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U.S.S. Kamehameha NCC-1642Franklin Class Cruiser
Illustrator: Kevin Morrow
The Franklin Class starships are similar to the Pluto Class Crusiers
, yet different in numerous ways. Prior to the refitting of the Franklin Class, Starfleet ordered two starships for testing as the Franklin Class starships were still in the early prototype stages and contained a few design flaws. The prototypes were sent to Starfleet proving grounds for weapon testing and combat training. The saucer sections were constructed from old decomissioned Miranda class destroyers and were modified with armour hull plating, allowing them to withstand most types of firepower. The construction challenge was in bypassing power to the warp naccelles through the torpedoes bays and between two layers of hull sections as one layer contains plasma coils leading to the naccelles from main engineering. The USS Kamehameha was the first prototype with similar weapons as the Miranda Class destroyers. The second protoype was the USS Thunderbolt which had the same weapons as the Pluto and Constitution Class crusiers.
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