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<tr><td class="odd">Type:</td><td class="even">[[Heavy Cruiser]]</td></tr>
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<tr><td class="odd">Length:</td><td class="even">685 meters</td></tr>
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<tr><td class="odd">Beam:</td><td class="even">240 meters</td></tr>
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<tr><td class="odd">Height:</td><td class="even">88 meters</td></tr>
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<tr><td class="odd">Mass:</td><td class="even">3,205,000 MT</td></tr>
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<tr><td class="odd">Crew:</td><td class="even"></td>855</tr>
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<tr><td class="odd">Armament:</td><td class="even">16 (Refitted), 12 (Basic) phaser arrays, 9 Torpedo Launchers</td></tr>
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<tr><td class="odd">Defenses:</td><td class="even">Deflector shields</td></tr>
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| class="even" | 250 meters
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| class="even" | 24 (original configuration), 29 (refit)
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| class="even" |16 [[phaser array]]s, 4 forward torpedo launchers, 6 aft torpedo launchers, firing both [[Photon torpedo]]es and [[Quantum torpedo]]es
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The '''''Sovereign''-class''' [[starship]] was introduced in the late [[24th century]], showcasing some of [[Starfleet]]'s most recent technological advances. The Sovereign Project was one of the new defensive technologies initially intended for use against the [[Borg]] threat. The prototype {{USS|Sovereign}} was still in the design phase during the [[Battle of Wolf 359]].
   
The '''''Sovereign''-class''' [[starship]]s were introduced in the late [[24th century]]. The vessel included some of [[Starfleet]]'s most recent technological advances.
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Heavily armed, the design philosophy for the ''Sovereign''-class was shaped by the discovery of the [[Borg]]. The Sovereign Project attempted to push the envelope as far as possible when it came to [[computer]] power, shields, armament, and systems capabilities. The ''Sovereign''-class [[starship]] combined the creature comforts associated with the larger {{ShipClass|Galaxy}} vessels with the tactical power of the new {{ShipClass|Prometheus}}. ({{film|8}})
   
==History==
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The [[warp engines]] of the ''Sovereign'' were of a new design which eliminated subspace distortion effects inherent to standard warp drives without the use of variable geometry nacelles (as found on the [[Intrepid class|''Intrepid''-class]] &ndash; see also [[Hekaras Corridor]]). ({{film|10}}) In addition it was armed with a large [[quantum torpedo]] launcher mounted forward of the [[deflector dish]] above the [[captain's yacht]], which was capable of firing at least four rounds per second. ({{film|8}})
The Sovereign Project was one of the new defensive technologies initially intended for use against the [[Borg]] threat. The prototype, [[USS Sovereign]] was still in the design phase during the [[Battle of Wolf 359]].
 
   
===Design History===
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== Class history ==
Heavily armed, the design philosophy for the Sovereign class was shaped by the discovery of the [[Borg]]. The Sovereign Project attempted to push the envelope as far as possible when it came to [[computer]] power, shields, armament and systems capabilities. The Sovereign class [[starship]] combines the creature comforts associated with the larger [[Galaxy class]] vessels with the tactical power of the new [[Prometheus class]]. (''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]'')
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[[Image:Enterprise-E engages Borg at 001.jpg|thumb|The ''Enterprise'' firing at the Borg cube at the Battle of Sector 001]]
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[[Image:Enterprise Briar Patch.jpg|thumb|The ''Enterprise'' under Son'a fire in the Briar Patch]]
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[[Image:Battle of the Bassen Rift 3.jpg|thumb|The ''Enterprise'' and the ''Scimitar'' face off at the Battle of the Bassen Rift]]
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[[Image:Sovereign class drydock.jpg|thumb|The ''Enterprise'' in drydock over Earth in 2379]]
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In [[2372]], the ''Sovereign''-class {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-E|-E}} was launched from [[drydock]]. At least one other, the class prototype {{USS|Sovereign}}, is in service.
   
The vessel included some of [[Starfleet]]'s most recent technological advances. Primary amongst these was a large [[quantum torpedo]] launcher mounted forward of the [[deflector dish]] above the Captain's Yacht, which was capable of firing at least four rounds per second. Backup to the quantum torpedoes was provided by photon tubes; four of these were located at the base of the engineering section in pairs which face forward and aft. These launchers can fire up to 12 torpedoes at a time. The [[warp engines]] of the Sovereign were of a new design which eliminates subspace distortion effects inherent to standard warp drives without the use of variable geometry nacelles (as found on the [[Intrepid class]] - ''see also [[Hekaras Corridor]]''). (''[[Star Trek: Nemesis]]'')
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One of the ''Sovereign''-class' first major engagements came in [[2373]], when the USS ''Enterprise'' saw action in the [[Borg]] incursion into [[Sector 001]], and was instrumental in the destruction of the attacking [[Borg cube|cube]]. ({{film|8}})
   
[[Image:Sovereign_class_-_Okudagram(small).jpg|600px|thumb|none|Cross section of the Sovereign-class vessel USS Enterprise-E]]
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In [[2375]], the crew of the ''Enterprise'' became embroiled in a plot by the [[Son'a]], assisted by Starfleet Admiral [[Matthew Dougherty]], to forcibly remove the [[Ba'ku]] from their isolated home in the [[Briar Patch]]. The Son'a planned to harvest [[metaphasic radiation]] from the [[planet]]'s ring system, and needed Starfleet cooperation to carry out the plan.
   
===Construction History===
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Captain [[Jean-Luc Picard]] felt the relocation of the Ba'ku was a severe violation of the [[Prime Directive]], and led a team of ''Enterprise'' crewmembers to the Ba'ku planet to prevent their capture and removal.
In [[2373]], the Sovereign class [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)|USS Enterprise-E]] was launched from spacedock. There are currently a limited number of Sovereign class [[starship]]s in service, with more in production.
 
   
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Commander [[William T. Riker|William Riker]] was instructed to take the ''Enterprise'' and contact the [[Federation Council]] to alert them to the realities of the situation. It was a treacherous journey, since the Briar Patch interfered with external communications as well as the ship's [[impulse drive]].
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<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">The [[Battle of Sector 001]].</td></tr>
 
<tr><td colspan="2" align="center">[[Image:Battle of the Bassen Rift 3.jpg|200px]]</td></tr>
 
<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">The [[Battle of the Bassen Rift]].</td></tr>
 
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===The Sovereign in combat===
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Two [[Son'a battle cruiser]]s were sent by [[Ahdar]] [[Ru'afo]] to intercept the ''Enterprise'' before it left the Briar Patch, and severely damaged the ship in the process. The [[warp core]] was ejected in order to seal a dangerous [[subspace tear|tear in subspace]] created by the [[isolytic burst|isolytic weaponry]] of the Son'a.
One of the Sovereign class' first major engagements came in [[2373]], when the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)|USS Enterprise]] saw action in the [[Borg]] incursion into [[Sector 001]], and was instrumental in the destruction of the attacking [[Borg Cube|Cube]]. (''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]'')
 
