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Exploration & Research Cruisers

Aventeur Class Exploration Cruiser (2008) Columbus Class Exploration Cruiser (2044) University Class Research Cruiser (2184)
Aventeur  (2008) Columbus (2044) University  (2184)

Aryabhatta Class Exploration Cruiser (2222)

Kremlin Class Exploration Cruiser (2226)

Aryabhatta (2222)

Kremlin (2226)

Antares (2230)
Vagabond Class Exploration Cruiser (2235) Wayfarer Class Exploration Cruiser (2240)

Anton Class Exploration Cruiser (2245)

Vagabond (2235) Wayfarer (2240)

Anton (2244)

Tyrannis Class Exploration Cruiser (2240)

Canopus Class Exploration Cruiser (2249)

Tyrannis (2249)

Canopus (2249)

Concorde (2256)
K'Kmarak Class Research Cruiser (2261) Baker Class Research Cruiser (2267)  
K'Kmarak (2261) Baker (2267)  

Cruisers are by far the most numerous and varied craft in most space navies, and come in many sizes and varieties including  Heavy, CommandMedium, Supplemental,  Light, Research and Medical Cruiser types amongst others. One of the oldest designations, the term Cruiser refers to a large array of vessel types and sizes. Cruisers can be both general purpose and mission specific, with many capable of autonomously switching between the two extremes when needed. Cruisers are not as large or powerful as Battleships or Dreadnoughts, but can often be as effective in military conflict. Cruiser are also highly varied in their abilities to explore and expand the boundaries of established governments. First contacts, stellar and planetary research as well as diplomatic negotiations are all well within the purveyance of Cruiser class vessels. Cruisers can also easily switch to medical emergency mode, search and rescue and evacuation when needed. Most cruisers have a large science base, consisting of numerous sensor system, independent science labs and numerous on-board departments that specialize in a wide variety of space and planetary science. 

Cruisers often have a large engineering contingent, giving a cruiser unique forward capabilities while in deep space. Cruisers can maintain lengthy patrols and explore well beyond the boundaries of established boarder space. Cruisers are often well armed and very capable of defence and combat when necessary. Cruisers are the mainstay of the Romulan Navy, and an expansive part of the Federation and Klingon Navies.

Exploration cruisers are specifically designed to map and explore deep space. Although they posses the capability to conduct first contact and terrestrial investigations, their primary systems are dedicated to mapping solar systems, stars, comets and other deep space objects.  

Exploration Cruisers are often larger than standard cruisers, and have extended patrol capability, larger fuel reserve, and better crew accommodations. Most are used as scouts during times of conflict.   

Research cruisers are specifically designed to conduct intensified and detailed investigations on a single phenomenon. Unlike other cruisers, which keep their system separated, Research Cruisers integrate their on-board systems, allowing cross department data transfer and material analysis. This unique ability is not without itís limits.  

Several Research Cruisers have been crippled when a single system became damaged/infected by a research subject. Although this has happened with other classes of Starship, the inherent De-centralized nature of Research Cruisers does make them more prone to such accidents. Like Exploration Cruisers, Research Cruisers are used as scouts during times of conflict.  

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