Runabout Federation Starship
Vessel Class: Runabout

Generic term for short-range Federation starships. The Danube-class Runabouts were introduced in DS9's first season as a way to get the characters off the station for adventures, and later seen in TNG. These vesseles are clunky, plain, and utilitarian ... and proud of it. Resembling enlarged shuttlecraft, these ships have a short-range two person transporter and minimal living accomodations.