Discovery, unlike the three NX-class vessels preceding it, was launched with a new warp plasma system giving it a top speed of Warp 5.7, at that time the fastest of the entire fleet. Due to the increased strain on the hull at these speeds, the ship was also fitted with prototype hull plating. Such plating eventually became the standard for all Starfleet vessels, up to and including the Constitution-class.
Discovery was also a guinea pig of sorts for a new type of photonic torpedo, which moved slower than the original, but had a greater payload. The ship was also fitted with a new deflector assembly which boosted sensor efficiency, in an attempt to alleviate the greatest design flaw of the original NX class.
The ship participated in many space battles of the War, and was critically damaged in 2157 after a narrow victory against two Romulan Birds-of-Prey. Although the ship survived, 23 crewmen met their deaths, including the ship's first officer, Commander Charles Clow. Clow's children, Matt and Chris, would also serve in the war as part of MACO. Chris would later follow in his father's footsteps as the Executive Officer aboard the Poseidon. (Star Trek: Poseidon - The Birth of the Federation)
After the death of Clow and the ship's captain, Tim Samuel took command of the Discovery. The ship was in a very bad condition when Samuel took over and he was forced to look for salvage parts at a battle field. There he ordered Jericho Ross and Kyle Durrant to go into the field searching for parts. While looking the shuttle was ambushed by romulan fighters. It was saved when the Discovery destroyed the remaining fighters. The Discovery then escaped from a Romulan War Bird by detonating the hulk of a damaged ship as a distraction. (Star Trek: The Romulan Wars)
Command Crew 2157Edit
- Captain- Tim Samuel
- First officer- Tony Dahl
- Science Officer Jericho Ross
- Engineer Brad Stone
- Tactical- Kyle Durrant
|Atlantis - Challenger - Cochrane - Columbia - Daedalus - Dauntless - Endeavour - Enterprise - Liberty - San'rath - Saratoga - Zefram Cochrane|
|Star Trek: Poseidon: Atlantis - Challenger - Discovery - Poseidon|
|Starfleet: The First Era: ESS Meridian - ESS Phoenix - ESS Shenandoah - ESS Trope - ESS Yorktown|
|USS Baldwin: Atlantis - Discovery|
|Star Trek: Remington: Endeavour|
|Mirror universe: ISS Enterprise - ISS Avenger|