NCC-1975 - USS Coronado
NCC-1976 - USS Oriskany
NCC-1977 - USS Clemenceau
NCC-1978 - USS Bennington
NCC-1979 - USS Devonshire
NCC-1980 - USS Kiev
These ships were built, starting in 2256 through 2263, and were assigned to TacFleet. Their larger flight decks and middle hangar bay spaces allow them to operate large numbers of small-to medium-size craft from a typical cruiser-size hull. Later, certain ships were assigned to the Federation Colonization Fleet. Originally designed to carry fightercraft, they can also deploy large construction support craft and equipment, used for colonization.
The Devonshire is fitted with a "drop bay" on centerline in her main flight deck. This enables her to operate larger numbers of fightercraft than the other ships. It was installed after her assignment to TacFleet.
Engineering: Because the secondary hull is devoted almost exclusively to flight operations, the Coronado class is equipped with an expanded engineering section in the primary hull. All warp drive engineering functions are handled from this location.
Resource: From the original book - (Ships of the Star Fleet) (2290-2291) by Calon Riel