The Kennedy class of United Federation of Planets diplomatic cruisers were active in the 23rd and 24th centuries. (Starbase 79: Starship Recognition Series 2)

The Kennedys were a purpose-built class (similar in superstructure to the Surya-class) developed to provide a safe environment for treaty negotiations and conflict resolution. Defensive systems were enhanced and weapons systems were designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. In a break from Starfleet tradition, captains were chosen from the ranks of the Federation Diplomatic Corps, and not Starfleet.

Kennedy-class starships were the cornerstone of Federation policy during their time in service (2246-2330s), heralding the addition of 27 new Federation member worlds, negotiating numerous ceasefires and settling thousands of trade disputes.

Several of the captains of these vessels went on to the presidency of the Federation, namely Rim Mulari (2286-94), Jonathan Betran (2306-10) and T'Pratt (2318-30).

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