USS Dallas Refit Proposal

To: 38th/Command
From: CAPT Holmes, A.
Subj: USS Dallas Operational Review

Good afternoon,

Having completed the operational review of the USS Dallas, it is my belief that a significant refit is in the best interests of the fleet to ensure ongoing operation and service of 38th Fleet vessels. Please see my proposal below.


U.S.S. Dallas, c. 2422.
The U.S.S. Dallas was originally constructed in 2360 as the last sixth block Excelsior class in production, originally designed to complement the Ambassador and Cheyenne class vessels, these vessels were originally scalable to support Galaxy and Nebula class vessels, but with the introduction of Sovereign class vessels in the 2370s, the Excelsior class spaceframe was seeing its obsolescence in real time as larger and faster vessels quickly outpaced the operational capabilities of the original Excelsior class designs.

The class was originally slated for decommission around this time, but due to its successes in the Dominion War, a seventh block design was requested as the longevity of the Excelsior class had been proven, this radical upgraded design was the USS Excelsior, NCC-42037.

Due to the larger fleet losses during the Dominion War, and the collapse of the Romulan Star Empire leading to the Klingon War. Sixth block Excelsior classes while receiving incremental and iterative refits during this time, never had the opportunity of a large scale block refit, such as the Farragut and Constitution class vessels of the 2270s.

It is my proposal that the Dallas be refit to a block seven design.


  1. Increase internal usable volume, to better support larger fleet vessels, such as the Odyssey (and subclass) vessels.
  2. Increase effective combat capability of the Dallas to ensure better support of fleet vessels during combat engagements.
  3. Streamlined hull shape for increased slipstream drive performance.


USS Dallas current configuration.

Proposed block seven refit configuration.

The block seven refit will add an additional 31 meters to the overall length of the Dallas, however the utilisation of volume within the confines of the vessel is significantly improved, seeing an extended neck section with expanded cargo handling facilities and torpedo launch bays, boosting utility and combat efficiency. The refit also removes the subspace baffles from the engineering hull, as improvements in warp engine designs integrates better subspace shape form guides within the nacelles themselves.

USS Dallas current configuration.

Proposed block seven refit configuration.

Here we see the elongation of the primary saucer section in line with the elongated neck. This further increases usable volume, and allows for extended phaser strips to be installed, rather than the older phaser turret designs. These strips further enable the Dallas to remain a capable combat platform in addition to her other duties, increasing phaser array coverage and power.

The refit will see a big change to impulse vector profiles, seeing smaller exhausts with significantly improved attitude control, allowing much higher manoeuvrability and top impulse speeds. This is also assisted with the introduction of the combined warp field governor/impulse deflection crystal assembly, allowing cleaner EPS power distribution from the improved class 14 warp core and a further enhanced warp field profile.

USS Dallas current configuration.

USS Dallas current configuration.

Proposed block seven refit configuration.

Proposed block seven refit configuration.

Further aft, the engineering hull receives a new shuttlebay layout, with individual bays being covered inwards, allowing for a staging area design with the potential for shirt-sleeves works in a larger system bay, such as seen on the Sagan and Vesta class vessels. This reduces the size taken in the neck of the vessel by dedicated shuttlebay space, reducing from four bays to two, however the enhanced staging area will more than make up for this.

With the streamlined engine assembly, improved deflector housing assembly, and a larger service bay capable of servicing larger structures and vessels all these improvements will enhance Dallas’ comprehensive mission profile, and extend her service life significantly.

USS Dallas current configuration.

Proposed block seven refit configuration.

In conclusion, it is my belief that a major refit will significantly improve the utility and lifespan of the Dallas, allowing her to support the larger vessels inducted to the 38th Fleet in the past year, and extend the reach and speed of delivery to our supply lines, allowing fleet vessels to extend exploration and scientific duties.

Proposed Milestones

January 2422

Hull teardown and classification, spaceframe extension and augmentation. Removal of modularised systems.

February 2422

Installation of new core systems, warp core, shielding array, phaser power coils, engines.

March 2422

Installation of secondary systems, deflector arrays, sensor systems, computer cores.

April 2422

Installation of tertiary systems, shuttle support systems, warp pylon governors, subspace geometry calibration.

May 2422

Installation of phaser array and torpedo systems and all remaining systems.

June 2422

Shakedown trails and updated crew assignments.

Alexandria Holmes
Commanding Officer,
USS Dallas