Star Trek vs. Navy: Klingons vs. Lockheed Martin

Photograph by Paramount/Everett Collection

The Klingon Bird of Prey from “Star Trek: The Voyage Home.”

Which is the U.S. Navy talking, and which is Star Trek talking?

One of the descriptions below comes from the Navy’s words for the Littoral Combat Ship, or LCS, a fast boat from Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and other fast surface craft.

The other comes from Star Trek’s manual for the inter-galactic, warp speed-capable Klingon Bird-of-Prey, a warship deployed by the Klingon Empire serving Klingon Defense Forces from the late 23rd century into the late 24th century.

1)  “Design philosophy has always centered on tried-and-tested methods and places great importance on the ability to mass-produce ships at great speed. The modular design means that the maximum number of ships can be produced at the fastest possible rate.”

2)   “Wargames and field experimentation have demonstrated the value of distributing combat power among modular-mission platforms — small surface craft with reconfigurable on- and off-board systems which are networked to warfighters.”

Which is the Navy, which is Star Trek?

Think first, then find the answer below:



























2): Navy


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