CLASSIFICATION: Federation Dreadnaught/Troop Transport
The initial designs of the Golem class were begun during the Borg incursions of 2373, but were shelved due to the sheer scope of the project. In the second year of the Dominion conflict, Starfleet Security lobbied to resurrect the dreadnought design with a ship whose sheer mass exceeds the largest ship of the fleet, the Galaxy class starship. The Golem class was the most ambitious of the warships commissioned, housing a crew of nearly 2000 men and women.
The armament of the Golem class is impressive, consisting of 18 multi-modal phaser arrays, three forward and three aft quantum torpedo launchers, and three forward phaser pulse cannons. Even the shields have offensive capabilities. Using an adaptation of the standard multi-phasic shielding, the Golem Class can generate a double layer matrix, or a shield within a shield. When the two layers are modulated to a unique dissonant frequency, they are capable of generating a massive quantum pulse that can cripple propulsion systems and weaken the shields of attacking vessels. Such a maneuver requires the combined energy output of the two independent and integrated warp cores, and a complex composition of shield harmonics. It minimizes the power available to the phasers and photon torpedoes, but strategically can be more effective in neutralizing a decentralized threat than more conventional weaponry. The Ablative amour is double sheathed with a honeycomb of tritanium/duranium alloy between the two layers, allowing it to endure in a fire fight far longer than most opponents.
In designing the Golem Class, Starfleet Engineering integrated components of the formidable Ambassador Class with a massive secondary hull that terminates in a powerful primary impulse engine, supplemented by a state-of-the-art impulse engine on the saucer. Named for the mythical earthen automaton brought to life to protect the Hebrews from persecution, the U.S.S. Golem is to date the only ship of it's class.
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This model was built from two Ambassador Class Enterprise C kits, and uses a modified, inverted Danube Class Runabout primary hull as the Golem's secondary engineering hull. (I had never been particularly fond of the three nacelle dreadnought design before, but felt it was very effective for this vessel and it's mission).