===References===
 
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* [[K't'inga unnamed 000|Unnamed ''K't'inga''-class starships]]
* ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual]]''
 
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** [[K'Nera's battle cruiser]]
* ''[[Star Trek: Starship Spotter]]''. [[Adam Lebowitz|Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz]] & [[Robert Bonchune]]. New York: Pocket Books, 2001. ISBN 0-7434-3725-X
 
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** {{dis|Kang's battle cruiser|2293}}
* ''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition)]]''. ISBN 0-7921-6685-X
 
* ''[[Star Trek: The Original Series Sketchbook]]''. [[Herbert F. Solow]] & [[Yvonne Fern Solow]]. New York: Pocket Books, 1997. ISBN 0-671-00219-8
 
   
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===Background===
 
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In the ''[[Star Trek: Phase II]]'' script, written by [[Harold Livingston]], entitled "[[In Thy Image]]", the three Klingon warships were identified as ''Koro''-class. They were later changed to ''K't'inga''-class in [[Gene Roddenberry]]'s [[novels|novelization]] of ''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture (novel)|Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]''.
 
   
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== Appendices ==
====Specifications====
 
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=== Appearances ===
The size of the ''K't'inga'' has been the subject of intense speculation. The first indication of size was in the ''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture Blueprints]]'', published in connection with the movie. That work was based on the designs used in the film, but was not actually produced by the production staff itself. (And contained some unusual oddities, like naming the class the "Drell-4".) The ship's length in that work: 214.3 meters. Since then the ship's size has ranged from 214 meters (in the [[Star Trek Fact Files]]) to 350 meters (in the [[Decipher]] works). The [[Star Trek Encyclopedia]] makes things even worse: not only does it not nail down the size, in comparison drawings it vacilates between showing the K't'inga as smaller than a D-7 in one place, and bigger in another! The only specific length provided by the Trek production staff was in the ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual]]'', and that was listed at 349.54 meters.
 
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** {{e|Call to Arms}}
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** {{e|A Time to Stand}}
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=== Background information ===
The problem is that the size of the D-7 class ship is fairly well known from a diagram provided on-screen in [[TOS]]: "[[The Enterprise Incident]]" (and reproduced in [[The Making of Star Trek]]). If the ''K't'inga'' is thought of as an upgrade to the D-7, then the size of 214 or so meters noted in numerous apocryphal works is reasonable. If it is thought of as an entirely new class, it can be any size at all, and the 350 or so meters is not unreasonable.
 
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==== Origins ====
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In the ''[[Star Trek: Phase II]]'' script "[[In Thy Image]]", written by [[Harold Livingston]], the three Klingon warships were identified as ''Koro''-class. They were later changed to ''K't'inga''-class in [[Gene Roddenberry]]'s {{novel}}ization of ''{{dis|Star Trek: The Motion Picture|novel}}''.
   
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Although this designation was never referenced in any on-screen displays or dialogue, it was adopted by the {{ste|4|1|397}}, where it was referred to as a "conjectural designation." Nevertheless, the designation had been recognized by the production staff as this design's name.
Along with the size, the crew complement is wildly in flux in various works. The ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual'' has the crew at over 800; the ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture Blueprints'' lists 385. Other works range between the two.
 
   
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This class might possibly have been named after the [[star]] [[K't'inga]].
Unfortunately, the actual dimensions for this ship have not yet been clarified in [[canon]], and so will remain unknown for the time being.
 
   
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:''See [[K't'inga class model|''K't'inga''-class model]].''
Its design was based on the D-7 class created by [[Matt Jefferies]] for ''[[Star Trek: The Original Series]]'', which was, in turn based on the [[wikipedia:manta ray|manta ray]] in both shape and color.
 
   
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==== Interior sets ====
The original model built for ''The Motion Picture'' was built by [[Magicam]], and measured six feet in length. The most significant change in the design of the ''K't'inga'' model was its more detailed surface, so that it would look more believable on the movie screen. The ''K't'inga''-class cruiser sequence shots for ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'' were shot under the supervision of [[John Dykstra]].
 
