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The Taurus-class was a type of heavy cruiser that saw service with the Federation Starfleet during the 23rd century. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 4: Starships of the Original Series Era)

The Taurus was designed by Marvu Hreedenck of Alpha Centauri. The ship consisted of a saucer section directly connected to the forward ventral side of the engineering hull. The ship's navigational deflector was built into the forward ventral side of the saucer. The nacelle pylons were connected to the aft dorsal side of the engineering hull and project dorsally and outward from the hull.

The class was designed for defensive operations and was provided with a respectable amount of firepower. In 2257, the class was refitted with phaser technology, but in the 2260s the class was slowly decommissioned as the pace of technological advancement made it inefficient to continual upgrade these vessels.

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