   
Shortly after the resolution of the [[Dominion War]], a refitting of the Sovereign class took place. These included three extra aft facing torpedo tubes, along with one more forward facing tube; a twin launcher aft of the bridge, single launchers above the aft hangar deck, and at the base of the forward bridge terracing. Additionally, four extra phaser arrays were added to the nacelle pylons to cover an existing blind spot. The ''Enterprise'' was able to test out these new systems in 2379 when it faced the [[Reman]] ship ''[[Scimitar]]''. (''[[Star Trek: Nemesis]]'')
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Riker was able to outsmart the Son'a by collecting [[metreon]] gas native to the Briar Patch, then venting it behind the ship. When the Son'a used their weapons, the gas exploded, destroying one ship and severely damaging the other. The ''Enterprise'' then convinced the Federation Council to reconsider the plan for the Ba'ku. ({{film|9}})
   
==Interior==
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Shortly after the resolution of the [[Dominion War]], a refitting of the ''Sovereign''-class took place. The major changes included adding 5 decks, 5 additional torpedo tubes and 4 additional phaser arrays. A slight change in the warp nacelle pylons was also implemented. The ''Enterprise'' was able to deploy these new systems in [[2379]] when it faced the [[Reman]] ''[[Scimitar]]'' in the [[Bassen Rift]].
===Main Bridge===
 
Primary operational control of the Sovereign class is provided by the [[bridge|Main Bridge]], located at the top of the [[primary hull]]. The Main Bridge directly supervises all primary mission operations and coordinates all departmental activities. The Main Bridge is an ejectable module, allowing for a wider variety in mission parameters aswel as an emergency escape rout.
 
   
The primary bridge configuration of the new Sovereign class is slowly becoming one of the standard bridge designs for fleetwide application in newer starships. The central area of the Main Bridge provides seating and information displays for the [[captain]] and two other officers. The Captain’s Chair is raised from the rest of the Bridge Officers, to that of the surrounding level which includes [[Tactical]] and [[Ops|Operations]]. The two officer seats are equipped with fully programmable consoles for a variety of uses.
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In the ensuing [[Battle of the Bassen Rift|confrontation]], the ''Enterprise'' was severely damaged, including a major hull breach on the bridge. It was still unable to stop the ''Scimitar''.
   
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As a last resort, Picard ordered the ''Enterprise'' to ram the ''Scimitar'', causing the destruction of much of the [[saucer section]]'s forward area. The collision disabled the ''Scimitar'', but Shinzon, driven by vengeance, activated his deadly [[thalaron radiation|thalaron]] weapon and trained it on the ''Enterprise''.
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<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">The [[bridge|Main Bridge]].</td></tr>
 
<tr><td colspan="2" align="center">[[Image:Sovereign Viewscreen.jpg|200px]]</td></tr>
 
<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">The main [[viewscreen]].</td></tr>
 
<tr><td colspan="2" align="center">[[Image:Sovereign Ready Room.jpg|200px]]</td></tr>
 
<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">The [[Captain's Ready Room]].</td></tr>
 
<tr><td colspan="2" align="center">[[Image:Sovereign Observation Lounge.jpg|200px]]</td></tr>
 
<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">The [[Observation Lounge]].</td></tr>
 
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Directly fore of the command area is the [[Conn|Conn Officer]], who faces the main [[viewscreen|viewer]]. To the port side of the Conn officer, also facing the main viewer, is the [[Ops|Operations]] manager's console - which is identical in size and design to the Helm station. At the very front of the bridge chamber is a large [[viewscreen]]. When the screen is not active, a standard bulkhead is present.
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The weapon was overloaded and the ''Scimitar'' destroyed due to interference from Commander [[Data]], who sacrificed himself to save the ''Enterprise''. The ship then returned to Earth, and was required to go through several weeks of extensive [[drydock]] repair. ({{film|10}})
   
Aft and to the left of the command area is an elevated platform on which are located the [[tactical]] and [[security]] consoles. To the [[captain]]'s right, behind the tactical console, is the Mission Operations section of the bridge.
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== Technical Data ==
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The ''Sovereign''-class had two hull sections: a saucer-shaped [[primary hull]] and a [[secondary hull]] which mounted the two [[warp nacelle]]s. In terms of deck layout, the upper sections of the ''Sovereign''-class starship formed the command section and living areas, while the lower decks housed main engineering and fuel supplies.
   
Against the starboard side walls of the main bridge are the consoles for [[Planetary Science|Sciences]] along with others that are programmable for a multitude of functions.
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The ''Sovereign''-class starship was 685 [[meter]]s long, and packed a huge amount of equipment, systems, and materials into its 29 decks.
   
Located against the aft wall of the bridge is a large [[master systems display]] monitor, similar to the one in [[Main Engineering]]. All relative ship information (such as damage, power distribution, etc.) is displayed on the cutaway image of the vessel. This monitor can be used to direct ship operations and can be configured for limited flight control if necessary. Also located against the aft wall of the main bridge is the large [[Engineering]] console. This has a smaller cutaway diagram of the vessel, which displays all engineering-relevant data and shows warp fields and engine output.
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As is traditional, deck numbering descended from top to bottom. At the top of the saucer section was Deck 1, which housed the main [[bridge]]. This deck also held the more recent modifications of an [[observation lounge]], a [[Captain's Ready Room|ready room]] for the ship's captain, and an airlock with attached cabin.
   
There are two [[turbolift]]s on the [[bridge]] that can handle normal transit around the Sovereign class. There is also an emergency ladder that connects the bridge to lower decks. There is also one door, on the aft platform of the bridge, that leads to the [[Observation Lounge]], which is directly aft of the Main Bridge. Other connected rooms to the Main Bridge include the [[Captain's Ready Room]]. (''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]'')
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Deck 2 encompassed the first of the many levels of [[crew quarters]], with rooms for the highest-ranking command staff and an officer's [[mess hall]]. Decks 3 through 9 featured more officers' quarters, the forward and aft viewing lounges, [[science lab]]s, the main [[shuttlebay]], conduits for the [[optical data network]], and the vessel's main [[computer core]].
   
===Main Engineering===
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Decks 10 through 14 completed the primary hull of the ''Sovereign''-class starship, and also encompassed forward and aft [[cargo bay]]s on Decks 10 and 11, and [[phaser]] systems on Deck 11. [[Sensors]] and the secondary [[navigational deflector]] were found on Deck 12.
Located on Deck 16, [[Main Engineering]] has access to almost all systems aboard the starship, and manages repairs, power flow, and general maintenance. Entrance to the primary engineering spaces is provided by two large blast doors, a pair each deck on Decks 15 and 16, that can be closed for internal or external security reasons, as well as in case of emergencies. (''[[Star Trek: Insurrection]]'')
 
   
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Deck 14 was largely dedicated to engineering systems, and also featured the lower sensor platform. Decks 15 through 18 comprised the main navigational deflector array and an auxiliary bridge, which was also known as the [[battle bridge]].
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<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">[[Main Engineering]].</td></tr>
 
<tr><td colspan="2" align="center">[[Image:Sovereign Warp Core.jpg|200px]]</td></tr>
 
<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">The [[warp core]].</td></tr>
 
<tr><td colspan="2" align="center">[[Image:Sovereign Sickbay.jpg|200px]]</td></tr>
 
<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">The [[Sickbay]].</td></tr>
 
<tr><td colspan="2" align="center">[[Image:Sovereign Crew Quarters.jpg|200px]]</td></tr>
 
<tr><td class="odd">Caption:</td><td class="even">Crew Quarters.</td></tr>
 
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In the centre of the room is the [[Matter-antimatter reaction assembly|matter/anti-matter reaction assembly]]. This is where primary power for the ship is generated inside the matter/anti-matter reaction chamber Usable consoles are mounted on the walls surrounding it, providing primary conrol access for the engineers and technicians. Additionally, there are numerous ladders and access panels to [[Jefferies tube]]s, leading throughout the starship. A second tier rings the second level of Main Engineering on Deck 15. Two ladders on the opposite ends of the catwalk provide access. (''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]'')
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Deck 13, which was taken up almost entirely by [[deuterium tank|deuterium fuel tanks]], marked the real split between the habitable areas and the engineering and ship's storage sections. Main [[engineering]] and its related systems &ndash; such as the [[EPS]] power tabs, the central [[Matter-antimatter reaction assembly|matter/antimatter reaction chamber]], support labs, and the engineering computer core &ndash; were spread over Decks 14 through 18.
   
