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Romulan science vessel, forward

A Romulan science vessel

In starship classification, a science vessel (aka science ship or research vessel) was a limited-role starship. It was not well armed, but instead carried several laboratories, advanced sensors, and in some cases, advanced deflector shields. Ships of this class were used for scientific research missions, such as observing the collapse of a star, mapping newly discovered planets and nebulae, or simply being an isolated location for hazardous experiments. Most science vessels were not designed for long term missions.

In the 2260s of the alternate reality, information on Starfleet and non-Starfleet science vessels was located in the Federation database. (Star Trek Beyond)

Science vessels were mentioned in a list of vessel types and in a list of Starfleet vessel types. These appeared to the left of the personnel file for Balthazar Edison. [1]

In 2365, Captain Picard proposed requesting a Federation science vessel to their location in the Morgana Quadrant, to better study an unknown void discovered there by the USS Enterprise-D, prior to its entrapment in the phenomenon. (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease")

In 2370, the USS Enterprise-D picked up a request for emergency assistance from a Federation science ship in the Topin system. This was a ploy devised by Ro Laren aboard a Maquis raider, to lure the Enterprise in so that she could steal a supply of medkits. (TNG: "Preemptive Strike")

Science vessels by raceEdit

Science vessels by name Edit

The following named ships were specifically identified as science vessels:

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