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|Class||Light Cruiser (1st tier ship)|
|Weapons||2 Fore, 1 Aft|
|Bridge officer stations||1 Ensign Engineering; 1 Ensign Science; 1 Ensign Tactical|
|Console Upgrades||1 Engineering, 1 Science, 1 Tactical|
|Information based on version ST.0.20100123a.10|
The Centaur-class was a type of Federation light cruiser designed in the late 23rd century, used sporadically through the 24th century, and built in vast numbers during the start of the 25th century.
Initially conceived as a way to utilize vast stores of extra components built for the Excelsior-class, the Centaur-class was often used in times when new ships needed to be commissioned quickly, such as times of war. The class saw extensive use in the Dominion War, and after the Borg incursion in 2409 they were built in vast quantities to accomodate the many new officers who were being commissioned on the battlefield. Though they are typically used in times of war, the "mass-produced" nature of the Centaur-class makes them versatile to the point that their Commanding Officer can make some minor modifications to them to suit their command style. They are frequently used as "starter ships" for new COs, as their parts are easily replacable at Spacedock.