The Daedalus Class starships were the first class of starships that were adopted by the newly formed United Federation of Planets in 2162. For over thirty years, the Daedalus Class ship dominated the exploration of the Federation's fast expanding territory, and became a much lauded success in contacting newly discovered races, and charting large volumes of unknown space. Because of the successful run and proven features of the Daedalus Class, its basic design has became the standard for Federation starships well into the 24th century. The Daedalus Class vessels were retired from service in 2196.
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