Starfleet's demand for pure research vessels has been in decline for several decades because most new vessels made are multimission capable. Nevertheless, there are some tasks that are best performed by a ship dedicated to science, which is exactly what the Redding-class was designed for. Boasting scientific facilities equal to that of a Galaxy-class starship, the Redding-class ships are also equipped with the most complete and sensitive sensor package ever installed on a Federation vessel. With dozens of research faclilties and laboratories, these ships are prefectly suited for any scientific endeavor. An additional feature of these vessels is the IRCS, or Impulse Reaction Control System, which allows the ships to perform pinpoint maneuvering under any conditions, whether for scientific accuracy or evasion of Threat forces.
The U.S.S. Matthias stands out among the 26 vessels constructed in this class. During its 15-year history, the Matthias has surveyed 279 planets, mapped 24 nebulae, and has even discovered two unstable wormholes, amongst other cosmic phenomena. All of this has been done without the loss of a single crewmember either on board or during an away mission, even though the vessel has taken severe damage on three occasions and severe injuries have occurred amongst the crew. Currently the Matthias is mapping the Annixter Reaches in Sector 51031, a region of space that is filled with unusual quantities of interstellar dust and severe gravitational eddies that have damaged over twenty research vessels and destroyed one.
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