(covers information from several alternate timelines)
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 or provide medical assistance 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")
Following the establishment of the Strnad colony in 2364, Doctor Beverly Crusher pointed out to Captain Jean-Luc Picard that the entire affair had been exhausting for the entire crew, noting that "we're not a supply vessel. Settling all those people has been a strain on everyone. I'm tired myself." (TNG: "Justice")
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")
- Cardassian supply ship
- Federation supply ship
- Kalandan supply ship
- Kantare supply ship
- Kraylor supply ship
- Lissepian supply ship
- Romulan supply ship
Supply ships by name Edit
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