The Centaur class Light Cruisers were launched in the 24th century, sharing components with her sister ships the Miranda class and the larger Excelsior class cruisers. Perhaps the best known Centaur class ship was the USS Centaur, commanded by Captain Charlie Renolds, a friend of Benjamin Sisko. At once was described as, "constructed from salvaged components, components in work, and custom assemblies fabricated by the individual fleet yards."
New players will get to name their Centaur class Light Cruiser (or her sister classes) upon creation of their character avatar, and the ship itself will appear during the tutorial. The differences between the Miranda, ShiKahr and Centaur are purely cosmetic. Indeed, players can change their ship's appearance to one of the other sub-classes in the Light Cruiser group, or even create an entirely new appearance through mixing and matching parts, at the Sol System spacedock's shipyard. For example, one could take the Hull of a Miranda, the saucer section of a Centaur, the pillars of a ShiKarhr and the Nacelles of a Miranda if one so desired.
The Light Cruiser is used for the duration of a Lieutenant's career, until he or she reaches the rank of Lieutenant grade 11 (provided all user skill points have been used).
- Minimum Command Rank: Lieutenant 1
- Crew: 200
- Weapons: 2 Fore, 1 Aft
- Device Slots: 2
- Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Ensign Tactical; 1 Ensign Engineering; 1 Ensign Science
- Console Upgrades: 1 Tactical, 1 Science, 1 Engineering
- Turn Rate: 11.4
- Impulse Modifier: 0.20