===Medical Facilities===
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Deck 16 also featured the launch and retrieval mechanism for the [[captain's yacht]]. The yacht was lowered by a set of gantries until its engines extended to operational position and then it would be free to maneuver.
One large Sickbay facility, located on Deck 7, serves as the primary care facility on Sovereign class starships. Equipped with six standard and one advanced bio-bed, [[Sickbay]] is also home to the [[Chief Medical Officer]]'s office and a small lab used for routine analysis of patients. The room itself is considered to be general-purpose, often the location of regular crew physicals, appointments, and various medical emergencies, it can effectively handle the majority of situations that a starship crew will face. (''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]'')
 
   
Located near [[Sickbay]] is the [[Counselor]]'s office. A modest room approximately the size of a standard living room compartment, it can easily be placed somewhere within the residential areas of the ship at the Counselor's discretion. While decorated to the tastes of the staff using it, the office tends to be equipped with comfortable seating and colors to better relax its visitors. (''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]'')
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Moving down to the lowest levels of the ship, Decks 24 and 25 contained the launch and loader mechanisms for the secondary hull's complement of [[quantum torpedo]]es and unmanned [[probe]]s (fore and aft), while Deck 27 housed the fore and aft [[tractor beam]] emitters. The antimatter reactant generator and storage pods were housed on Decks 28 and 29, along with the Ventral [[phaser array]].
   
===Crew Quarters===
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[[Image:Sovereign class - Okudagram(small).jpg|thumb|650px|none|center|[[Master systems display|Master Systems Display]] of a ''Sovereign''-class starship]]
The arrangement of living quarters is designed to be modular, so that at any time, a particular area could be reconfigured to create larger or smaller residential areas. Most living areas are located on the upper and lower surfaces of the [[saucer section]], offering residents a remarkable view of the starscape outside their windows. (''[[Star Trek: Nemesis]]'')
 
   
===Shuttlebay===
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=== Command and control systems ===
Located at the dorsal stern of the [[primary hull]], the [[Shuttlebay|Main Shuttlebay]] takes up a significant portion of the aft section of Decks 6 through 9 on the Sovereign class. Due to the mission profile of the Sovereign, the shuttlebay extends larger than normal for a vessel its size to accommodate [[runabout]]s and several [[shuttlecraft]].
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The computer system onboard the ''Sovereign''-class were [[bio-neural gel pack]] based. Computer systems were concentrated in two [[computer core]]s. The primary core was located directly below the main bridge on Decks 6 through 8. The secondary core was located in the engineering section, adjacent to [[environmental control]], on Decks 15 through 17.
   
The Secondary Shuttlebay is located at the very aft portion of the Engineering hull, a homage to the [[Constitution class]] shuttlebay. This bay, while smaller than the Main Shuttlebay, is just as capable of handling flight operations as the Main Shuttlebay. (''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]'')
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Primary operational control of the ship was provided by the main bridge, located at the top of the primary hull. The bridge directly supervised all primary mission operations and coordinated all departmental activities.
   
==Ships commissioned==
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[[Image:Sovereign Bridge2.jpg|thumb|Main bridge of a ''Sovereign''-class starship]]
*[[USS Sovereign|USS ''Sovereign'']]
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[[Image:Sovereign Viewscreen.jpg|thumb|The Conn and Ops stations in front of the viewscreen]]
*[[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)|USS ''Enterprise'']] (NCC-1701-E)
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[[Image:Sovereign Observation Lounge.jpg|thumb|The Observation Lounge]]
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The central area of the main bridge provided seating and information displays for the [[captain]] and two other officers. The [[captain's chair]] was raised from the rest of the bridge officers to the height of the surrounding level, which included [[tactical]] and [[Operations manager|operations]]. The two officer seats were equipped with fully programmable consoles for a variety of uses.
   
==Appearances==
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Directly fore of the command area was the [[Flight controller|conn officer]], who faced the [[viewscreen|main viewer]]. To the port side of the conn officer, also facing the main viewscreen, was the [[operations manager]]'s console, which was identical in size and design to the helm station.
*[[Star Trek: First Contact]]
 
*[[Star Trek: Insurrection]]
 
*[[Star Trek: Nemesis]]
 
   
==Background information==
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At the very front of the bridge chamber was a large viewscreen. When the screen was not active, a standard bulkhead was present.
The Sovereign class was designed by production designer [[Herman Zimmerman]] with illustrator [[John Eaves]]. [[Rick Sternbach]] did the working construction drawings of the model, which was built at [[Industrial Light and Magic]]. Comments made by Rick Sternbach on the TrekBBS give the Sovereign class a designation of [[Heavy Cruiser]], a mass of 3,205,000 metric tons, an apparent crew complement of 855, and a maximum cruising speed of warp 9.7. He also stated that it was the intent that the Sovereign Class be the replacement for the Excelsior Class. These facts have yet to be confirmed in [[canon]].
 
   
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Aft and to the left of the command area was an elevated platform on which tactical and [[security]] consoles were located. To the [[captain]]'s right, behind the tactical console, was the mission operations section of the bridge. Against the starboard side walls of the main bridge were the consoles for [[Planetary Science|sciences]], along with others that were programmable for a multitude of functions.
[http://www.ditl.org/ Sovereign Changes] - DITL's Graham Kennedy details the changes made to the Sovereign class between ''Insurrection'' and ''Nemesis''.
 
