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Heywood Floyd-class light cruiser

U.S.S. Fiona Vincent NCC-8010


Type: light cruiser
Entered service: 2306
Mass: 388,000 metric tons
Length: 333 m (1093 ft)
Width: 185 m (606 ft)
Height: 50 m (165 ft)
Complement: 345 (42 officers)
Speed: 1909 c


The Heywood Floyd-class entered service in 2306 as medium fleet escorts for the giant Excelsior-class cruisers and the even larger Ambassador-class starships proposed at the time. It was one of the starship classes intended to replace the retiring Constitution-class cruisers.

In the early 2350s all remaining Floyd-class light cruisers were completely rebuilt using technology from the Matson-class heavy frigates. They left the shipyards almost as brand new starships, since only the registry numbers and spaceframes were reused.

The Floyd-class starships were retired from fleet escort duty in the early 2360's when the Lafayette-class cruisers entered service. Most are still in service as surveyors and light explorers in the Galaxy Exploration Command.

Image gallery:

A brand new Floyd class cruiser awaits painting at San Francisco Fleet Yards, January 2311.

U.S.S. Fiona Vincent after rebuild.

U.S.S. Fiona Vincent observes a comet.

Model notes:

The Heywood Floyd class starship was designed by J. G. "Zoo" Lobbezoo in August 1991. Zoo built a 1:600 scale model of the ship in 1993. It is 22 inches long, and uses primary hull and nacelle components from the AMT/Ertl Enterprise-A kit, and styrene sheet for the secondary hull and nacelles.

Digitally modified photo of the 1:600 scale model.

Since then, the design was reworked to incorporate "modernizations". The U.S.S. Fiona Vincent model was built by Markus C. Nee, based off of the larger model, and represents a "modernized" Floyd. It was completed in July 1997 and is in 1:1400 scale, approximately 9 inches long.

Primary hull was made from custom resin castings with addition of sheet styrene structure. The secondary hull is made from sheet styrene. Warp nacelles are highlighter markers. The finish is airbrushed Tamiya acrylic paints, Letraset and Chartpak dry transfer lettering, and AMT decals.

The model is currently on display at Rider's Hobby Shop in Macomb, MI.

Here's a link to Dr. Fiona Vincent's web page.

Starship design is Copyright 1991 J. G. Lobbezoo. All rights reserved.
Old Floyd class model and photographs are Copyright 1994 Jeremy Lobbezoo.
New Floyd class model and photographs are Copyright 1997 Markus C. Nee and Mark J. Stock. All rights reserved. Ask for our permission before using any of this work. Thanks.

Markus C. Nee, Aerospace Engineering Alumnus, University of Michigan. mail: markusn at

This page was last modified 2000-10-05.