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USS Meghan, Meghan class, NX-86115


The Meghan class was built to fulfil the role of a small Multi-Mission cruiser that carries a Marine complement as standard.
In 2378 the ASDB started work on the Meghan design; it was given a high NCC number purely as a matter of preference on the part of the head of the design team.
It was decided to try the new Spheripower II core for the ship rather than designing a new core. This gave more than enough power for the vessel; as a result the pod system was added to make use of the extra power available to increase the capabilities of the ship.
The Meghan class was originally designed with an enlarged copy of the Intrepid class Bridge module, as it was intended to use the ship as an Admiral's flagship. However this concept was dropped after the main skeleton framework had been completed. Instead the extra space was used for the forward anti-cloak sensors with the Captain’s quarters placed in Deck 2 forward area. The USS Meghan is the only ship of her class to have the small shuttle bay and small cargo bay attached to the bridge; the USS Black Panther and USS Miyoko were so fitted but had theirs removed during early construction, and were fitted with a standard Intrepid class bridge Module. It was decided to keep them on the Meghan due to she was in preliminary trials, and much work had been done on her.

During testing, it was found that without the weapons pod the Meghan class can, when deploying her fighter complement, easily match the Cardassian Galor class starship in combat.

The ship was also nicknamed the “mini-Galaxy” because of the array of Sensors on her hull; The Meghan has the same sensor palettes as are deployed on the Galaxy class, though they are fewer in number. She also has the same long range elements as an Intrepid in the forward sensor array.

The Meghan design is developed from the Miranda class. The Main cargo and shuttle bays were originally envisioned as three large areas, but these spaces were subsequently redesigned to increase compartmentalisation as a safety feature. One other Miranda item that was put in the design was a modernised copy of the Miranda Bridge, for the Auxiliary Bridge. This does seem strange to some people, but it is as effective as standard bridge models that are being fielded now in ships.

The Marine complement was intended to provide on board security for the ship, carrying six squads stationed permanently aboard; as well as providing security these both service and use the vehicles, they are under direct control of the XO.
Starfleet Fighter Corps also have 36 pilots on board for flying the 6 Fighter craft, these also share the responsibility of maintaining the fighters along with the ships engineering division, this was arranged to decrease the load on the Engineering Department on board the ships.

The Spheripower II core is so new and revolutionary that it cannot cope with standard operations over prolonged periods. However it is a significant improvement over the Spheripower I. The first model had to be checked for damage after every 3 days at warp 5; the Spheripower II core is rated as suitable for a range of 45 Light Years, equating to almost 77 days at warp 5 or 2 days 10 hours at the maximum speed of warp 9.985. Meghan carries 3 extra cores; total swap out time for a core is three hours from order to shut down to reaching full power. Used cores are carefully checked for any damage and repaired if possible before being placed back in the spares bay. If the damage is irreparable, the unit is taken to the Industrial Replicator and broken down, and a new one fabricated.
The USS Meghan, NX-86115 was officially commissioned and launched on Star date 62368.72 (May 15th 2385)

Crew
164 standard
40 Marines
36 Fighter Pilots
196 Maximum Crew
272 Maximum quartered personnel
312 Lifeboat Evacuation
64 Shuttle Evacuation (depending upon emergency)

Shuttle loads
2 Type 9 Personnel shuttles
2 Type 9 Personnel shuttles, Assault Variant
5 Type 8 Shuttles
4 Type 10 Cargo shuttles
2 Type 12 Cargo shuttles
2 Archangel class shuttles
1 Panther class shuttle – Captains Yacht
6 KD-56 Kaneda class fighters (one fighter squadron)
7 Type 18 Shuttle pods

Embarked Craft
2 Sphinx workpods
6 Workbees, of which 2 are Construction Variant
4 Trucks, 2 Bedford Heavy and 2 Graife 5 ton
10 Almas APC’s
8 Predator Tanks
8 Research vehicles, 6 Rhis and 2 T’Marl
6 Dustoff Ambulances
6 Scouts, 4 Salmxi and 2 Argo
4 Kettenkrad Mk 30
32 Trailers (varying sizes)

Offensive and Defensive weapons
11 Type XII Phaser arrays
10 Close In Weapons System
4 Standard Torpedo Launchers (2 Fore, 2 Aft)
128 Torpedoes (64 Photon, 64 Quantum)
80 probes of Types 1, 3, 5, 6, 9
64 Sensor Jammers

Decks

Deck 1
Bridge, Shuttle bay A, Cargo bay A, Aid station.