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The movies ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'' and ''Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country'' were the only ones that had featured interiors of the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser &ndash; the only glimpses afforded into one of the oldest, yet most unexplored designs featured on ''[[Star Trek]]''.
   
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===== <p style="font-size:medium;">Bridge</p> =====
The [[Design patents|design patent]] issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office for the ''K't'inga'' in 1982 (there called a "toy spaceship") noted [[Andrew Probert]] as the sole "inventor" of the design.
 
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In the words of ''The Motion Picture''{{'}}s special photographic effects director, [[Douglas Trumbull]], the Klingon battle cruiser interior should look like "an enemy submarine in World War II that's been out at sea for too long." (''[[Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition)]]'') Production Illustrator [[Andrew Probert]] recalled, "''Doug wanted something like the interior of a Japanese submarine; he wanted a bridge suspended between big shock-absorbing supports, with mechanically operating stations for the crewmen. For my own guidance, I worked up a sketch showing the orientation of the bridge within the shape of the ship. I came up with a design that apparently everybody was happy with, and Doug brought in an art director for the construction of the Klingon bridge-who added some outstanding ideas of his own. In my humble opinion, the Klingon bridge is the most exciting set in the movie.''"(''{{dis|Starlog|magazine}}'', No.32, March 1980, p.63)
   
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The bridge had actually been designed thrice. The first 1977 version was done by Art Director [[Joseph R. Jennings]] for the movie's direct predecessor, ''[[Star Trek: Phase II]]''. Director [[Robert Wise]] discarded this version as unsuitable for a theatrical feature, and had a new bridge designed by Jennings' successors, Production Designer [[Harold Michelson]] and Art Director [[Leon Harris]], starting in March 1978. (''[[The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]'', pp. 85, 87) In turn, their version was discarded almost exactly one year later by Trumbull, who, together with Probert, redesigned the bridge for a third and final time. Set construction was farmed out to newcomer and novice Art Director [[John Vallone]], handpicked by Trumbull himself. Because of the re-redesign process and the subsequent set construction on the combined [[Paramount Stage 12|Paramount Stages 12]] and [[Paramount Stage 14|14]], filming of the Klingon bridge scenes, originally slated for March 1979, was delayed by nearly three months, only to start on 18 June. Set co-worker, Graphics Designer [[Lee Cole]], has credited Vallone for being very daring and innovative, especially pleased by his introduction of the then yet unproven edge-lit plastic displays and the fiber opticts lighting, which according to Cole "were fabulously successful, beyond our wildest dreams". (''[[Return to Tomorrow - The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture]]'', pp. 345-346, 375)
In the 'Special Features' segment on disc seven of the [[VOY Season 3 DVD]] entitled ''Flashback to "Flashback"'', there is a 0:02:45 segment with [[Dan Curry]] discussing the filming of the encounter between the [[USS Excelsior|USS ''Excelsior'']] and [[Kang's battle cruiser (2293) |Kang's battle cruiser]] in the [[Azure Nebula]].
 
   
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It was only in ''The Motion Picture'' that the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser bridge was featured, as it did not appear in ''The Undiscovered Country''.
====Interior====
 
[[Image:Klingon bridge concept art.jpg|thumb|Bridge concept design]]
 
In the words of ''The Motion Picture''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s special photographic effects director, [[Douglas Trumbull]], a Klingon battle cruiser should look like "an enemy [[submarine]] in [[World War II]] that's been out at sea for too long."
 
   
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==== ''Technical Manual'' ====
The movies ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'' and ''Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country'' both heavily featured the interior of the ''K't'inga''-class cruiser &ndash; the only glimpses we've had into one of the oldest, yet most unexplored designs featured on ''[[Star Trek]]''.
 
