CLASS NAME: Aakenn
CLASS TYPE: Freighter
GOVERNMENT: United Federation of Planets

Port
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IMAGE SOURCE: FASA Star Trek Role Playing Game supplement #2302: Federation Ship Recognition Manual

Dorsal
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IMAGE SOURCE: FASA Star Trek Role Playing Game supplement #2302: Federation Ship Recognition Manual

Bow
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IMAGE SOURCE: FASA Star Trek Role Playing Game supplement #2302: Federation Ship Recognition Manual

BRAD'S COMMENTS: Similar to the Cochrane, though not as graceful.  Another Kirk-era piece that can be good auxiliary fodder for scenarios with good guys out to keep the bad guys from blowing up the freighters.  I have found it fun sometimes to run "Battle of the Atlantic" scenarios wherein a flotilla of Aakenn's escorted by UFP frigates or destroyers must fend off a menacing enemy fleet of cloaked Klingon or Romulan ships.  It's a pretty straightforward re-enactment of the Allied defense against German submarine warfare in the early stages of World War II, and can be really fun if the players are clever.  Make sure that neither the Klingon "wolfpacks" nor the UFP escort squadrons are overly powerful.  destroyers and frigates, at most, if not scouts and escorts.  As with many other Federation designs, fan and gamer Neale Davidson sent in his (always) fascinating re-draw of the class.

From the FASA Star Trek FEDERATION SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL, circa 1985
Aakenn Class VI Freighter
Notes:  The Aakenn Class freighter entered service during the Four Years War, during which the class was used to move men and materiel to the front and supplies to the rear to keep the Federation's wartime production at high levels.  Presently, this freighter is a common sight on the spacelanes, with thousands in commercial service.  Star Fleet uses its more than 100,000 tons of capacity to move all sorts of materials to the outer reaches of the Federation; because the vessel is not landing-capable, all cargo must be containerized and beamed aboard using the vessels 8 cargo transporters.  As an added feature, the Aakenn has staterooms for up to 6 passengers; these small rooms, though not designed for luxurious travel, are reasonably comfortable.
        On Stardate 2/1309, the USS Mundy was found adrift near Starbase 21.  The vessel's onboard life support systems were operating, but there were no crewmembers aboard.  The bridge area showed signs of a struggle, but nearly all computer files had been lost and there was no recorded data to reveal what had happened.  The last entry in the Captain's Log, from about four months earlier, made no mention of any emergency or possible danger.  When the cargo hold was breached, it was found to contain millions of live Tribbles, living on the food produced by a synthesizer that had somehow been left on.
        The "Tribble Ship", as it came to be called, was taken into Starbase 21 where it was learned that it had been stolen two years earlier.  This mystery remained unsolved until Stardate 212205, when two of its crewmembers were found in a nearby asteroid cluster, somehow having been missed when the search parties checked the area for survivors.  They revealed that they had been boarded by a band of renegade Klingons, who, when they discovered that the cargo was Tribbles, became so infuriated that they killed the captain and officers and left the crewmen on the asteroid.
        Of the 1,432 Aakenn Class freighters built, 244 Mk Ils and 760 Mk IVs remain in active service and 12 Mk Ils are in reserve fleets.  One Mk II and 4 Mk IVs are used by Star Fleet Training Command; 186 Mk Ils and 102 Mk IVs have been destroyed; 17 Mk Ils and 8 Mk IVs are listed as missing; 119 Mk Ils and 71 Mk IVs have been scrapped; and 93 Mk Ils and 32 Mk IVs have been sold to commercial enterprises.
        The Aakenn Mk IV is manufactured at the Tellar, Proxima Centauri, and Caitfacilities at a combined rate of 30 per year.

Construction Data:
     Model Numbers-
     Ship Class-
     Date Entering Service-
     Number Constructed

MK II
VI
1/9610
672

MK IV
VI
2/0312
760
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-

10
C

190 meters
100 meters
60 meters
70,640 tons
  
2,180 units
109,000 tons
None

10
C

190 meters
100 meters
60 meters
71,010 tons
  
2,780 units
139,000 tons
None
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 6-person-
         Combat 20-person-
         Emergency 22-person-
         cargo small-
         cargo large-
  
M-2
  
2
none
none
4
4
  
M-3
  
2
none
none
4
4
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Passengers-
     Shuttlecraft-
  
54
6
6
  
58
6
6
Engines and Power Data:
     Total Power Units Available-
     Movement Point Ratio-
   
     Warp Engine Type-
         Number-
         Power Units Available-
         Stress Charts-
         Maximum Safe Cruising Speed-
   
         Emergency Speed-
   
     Impulse Engine Type-
         Power Units Available-
    
13
2/1 unloaded
4/1 loaded
FWD-1
1
10
K/F
Warp 7 unloaded
Warp 6 loaded
Warp 9 unloaded
Warp 7 loaded
FIC-2
3
    
19
2/1 unloaded
5/1 loaded
FWD-2
1
16
L/F
Warp 6 unloaded
Warp 4 loaded
Warp 8 unloaded
Warp 6 loaded
FIC-2
3
Weapons and Firing Data:
     Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
                +1
   
FL-3
2
1f/p/s, 1a/p/s
G
2
  
(1 - 4)
   
FH-2
2
1f/p/s, 1a/p/s
H
3
  
(1 - 10)
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
FSF
1/2
10
  
FSH
1/2
13
Defense Factor-
   
Weapon Damage Factor-
46.9 unloaded
37.7 loaded
1.4
60.3 unloaded
44.3 loaded
2.6

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