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Originally commissioned in the year 2299, the USS Vincennes (NCC-1954) (Starship Vincennes) was a first generation Miranda-class cruiser which incorporated the distinctive roll bar design. The Vincennes saw heavy service in the alpha quadrant from 2299 to 2309 under the leadership of Captain Arthur Brandenburg. Her second Commander, Captain James S. Thurston, was at her helm until 2321, when the ship was ordered to be decommissioned. The Vincennes was saved from the scrap yards that same year by her former commander, then Admiral Brandenburg.
After an extensive refit she served as a training vessel for Starfleet Academy for the next ten years. In 2331 the Vincennes was finally retired to the Utopia Planetia shipyards where some of her systems we used to maintain other fleet ships, while most of her older technology was sold to the private sector.
In 2346 Starfleet’s Division of Science and Technology was looking for a small durable ship and retrieved the Vincennes’ gutted hull to use as a testing ground for newly developed technologies. Systems integrated into her new design would lead to the development of several systems used in both the Intrepid-class and Prometheus-class designs. She was the first ship in Starfleet to incorporate biomechanical technologies. Her class designation was the changed to a Miranda class E new heavy command cruiser. No one is sure if it was nostalgia or the need for extra room which lead to the decision to keep the roll bar and top mounted photon torpedoes. The Vincennes new weapon systems included quantum/photon torpedo launchers X 4 (2 forward and 2 aft), 2 missile racks, 10 type I phaser banks and two type III phaser cannons. The ships defensive systems include multiphase shield generators with selective force field reinforcement, and ablative armor plating with auto regeneration capability, some of the many advancements of bio technologies.