The Patriot Class design was a planned complimentary class to the Galaxy that was ultimately passed on. It was designed to be a little smaller and cheaper to produce with more specific exploration functions in mind. The prototype USS Patria was a success but it was ultimately decided that the ship was unnecessary with the Nebula Class and Galaxy class. The design was one of the canceled designs stolen by defecting members of the ASDB when they went to the Confederacy. The Class itself is equivalent to the Galaxy in firepower.