Guide to Ships in Star Trek Online: Tier 4 Vessels
by: Benjamin Sell
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 4/17/2012
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Easily the most recognizable ship classes in the Star Trek universe, the Tactical Escort, Exploration Cruiser, and the Long-Range Science Vessel are your rewards upon reaching the rank of Captain. Our guide has full stats for ships personified in the USS Voyager, USS Defiant, and USS Enterprise-D.
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Captain, perhaps the most famous and prestigious rank in the Federation. It's the reason most people joined Starfleet to begin with, the possibility of someday ascending to the rank of Captain and finding yourself in command of one of the Federation's most iconic vessels.
The Exploration Cruiser really needs no introduction. Anyone who's ever seen an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation is familiar with the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D. A formidable starship with impressive weaponry and a massive crew, the Exploration Cruiser is truly one of the most awe-inspiring ships in the fleet.
Check out the full stats for the Galaxy, Celestial, and Envoy class ships:
The Exploration Cruiser has one of the worst turning rates in the entire fleet. All cruisers are sluggish turners, but this massive behemoth definitely does not turn on a dime. It can be difficult to line up weapons with small firing arcs or get turned around in time to grab loot that has fallen behind you.
The Exploration Cruiser is one of the most impressive ships in the fleet in terms of sheer firepower and damage-bearing potential, but it is more of a tank than a sports car, for sure.
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Another ship instantly recognizable to fans of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 is the U.S.S. Defiant. This Defiant-class escort was specially designed to counter the threat of the encroaching Borg, and was for a time considered to be the most heavily-armed ship in the Alpha Quadrant.
On Deep Space 9, the Defiant is equipped with a cloaking device. Sadly, it's equivalent ships in Star Trek Online, the Defiant, Vigilant, and Gallant class ships, do not.
The Tactical Escort was designed for one purpose: to deliver massive amounts of damage as quickly as possible. Escort-class ships are the only ones in the Federation capable of equipping cannons, and a very popular loadout for these gunboats is four forward-facing cannons and two 360-degree turrets in the back. That way, the Tactical Escort's Captain can deliver insane amounts of pain before zipping off to line up another attack run.
These fast-moving, heavily-armed vessels are truly a force to be reckoned with.
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Long-Range Science Vessel
We've seen the iconic ships from both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space 9, so it seems only reasonable that the third Tier IV ship should be the most recognizable ship from Star Trek: Voyager.
Captained by Kathryn Janeway, the Intrepid-class U.S.S. Voyager was lost in the Delta Quadrant for seven years, its adventures cataloged in the television series that bore its name.
The Long-Range Science Vessel comes in three variations: The Intrepid, Discovery, and Cochrane classes. Full stats:
The U.S.S. Voyager spent years out of contact with Starfleet, unable to rearm or call for reinforcements when needed. She had to survive on her own, and with such a well-equipped ship, it's no wonder her crew made it back in one piece.
With multiple science stations, some much needed tactical and engineering upgrades, and an impressive turn rate, overall speed, and shield capacity, the Long-Range Science Vessel has what it takes to go toe to toe with even the toughest of enemies.
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Now that you've reached the rank of Captain, you've finally earned the right to command some of Star Trek Online's coolest and most-recognizable ships.
Only the rank of Rear Admiral lies ahead, and along with it comes some of the most massive and awe-inspiring ships ever seen in the Star Trek universe.
Whether you're looking for information on tier 2, 3, 4, or 5 ships in Star Trek Online, our complete guide has got you covered. Check out full ship stats, and see which ships are available at Lt. Commander, Commander, Captain, and Admiral Ranks.