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The following information of specifications and defenses comes exclusively from the ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual]]'':
   
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====Inconsistencies====
 
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* '''Type:''' Heavy Cruiser
The [[studio models|''K't'inga''-class model]] that appeared in "[[Prophecy]]" ([[VOY]]) was incorrectly identified as a D-7 class cruiser in the dialog. According to [[Mike Sussman]], it was not known that the ''K't'inga''-class model was going to be used instead of the D-7, so the script was never changed to reflect the model used. Some fans have speculated that this vessel may, in fact, be a prototype or predecessor to the ''K't'inga'' in the D-7 lineage. For more information on that vessel see [[Kohlar's battle cruiser]].
 
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* '''Power Plant:''' One M/A warp system; two impulse systems
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* '''Dimensions:''' Length, 349.54 meters; beam, 251.76 meters; height, 98.41 meters
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* '''Mass:''' 760,000 metric tonnes
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* '''Performance:''' Warp 9.6
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* '''Armament:''' Six ship-mounted disruptors; two torpedo launchers
   
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==== Inconsistencies ====
The ''K't'inga''-class model would also inadvertently appear in "[[Unexpected]]" ([[ENT]]), nearly [[2151|120 years before]] the original appearance of the vessel. For more information on that vessel and model, see [[Vorok's battle cruiser]].
 
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The ''K't'inga''-class studio model that appeared in {{e|Prophecy}} was incorrectly identified as a "D7 class cruiser" in the dialogue. According to writer [[Mike Sussman]], he had assumed the D7 studio model created for {{e|Trials and Tribble-ations}} was going to be used in the episode. In post production, the special effects staff instead used a low resolution [[CGI model]] of a ''K't'inga''-class. Sussman stated that if he had known that the ''K't'inga'' model was going to used, he would have rewritten the script so as to avoid this discrepancy. For more information on that particular vessel, see [[Kohlar's battle cruiser]].
   
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The same low-resolution CGI ''K't'inga''-class model was later used as an alternative to the "D4-class" model that was designed to appear in {{ENT|Unexpected}}, nearly [[2151|120 years before]] the original appearance of the vessel. For more information on that vessel and model, see [[Vorok's battle cruiser]].
====Apocrypha====
 
The ''K't'inga''-class was also seen several times in the [[Star Trek Comic Strip (US)|''Star Trek'' newspaper comic strip]].
 
   
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* [[Klingon starships]]
 
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* For the month of September in the calendar ''[[Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2002)]]'', the IKS ''Kahless'', a ''K't'inga''-class battle cruiser, was identified as the last [[commanding officer|command]] of [[Dahar Master]] [[Kor]]. Under his command, the ''Kahless'' won many victories.
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* In ''[[Star Trek Online]]'', the ''K't'inga'' class is a Commander-level ship that players can obtain once they hit Level 20. The ship class is unique as it not only melds the ''K'T'inga'' class with the {{class|D7}} ships, but it is the only [[TOS]]-era Klingon ship that is obtainable as an endgame ship at tier 5, fleet tier 5 and tier 5U, and with the expansion of Agents of Yesterday, as promotion in R&D packs at tier 6. The ''K't'inga'' underwent an extensive model update in June 2020, to make it closer to its on-screen appearances.
   
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* {{exastris|page=/articles/klingon-battlecruiser.htm|title=The Everlasting Battlecruiser}} - a comprehensive look at the lineage of the legendary Klingon battle cruiser
 
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The K't'inga-class battle cruiser was a primary class of warship in service with the Klingon Imperial Fleet in the late 23rd century and with the Klingon Defense Force in the mid-to-late 24th century.

History

Escorted by a Constitution-class heavy cruiser

Introduced in the early 2270s, the K't'inga-class cruiser was considered one of the most powerful warships in the Klingon Defense Forces, even serving as a flagship of the Imperial Fleet for a time during the 2290s. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

K't'inga-class cruisers were in service as early as the 2270s, when the Epsilon IX station recorded the destruction of three K't'inga-class vessels by the V'ger entity. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture) Starfleet's interest in the K't'inga-class cruiser was such that in 2285, the class of ship appeared in the Kobayashi Maru scenario at Starfleet Academy. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

For nearly a century, the K't'inga-class cruiser proved to be a rugged, sturdy design that saw continuous use. In that aspect they were much like their Federation counterparts the Excelsior-class and Miranda-class starships, whose usefulness outlived contemporaries such as the Constitution-class cruiser.