   
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Located against the aft wall of the bridge was a large [[master systems display]] monitor, similar to the one in engineering. All relevant ship information (such as damage, power distribution, etc.) could be displayed on this cutaway image of the vessel. This monitor could be used to direct ship operations and could be configured for limited flight control if necessary.
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Also located against the aft wall of the main bridge was the large engineering console. This had a smaller cutaway diagram of the vessel, which displayed all engineering-relevant data and showed warp fields and engine output.
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There were two [[turbolift]]s on the bridge. There was also an emergency ladder that connected the bridge to lower decks. Additionally, the bridge provided direct access to the [[observation lounge]], which was located directly aft of the bridge, and the captain's ready room. ({{film|8}})
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==== Captain's Ready Room ====
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The captain's ready room doubled as an office and a second private cabin in addition to the [[commanding officer]]'s private quarters. It was located off the starboard side of the main bridge on Deck 1, and provided a place where the captain could work or rest while remaining next to the bridge in case of an emergency. Meetings between the captain and one or two people would also take place here.
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In one corner there was a simple, narrow bed with a small bookcase over it. Toward the rear of the room was a desk with a computer console.
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In a corner behind the desk was a doorway which led into a bathroom containing a sonic shower. Below a mirror was a sink that had no visible controls; the water came on automatically when hands were placed beneath the faucet, and went off when they were withdrawn.
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Usually, the ready room would be decorated by its occupant by adding a number of personal ornaments.
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=== Propulsion systems ===
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[[Image:Enterprise-E at impulse.jpg|thumb|The ''Enterprise''-E cruises at impulse speeds]]
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''Sovereign''-class starships achieved warp flight through two warp [[nacelle]]s, which housed multiple pairs of [[warp coil]]s. Maximum speed was above warp 9. The warp drive was fitted with the latest advances in warp field design so that it avoided the damage to the fabric of space caused by previous models.
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There were two [[impulse engine]]s, both located at the aft of the saucer section.({{film|8}})
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Main engineering contained the controls for the warp and impulse drive systems. Entrance to the primary engineering spaces was provided by two large blast doors, a pair each deck on Decks 15 and 16, that could be closed for internal or external security reasons, as well as in case of emergencies. It was much larger than on previous starship classes and was split into three levels to accommodate the warp core, which spanned several decks.
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The majority of controls were situated on the main deck (Deck 16) and an upper level gantry. Arranged around the warp core stack were a number of control consoles that could be reconfigured to emulate all the command controls on the bridge.
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The largest work station was the master systems display, which was used to monitor the status of all key systems and could comfortably accommodate four personnel. There were also various wall displays, including a schematic that showed the 'health' of the warp propulsion system.
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The [[deuterium tank]]s were above the core, while [[antimatter storage pod]]s surrounded the base of the core. Two large cylindrical tanks were positioned next to the warp core and contained highly dangerous [[plasma coolant]]. Two rectangular power transfer conduits fed off from the warp reaction chamber and angle out of main engineering to the port and starboard warp nacelles.({{film|9}})
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[[Image:Sovereign Warp Core.jpg|thumb|The ''Sovereign''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s warp core]]
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[[Image:Sovereign Engineering.jpg|thumb|The main engineering facility]]
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Additionally, there were numerous ladders and access panels to [[Jefferies tube]]s, leading throughout the starship. A second tier ringed the second level of main engineering on Deck 15. Two ladders on the opposite ends of the [[catwalk]] provided access. ({{film|8}}) By [[2379]], Starfleet began implementing a [[force field]] system around the warp reactor. ({{film|10}})
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''It is unknown at this time exactly what role the reactor core force field played in protecting the ship. During its only shown use, the force field was disabled in battle mere minutes after it was activated. How this helps the ship is a mystery due to the lack of a force field around the reaction chamber. (However, this could possibly be to protect it when the engineering crew fights intruders.)
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''A similar tactic was employed in {{VOY|Day of Honor}} by [[B'Elanna Torres]] when she had a Level 10 force field surround [[USS Voyager|''Voyager'']]'s main engineering right before she ejected the warp core. It may also help contain a warp core breach and stop, or slow it, from spreading.''
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=== Tactical systems ===
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[[Image:Battle of the Bassen Rift 1.jpg|thumb|Firing phasers from the saucer section]]
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[[Image:Sovereign class engineering hull torpedo launcher.jpg|thumb|Firing a torpedo from an engineering hull launcher]]
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[[Image:Enterprise-E firing quantum torpedoes.jpg|thumb|Firing a torpedo from the bottom saucer section launcher]]
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[[Image:Sovereign class deflector shields.jpg|thumb|Deflector shields on display]]
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The ''Sovereign''-class starship had several weaponry enhancements over previous starship classes, including quantum torpedoes as well as photon torpedoes, more powerful phasers, and faster computer processing capabilities.
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The ''Sovereign''-class employed sixteen [[phaser]] arrays at key locations throughout the ship's hull. Seven dorsal phaser arrays were located on the primary hull, one extending around the saucer section, giving it an oval appearance. Six smaller arrays, covered the aft dorsal firing arcs and were located along the aft portion of the saucer section and above the main [[shuttlebay]].
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Four ventral phaser arrays were located on the primary hull, extending around in nearly a half circle on both the starboard and port ventral sides of the saucer section. A single phaser array was located along the ventral section of the engineering hull, running perpendicular to the hull.
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During the refit, four were added to the trailing edges of her warp nacelle pylons (one dorsal and one ventral for each pylon).
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In her original configuration, the ''Sovereign''-class mounted five torpedo launchers. The "main" launcher was located on the ventral portion of the saucer on a turret, and was supplemented by one twin-tube launcher forward and aft at the bottom of the secondary hull.
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The refit saw the addition of five more tubes: three on the dorsal saucer section (a single tube facing forward on Deck 3 and a twin-tube launcher facing aft [located above the aft saucer airlock]), and two to the secondary hull, both facing aft (one above and one below the secondary hull shuttlebay)
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The ''Sovereign''-class was normally outfitted with both [[photon torpedo|photon]] and [[quantum torpedo]]es. ({{film|8}}) ({{film|10}})
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==== Deflector shields ====
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[[Deflector shield]]s serve as defense against enemy fire, hazardous radiation, and micro-meteoroid particles. The ''Sovereign''-class starship's shields, when raised, stayed extremely close to the hull to conserve energy, the average range of which was approximately ten meters away from the hull. This could be extended at great energy expenditure, theoretically even to envelope another starship or object within close distance of the vessel. ({{film|10}})
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====Transporter systems====
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[[Image:Enterprise-E transporter.jpg|thumb|The back wall of a ''Sovereign''-class [[transporter]]]]
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The ''Sovereign''-class starship included at least three separate [[transporter room]]s. ({{film|8}}) Unusually, the [[transporter console]] in a ''Sovereign''-class transporter room was built into a wall opposite the [[transporter platform]], from where the controls on the console could be seen. ({{film|9}})
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==== Escape pods ====
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The ''Sovereign''-class starship carried a number of [[Sovereign class escape pod|escape pods]]. In the event of a catastrophic emergency, these pods served the same purpose as the lifeboats of a water-based vessel and ensured the continued survival of passengers and crew after the primary vessel had to be abandoned.
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The escape pods were located throughout the ''Sovereign''-class starship's primary and secondary hulls: there were two rows of pods on the dorsal side of the command saucer, and two on the ventral side. Further rows of pods lined each side of the engineering hull.
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Unlike the escape pods utilized on the ''Galaxy''- and ''Intrepid''-class, ({{VOY|Year of Hell}}) there was no outer hatch that opened for launch. Instead, the [[heat shield]] of the escape pod lay flush with the ''Sovereign''-class ship's outer hull. Personnel entered the pods through hatches that lined sections of the ship's corridors, and a situation display monitor was located between the pods.
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Each hatch swung open on a hinge at the bottom, creating a short ramp from the floor of the corridor into the interior of the capsule. The pods were equipped with heat shields for atmospheric entry and landing if a suitable planet could be found to set down on. ({{film|8}})
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=== Crew support systems ===
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The ''Sovereign-''class starship had the usual array of amenities available to the crew, including [[holodeck]]s, [[gymnasium]]s, a [[Library|ship's library]], etc.
