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Andru
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Trek Core has published a poster of the USS Franklin, a ship featured in the upcoming movie.

http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/01/new-star-trek-beyond-concept-art-reveals-new-starship/

It appears to be a tiny ship, maybe 3 decks or so. No registry unfortunately, which may be due to this being a preliminary design. On the other hand the rendering looks like a detailed final design to me.

This could be an old enough ship to predate the timeline split, therefore be part of the Prime universe fleet. Perhaps even older than the Kelvin?

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Someone likes the Loknar-class frigate! [Smile]
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It's awesomely ugly, I like it. Looks like its supposed to be a missing link between the NX-01 and the Constitution class. I don't get the blue bussard collectors, either that's what they look like powered down or they salvaged parts of the Nu-Enterprise.
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Ben Robinson of Eaglemoss commented on Twitter that "the finished ship looks a little different".
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I wonder where the engineering room is located. Unless the ship has

a) two engineering rooms on either side it is located behind the bridge or
b) there is an engineering section below the saucer, not visible on that picture.

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reminds me of Loknar or the fandom Akula,Arbiter,Aykazi Classes [Smile]

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So, the Franklin NX-326 is from the 2160s. And the dedication plaque says "Starship Class".

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Does this mean that the Franklin is a successor of the NX Enterprise?

Didn't they say it is a Warp 4 vessel (which is slower then the Enterprise)?

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Yeah, Warp 4 and the ship apparently also fought in the Romulan War.

I think the Warp 4-line is a mistake. Warp 6 makes much more sense unless you want to come up with an overly complicated explanation why a vessel with the registry NX-326 predates the NX-01.

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The warp scale could have been recalibrated after ENT, making the new "Warp 4" faster than the former Warp 5.

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Just a thought: the Franklin could be the fabled Neptune Class mentioned by Trip on Enterprise once. If the Neptune Class was only slightly older than the NX Class, it could still have served in the Earth-Romulan War and beyond. The only issue is why the Franklin was still operating in the 2160s while the Enterprise NX-01 was retired by then. Maybe only the Enterprise was retired and more modern NX Class vessels were still active in the 2160s. Also the early Federation Starfleet may not have settled on NCC for registries, and given all vessels the NX designation before reserving it solely for prototype vessels. They probably changed their policy on three digit registries as well, as the Kelvin registry is 0514 but the Franklin is 326, without the zero.
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As I've noted before, the Federation starfleet likely wouldn't have actually started with NCC-01. They'd have absorbed existing ships.

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According to the article at Trekcore we have the following situation:

- Warp 4 is correct.
- The ship was commissioned some time between 2140ish and 2150ish.
- The ship is pre-UFP.
- After 2161 (the foundation of the UFP) the ship was still being used.
- The registry was kept.
- The registry is higher then the one for Enterprise because the numbering schema was 'resetted' for the NX-01.
- No effort was made to change NX-326 to NCC-326.

But it still doesn't make sense that it is 'Starship Class', too.

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I always understood "Starship class" as a categoration like destroyer, battle ship, etc.

What really irks me is that the Franklin's dedication plaque motto is "To boldly go where no man has gone before". They couldn't come up with something original?

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quote:
Originally posted by Spike:
I always understood "Starship class" as a categoration like destroyer, battle ship, etc.

But the USS Franklin is claerly not playing in the same league as the NCC-1701...
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