With marked improvements, these warships saw continuous use as front-line and border patrol ships throughout the Klingon-Federation War and the Dominion War of the early-2370s. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior", "Soldiers of the Empire", "Call to Arms") They were not always the ship of choice for all missions, however, as more agile craft like the Klingon Bird-of-Prey were better suited for some tasks. (DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach")

Technical data

The K't'inga-class cruiser was one of the most advanced and versatile warships in the Klingon Imperial Fleet. Although the tactical effectiveness of the K't'inga relative to other ships was never firmly established in true canon, it was capable of challenging a Constitution class cruiser without fear (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country), threatening an Excelsior class cruiser in a stand-off situation, and in small numbers it could inflict severe damage on an Excelsior class cruiser (VOY: "Flashback").

Physical arrangement

The bridge section, which connected to the aft section via a neck support

The outboard plan of the K't'inga design incorporated the same basic shape and classic design lineage dating back over one hundred years to the D5-class battle cruiser. (ENT: "Marauders", et al.) The K't'inga cruiser was a direct offshoot in design-lineage from the venerable D7-class battle cruiser introduced sometime prior to 2267. (TOS: "Errand of Mercy", et al.)

The bulk of the ship's overall mass was incorporated in the aft section of the ship. The bridge module was located on a bulbous forward section, which was separated from the aft section by a relatively thin connective section that attached to and flared into the aft section. Located on the caudal section of the ship were the ship's impulse engines. Jutting from below the port and starboard side of the ship's aft section were the ship's warp nacelles.

Aside from possessing a slightly sleeker shape and contour than its D7-class predecessor, the most notable design variations between the two classes included a less bulbous forward section, a larger bridge dome, differently-designed warp nacelles, and more extensive external hull plating. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, et al.)

Tactical systems

The weapon systems aboard the K't'inga-class cruisers have included phasers, disruptors, photon torpedo launchers, and concussive charges. (TNG: "The Emissary"; DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; VOY: "Flashback")

The torpedo launchers included one torpedo tube in the forward section, and one aft. The forward torpedo bay was located below the bridge, in the foremost part of the ship, while the aft torpedo bay was located between the impulse engines. During the arming sequence, the interior perimeter of the torpedo tube area glowed a bright red until one or more torpedoes were fired. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

This class of ship was also equipped with two forward mounted phasers. (TNG: "The Emissary") This phaser and torpedo weaponry was considered state of the art during the 2290s. They were no match for a Galaxy-class starship of the 2360s, but were, however, more than a match for any weakly-defended colony or outpost at the time. (TNG: "The Emissary")

By the late 24th century, K't'inga-class battle cruisers had been retrofitted to keep up with the advances of technology. In the 2370s, their forward torpedo launchers included a powerful disruptor emitter, allowing these vessels to remain formidable adversaries. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior", "Rules of Engagement")

The red directed energy weapons seen in "The Way of the Warrior" and "Rules of Engagement" were identified as disruptors in the script of "The Way of The Warrior". [1]
Star Trek: Starship Spotter identifies eight and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual identifies six disruptors on the K't'inga.

Cloaking device

Like many Klingon starships of the time, these vessels also incorporated a cloaking device, which hid them from detection in most evasive situations. (TNG: "The Emissary"; DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

K't'inga-class cruisers underwent several cloak upgrades during their years of service. Those cruisers equipped with cloaks installed prior to 2290 were known for the particular weakness of not being 100% efficient at blocking gamma radiation. (TNG: "The Emissary")

Propulsion systems

Facing off with an Excelsior-class cruiser; clearly visible are the vessel's impulse engines and starboard warp nacelle

The warp drive of the K't'inga-class enabled it to reach the speed of at least warp 5. (TNG: "Heart of Glory", "The Emissary")

During an encounter between the USS Enterprise-D and the IKS T'Ong, Enterprise chief engineer Geordi La Forge figured that the Enterprise could probably knock out the T'Ong's warp engines without damaging the rest of the ship, as a means of disabling the vessel. (TNG: "The Emissary")

Additional systems

Some K't'inga-class cruisers were equipped with cryonic technology, which allowed crews of the late 23rd century to be placed in cryogenic sleep for long voyages. (TNG: "The Emissary")

Interior design

Main corridor of the Kronos One

The primary color scheme aboard K't'inga-class cruisers was distinctively earth-tone colors, such as beige and gray.

