The ISS Defiant was a Terran Defiant-class warship that was in service to the Terran Resistance Forces in the latter half of the 24th century. The Defiant was constructed and launched in 2372 by the Rebellion at Terok Nor, in orbit of the planet Bajor. The Defiant’s design was based on specifications “acquired” from Deep Space 9 in 2371. This warship proved of crucial importance in fighting the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance at the Battle of Terok Nor, and represented an important boost to the Terran’s fighting power during the Terran Rebellion.
The Defiant attacking the Regent’s flagship (2375)
In 2372, shortly after the rebels captured Terok Nor, the Alliance launched a major assault fleet to take back the station, a fleet personally commanded by Regent Worf. Recognizing the danger in light of the fact that they had only a handful of raiders remaining, “Smiley” O’Brien and the other rebels began constructing the Defiant. Construction proceeded relatively smoothly and rapidly until the final testing phase. Much like her “prime” counterpart had in testing, the ship nearly shook itself apart when the warp core was used at full power.
Desperate for help, O’Brien recruited Captain Benjamin Sisko, who had overseen the construction of the original Defiant several years earlier in his universe. Sisko recommended a complete overhaul of the ship’s inertial dampers to enhance structural integrity, and because the repairs were rushed due to the incoming Alliance fleet, they were completed before the battle began.
Although the small ISS Defiant was heavily outgunned by the Regent’s flagship, the rebel ship inflicted major damage on the massive warship while avoiding most return fire due to the command and later piloting of Captain Sisko. Under the Defiant‘s heavy assault, the Regent was forced to abandon his goal of retaking Terok Nor and retreated from the battlefield. (DS9: “Shattered Mirror“)
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The Defiant makes a strafing run against the Regent’s flagship
Aside from the lack of a cloaking device and different internal furnishing, the ISS Defiant was virtually identical to her prime universe counterpart, proving herself one of the most powerful warships in the sector. The ship had four decks and was of a compact design. The bridge, located on deck one, incorporated the tactical, science and operations consoles on each side with one central helm console in front of the commander’s chair.