- This article is about the Starship. For the mission, see Rapier (mission).
|Class||Escort (2nd tier ship)|
|Minimum Rank||Lt. Commander|
|Weapons||3 Fore, 1 Aft|
|Bridge officer stations||1 Ensign Engineering; 1 Ensign Science; 1 Lieutenant Tactical; 1 Ensign Tactical|
|Console Upgrades||1 Engineering, 1 Science, 2 Tactical|
|Information based on version ST.0.20100123a.10|
The Rapier class Starfleet Escort was introduced in the early 25th century. The lead ship of her class, the USS Rapier, was lost in the Bajoran Wormhole in 2403. Like her sister ships the Saber and Ushaan, the Rapier is named after an ancient bladed weapon.
The Rapier and her sister ships, the Ushaan and Saber, are the Escort class ships available in the 2nd tier. Like most Escorts, the Rapier has excellent manoeuvrability and impulse speed, and has the ability to mount cannons and heavy weapons that are limited in firing arc, but boast incredible firepower. The trade-off is, that the Rapier has a comparatively fragile hull compared to the Science Vessels and Cruisers in the same tier. Additionally, the Rapier's small crew complement means that the ship will take longer to recover from damage that it has sustained.