In contrast to the corridors found aboard contemporary vessels, such as the Bird-of-Prey, these vessels were considerably spacious in size. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Main bridge

The configuration of the darkened main bridge design of the K't'inga-class cruiser set the tone for many of the later Klingon bridge layouts, including the later Bird-of-Prey and Vor'cha-class cruisers.

The main bridge was located at the top portion of the forward section of the vessel. Located in the front of the bridge, against the forward bulkhead, was the ship's main viewscreen, used by the ship's captain.

Featured in the center of the bridge, on a raised platform directly behind the viewscreen, was the command chair, which could swivel 360 degrees. This position provided the commanding officer an unobstructed view of the screen, as well as allowed the commander to visually monitor all bridge operations.

Directly behind the command chair were two manned consoles. The port side position had control over the viewscreen display and could take the ship into evasive maneuvers (as with helm control on a Constitution-class ship). Lastly, at the rear of the bridge were two pivoting weapons targeting stations, which contained the ship's targeting systems. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Andrew Probert's conceptualization of what lurked beneath the battle cruiser's oddly-shaped bridge helped set the Klingon style for all the Star Trek productions to follow. According to the text commentary by Mike Okuda in the director's edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the Klingon interiors were intended to be "a contrast to the clean, sleek Enterprise interiors seen later" in the movie.

An alternate bridge style was also used on ships by the early 2360s. It featured the captain's chair at the back of a smokey and dimly lit bridge with banners of the Federation and Klingon Empire on the rear wall. (TNG: "Heart of Glory")

Transporter room

Transporter room

The transporter room aboard a K't'inga-class cruiser contained five transporter pads, arranged linearly.

At an angle, and to the right of the pads, was the transporter control console, with an operator's chair; to the left was the doorway. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

The transporter room was a repainted set borrowed from The Next Generation. (Charting the Undiscovered Country: The Making of Trek VI, p. 59)

Stateroom

Stateroom

The stateroom aboard the Kronos One was the Klingon Chancellor Gorkon's private dining and conference room. This room featured a large transparent pedestal-table, with an overhead chandelier, set on a raised platform with surrounding chairs. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

The appearance of stateroom was designed to accommodate the wirework that was used for the filming of the anti-gravity scene. According to cinematographer Hiro Narita, "I knew that the plainer the wall, the more noticeable the wires would appear against it, so I suggested that by darkening the wall and adding a pattern to it, we could create enough visual confusion that the camera might not see the wires." (Charting the Undiscovered Country: The Making of Trek VI, p. 61)

Ships commissioned

Named
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Appendices

Appearances

Background information

Origins

In the Star Trek: Phase II script "In Thy Image", written by Harold Livingston, the three Klingon warships were identified as Koro-class. They were later changed to K't'inga-class in Gene Roddenberry's novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Although this designation was never referenced in any on-screen displays or dialogue, it was adopted by the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 397), where it was referred to as a "conjectural designation." Nevertheless, the designation had been recognized by the production staff as this design's name.

This class might possibly have been named after the star K't'inga.

Studio model

See K't'inga-class model.

Interior sets

The movies Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country were the only ones that had featured interiors of the K't'inga-class cruiser – the only glimpses afforded into one of the oldest, yet most unexplored designs featured on Star Trek.

