The USS Ares (NCC-1650) was a Federation battlecruiser, a prototype of the Ares class, in service during at least the mid-23rd century. Ares was commissioned on July 12, 2244 at the San Francisco Fleet Yards, and commanded by Garth of Izar during the Four Years War.
Ares's motto, as seen on her dedication plaque, was "The tip of the spear must be sharp." (Star Trek: Axanar)
Conception[edit | edit source]
During the first 24 months of the Four Years War, Starfleet was experiencing near-constant defeat at the hands of the Imperial Klingon Navy's D6-class battlecruiser. Entire systems were being seized, with the populations slaughtered at the hands of the Klingon Empire. Changes needed to be made to save the Federation. The Starfleet Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Conrad Slater, was replaced by Admiral Marcus Ramirez.
Ramirez's first action was ordering the design and production of Starfleet's first-ever dedicated warship: the Ares class. The simulations showed promise, but its first real test would be on the battlefield. The Vulcans restricted their involvement to environmental, propulsion, and defensive systems, though there were voices that demanded the removal of Vulcan participation completely.
In the words of Admiral Samuel Travis, "A Vulcan's gonna do what a Vulcan's gonna do. But the Andorians... they were happy to supply us the phasers." The first ship in the class, the USS Ares, would be assigned to Captain Kelvar Garth. Over a dozen other member worlds were waiting on the Ares class. Operation Pegasus would be the proving ground.
Operation Pegasus[edit | edit source]
On stardate 2244.1, Ares took part in its first combat engagement near the planet Cygnus III during Operation Pegasus. ("Prelude to Axanar"). In the words of Kharn the Undying, the Supreme Warlord of the Imperial Klingon Navy, "The new Federation ships were... unexpected."
Kelvar Garth, pushing his vessel's capabilities to the maximum, surprised the Klingons and delivered a victory to Starfleet at Cygnus III. Following those events, Starfleet would go on to regain much of their lost territory. Ares was faster, more agile, and more heavily-armed than any Klingon warship. With the new Ares-class and with the hard-won experience of their battle-tested commanders, three systems were retaken within 30 days. The Klingon ship captains began to give Starfleet their due as a worthy adversary, primarily taking notice of Garth of Izar. The captain of the USS Hercules, Samuel Travis, was quoted as saying, "That mad Izarian son of a bitch -- that was his day." Captain Sonya Alexander of the USS Ajax added, "Garth likes to play down what he did. Don't you believe it. What he did that day no Starfleet captain had ever done."
Axanar[edit | edit source]
Starfleet's research did not end with the successful Ares-class ships. A larger design, the Constitution-class heavy cruiser, was still under construction. It would be the ultimate expression of Starfleet and the Federation's technology - but, as with any new project, there were complications.
It was the most complex design ever attempted. On stardate 2244.9, Admiral Ramirez himself went to deal with the problem, when Starfleet Intelligence informed him that there were whispers of a new Klingon battle cruiser class: the D7. The D7 would be bigger, faster, and deadlier than anything ever seen in the Alpha Quadrant. If the Klingon D7 came online before Starfleet got the Constitution-class into service, the Ares-class would be cut to ribbons. Ramirez needed more time, and in order to achieve that goal, he asked his three best starship captains (Robau, Travis, and Garth) for a plan of action. The first one was worthless, and the second was "a good plan." The third, put forth by Kelvar Garth, was (in Samuel Travis's words) "One hundred percent insanity -- a bloodbath waiting to happen. That was Axanar." The Axanar system was the heart of the Federation. If the Klingons seized Axanar, they would be in striking range of Vulcan, Tellar Prime, Andoria, and Terra. Worse yet, The new Constitution-class starships were being built at Axanar. The loss of Axanar would mean certain defeat for the Federation.
Crew roster[edit | edit source]
- Captain Kelvar Garth, commanding officer (Interlude)
- Commander Kenji Tanaka, first officer (Stardate 2245.1) [replaced by Commander Preston in Interlude]
- Lieutenant Hyree, strategic operations officer (Stardate 2245.1)
- Lieutenant Corax, intelligence officer (Stardate 2245.1)
- Lieutenant Tara Wagner, tactical officer (Stardate 2245.1)
- Lieutenant Cross, flight controller (Stardate 2245.1) [replaced by Lieutenant DeVille in Interlude]
- Lieutenant Franklin, science officer (Interlude)
- Commander Alexi Leonov, chief engineer (Interlude)
- Lieutenant Caine, communications officer (Stardate 2245.1, Interlude)
- Commander Carter, security chief (Stardate 2245.1)
- Lieutenant Commander (Dr) Elizabeth Grace, chief surgeon (Stardate 2245.1) [replaced by Doctor Howard in Interlude]
After the Four Years War[edit | edit source]
|Ajax - Artemis - Hercules - Janus - Nemesis - T'Val|
|Avalon Universe: Athena|