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USS Vengeance
A Federation Dreadnought-class starship
For additional meanings of "Dreadnought", please see Dreadnought.

In starship classification, a dreadnought was a type of heavily armed starship.

DreadnoughtsEdit

The Federation-class USS Entente was an example of this type of vessel. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

In 2370, the Maquis captured a defective Cardassian ATR-4107 missile. B'Elanna Torres spent nearly a month reprogramming its computer and upgrading its systems, and eventually named it Dreadnought owing to its formidable nature. (VOY: "Dreadnought")

The Dreadnought-class USS Vengeance was an example of this type of vessel in the alternate reality. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

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Background information Edit

There are only three known on-screen references to a dreadnought; one comes from the radio chatter in the first Epsilon IX scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The dreadnought named Entente, was derived from Franz Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual, which also states that it is a Federation-class dreadnought. The outline of a three nacelled Federation-class ship is briefly glimpsed in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock computer screens on the USS Enterprise. Another is Dreadnought, the name B'Elanna Torres chose for the captured ATR-4107 missile in VOY: "Dreadnought". The third comes from Star Trek Into Darkness, where the USS Vengeance was identified as a Dreadnought-class warship.

The term "dreadnought," denoting a class of warship larger and more heavily-armed than a cruiser, was taken from the HMS Dreadnought, a Royal Navy ship-of-the-line of the early 20th century which was regarded as the first such vessel. HMS Dreadnought is considered to be the prototype modern battleship design and is considered a battleship, not a distinct class of ships, by current naval historians.

Apocrypha Edit

Dreadnought-class is briefly mentioned by William T. Riker in the novel Dark Mirror as a starship class that is the closest analog Starfleet has to the heavily-armed and armored version of the Galaxy-class from the mirror universe.

In the MMO Star Trek Online, there is a class of vessel known as the Dreadnought Cruiser. This is represented by the Galaxy X-class (β) from the TNG episode "All Good Things...".

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