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:''It seems that ''Sovereign''-class starships do not have the extensive provisions for civilian personnel that her ''Galaxy''-class predecessors were designed with, as we have yet to see any civilians on board. Married personnel, however, are permitted to share quarters.'' ({{film|10}})
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==== Medical facilities ====
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[[Image:Sovereign Sickbay.jpg|thumb|''Sovereign''-class sickbay]]
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One large [[sickbay]] facility, located on Deck 7, served as the primary care facility on ''Sovereign''-class starships. Equipped with six standard and one advanced [[biobed]] and an [[EMH]] (emergency medical hologram), sickbay was also home to the [[Chief Medical Officer]]'s office and a small lab used for routine analysis of patients.
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The room itself was considered to be general-purpose, often the location of regular crew physicals, appointments, and various medical emergencies - it could effectively handle the majority of situations that a starship crew would face. ({{film|8}})
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Located near sickbay was the [[counselor]]'s office, a modest room approximately the size of a standard living room compartment. ({{film|9}})
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[[Image:Sovereign Crew Quarters.jpg|thumb|Senior officers' quarters]]
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[[Image:Sovereign Crew Quarters bedroom.jpg|thumb|Officers' quarters bedroom]]
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=== Crew quarters ===
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The arrangement of living quarters was designed to be modular, so that at any time a particular area could be reconfigured to create larger or smaller residential areas. Most living areas were located on the upper and lower surfaces of the [[saucer section]], offering residents a remarkable view of the starscape outside their windows.
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As is common on [[Starfleet]] vessels, the living accommodations for senior officers and VIPs were larger than standard crew quarters. Officers' quarters usually included a living area in the center of the dwelling, which held a personal workstation, couch, replicator and a small dining area.
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Connected to this was a bedroom that featured a double-sized bed and room for personal belongings. Normally, the bedroom would be connected by a half-bathroom with wash basin, mirror, several drawers and a sonic shower. For [[senior staff]], this bathroom was usually upgraded to a full-sized bathroom with [[bathtub]]. ({{film|9}})
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=== Auxilary spacecraft systems ===
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Located at the dorsal stern of the [[primary hull]], the [[shuttlebay|main shuttlebay]] took up a significant portion of the aft section of Decks 6 through 9 on the ''Sovereign''-class. Due to the mission profile of the ''Sovereign'', the shuttlebay extended further than normal for a vessel its size to accommodate [[runabout]]s and several [[shuttlecraft]].
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The secondary shuttlebay was located at the very aft portion of the engineering hull. This bay, while smaller than the main facility, was just as capable of handling flight operations as the main shuttlebay. ({{film|8}})
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In addition to shuttlecraft, the ''Sovereign'' class also featured a Captain's Yacht, designed for special diplomatic missions. The Yacht on board the ''Enterprise''-E was named the ''[[Cousteau (yacht)|Cousteau]]''. ({{film|9}})
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== Ships commissioned ==
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*{{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-E}} (NCC-1701-E)
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*{{USS|Sovereign}}
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== Appendices ==
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=== Appearances ===
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* [[Star Trek films|''Star Trek'' films]]:
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** {{e|Sacrifice of Angels}} ([[USS Defiant (NX-74205) library computer|LCARS graphic]])
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** {{e|Tears of the Prophets}} (LCARS graphic)
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** {{e|What You Leave Behind}} (LCARS graphic)
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* {{VOY|Drone}} ([[USS Voyager library computer|LCARS graphic]])
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=== Background information ===
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The ''Sovereign''-class starship was designed by production designer [[Herman Zimmerman]] with illustrator [[John Eaves]]. [[Rick Sternbach]] did the working construction drawings of the model, which was built at [[Industrial Light & Magic]].
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The quantum torpedo launcher was made to look more sleek and streamlined for {{film|9}} when it was decided to add the captain's personal yacht to this area. This was carried over to how the vessel appeared in {{film|10}}.
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For ''Star Trek Nemesis'', The ''Enterprise''-E was slightly modified to make her look more streamlined like [[John Eaves]]'s original design drawings intended. Extensions were added on the rear of the saucer along the inside edge of each impulse engine, which were then blended into the upper secondary hull. The warp engines were raised up and moved forward slightly, to give the ship a sleeker profile when looking at her from the side. The warp engine support pylons were also modified slightly to appear more streamlined. And the forward part of the secondary hull just under the navigational deflector dish was pulled up tighter to the dish itself.
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There may be other minor differences on the ship between all three films that aren't mentioned because several physical and CG models were used.
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Comments made by Rick Sternbach on the TrekBBS give the ''Sovereign''-class a designation of Heavy Cruiser, a mass of 3,205,000 metric tons, an apparent crew complement of 855, and a maximum cruising speed of warp 9.9. He also stated that it was the intent that the ''Sovereign''-class be the replacement for the {{ShipClass|Excelsior}} starship. The official cutaway poster of the vessel that was released for First Contact designates the ship as an "Explorer Type 2". These facts have yet to be confirmed in [[canon]].
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According to some production memos, the ''Enterprise''-E was originally named the USS ''Honorius'', but after the ''Enterprise''-D was destroyed, the ''Honorius'' was renamed ''Enterprise'' in a similar fashion to the ''Enterprise''-A, which was, according to Gene Roddenberry, supposed to have been renamed from the USS ''Yorktown''.
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It appears that the ''Sovereign'' class has at least two sickbay facilities, given sources in ''Star Trek: First Contact'' and ''Star Trek Nemesis'' that indicate sickbays on Decks 8 and 16. The ''Sovereign'' class isn't the first class of vessel to have several sickbays; we saw [[Beverly Crusher]] evacuating a sickbay in the engineering hull of the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}} in {{film|7}}.
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In production notes for ''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]'', [[Michael Okuda]] suggested that the [[prototype]] for the ''Sovereign''-class was the USS ''Sovereign'' and would have a [[registry]] in a range around NX/NCC-75000. This has resulted in several [[trekkies|fans]] believing incorrectly that the registry of the ''Sovereign'' is NX-75000 or NCC-75000.
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The ''Sovereign'' was also mentioned briefly in the ''[[Star Trek Encyclopedia]]'', but the vessel itself has not been seen on screen to date.
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=== Apocrypha ===
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*''Sovereign''-class starships have been mentioned often in [[novels]] and [[games]]. A role-playing game supplement from [[Decipher]] mentions the ''Sovereign'', ''Yorktown'' and ''Independence''.
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The class's prototype, the USS ''Sovereign'', has appeared or been mentioned in several non-[[canon]] sources, such as the [[novels]] ''[[Spectre]]'', ''[[Dark Victory]]'' and ''[[The Genesis Wave, Book 1]]'', as well as [[Pocket Books]]' [[reference works]] release ''[[Starship Spotter]]''. The Sovereign was also the ship the Player commanded in the later portions of the game Bridge Commander.
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In the world of [[games]], ''[[Star Trek: Bridge Commander]]'' and ''[[Star Trek: Legacy]]'' list a likely and widely-accepted registry number for ''Sovereign'' as NX-73811 (later NCC-73811). Other games mentioning ''Sovereign'' are the [[role-playing]] game supplements ''[[The Price of Freedom]]'' from [[Last Unicorn Games]] and ''[[Starships (Decipher)|Starships]]'' from [[Decipher]].
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In the video game ''[[Star Trek: Invasion]]'', two Sovereign class vessels appeared: the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-E|-E}}, and the USS ''Sentinel''-B. The ''Enterprise''-E is also the main base of operations in the game ''Star Trek: Elite Force 2''.
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The ''Sovereign''-class is also the most powerful class available to the player in the game ''Star Trek: Armada'', with the variant timeship ''USS Premonition'' also including a temporal weapon which allowed the player to pause time in local areas. This ship has never been mentioned anywhere else and due to the events of the game may never have existed (due to changes in the timeline by the player's actions.)
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== External links ==
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*[http://www.ditl.org/hedarticle.php?5 ''Sovereign'' Changes] - DITL's Graham Kennedy details the changes made to the ''Sovereign''-class between ''Insurrection'' and ''Nemesis''
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*[http://www.ottens.co.uk/forgottentrek/tng_3.php Designing the ''Sovereign''-class starship] at [http://www.ottens.co.uk/forgottentrek/ Forgotten Trek]
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*[http://www.lcarscom.net/fsd/art/1701-e.html Designing the ''Enterprise''-E] at [http://www.starshipdatalink.net/ Federation Starship Datalink]
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*[http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/lcars/sovereign-class-starship-ncc-1701-e.php Fan-made Sovereign Class Blueprints] - Part of the ''Star Trek'' LCARS Blueprints Database
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Sovereign-class
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Affilitation: Federation Starfleet
Length: 685 meters
Beam: 250 meters
Height: 88 meters
Decks: 24 (original configuration), 29 (refit)
Maximum Cruising Speed: Warp 9.985
Armament (standard): 16 phaser arrays, 4 forward torpedo launchers, 6 aft torpedo launchers, firing both Photon torpedoes and Quantum torpedoes
Defenses: Deflector shields

