|Expected Duration:||45 years|
|Resupply Interval:||2 years|
|Cruising Speed:||Warp 6|
|Maximum Speed:||Warp 7|
|Emergency Speed:||Warp 8.5 (for 5 hours)|
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The Halsey-class is a class of Federation starship that served in Starfleet in the latter half of the twenty-third century.
As early as the 2250's, Starfleet recognized that the single warp engine designs of the Saladin and Larson Class Destroyers were underpowered and had limited upgrade appeal. While highly maneuverable and inexpensive to build, the ships were not able to use this to advantage because they often had to make a choice between mobility and firepower. The fact that a maneuver was developed to allow those ships to power their weapons by building full speed then coasting showed just how vulnerable they were. In that state the only maneuvering could be done was with thrusters which made them easier to target. With the cold war with the Klingons heating up and the Romulans coming out of hiding for the first time since the Romulan War, that deficiency was too much to continue.
Bids were put in with a premium being put on firepower, cost effectiveness and maneuverability. Many were surprised when Pan'marr Industries of Cait, a firm more known for their civilian shuttlecraft, made an entry. The final recommendation was between three ship classes. The other two designs were eventually chosen to get the go-ahead for production in different roles, the Baker as a multipurpose ship and Wilkerson as a heavy destroyer. The Halsey Class design was chosen over the other two mainly on its cost effectiveness which allowed it to be built in numbers sufficient to replace the Larson and Saladin ships. The per-unit cost was a nearly 20 percent savings over Wilkerson and 7 percent on the Baker, while both of those designs wanted to use shield generators which had not finished testing. The Halsey Class also delivered 40 percent more power than contemporary destroyer designs along with upgraded weaponry systems, and shielding system that could deliver 70 percent more protection. It was also one of the last ships designed with the classic round warp engine designs. The USS Halsey completed trials in 2268. This was just in time with the Klingons becoming more aggressive on the frontier, the Romulans returning to prominence, and new belligerent races like the Gorn and Tholians coming to the fore. Halsey Class ships replaced the older designs on the frontiers as quickly as they were built, relegating the Larson and Saladins to safer sections in the interior of the Federation and in anti-piracy duty.
In 2278 the USS Audie Murphy was upgraded with technology first put into the USS Enterprise five years previous. The upgrade resulted in a 20% increase in power along with improved weaponry, shield efficiency and structural integrity. These technological improvements insured the Federation remained supreme on their borders for years to come. Many of the improvements were even cheaper to build. This fact put the Saladin and Larsons one step closer to obsolescence as a destroyer, although they may be reassigned as escort ships. The Halsey Class became famous for its activity in the area of space originally called No Man's Land, later the Triangle. In this area where the Federation comes together with the Klingon and Romulan empires, the Halsey was able to operate in independent space without alarming the neutral governments there and while being able to hold its own against the Romulans and Klingons. The Halsey Class ships also made Starfleet planners breathe easier about the situations on the Klingon and Romulan Neutral Zones.