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Kantare supply ship

A Kantare supply ship

A supply ship was a type of vessel used by various powers. Like a freighter, a supply ship's primary mission was to move supplies and cargo. However, unlike a freighter, a supply ship was attached to an "official" or "military" organization, such as Starfleet or the Cardassian Central Command, and the cargo they carried were of an official and/or governmental nature. A supply ship attached to a military fleet, for example, carried spare parts and materials needed to restock and resupply the other ships in the fleet as needed.

When the Andorian Commander Thy'lek Shran first encountered Captain Jonathan Archer at the monastery at P'Jem, Shran inquired, during his interrogation of Archer, if Enterprise NX-01 was a supply ship bringing the Vulcans more surveillance equipment. (ENT: "The Andorian Incident")

A supply ship typically had a relatively small crew. The USS Lantree, for example, had a total complement of 26 officers and crew on board. The vessels were also not typically well-armed. Again as an example, the Lantree was said to have only class 3 defensive armaments. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")

In the 2260s of the alternate reality, information on supply vessels was located in the Federation database. (Star Trek Beyond)

Supply vessels were mentioned in a list of vessel types, which appeared to the left of the personnel file for Balthazar Edison. [1]

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