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The Wyvern Project

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By all accounts, the Constitution Class remains as one of the most distinguished starship designs in Starfleet history. With a fifty year production run, several refits and derivative classes, its reputation in the service was legendary. However, the type’s eventual retirement was finally brought about by shifting trends and the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties that followed the Khitomer Accords in 2293. Which ironically, was made possible by a prominent member of the class, the USS Enterprise-A.

These changing times for the Federation Starfleet caused a paradigm shift in its core structuring, principles and foreign policy. The prevalent emphasis on military expansion was gradually reduced in favor of exploratory and diplomatic endeavours. The mutual assured destruction of a Federation-Klingon war was no longer a threat to Galactic peace.

Despite its merits, the Constitution Class was now viewed as a "Cold War" relic, akin to its equally famous Klingon D7/K’tinga counterpart. The reduction of military arms mandated the retirement of prominent capital ships in both interstellar states. The Klingons would retire its aging portion of combat vessels and Starfleet was expected to follow. As such, the bulk of the Constitution fleet, which included the Enterprise-A, were formally retired and mothballed in successive batches. The examples chosen were at least twenty to forty years old. The remaining new-builds would be retained and refitted for exploratory purposes.

Starfleet's military oriented designs also suffered the same fate as the Constitution. Numerous destroyers, battleships and other designs were eventually sent to storage, reassigned to reserves or dismantled altogether. Classes like the agile Phobos and imposing Yamato Class saw their days as numbered. Meanwhile, prominent stablemates like the Miranda, Constellation, and Excelsior were unimpeded in active production and service. They were excellent platforms in the scientific area and continued development for many years.

The remaining newer models of the Constitution Class were sent to various shipyards for their respective refits. Equipped with new research labs and refined exploration equipment, these 2280's and 2290's "Connie" models would serve well into 2330's. Charting unexplored sectors of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, serving in diplomatic endeavours and maintaining a familiar face for the Federation.

A century after the first Constitution left drydock in 2244, the class would see its illustrious career finally end in the late 2340's. With the exception of several one-offs, the bulk of the surviving Constitutions would be sent to reserve fleets or dismantled. A few would even make it into the private sector, becoming expensive collector items or personal yachts for the wealthy.

A New Lease on Life:
During the opening months of the Dominion War, Starfleet's Corps of Engineers, at the time headed by time displaced Montgomery Scott, was tasked to evaluate certain types to be brought out from mothballs to fill up the fleet's ranks. Chief among them were several preserved Constitution hulls stored in Starbase 34. Scott's team discerned that they were ideal candidates to be upgraded to 2370's era technology.

First among the ships to be refitted and re-commissioned would be the USS Wyvern NCC-2848. The modifications were extensive but managed to stay fairly manageable in terms of cost and manpower. This was due to the reliance on "off the shelf" refitting techniques. The entire shipboard systems were updated to 2370's standards and the outboard hull layout was patterned over the 2310's era Sparrow Class, saving costs even further. The end result was a balanced light cruiser capable of basic fleet defense missions. She was promptly re-added back to Starfleet service and given the brand new registry NCC-78702 as a personal touch by Scott. This would give the illusion of a revived Constitution line, a helpful psychological tactic in wartime. Her engineers would later give it the moniker "Wyvern Subclass".

Several ships followed suit and were assigned to core systems to augment their defenses. In mock combat assessments, Wyverns handled fairly well and were comparable to a Sabre destroyer in mobility. However, they were still limited ships with relatively basic capabilities. The Wyvern was indeed born out of the need to fill missing gaps in the UFP's defensive line. Still, it also gave the old Constitution a new lease on life for the foreseeable future. The sixteen vessels currently in service are expected to serve well into 2400. A legend is reborn.

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