Bridge

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K't'inga class bridge concept art
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Probert's bridge re-design sketches
Bridge layout concept

In the words of The Motion Picture's special photographic effects director, Douglas Trumbull, the Klingon battle cruiser interior should look like "an enemy submarine in World War II that's been out at sea for too long." (Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition)) Production Illustrator Andrew Probert recalled, "Doug wanted something like the interior of a Japanese submarine; he wanted a bridge suspended between big shock-absorbing supports, with mechanically operating stations for the crewmen. For my own guidance, I worked up a sketch showing the orientation of the bridge within the shape of the ship. I came up with a design that apparently everybody was happy with, and Doug brought in an art director for the construction of the Klingon bridge-who added some outstanding ideas of his own. In my humble opinion, the Klingon bridge is the most exciting set in the movie."(Starlog, No.32, March 1980, p.63)

The bridge had actually been designed thrice. The first 1977 version was done by Art Director Joseph R. Jennings for the movie's direct predecessor, Star Trek: Phase II. Director Robert Wise discarded this version as unsuitable for a theatrical feature, and had a new bridge designed by Jennings' successors, Production Designer Harold Michelson and Art Director Leon Harris, starting in March 1978. (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, pp. 85, 87) In turn, their version was discarded almost exactly one year later by Trumbull, who, together with Probert, redesigned the bridge for a third and final time. Set construction was farmed out to newcomer and novice Art Director John Vallone, handpicked by Trumbull himself. Because of the re-redesign process and the subsequent set construction on the combined Paramount Stages 12 and 14, filming of the Klingon bridge scenes, originally slated for March 1979, was delayed by nearly three months, only to start on 18 June. Set co-worker, Graphics Designer Lee Cole, has credited Vallone for being very daring and innovative, especially pleased by his introduction of the then yet unproven edge-lit plastic displays and the fiber opticts lighting, which according to Cole "were fabulously successful, beyond our wildest dreams". (Return to Tomorrow - The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, pp. 345-346, 375)

It was only in The Motion Picture that the K't'inga-class cruiser bridge was featured, as it did not appear in The Undiscovered Country.

Technical Manual

The following information of specifications and defenses comes exclusively from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual:

  • Production Base: Qo'noS Orbital Factory Base
  • Type: Heavy Cruiser
  • Accommodation: 800 plus flight crew and troops
  • Power Plant: One M/A warp system; two impulse systems
  • Dimensions: Length, 349.54 meters; beam, 251.76 meters; height, 98.41 meters
  • Mass: 760,000 metric tonnes
  • Performance: Warp 9.6
  • Armament: Six ship-mounted disruptors; two torpedo launchers

Inconsistencies

The K't'inga-class studio model that appeared in "Prophecy" was incorrectly identified as a "D7 class cruiser" in the dialogue. According to writer Mike Sussman, he had assumed the D7 studio model created for "Trials and Tribble-ations" was going to be used in the episode. In post production, the special effects staff instead used a low resolution CGI model of a K't'inga-class. Sussman stated that if he had known that the K't'inga model was going to used, he would have rewritten the script so as to avoid this discrepancy. For more information on that particular vessel, see Kohlar's battle cruiser.

The same low-resolution CGI K't'inga-class model was later used as an alternative to the "D4-class" model that was designed to appear in ENT: "Unexpected", nearly 120 years before the original appearance of the vessel. For more information on that vessel and model, see Vorok's battle cruiser.

Apocrypha

  • The K't'inga-class was also seen several times in the Star Trek newspaper comic strip.
  • According to the instruction manual for Star Trek: Klingon Academy, some K't'inga's are refitted D7s. It also details how the new design was cast into doubt within the Empire, following the loss of three ships during the V'ger incident, until details of the Federation's encounter with the entity came to light, revealing its immense power.
  • For the month of September in the calendar Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2002), the IKS Kahless, a K't'inga-class battle cruiser, was identified as the last command of Dahar Master Kor. Under his command, the Kahless won many victories.
  • In Star Trek Online, the K't'inga class is a Commander-level ship that players can obtain once they hit Level 20. The ship class is unique as it not only melds the K'T'inga class with the D7-class ships, but it is the only TOS-era Klingon ship that is obtainable as an endgame ship at tier 5, fleet tier 5 and tier 5U, and with the expansion of Agents of Yesterday, as promotion in R&D packs at tier 6. The K't'inga underwent an extensive model update in June 2020, to make it closer to its on-screen appearances.

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