Star Trek Expanded Universe

The Saladin class was a class of Federation starship in operation during the 23rd century. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Tamerlane)

At least two subclasses of the Saladin were designed, known as the Cochise and Siva subclasses. (Star Trek Technical Manual)


The Saladin consisted of a saucer section and nacelle, each similar in exterior design to that of a Constitution-class vessel of the 2260s. Its internal configuration was significantly different, however, with reactors, warp core, shuttlebays, and other features of the engineering hull split between the saucer and its single nacelle.

Single-nacelle cruisers use a Doppelganger warp drive to maintain a stable warp field with only one nacelle. (Tamerlane)

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In the late 23rd century, like the Constitution class, these old workhorses received major overhauls in hull and warp designs.

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The Saladin was designed as a smaller and less expensive stablemate to the Constitution-class, but was less successful. While it carried cruiser armament, it lacked the power grid of a cruiser, making full use of its photon torpedoes impractical. While this ship lacked maneuverability, its large saucer section made it capable of taking considerable punishment without losing warp power.

The Saladin was expected to carry out essentially the same research and exploration missions as the heavy cruiser class during peacetime. For this reason, it had the same laboratory facilities. Several refits were designed in an attempt to improve this class, but production virtually ceased in favor of the Miranda-class. A new, smaller war destroyer was built several years later.

A "guided weapons" version of the Saladin was built. Inspired by encounters with the Kzintis, the Federation deployed the first DDG Saladin as a test bed for missile technology. They abandoned the experiment because the missiles available at the time did not make up for the loss of two photons. The prototype remained in service, using probe missiles as well as serving as a missile-launching platform for Federation anti-missile training.

When faster missiles became available, more Saladins were converted to guided weapons destroyers. The more effective missiles made the DDG Saladin a more effective ship than the original Saladin.


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