Baker class

Baker class (FASA-2302)
Baker class (FASA-2302)

The Baker class destroyer had a unique development history. When the original contracts were let out, they called for a research vessel with limited combat capabilities. The designs for the ship were accepted by Starfleet Procurement, and the actual construction of the Baker class research cruiser began. As the main hull neared completion, Starfleet decided that a destroyer was needed to supplement the Larson class. At the same time, the admiralty was of the opinion that fewer research cruisers would be needed on the frontiers. The Baker class was then dropped as a research cruiser and redesignated a destroyer.[1]

In order to accomplish its mission as a destroyer, the Baker‘s design underwent several changes. The laboratory facilities were removed and crew quarters and recreation areas were expanded. The Baker class vessels were well known for these spacious quarters and crew comforts. Another change came in the weaponry. The original design had only four phasers, and the finished design, known as the Mark II, was fitted with six phasers and two torpedo launchers.[1]

The Baker class destroyer was brought into service with the commissioning of the U.S.S. Baker, U.S.S. Stafford, and U.S.S. Peterson. After that, as many as 224 ships of the class were commissioned. As was intended, these vessels were used to replace the aging Larson class destroyers in more hostile areas, the latter being used more and more along trailing and rimward frontiers.[1]

The Baker class had a compartmented dual-wall internal structure to give additional protection from explosive decompression during battle. Earlier designs with single-wall protection often ruptured when one compartment decompressed, victims of a domino effect that would eventually render the entire vessel incapable of sustaining itself. Although compartmentation was not new in ship design, double walls separated by a pressurized dead space was. Such a dead space counteracted the forces on the outer wall surfaces by means of sensors that detected any changes in pressure and trigger units that regulated the pressure inside the dead space. This system later became a standard feature on all Federation vessels.[1]

The Baker class destroyer was the first vessel in Starfleet to be designed with the newer-style nacelles; previous uses were all refits. The FWE-2 warp drive system was installed to give a cruising speed of Warp 7 and temporary speeds of Warp 8, as well as greater maneuverability, making it more efficient in battle than many of its counterparts. The weapons arrangement of the Baker class was unusual by Starfleet standards. Two of the phaser banks were capable of firing in all quadrants except directly to the rear, unlike most other Federation vessels on which they were usually positioned to fire in only two quadrants.[1]

The Baker class remained unchanged until an experimental model, the U.S.S. Knutson, completed its testing of an impulse drive system that would increase the total power output of the vessel by 25%. The Mark III went into production, but was quickly replaced by the Mark IV with upgraded FP-1 photon torpedo tubes. All Mark III’s were refitted to this design. The Baker class had a length of 301 meters, a beam of 148 meters, and a draft of 77 meters, allowing for a total of 22 decks; it massed 121,300 metric tons and had a crew complement of 265.[1]

Ships of the class

Name Registry
U.S.S. Baker[1] Unk.
U.S.S. Cooper[2] NCC-4791
U.S.S. Knutson[1] Unk.
U.S.S. Mirfak[2] NCC-4823
U.S.S. Peterson[1] Unk.
U.S.S. Richardson[3] Unk.
U.S.S. Silverion[2] NCC-4752
U.S.S. Stafford[1] Unk.
U.S.S. Taylor[3] Unk.


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