- This article is about the playable ship. For the NPC vessel see Federation Frigate.
The Federation Light Cruiser is a Lieutenant (Tier 1) level cruiser and the first starship that players of the Federation faction have access to. New players are given command of a Light Cruiser on completion of the tutorial. Since Season 6 they can also be purchasd for 8,000 .
Although a very basic ship, the Light Cruiser is versatile and maneuverable, having the highest turn-rate of any Federation cruiser. It is also one of three Federation cruisers able to equip Dual Cannons.
 Miranda classMiranda class starship has been in service since at least 2285. The version available in Star Trek Online is of the Reliant subtype (with a "rollbar" atop the saucer housing the photon torpedo launcher and main deflector). There are other Miranda variants in Star Trek canon, such as the Lantree configuration (lacking the rollbar) and the Saratoga configuration (also without the rollbar, but with additional sensor pods on the sides of the hull). Neither of them can currently be created through ship customization.
 Centaur classCentaur class is based on the Excelsior class, built in the 2370s from salvaged components in response to the Dominion threat. It has a main saucer section with two aft nacelles at the end of its down-swept pylons. Out of the three sub-types for the Light Cruiser, it is arguably the one that mostly resembles a Cruiser style ship.
 ShiKahr classVulcan city ShiKahr.
While the light cruisers lack the distinguishing features of cruisers, escorts, and science vessels, they combine certain elements of those classes, and can be customized to fill whichever role the captain desires. For example, they can mount dual cannons, a feature of escort ships which does not carry over to the higher tiers of cruiser types (with the exception of the Federation Dreadnought Cruiser and Avenger Battle Cruiser).
Early on in the game, the overall equipment on board a ship (such as consoles and devices) have little influence on how the ship performs - it is the Bridge Officers' powers and player skill that best determines how well a ship will perform. Different styles of weapons (Beam Arrays, Turrets, Torpedos or Mine Launchers) create different tactics between players.
 Comparison with Equivalent Variants
|Ship Class||Weapons||Hull|| Bridge
| Equipment and/or
|Light Cruiser||2 , 1||10,000||2,500||200||1 1 1||11.4||0.20||8,000|
|TOS Constitution||2 , 1||12,000||2,500||200||1 2 1||11.4||0.20||+3 All Power||Retrofit Phasers (Fore) (Aft)||500|
|NX Class||2 , 1||10,000||2,500||85||2 1 1||14||0.17|| Grappler
|Blockade Runner||2 , 1||11,000||2,500||200||2 1 1||16||0.21||+10 Weapons|| Resonance Cascade Modulator
||Steam Starter Pack|
|3 , 1||10,000||2,375||85||1 1 1||14||0.17||+5 Weapons|| L. Kumari Wing Cannons
|| Hero of the North|
L. Science Vessel
|2 , 1||10,000||3,000||80||1 1 2||13||0.15||+5 Auxiliary|| Enhanced Plasma Manifold
 Standard Configuration
Federation starships come with standard equipment and weapons of the lowest mark available at the ship's minimum rank. The items provided are appropriate to the type of vessel and its related playing style.
 External Links
- Detailed breakdown of the Federation Light Cruiser @ Youtube
- Miranda class at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki.
- Centaur type at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki.
- Once the Light Cruiser has been dismissed, it can be re-purchased for 8,000 Dilithium. Until Season 6 it could not be reclaimed if dismissed.
- While the default design is the Miranda, some players may initially receive a different design.
- This cruiser does not support Cruiser Commands