The Rapier class Escort was introduced into Starfleet in the early 25th century, and has many basic design similarities to her sister ship, the Ushaan class. The lead ship of her class, the U.S.S. Rapier, was lost in the Bajoran Wormhole in 2403.
The Rapier and her sister ships become available once the player attains the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Like most Escort class ships, the Saber, Rapier and Ushaan are relatively fragile compared to Science Vessels and Cruisers, but compensate by having more forward firepower than either of those classes, and the unique ability to be loaded with heavy cannons. In addition, these ships are fast and highly manoeuvrable.
- Minimum Command Rank: Lieutenant Commander
- Crew: 50
- Weapons: 3 Fore, 1 Aft
- Device Slots: 1
- Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Ensign Tactical; 1 Lieutenant Tactical; 1 Ensign Engineering; 1 Ensign Science
- Console Upgrades: 1 Engineering, 1 Science, 2 Tactical
- Turn Rate: 16
- Impulse Modifier: 0.20