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A carrier was a type of starship — whether Federation, allied or threat force — on which were embarked several types of auxiliary craft, including (but not limited to) attack fighters and shuttlecraft.

Most Hydran starships were technically called carriers but they actually built a small number of dedicated carriers. (Star Fleet Battles)

Designations within typeEdit

Appellations were dependent on size of the vessel (e.g., light carrier, heavy carrier, supercarrier) or purpose (e.g., attack carrier, escort carrier).

Escort carrierEdit

An escort carrier, or CSE, is a type of Starfleet vessel capable of performing the roles of both a small spacecraft carrier and a cruiser. In fleet operations these vessels often protect the larger ships of the line. These vessels carry a variety of shuttles and star fighters, but cannot carry as many as the larger dedicated star carriers. In addition, they often carry a substantial armament of their own, which the larger carriers often lack as most of their space is dedicated to the air wings.

Classes of this type include the Constellation class, Excelsior II class and Akira class. (Star Trek: New Order)


The 23rd century designation shuttlecarrier for vessels exceeding a deadweight of 1,000,000 tonnes — e.g., Ariel-class, Fredrikstad-class and Normandy-class — has been largely supplanted by the term supercarrier (fleet carrier was also used by the 25th century).

Jessica Mannion was known as one of the greatest fleet carrier captains of her generation. (Star Trek: United Federation of Munchkin Amazons)

Carriers by raceEdit






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