Danube class starship

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The USS Rio Grande (NCC-72452), a Danube class runabout.

In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Danube class is a group of small starships used by Starfleet as runabouts — vessels, small but larger than shuttlecraft, used for long-range movement of personnel and supplies. Runabouts assigned to Deep Space Nine are named for rivers on Earth. The Danube class runabout features a modular design; with the assembly of the spine, pylons, and nacelles removed, mission-specific modules can be added or changed. Known modules include various research laboratories, sensor stations, power generators, emergency habitats, more living quarters, modules containing four micro-torpedo launchers, and other weapons modules.

In real life, the Danube class runabout was designed by Rick Sternbach and Jim Martin for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1992.

Known Danube class runabouts

  • USS Danube (NCC-72003, ex-NX-72003)
    • Named for the Danube River, the runabout Danube was constucted in 2368 at Utopia Planetia shipyard and was pathfinder of its class. Fate unknown.
  • USS Gander (Registry unknown)
  • USS Ganges (NCC-72454)
  • USS Mekong (NCC-72617)
    • Named for the Mekong River, the runabout Mekong was destroyed in 2371.
  • USS Orinoco (NCC-72905)
    • Named for the Orinoco River, the runabout Orinoco was destroyed in 2372 by a Cardassian separatist group named "The True Way."
  • USS Rio Grande (NCC-72452)
    • Named for the Rio Grande, the runabout Rio Grande was assigned to Deep Space Nine circa stardate 46379.1 in 2369.
  • USS Rubicon (NCC-72936)
    • Named for the Rubicon, the runabout Rubicon was used to investigate a rare subspace compression anomaly circa stardate 51474.2. The Rubicon was destroyed in the Romulan and Cardassian attack on the Dominion.
  • USS Shenandoah (NCC-73024)
  • USS Volga (NCC-73196)
  • USS Yangtzee Kiang (NCC-72453)
  • USS Yukon (NCC-74602)
    • Named for the Yukon River, the runabout Yukon was destroyed by the USS Defiant when a Dominion agent stole the runabout to destroy the Bajor system's sun.
  • (Name unknown) (NCC-73918)
    • This unnamed runabout was used to obtain a Breen energy dampening weapon.
  • (Name and NCC unknown)

Star Trek starship classes

List of Starfleet ship classes
Akira | Ambassador | Constellation | Constitution | Danube | Defiant | Excelsior | Galaxy | Intrepid
Miranda | Nebula | Nova | Oberth | Olympic | Prometheus | Sovereign | Steamrunner | Wells
NX class

Klingon Empire
Klingon starships

Borg Collective
Borg starships

Romulan Star Empire
Romulan starships

The Jem'Hadar
Attack ship | Battlecruiser

Cardassian Union
Cardassian starships

Ferengi Alliance

Suliban Cabal
Suliban cell ship

Andorian Imperial Guard

The Xindi
Reptilian ship | Insectoid ship

– Pre-Federation

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