USS Defiant's history began after the USS Enterprise was hurled
into system J-25 in the Delta Quadrant, where it encountered
the Borg for the first time. After the Enterprise presented
its report on the capabilities of the Borg, Starfleet began
a project to develop new technologies to combat the Borg threat.
Design and research was nearing completion when the Borg invaded
the Sol system. Unfortunately, the advancements made under Project
Defiant were still only conceptual, with no working prototype
at the time. Had production been completed, perhaps the incident
at Wolf 359 could have been avoided.
The Battle of Wolf 359 only clarified
the need for better defensive weapons and sped up production.
Less than one year after the Borg ship was destroyed, USS Defiant
was completed in its secret construction facility. The Defiant's
weapons systems make it the most powerful warship in the Alpha
Quadrant: twin fountain stream phaser cannons capable of destroying
the shields of an enemy vessel and then devastating its hull,
and new developments of photon torpedoes which remain classified.
Added to these, the Defiant is extremely maneuverable and quick
-- the fastest sublight ship ever constructed.
The Defiant is small and very automated, requiring a crew of
10-12, with a skeleton crew of only four. Not only is Defiant
a technological marvel, it is also a diplomatic marvel -- the
Federation was able to convince the Romulan Empire to fit it
with a cloaking device. USS Defiant has now been stationed at
Deep Space 9, under the command of Captain Benjamin Sisko, who
was assigned to Defiant's enginnering team after his former
ship was lost at Wolf 359. Defiant currently is the only Federation
ship assigned to explore the Gamma Quadrant.