CLASS NAME: Wilkerson
In spite of Neale Davidson doing a swell re-draw of this ship's schematics, I
still hate how it looks. I really, really do. It makes no sense
to me at all. Another copy-cat on the
Constitution Refit saucer, with no
secondary hull whatsoever, and somehow this ship masses as much as a
Baker??? Compare the Wilkerson to the
Baker and the Baker ought to mass at least twice as much as the Wilkerson!
What were the writers and
graphic artists thinking?? Where is Engineering supposed to be
located? The navigational deflector?? And look at that
nonsensical warp pylon structure that is paper-thin and connects to each nacelle
at an odd angle!
Oh my goodness I cannot express how much I detest this ship. It looks like a cheap hack cookie-cutter fanship off the internet. No style, no imagination at all, and no effort made to think logically. There is no way a saucer all by itself could hold a warp core and all the other machinery necessary to support a warp drive! Even if we (somehow) believe that the saucer contains the warp core, where is the crew supposed to have their quarters, their mess hall, their sick bay? Engineering would occupy so much space within the saucer that there would be no room for a sizeable crew. At least not the 200+ people listed in the stats!
Having said this, the Wilkerson plays fairly well, almost as good as the Baker class. If the two torpedoes were facing forward the Wilkerson would be almost identical to a Baker in game play, but with the second torp bay facing aft, the Wilkerson cannot put as much offensive oomph into the forward arc as I would like for a destroyer. I admit I never play this ship at all, simply because I can't stand it's looks, and because the Baker is just better. There are not very many ships out of the original UFP Ship Recognition Manual that I think truly suck. This is one of them!
From the FASA Star Trek FEDERATION SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL, circa 1985
Wilkerson Class IX Destroyer
Notes: The Wilkerson Class destroyers, which first entered service on Stardate 2/1804, have since become a favorite among the personnel of Star Fleet's Destroyer Command. These sleek ships are not only fast and maneuverable, but also well-armed and shielded. Spacious crew quarters and work areas make tours of duty aboard a Wilkerson much sought after.
The Wilkersons were tested for combat readiness shortly after they began arriving at their duty stations. Six of them participated in Solar Wind IV, a fleet-Ievel training operation designed to test the fleet's ability to respond to and repulse an invasion by limited Romulan forces. The after-action reports showed the Wilkerson to be a formidable opponent. During this operation, the Wilkersons were in combat four times and suffered no losses. The only pertinent negative reports from the operation were due to an overzealous captain who was so flushed with victory during a successful engagement that he pursued the fleeing enemy ships and left his support behind. Luckily, he broke off the action after realizing that he was the only ship in pursuit of the five enemy ships.
During a docking operation on Stardate 2/2010, the USS Carmichael was pulled into the USS Henley. Both Wilkersons were destroyed, along with the docking facility and 730 personnel. Post-accident investigations revealed that a faulty tractor beam guidance control aboard the docking facility pulled the Carmichael into the Henley.
Of the 132 Wilkersons built, 128 remain in active service, 2 are used by Star Fleet Training Command, and 2 have been destroyed. The Wilkerson Class destroyers are produced at the Sol IV and Salazaar shipyards at a combined rate of 26 per year. Star Fleet has contracted for the construction of 340 of these destroyers.
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