A light cruiser was a type of lightly-armed cruiser utilized by Starfleet.

The 24th century starship USS Drake was designated a light cruiser. (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom")


Background information

According to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual, the Saber-class was classified as a light cruiser, as was the Intrepid-class.

During the Dominion War the Yeager-type was a light cruiser variant built from an Intrepid-class primary hull.

Another type of light cruiser used in the Dominion War was a variant of the Constitution-class of starship, a saucer with two warp nacelles.

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