The Nebula-class starships came into service in the mid 24th century as multirole ships, approximately two-thirds the length of the Galaxy-class. They were built to be deep-space exploration vessels and served as the design basis for the Galaxy-class built a few years later. Unlike the Galaxy, the saucer is connected directly attached to the engineering hull with the nacelles attached above the secondary hull.

The Nebula has a large sensor pod located above the saucer. It can be customized depending upon the mission, such as a weapons pod in times of battle. The Nebula was originally designed to fight in the Cardassian wars in the 2360's, and later used during the Dominion War, as well as the Battle of Wolf 359 against the Borg.

In the TNG episode "The Best of Both Worlds, part II" a four-nacelle Nebula can be barely seen in the background. Built by Greg Jein, it served as the prototype to the Nebula-class design. The model was later featured in the episode "Future Imperfect" as the USS Melbourne model in Captain Riker's ready room on the Enterprise-D.

The Nebula-class ship was designed by Ed Miarecki, Rick Sternbach, and Mike Okuda.

Related Links:
Proto-Nebula Class Reconstruction (EAS), Nebula Class Observations (EAS)

USS Bellerophon NCC-62048
   Destroyed by the Borg at Wolf 359 in 2367.
   "The Best of Both Worlds" - TNG.
USS Bonchune NCC-70915
   First starship sent to recapture the USS Prometheus NX-74913 from the Romulans.
   Name comes from the 2001 Ships of the Line calendar.
   "Message in a Bottle" - VOY.
USS Endeavor NCC-71805
   Served in Captain Picard's tachyon blockade during the Klingon Civil War in 2368. Part of the armada that intercepted a Borg Cube    heading for Earth in 2372.
   Named in honor of British explorer James Cook's flagship and for NASA's space shuttle. The Star Trek Encyclopedia speculates the    Endeavor was the only surviving ship at Wolf 359.
   "Redemption" - TNG. "The Game" - TNG. "Star Trek: First Contact" "Scorpion" - VOY.
USS Farragut NCC-60597
   Transported the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D from Veridian III after the Enterprise was destroyed by a warp core breach in    2371. The Farragut was destroyed by Klingon forces in 2373.
   "Star Trek: Generations" "Nor the Battle to the Strong" - DS9.
USS Hera NCC-62006
   Commanded by Captain Silva La Forge, the Hera disappeared without a trace in 2370, Starfleet has yet discovered what happened to    the ship.
   Named for the Greek goddess married to Zeus.
   "Interface" - TNG.
USS Honshu NCC-60205
   Destroyed by a wing of Cardassian destroyers while carrying Captain Sisko and Gul Dukat to Starbase 621.
   Named for the largest of the islands of Japan.
   "Waltz" - DS9.
USS Leeds NCC-70352
   Part of the task force to retake Deep Space 9 from the Dominion.
   The Leeds was identified as the Nebula-class starship in DS9's opening credits.
   "Sacrifice of Angels" - DS9.
USS Lexington NCC-61832
   Docked at DS9 in 2371.
   Named after the US aircraft carrier that served in the Pacific during World War II.
   "Explorers" - DS9.
USS Merrimack NCC-61827
   Transported Ambassador Sarek from Legara IV to Vulcan. The Merrimack transported Wesley Crusher back to Starfleet Academy from    the Enterprise-D in 2368.
   Named in honor of the iron-clad warship that became the CSS Virginia that fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
   "Sarek" - TNG. "The Game" - TNG.
USS Monitor NCC-61826
   Sent to the Federation-Romulan Neutral Zone border in preparation for a possible battle.
   "The Deflector" - TNG.
USS Phoenix NCC-65420
   While under the command of Captain Benjamin Maxwell the Phoenix made an unauthorized attack on Cardassian forces destroying    two ships and a science station.
   The Phoenix was the first appearance of the Nebula-class. Named in honor of Zefram Cochrane's warp ship.
   "The Wounded" - TNG.
USS Prometheus NCC-71201
   Used by terraformer Gideon Seyetik on his project to reignite the dead sun Epsilon 119.
   Named for the mythological Greek Titan who gave mankind fire.
   "Second Sight" - DS9.
USS Proxima NCC-61952
   Lost in the Gamma Quadrant prior to 2371 and is believed to have been destroyed by the Dominion.
   Named for Proxima Centauri, a star 4.3 light years from Earth.
   "In Purgatory's Shadow" - DS9.
USS Sutherland NCC-72015
   Commanded by Lieutenant Commander Data in Captain Picard's tachyon blockade during the Klingon Civil War in 2368. The    Sutherland was later commanded by Captain Shelby and was part of the Ninth Fleet headquartered at DS-9 in 2374.
   Named for Horatio Hornblower's flagship in the C. S. Foresters novels.
   "Redemption" - TNG. "You Are Cordially Invited..." - DS9. "Change of Heart" - DS9.
USS T'Kumbra NCC-
   Commanded by Captain Solok and served in the front lines during the Dominion War. The T'Kumbra docked at DS-9 for upgrades and    repairs in 2375.
   "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" - DS9.
USS Ulysses NCC-66808
   Commanded by Captain Entebe, studied protoplanetary masses in the Helaspont Nebula in 2371.
   "The Adversary" - DS9.

Type: Explorer
Length: 442m
Beam: 318m
Mass: 3,309,000 tonnes
Speed: 9.9
Crew: 750
Armament: Eight Type 10 phasers
Two torpedo launchers