Utopia Planetia Fleetyards Begin Rollout of New Akagi-Class Ships
MARS (INW) - Utopia Planetia Fleetyards has begun rolling out new Akagi-class ships, replacing those that were under construction at Geordi LaForge Memorial Shipyards at the time of its destruction by the Tzenkethi invasion of the Stebben system. The two previously released ships of the class, the USS Akagi (NX-90000) and the USS Defiant (NCC-90002), will be joined shortly by the USS Excalibur (NCC-90003) and the USS Kyuushu (NCC-90004) with more on the way. The Kyuushu is expected to be the new Starfleet One after a number of rumors of special diplomatic outfitting.
Though concerns had been raised in the last few weeks in the Galaxy Alliance Senate as to why construction for such expensive ships was going on in a major financial recession, no action was ultimately taken, as the construction contracts had already been awarded to Utopia Planetia following the destruction of LaForge and contained substantial penalty clauses for withdrawing from the contracts.
(Stardate: 79172.62 - Mon Mar 5 00:11:36 2401 Alliance Standard Time)