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The Antares class was a type ofstarship used by the Federation Starfleet during the 23rd and 24th century. The Antares filled a variety of roles within Starfleet such as a surveyor, cargo ship and transport.
The class entered service with Starfleet in 2250 as a multipurpose science and research vessel. However, due to the large amounts of scientific equipment and samples it often carried and the fact several were used as transports it was often referred to as a "cargo ship". The Antares was widely decommissioned from service in 2300, though a number remained operational with civilian scientific organizations. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 4: Starships of the Original Series Era) One Antares, the USS Hermes, continued to serve in Starfleet well into the 2360s. (Star Trek Encyclopaedia)
|USS Algol - USS Antares - USS Betelgeuse - SS Columbia - USS Hermes - USS John Ross - USS Zeta Reticulum|
- Specifications from Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 4: Starships of the Original Series Era.