The Sovereign-class starship was introduced in the late 24th century, showcasing some of Starfleet's most recent technological advances. The Sovereign Project was one of the new defensive technologies initially intended for use against the Borg threat. The prototype USS Sovereign was still in the design phase during the Battle of Wolf 359.

Heavily armed, the design philosophy for the Sovereign-class was shaped by the discovery of the Borg. The Sovereign Project attempted to push the envelope as far as possible when it came to computer power, shields, armament, and systems capabilities. The Sovereign-class starship combined the creature comforts associated with the larger Template:ShipClass vessels with the tactical power of the new Template:ShipClass. (Star Trek: First Contact)

The warp engines of the Sovereign were of a new design which eliminated subspace distortion effects inherent to standard warp drives without the use of variable geometry nacelles (as found on the Intrepid-class – see also Hekaras Corridor). (Star Trek Nemesis) In addition it was armed with a large quantum torpedo launcher mounted forward of the deflector dish above the captain's yacht, which was capable of firing at least four rounds per second. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Class history

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In 2372, the Sovereign-class USS Enterprise-E was launched from drydock. At least one other, the class prototype USS Sovereign, is in service.

One of the Sovereign-class' first major engagements came in 2373, when the USS Enterprise saw action in the Borg incursion into Sector 001, and was instrumental in the destruction of the attacking cube. (Star Trek: First Contact)

In 2375, the crew of the Enterprise became embroiled in a plot by the Son'a, assisted by Starfleet Admiral Matthew Dougherty, to forcibly remove the Ba'ku from their isolated home in the Briar Patch. The Son'a planned to harvest metaphasic radiation from the planet's ring system, and needed Starfleet cooperation to carry out the plan.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard felt the relocation of the Ba'ku was a severe violation of the Prime Directive, and led a team of Enterprise crewmembers to the Ba'ku planet to prevent their capture and removal.

Commander William Riker was instructed to take the Enterprise and contact the Federation Council to alert them to the realities of the situation. It was a treacherous journey, since the Briar Patch interfered with external communications as well as the ship's impulse drive.

Two Son'a battle cruisers were sent by Ahdar Ru'afo to intercept the Enterprise before it left the Briar Patch, and severely damaged the ship in the process. The warp core was ejected in order to seal a dangerous tear in subspace created by the isolytic weaponry of the Son'a.

Riker was able to outsmart the Son'a by collecting metreon gas native to the Briar Patch, then venting it behind the ship. When the Son'a used their weapons, the gas exploded, destroying one ship and severely damaging the other. The Enterprise then convinced the Federation Council to reconsider the plan for the Ba'ku. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

Shortly after the resolution of the Dominion War, a refitting of the Sovereign-class took place. The major changes included adding 5 decks, 5 additional torpedo tubes and 4 additional phaser arrays. A slight change in the warp nacelle pylons was also implemented. The Enterprise was able to deploy these new systems in 2379 when it faced the Reman Scimitar in the Bassen Rift.

In the ensuing confrontation, the Enterprise was severely damaged, including a major hull breach on the bridge. It was still unable to stop the Scimitar.

As a last resort, Picard ordered the Enterprise to ram the Scimitar, causing the destruction of much of the saucer section's forward area. The collision disabled the Scimitar, but Shinzon, driven by vengeance, activated his deadly thalaron weapon and trained it on the Enterprise.

The weapon was overloaded and the Scimitar destroyed due to interference from Commander Data, who sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise. The ship then returned to Earth, and was required to go through several weeks of extensive drydock repair. (Star Trek Nemesis)

Technical Data

The Sovereign-class had two hull sections: a saucer-shaped primary hull and a secondary hull which mounted the two warp nacelles. In terms of deck layout, the upper sections of the Sovereign-class starship formed the command section and living areas, while the lower decks housed main engineering and fuel supplies.

The Sovereign-class starship was 685 meters long, and packed a huge amount of equipment, systems, and materials into its 29 decks.

As is traditional, deck numbering descended from top to bottom. At the top of the saucer section was Deck 1, which housed the main bridge. This deck also held the more recent modifications of an observation lounge, a ready room for the ship's captain, and an airlock with attached cabin.

Deck 2 encompassed the first of the many levels of crew quarters, with rooms for the highest-ranking command staff and an officer's mess hall. Decks 3 through 9 featured more officers' quarters, the forward and aft viewing lounges, science labs, the main shuttlebay, conduits for the optical data network, and the vessel's main computer core.

Decks 10 through 14 completed the primary hull of the Sovereign-class starship, and also encompassed forward and aft cargo bays on Decks 10 and 11, and phaser systems on Deck 11. Sensors and the secondary navigational deflector were found on Deck 12.

Deck 14 was largely dedicated to engineering systems, and also featured the lower sensor platform. Decks 15 through 18 comprised the main navigational deflector array and an auxiliary bridge, which was also known as the battle bridge.

Deck 13, which was taken up almost entirely by deuterium fuel tanks, marked the real split between the habitable areas and the engineering and ship's storage sections. Main engineering and its related systems – such as the EPS power tabs, the central matter/antimatter reaction chamber, support labs, and the engineering computer core – were spread over Decks 14 through 18.

Deck 16 also featured the launch and retrieval mechanism for the captain's yacht. The yacht was lowered by a set of gantries until its engines extended to operational position and then it would be free to maneuver.