Deck 2
Senior Officers quarters, Captains quarters, Lifeboats, spare quarters, Emergency light sickbay, Upper Anti-Grav generators, Aft Dorsal phaser array.

Deck 3
Crew Quarters, Deuterium tanks, Anti-matter tanks, Anti-matter generator, Auxiliary Navigational Deflectors, Crew Lounge, Air recirculation and cleaning.

Deck 4
Arboretum High bay, Impulse High bay, Crew Quarters, Upper Engineering, Laboratories, School room, Upper Auxiliary Computers, Computer Monitoring, Turbolift maintenance, Cargo bay 1.

Deck 5
VIP quarters, Transporter rooms 1 and 2, Arboretums, Engineering, Holodecks 1, 2, and 3, Main Impulse engines, Main Engineering, Upper Stellar Cartography, Engineering Laboratories, Lower Auxiliary Computers, Shuttle bay landing control centres (Port and Starboard), Dorsal Forwards Phaser Arrays.

Deck 6
Quarters, Laboratories, Transporter buffers, Shuttle bay 1, 2 and 3 High, Cargo bay System High, Stellar Cartography.

Deck 7
Gymnasium, Marine Barracks, Upper Auxiliary Power Systems, Crew quarters, Aid stations, Shuttle bays 1, 2 and 3, Cargo bay System, Security Offices, Main Armoury, External Docking Ports, Crew Lounge, Phaser Practice Rooms,

Deck 8
Shuttle maintenance, Upper Reactant loader for Torpedoes, Quarters, Auxiliary Bridge, Main Navigational Deflector High, Future Expansion space, Lifeboats, Barbers, Primary Air recirculation and cleaning, Briefing Room, Aft phasers.

Deck 9
Sickbay, Industrial Replicators, Tool Storage, Torpedo launchers and storage, Quarters, Water Recycling systems, Navigation Deflector main, Future Expansion space, Transporter rooms 3 and 4, Hydroponics.

Deck 10
Cargo bays 2 and 3, Brig, Tactical Analysis rooms, Future expansion space, Quarters, Transporter Buffers, Lower Anti-Grav Generators, Ventral Phaser Arrays,

Deck 11
Landing feet, Vehicle bay, Cargo bay 4, Future Expansion space, Vehicle Maintenance, Vehicle Storage, Shuttle bay 4, Tractor beam emitter.


Errata

As the engineers of the Meghan carried on using the core they realised that the swap-out time could be reduced to 40 minutes, but this did cause minor problems with antimatter containment, and this was put down as an “emergency” swap out, due to their experience and tests, the swap out time was reduced, within safe limits to one hour 20 minutes, this was also a lot simpler than the original procedure, and just as safe.

After an incident caused the USS Meghan to be trapped in the Mirror universe in the year 2267 and due to regulations regarding interactions in the mirror universe, While rushing to the Bajorian Wormhole, it was found that one core could withstand a total of 100 light years without swap out, however, after this the core was too badly damaged to be used, and subsequently has to be broken down in the industrial replicator.

In 2387, after advancement in safety locks and the way that the warp plasma is handled inside the core, the maximum time allowed between swap outs was increased to 110 light years destructive, the usual time between swap outs was also increased to 60 light years, although it was also marked that each core has a life of 10 swaps before being decompiled in the industrial replicator.

During the refit of 2390, the Marines requested 7 Meghan classes to be produced for them with extra Fighter bays, largely because of the reports of her effectiveness as an extended duty, medium range craft within the Navy, these were to replace the 80 yr old John Richter Class that the Marines were retiring.

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