USS Insignia with two escorts.
The Insignia class is a late 24th century heavy cruiser of Starfleet. With around 560 meters it act as a successor of the aging Ambassador class or even the Galaxy class without her upgrades. The design grew out of the early proposals for a successor to the Galaxy class, including Project Nova. The concept incorporated several revolutionary design features that the initial project engineers had seen as the logical future of starship development. The design called for a saucer section composed of of wedge shaped modular segments that could easily be replaced as mission demands changed and new technologies became available.
Designed as heavy cruiser it is quite capable to replace the Galaxy as one of the more powerful ships in the fleet. After the war situation in the Alpha Quadrant had reassured in 2378/2379, research missions came within its mission too.
Because of its modular design, the Insignia-class features a unique deck plan. While any of the 8 modules can be removed and replaced with relative ease, the 6 modules that make up the port and starboard sides of the saucer are typically replaced. Crew quarters and other recreational facilities are contained in the two remaining modules, and are typically replaced only as a last resort.
The Insignia-class entered service as the ultimate multi-purpose craft. The modular saucer segments provided a flexible platform that could adapt itself to a variety of different roles. While the modules are not as easily changed out as a Nebula-class pod, they provide a way for Starfleet to create craft from the same basic platform that can fill a multitude of different roles. In addition, the spaceframe could be retasked to those different roles with dry docking procedures that were substantially less time intensive then a full refit. The class can be completed in specialized configurations to support scientific, tactical, or even marine missions. However, most Insignia-class ships are built to a mutli-mission configuration to provide a well rounded platform for Starfleet exploratory missions.
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