|Max. warp:||warp 9.3|
|Armaments:|| 6 Type-IX Phaser arrays;|
5 photon torpedo launchers
The class was designed during a period of tension between the Federation and Cardassian Union. The class was designed primarily for military uses from capital ship support, escort duties and direct starship engagements. The first vessel entered service in 2358.
The ship was heavily armed with six phaser arrays and five torpedo launchers, including the three distinctive high-capacity cannons located above the saucer and below the engineering hull. Following its performance in the Dominion War several upgrades were proposed for the class, which included: ablative armor, upgrading to type-X arrays and even regenerative shields, though with the latter it would probably necessitate a larger warp core to power the vessel. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet)
- The class was named after the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Earth.
- Specifications from the Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet.
|New Orleans-class starships|
|USS Alexander - USS Bonaparte - USS Bowie - USS Bunche - USS Cato - USS Columbia - USS Coral Sea - USS Ford - USS Gloucester - USS Herbert - USS Hope - USS Indefatigable - USS Jefferson - USS Kyushu - USS Lisbon - USS New Orleans - USS Passchendaele - USS Renegade - USS Rutledge - USS Santa Fe - USS Savannah - USS Seoul - USS Thomas Paine - USS Valencia|