Moving down to the lowest levels of the ship, Decks 24 and 25 contained the launch and loader mechanisms for the secondary hull's complement of quantum torpedoes and unmanned probes (fore and aft), while Deck 27 housed the fore and aft tractor beam emitters. The antimatter reactant generator and storage pods were housed on Decks 28 and 29, along with the Ventral phaser array.

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Command and control systems

The computer system onboard the Sovereign-class were bio-neural gel pack based. Computer systems were concentrated in two computer cores. The primary core was located directly below the main bridge on Decks 6 through 8. The secondary core was located in the engineering section, adjacent to environmental control, on Decks 15 through 17.

Primary operational control of the ship was provided by the main bridge, located at the top of the primary hull. The bridge directly supervised all primary mission operations and coordinated all departmental activities.

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Main bridge of a Sovereign-class starship

Sovereign Viewscreen

The Conn and Ops stations in front of the viewscreen

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The central area of the main bridge provided seating and information displays for the captain and two other officers. The captain's chair was raised from the rest of the bridge officers to the height of the surrounding level, which included tactical and operations. The two officer seats were equipped with fully programmable consoles for a variety of uses.

Directly fore of the command area was the conn officer, who faced the main viewer. To the port side of the conn officer, also facing the main viewscreen, was the operations manager's console, which was identical in size and design to the helm station.

At the very front of the bridge chamber was a large viewscreen. When the screen was not active, a standard bulkhead was present.

Aft and to the left of the command area was an elevated platform on which tactical and security consoles were located. To the captain's right, behind the tactical console, was the mission operations section of the bridge. Against the starboard side walls of the main bridge were the consoles for sciences, along with others that were programmable for a multitude of functions.

Located against the aft wall of the bridge was a large master systems display monitor, similar to the one in engineering. All relevant ship information (such as damage, power distribution, etc.) could be displayed on this cutaway image of the vessel. This monitor could be used to direct ship operations and could be configured for limited flight control if necessary.

Also located against the aft wall of the main bridge was the large engineering console. This had a smaller cutaway diagram of the vessel, which displayed all engineering-relevant data and showed warp fields and engine output.

There were two turbolifts on the bridge. There was also an emergency ladder that connected the bridge to lower decks. Additionally, the bridge provided direct access to the observation lounge, which was located directly aft of the bridge, and the captain's ready room. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Captain's Ready Room

The captain's ready room doubled as an office and a second private cabin in addition to the commanding officer's private quarters. It was located off the starboard side of the main bridge on Deck 1, and provided a place where the captain could work or rest while remaining next to the bridge in case of an emergency. Meetings between the captain and one or two people would also take place here.

In one corner there was a simple, narrow bed with a small bookcase over it. Toward the rear of the room was a desk with a computer console.

In a corner behind the desk was a doorway which led into a bathroom containing a sonic shower. Below a mirror was a sink that had no visible controls; the water came on automatically when hands were placed beneath the faucet, and went off when they were withdrawn.

Usually, the ready room would be decorated by its occupant by adding a number of personal ornaments.

Propulsion systems

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Sovereign-class starships achieved warp flight through two warp nacelles, which housed multiple pairs of warp coils. Maximum speed was above warp 9. The warp drive was fitted with the latest advances in warp field design so that it avoided the damage to the fabric of space caused by previous models.

There were two impulse engines, both located at the aft of the saucer section.(Star Trek: First Contact)

Main engineering contained the controls for the warp and impulse drive systems. Entrance to the primary engineering spaces was provided by two large blast doors, a pair each deck on Decks 15 and 16, that could be closed for internal or external security reasons, as well as in case of emergencies. It was much larger than on previous starship classes and was split into three levels to accommodate the warp core, which spanned several decks.

The majority of controls were situated on the main deck (Deck 16) and an upper level gantry. Arranged around the warp core stack were a number of control consoles that could be reconfigured to emulate all the command controls on the bridge.

The largest work station was the master systems display, which was used to monitor the status of all key systems and could comfortably accommodate four personnel. There were also various wall displays, including a schematic that showed the 'health' of the warp propulsion system.

The deuterium tanks were above the core, while antimatter storage pods surrounded the base of the core. Two large cylindrical tanks were positioned next to the warp core and contained highly dangerous plasma coolant. Two rectangular power transfer conduits fed off from the warp reaction chamber and angle out of main engineering to the port and starboard warp nacelles.(Star Trek: Insurrection)

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The Sovereign's warp core

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The main engineering facility

Additionally, there were numerous ladders and access panels to Jefferies tubes, leading throughout the starship. A second tier ringed the second level of main engineering on Deck 15. Two ladders on the opposite ends of the catwalk provided access. (Star Trek: First Contact) By 2379, Starfleet began implementing a force field system around the warp reactor. (Star Trek Nemesis)

It is unknown at this time exactly what role the reactor core force field played in protecting the ship. During its only shown use, the force field was disabled in battle mere minutes after it was activated. How this helps the ship is a mystery due to the lack of a force field around the reaction chamber. (However, this could possibly be to protect it when the engineering crew fights intruders.)

A similar tactic was employed in VOY: "Day of Honor" by B'Elanna Torres when she had a Level 10 force field surround Voyager's main engineering right before she ejected the warp core. It may also help contain a warp core breach and stop, or slow it, from spreading.

Tactical systems

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Sovereign class engineering hull torpedo launcher

Firing a torpedo from an engineering hull launcher

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The Sovereign-class starship had several weaponry enhancements over previous starship classes, including quantum torpedoes as well as photon torpedoes, more powerful phasers, and faster computer processing capabilities.

The Sovereign-class employed sixteen phaser arrays at key locations throughout the ship's hull. Seven dorsal phaser arrays were located on the primary hull, one extending around the saucer section, giving it an oval appearance. Six smaller arrays, covered the aft dorsal firing arcs and were located along the aft portion of the saucer section and above the main shuttlebay.

Four ventral phaser arrays were located on the primary hull, extending around in nearly a half circle on both the starboard and port ventral sides of the saucer section. A single phaser array was located along the ventral section of the engineering hull, running perpendicular to the hull.

During the refit, four were added to the trailing edges of her warp nacelle pylons (one dorsal and one ventral for each pylon).

In her original configuration, the Sovereign-class mounted five torpedo launchers. The "main" launcher was located on the ventral portion of the saucer on a turret, and was supplemented by one twin-tube launcher forward and aft at the bottom of the secondary hull.

The refit saw the addition of five more tubes: three on the dorsal saucer section (a single tube facing forward on Deck 3 and a twin-tube launcher facing aft [located above the aft saucer airlock]), and two to the secondary hull, both facing aft (one above and one below the secondary hull shuttlebay)

The Sovereign-class was normally outfitted with both photon and quantum torpedoes. (Star Trek: First Contact) (Star Trek Nemesis)

Deflector shields

Deflector shields serve as defense against enemy fire, hazardous radiation, and micro-meteoroid particles. The Sovereign-class starship's shields, when raised, stayed extremely close to the hull to conserve energy, the average range of which was approximately ten meters away from the hull. This could be extended at great energy expenditure, theoretically even to envelope another starship or object within close distance of the vessel. (Star Trek Nemesis)

Transporter systems

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The back wall of a Sovereign-class transporter

The Sovereign-class starship included at least three separate transporter rooms. (Star Trek: First Contact) Unusually, the transporter console in a Sovereign-class transporter room was built into a wall opposite the transporter platform, from where the controls on the console could be seen. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

Escape pods

The Sovereign-class starship carried a number of escape pods. In the event of a catastrophic emergency, these pods served the same purpose as the lifeboats of a water-based vessel and ensured the continued survival of passengers and crew after the primary vessel had to be abandoned.

