The Karekh class scout/explorer is a Vulcan-designed and
manufactured exploration vessel. This class was designed
specifically for mapping space and performing related
duties. As a result, the Karekh has an unusually powerful computer for a
starship of its size. It is not a particularly well-known class, but it is
very well suited for its mission. The vessel's overall reliability is one of
its greatest strengths. The interior configuration is similar to the more
common Mission class, except that the Karekh has two decks instead of three.
As part of its mapping and patrol procedures, the Karekh
locates new planetary systems. After detecting a new system, the explorer
investigates further and determines whether the planet is suitable for
colonization, or needs further evaluation by a more fully-equipped starship.
Karekhs have made a great deal of celestial discoveries and first contacts,
a source of satisfaction to Starfleet and the ship's Vulcan builders.
The Mk I Karekh is totally unarmed. This makes the Mk I very
popular with Vulcan crews (for whom it was originally designed) and less
popular with most other races. In particular, no Andorians will serve
willingly aboard a Karekh.