The 2350's is often known as the "Third Reniassance" in engineering lore. During this decade, Starfleet executed a major overhaul and refit of it's ranks. Of the many now common starship types, such as the Nebula, Akira, Galaxy, Cheyenne, and New Orleans classes. These ships contained new equipment and beta technology brought into exsistence by the Galaxy Project, begun in 2342. Not only was the Nebula family the newest and most radical of the starship families, but the number of designs and spaceframe configurations was staggering.
One such example is the Saber class corvette, a one of the replacements for the aged Miranda. The Saber herself is infact one ship in a sub-branch of other corvette type designs along with the Steamrunner, Norway, and other Nebula family ships.
It is a well known fact that the Starfleet Engineering Corps is not afraid to try new theories or concepts in it's starships designs, which can be both a strength and a weakness. The variety and capabilities of the Nebula family is evident. This is because the Corps wanted to specilaize starship profiles and missions, rather than create larger, multi-purpose corvettes (such as the Reniassance, Centaur and Miranda.) The Nebula-era corvettes would use similar parts and technologies, but would differ in systems loadouts, hull configurations and propulsion specifications. Hopefully, the rewards of such a design method would outweigh the new load of design work needed to cover most jobs handled by corvettes.
The main design work on the Saber began in 2348, several years after the announcement of the Galaxy project. The original design was essentially a down-scaled Nebula style saucer connected to two Cheyenne-type (QN-14), with a modified Rigel-class deflector assembly. This configuration was intended to fill the role of a combat corvette, something which the New Orleans-class frigate was simply too big for. However, this design was also too big, because it was almost identical in tonnage and mass as the Rigel class frigate. However, one of the trainee designers, a Xavuuran named Xl'Qklyto, offered a solution. He suggested that instead of using an ellipse as the shape for the primary hull, a more angular, simplified trapezoid design would suffice. This allowed the Saber to be much less massive than the previous design, maintain warp dynamics, and slightly improved hull integrity. With several minor modifications, this new concept was chosen as the final configuration of the Saber-class corvette.
Main construction work began the following year, which was greatly sped up by the simplified primary hull shape. In 2350, the USS Saber was comissioned. From this first prototype, over 250 Sabers would be constructed by the end of the 2360's. Preliminary tests of the spaceframe, warp and impulse engines, and other minor systems were slightly iffy, but later on-hand calibrating solved almost 98% of all reported deficiencies. Soon after, her sister ship, the Alert, was comissioned, with others soon following.
These ships served with distinction thoughout the 2350's, participating in countless conflicts and skirmishes. From the Tzenkethi to the Cardassians, numerous enemies have seen the Saber's combat abilities on the battlefields. One notable occasion was during the Covar III raid, in which 12 Cardassian Griknull-class assuslt cruisers attacked the Covar III colonies in orbit. A strike force, lead by the USS Yeager, managed to destroy 5 of the attackers, saving about 81% of the colonies' infrasturcture. Similarly amazing feats have been accomplished on the counter-offensive front aswell.
During the recent Dominion War, about 44 Sabers were either destroyed or MIA. A new Saber type, the Mark II, is now being constructed to help in the fleet rebuilding efforts. These improved ships have improved abalative armour, quantum torpedoes, and Type IX phaser arrays.