The escape pods were located throughout the Sovereign-class starship's primary and secondary hulls: there were two rows of pods on the dorsal side of the command saucer, and two on the ventral side. Further rows of pods lined each side of the engineering hull.

Unlike the escape pods utilized on the Galaxy- and Intrepid-class, (VOY: "Year of Hell") there was no outer hatch that opened for launch. Instead, the heat shield of the escape pod lay flush with the Sovereign-class ship's outer hull. Personnel entered the pods through hatches that lined sections of the ship's corridors, and a situation display monitor was located between the pods.

Each hatch swung open on a hinge at the bottom, creating a short ramp from the floor of the corridor into the interior of the capsule. The pods were equipped with heat shields for atmospheric entry and landing if a suitable planet could be found to set down on. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Crew support systems

The Sovereign-class starship had the usual array of amenities available to the crew, including holodecks, gymnasiums, a ship's library, etc.

It seems that Sovereign-class starships do not have the extensive provisions for civilian personnel that her Galaxy-class predecessors were designed with, as we have yet to see any civilians on board. Married personnel, however, are permitted to share quarters. (Star Trek Nemesis)

Medical facilities

Sovereign Sickbay

Sovereign-class sickbay

One large sickbay facility, located on Deck 7, served as the primary care facility on Sovereign-class starships. Equipped with six standard and one advanced biobed and an EMH (emergency medical hologram), sickbay was also home to the Chief Medical Officer's office and a small lab used for routine analysis of patients.

The room itself was considered to be general-purpose, often the location of regular crew physicals, appointments, and various medical emergencies - it could effectively handle the majority of situations that a starship crew would face. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Located near sickbay was the counselor's office, a modest room approximately the size of a standard living room compartment. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

Sovereign Crew Quarters

Senior officers' quarters

Sovereign Crew Quarters bedroom

Officers' quarters bedroom

Crew quarters

The arrangement of living quarters was designed to be modular, so that at any time a particular area could be reconfigured to create larger or smaller residential areas. Most living areas were located on the upper and lower surfaces of the saucer section, offering residents a remarkable view of the starscape outside their windows.

As is common on Starfleet vessels, the living accommodations for senior officers and VIPs were larger than standard crew quarters. Officers' quarters usually included a living area in the center of the dwelling, which held a personal workstation, couch, replicator and a small dining area.

Connected to this was a bedroom that featured a double-sized bed and room for personal belongings. Normally, the bedroom would be connected by a half-bathroom with wash basin, mirror, several drawers and a sonic shower. For senior staff, this bathroom was usually upgraded to a full-sized bathroom with bathtub. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

Auxilary spacecraft systems

Located at the dorsal stern of the primary hull, the main shuttlebay took up a significant portion of the aft section of Decks 6 through 9 on the Sovereign-class. Due to the mission profile of the Sovereign, the shuttlebay extended further than normal for a vessel its size to accommodate runabouts and several shuttlecraft.

The secondary shuttlebay was located at the very aft portion of the engineering hull. This bay, while smaller than the main facility, was just as capable of handling flight operations as the main shuttlebay. (Star Trek: First Contact)

In addition to shuttlecraft, the Sovereign class also featured a Captain's Yacht, designed for special diplomatic missions. The Yacht on board the Enterprise-E was named the Cousteau. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

Ships commissioned

Appendices

Appearances

Background information

The Sovereign-class starship was designed by production designer Herman Zimmerman with illustrator John Eaves. Rick Sternbach did the working construction drawings of the model, which was built at Industrial Light & Magic.

The quantum torpedo launcher was made to look more sleek and streamlined for Star Trek: Insurrection when it was decided to add the captain's personal yacht to this area. This was carried over to how the vessel appeared in Star Trek Nemesis.

For Star Trek Nemesis, The Enterprise-E was slightly modified to make her look more streamlined like John Eaves's original design drawings intended. Extensions were added on the rear of the saucer along the inside edge of each impulse engine, which were then blended into the upper secondary hull. The warp engines were raised up and moved forward slightly, to give the ship a sleeker profile when looking at her from the side. The warp engine support pylons were also modified slightly to appear more streamlined. And the forward part of the secondary hull just under the navigational deflector dish was pulled up tighter to the dish itself.

There may be other minor differences on the ship between all three films that aren't mentioned because several physical and CG models were used.

Comments made by Rick Sternbach on the TrekBBS give the Sovereign-class a designation of Heavy Cruiser, a mass of 3,205,000 metric tons, an apparent crew complement of 855, and a maximum cruising speed of warp 9.9. He also stated that it was the intent that the Sovereign-class be the replacement for the Template:ShipClass starship. The official cutaway poster of the vessel that was released for First Contact designates the ship as an "Explorer Type 2". These facts have yet to be confirmed in canon.

According to some production memos, the Enterprise-E was originally named the USS Honorius, but after the Enterprise-D was destroyed, the Honorius was renamed Enterprise in a similar fashion to the Enterprise-A, which was, according to Gene Roddenberry, supposed to have been renamed from the USS Yorktown.

It appears that the Sovereign class has at least two sickbay facilities, given sources in Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek Nemesis that indicate sickbays on Decks 8 and 16. The Sovereign class isn't the first class of vessel to have several sickbays; we saw Beverly Crusher evacuating a sickbay in the engineering hull of the USS Enterprise-D in Star Trek Generations.

In production notes for Star Trek: First Contact, Michael Okuda suggested that the prototype for the Sovereign-class was the USS Sovereign and would have a registry in a range around NX/NCC-75000. This has resulted in several fans believing incorrectly that the registry of the Sovereign is NX-75000 or NCC-75000.

The Sovereign was also mentioned briefly in the Star Trek Encyclopedia, but the vessel itself has not been seen on screen to date.

Apocrypha

  • Sovereign-class starships have been mentioned often in novels and games. A role-playing game supplement from Decipher mentions the Sovereign, Yorktown and Independence.

The class's prototype, the USS Sovereign, has appeared or been mentioned in several non-canon sources, such as the novels Spectre, Dark Victory and The Genesis Wave, Book 1, as well as Pocket Books' reference works release Starship Spotter. The Sovereign was also the ship the Player commanded in the later portions of the game Bridge Commander.

In the world of games, Star Trek: Bridge Commander and Star Trek: Legacy list a likely and widely-accepted registry number for Sovereign as NX-73811 (later NCC-73811). Other games mentioning Sovereign are the role-playing game supplements The Price of Freedom from Last Unicorn Games and Starships from Decipher.

In the video game Star Trek: Invasion, two Sovereign class vessels appeared: the USS Enterprise-E, and the USS Sentinel-B. The Enterprise-E is also the main base of operations in the game Star Trek: Elite Force 2.

The Sovereign-class is also the most powerful class available to the player in the game Star Trek: Armada, with the variant timeship USS Premonition also including a temporal weapon which allowed the player to pause time in local areas. This ship has never been mentioned anywhere else and due to the events of the game may never have existed (due to changes in the timeline by the player's actions.)

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