Destroyers are a broad category of varying sized warships, used
primarily as attack and patrol vessels along hostile boarders. Destroyers are
specifically designed to engage enemy vessels of any configuration and maintain
fire to disable or destroy an enemy force. Most destroyers are used in
conjunction with other vessels and are capable of engaging other destroyers and
capital ships. Destroyers have a number of specialized onboard combat systems,
including Command and Control systems, Combat Information Centres, specialized
deep space sensors and crew support systems. Destroyers also function as fast
response vessels in and near established space lanes, responding to pirate
attacks and providing heavy support for Merchant Marine Patrols near member
None the less, Destroyers present a unique drawback to Federation planners.
While all destroyers have moderately sized science research capabilities, most
of these facilities are significantly smaller than on other Starship.
Destroyer’s redundancy systems often take up large amounts of internal space,
contributing to small crew quarters and lighter recreational facilities. To keep
Destroyers stealthy, many have excellent passive sensor equipment, allowing them
to detect even minute Tachyon particle movement from cloaked vessels.
Unfortunately, this specialized sensor ability also means that more powerful,
active scanning systems are not installed, giving Destroyers a significant
disadvantage in exploration situations. Destroyers do not usually mount troops,
although several designs do have boarding parties for Maritime Patrol
inspections. Destroyers also have smaller shuttle bays and smaller cargo bays.
Most Destroyers are home ported at a front line star base or outpost, allowing
them to refurbish their stores often.
Destroyers remain a mainstay of Federation and Klingon defence, due mostly to
their inexpensiveness and combat ability. Two destroyers can often be built for
the same resource cost as a single cruisers. Destroyers are also designed to be
easily repaired and upgraded, with changes to their design often being made in
The Heavy Destroyer is designed to provide significantly more
firepower for destroyer units, often have equivalent combat capabilities to that
of a Cruiser or Dreadnought. More manoeuvrable than Dreadnoughts and roomier
than Heavy Cruisers, Heavy Destroyers are used primarily as focal points for
destroyer squadrons and as destroyer-escorts for Battleships and other large
Heavy Destroyers do not have the large science base of a comparable Heavy
Cruiser, but do retain the excellent sensor systems and other unique systems
found on cruiser class vessels. Heavy Destroyers larger size and extended patrol
capability do prohibit mass production, but their combat contribution is
other leader classified vessels, Destroyer Leaders are capable of
coordinating a squadron of destroyers, often of the same class, in a coordinated
Most Destroyer Leaders sacrifice comfort for internal systems, with
smaller crew quarters and smaller recreational facilities.
Many Destroyer Leaders have larger computer systems, stronger shields and
in some cases stronger weapon loads.
Although useful during combat, these overpowered systems can prove very
difficult to maintain in front line units.
In recent years, the Klingons had found that many of the Destroyer Leader
vessels that are damaged during combat, must travel great distances for repairs.
Many front line repair stations and MRFs do not normally carry supplies
for these systems.
Destroyer Leaders also consume more fuel on average than other
“Leader” classified vessels.
None the less, the coordination abilities of most Destroyer Leader
classified vessels far outweigh the disadvantages.
In recent years, the Gorn and Cardassian Union have begun to add
Destroyer Leader vessels to their front line combat units.
Conversely the UFP has been reducing the numbers of Destroyer Leaders since the
end of the Four Years War as advances in sensor and communications technology
has meant that it is now possible to equip individual standard destroyers to the
same level of capability as Leaders.
Leaders are very expensive to build, due to the large number of specialized
Much of the onboard equipment must be custom built to accommodate the
unique overall mission profile.
This also reduces construction time significantly, with many Destroyer
Leaders taking as long to construct as a typical heavy cruiser.