Oberth Class Light Science Vessel
First used by Starfleet as a science ship and scout vessel in the late 23rd century, the Oberth class was phased out of service before the Dominion War. Recent improvements in modular ship construction and shield design have made the ship design viable for Lieutenant-rank missions. The Oberth has three weapon slots (2 fore, 1 aft) seats for three bridge officers (Ensign Engineering, Ensign Science and Ensign Tactical) and space for four console modifications (1 Engineering, 2 Science and 1 Tactical). It carries a crew of 80, and has an Enhanced Plasma Manifold console. This universal console may be placed in any console slot and when activated provides a short-duration increase to auxiliary and shield power levels, as well as repairing disabled auxiliary and shield subsystems. The Enhanced Plasma Manifold can be transferred to any other Federation vessel.
Size can be deceiving, and this is especially true with the latest Oberth-class refit; despite it's small size and science role, the new Oberth is designed to turn on a dime. Effective in combat if equipped with two good forward weapons and one aft, it can maintain weapons fire on a target and still turn to bring a strong shield up in a very short time. Another distinction of the Oberth-refit is the +5 Auxiliary power, which gives it a power boost for science abilities, or with a change in power levels, can supply power to other systems such as weapons or shields.
The Enhanced Plasma Manifold, deployed on all new Oberth vessels is almost as good as the restricted Red Matter Capacitor, and a wise captain will take this universal console forward into new ships to gain it's dramatic power boost to shield and auxiliary systems along with damage control functions for those systems.
Compared to the standard Light Cruiser the Oberth carries stronger shields, a smaller crew of 80 versus 200, an extra Science console, an improved turn rate of 13 vs. 11.4, an Impulse modifier of 0.15 vs 0.20 and a +5 bonus to Auxiliary Power.
Comparison with Equivalent Variants
|Light Cruiser||TOS Constitution|| NX Class
| Blockade Runner
| Oberth Class|
Light Science Vessel
|Weapons||2 , 1||2 , 1||2 , 1||2 , 1||3 , 1||2 , 1|
|Consoles||1 1 1||1 2 1||2 1 1||2 1 1||1 1 1||1 1 2|
|Special Weapon|| Refrofit Phaser Bank
| Light Kumari
Phaser Wing Cannons
|Universal Console||Grappler|| Resonance
|Bonus Power||+3 All Power||+10 Weapons||+5 Weapons||+5 Auxiliary|
|Abilities|| Can equip
| Can equip
| Can equip
| Can equip
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.
This vessel comes with a universal console that can be placed on any Federation vessel.
- In Season 5, the Oberth Class Light Science Vessel was discounted to 240 before being raised to 400 for the Free-to-Play update. It is currently for sale at 500 .