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While similar in design and function to the original Pangaea-class ships, the new Pangaea II-class ships address an important design flaw in the original design. While the original Pangaea-class ships performed very well on their missions, the amount of dry-dock time needed to repair heavy damage was deemed unacceptable by Starfleet Command. Biraktes engineers returned to the drawing boards to find a way to rectify the problem, and found their solution in the past. The design of the Brasilia-class cruisers involved a high degree of commonality with the Ambassador-class ships, and the designers felt that the problems with the Pangaea-class could be solved in a similar manner. They turned out to be right on the money; by removing the experimental bioneural gel-pack computer system and returning to standard isolinear chips, repair times on Pangaea II-class ships has been reduced by 45%. More efficient engines are also standard.
The U.S.S. Gallipoli (NCC-81439) is a ship with an interesting design history. Originally slated to be the seventeenth Intrepid-class vessel, Starfleet ordered the unfinished spaceframe to be made into a Pangaea-class ship instead. Before the construction could be completed, however, the problems with that class surfaced and the still-incomplete ship was changed again. The Gallipoli is set to be commissioned in three months.
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