The Ronin-class vessel was originally conceived at the end of the Dominion War. With the immediate threats of both the Borg and the Dominion dealt with, Starfleet turned its attention to what the Federation lacked during the war which could have helped gain the alliance victory over the Dominion much sooner. One of the answers determined by this study was the need for vessels capable of deploying large numbers of soldiers quickly. A design brief was quickly submitted, requesting a Starship that could be operated by a relatively small number of Starfleet personnel but could carry a battalion of troops comfortably enough for long periods of time, deploying them quickly and efficiently when necessary.
For many years, the Nebula-class had been a venerable scientific workhorse in Starfleet. With its interchangeable pods, it had had both versatility and easy manufacture as winning points, but it was getting long in tooth. Starfleet's latest advance had been the Sovereign-class vessel, and the designs had proven robust and well suited to various mission profiles. Taking advantage of a tried and true concept and merging it with the latest technology was an easy decision, and thus the idea for the Ronin-class vessel was born.
Using design methods applied to the Defiant-class starship, the spartan, compact internal design allows for the large number of soldiers as well as the minimal number of personnel to operate such a vessel in addition to the tools, weapons, equipment and vehicles the Marines utilise regularly.
The weapon systems aboard the Ronin-class make her a very capable vessel during combat situations. The combination of 8 Type XI Phaser Arrays which are not as powerful as the Type XII, but have a much faster firing rate, 2 Type U Pulse Phaser Cannons and 5 Torpedo Launchers gives the Ronin much needed muscle when required.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the design is the high capacity Transporter Capability. While the Ronin has 4 standard 6-person transporter pads, it also boasts 2 22-person transporter chambers to enable rapid-deployment when necessary.
Overall, the Ronin is a very capable combat vessel and is a much needed addition to Starfleet's defensive forces.
|1||Main Bridge, Ready Room, Observation/Conference Lounge|
|2||CO's Quarters, XO's Quarters and Office, Enlisted Affairs Office, Emergency Batteries, Weapons Locker|
|3||Main Lounge, Senior Officer Quarters, Aft Viewing Lounge, Communications Array, Officers' Quarters, Gymnasium|
|4||Officer Quarters, Crew Quarters, VIP Quarters, Transporter Rooms 1 & 2, Emergency Batteries, Chief Operations Officer's Office|
|5||Security Offices, Brig, Armoury 1, Security Training Facilities, CIO's Office, Aft Tactical Sensors, Crew Quarters, Holodecks 1 & 2, Cargo Bay 1, Ground Deployment Command Center, Battalion CO's Office|
|6||Main Computer Core (Level 1), Main Computer Core Control, Shuttlebay 1 (Upper), Flight Control Room, Shuttlebay 2 (Upper), Crew Quarters, Marine Barracks, Marine Officer's Quarters|
|7||Main Computer Core (Level 2), Shuttlebay 1 (Lower), Shuttlebay 2 (Lower), Astrometrics/Stellar Cartography, Ship's Library, Civilian Quarters, Officer's Mess, Main Sickbay and Supports, CMO's Office, Marine Barracks, Combat Transporter Room 1|
|8||Main Computer Core (Level 3), Impulse Assembly, Weapons Locker, Engineering Lab, Shuttlebay Elevators, Upper Shuttle Maintenance & Storage, Forward Tactical Sensors, Docking Clamps, Marine Barracks, Combat Transporter Room 2, Ground Vehicle Maintenance and Storage|
|9||Main Computer Core (Level 4), Impulse Engines, Warp Core Subsystems, Lower Shuttle Maintenance & Storage, Dorsal Docking Port, Emergency Transporters, Crew Quarters|
|10||Impulse Assembly, Deuterium Injectors, Shuttle Repair & Machine Shop, Engineering Support Area, Industrial Replicators, Armoury 2, Crew Quarters, Primary Waste Reclamation, Primary Environmental Control, Cargo Bays 2-5|
|11||Auxiliary Deflector Controls, Shuttle Elevator Assembly, Airlock, Crew Quarters, Transporter Rooms 3 & 4, Airlocks, RCS Thrusters, Primary Stores|
|12||Auxiliary Deflector Array, Primary SIF/IDF/Shield Generators, Systems Support Compartment, Maintenance Bay 1|
|13||Torpedo Turrets Access, Torpedo Storage, Main Sensor Array, Deuterium Tanks, Science Labs, Crew Mess Hall (Aft), Maintenance Bay 2|
|14||Deuterium Tanks, Shuttlebay 3 (Upper), Flight Control Room 2, Captain's Yacht Access, Turbolift Maintenance|
|15||Secondary Computer Core (Level 1), Shuttlebay 3 (Lower), Shuttle Storage, Deflector Assembly, Weapons Locker, Cargo Bays 6 & 7|
|16||Secondary Computer Core (Level 2), Reserve Antimatter Storage, Main Navigational Deflector, Deflector Control, Main Engineering, Chief Engineer's Office, Weapons Locker, Warp Nacelle Access, Emergency Transporters, Auxiliary Sickbay|
|17||Secondary Computer Core (Level 3), Aft Sensor Array, Deflector Assembly, Secondary Plasma Vent, Emergency Transporters, Forward Torpedo Launchers (2), Torpedo Magazine|
|18||Deflector Assembly, Auxiliary SIF/IDF/Shield Generators, Multi-purpose Chamber (Upper), Antimatter Storage Pods, Forward Tractor Beam Emitter, Secondary SIF/IDF/Shield Generators, Secondary Waste Reclamation, Secondary Environmental Control, Secondary Stores|
|19||Lateral Sensors, Secondary Communications Array, Emergency Batteries, Complementary Deflector Assembly, Multi-purpose Chamber (Lower), Tractor Beam Assembly, Antimatter Generator, Antimatter Injectors, Secondary Sensor Array|
|20||Tractor Beam Assembly, Aft Tractor Beam Emitter, Aft Torpedo Launchers (2), Torpedo Magazine, Warp Core Jettison Hatch|