The 7 best Star Trek ships ranked from worst to best

As Star Trek continues to evolve, these ships remain timeless icons of a future where humanity reaches for the stars.

Carol Kane as Pelia of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Kharen Hill/Paramount+ TM & © 2022 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Carol Kane as Pelia of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Kharen Hill/Paramount+ TM & © 2022 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. /
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6. Klingon Bird-of-Prey

Imagine a ship that looks like it's ready to pick a fight just sitting there, and that's before anyone even hits the cloaking button. This feisty ship in the Klingon fleet swoops into the sixth spot on our list, and here's the lowdown on why it's perched right there.

First off, the Bird-of-Prey is like that one friend we all have who's always ready to jump into adventure (or mischief) at a moment's notice. It's not the biggest or the fanciest ship zipping around the galaxy by any means, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with pure attitude and a sneaky trick up its sleeve: the cloaking device. This gadget lets the Bird-of-Prey play intergalactic hide-and-seek like a pro, popping out of nowhere and giving everyone a good scare. It's the ship's party trick and, let's be honest, it never gets old.

But, despite its swagger and sneakiness, the Bird-of-Prey is a bit like a one-trick pony. It's got the surprise attack down and can do it effectively almost every time, but in the grander scheme of things, it's a bit of a supporting character in the star-studded saga that is Star Trek. It's essential, no doubt, showing us the rough and tough side of the various species in space and teaching us a thing or two about the Klingon way of life (which, spoiler alert, involves a lot of honor and a healthy dose of good old-fashioned boldness).

In the vast expanse of space opera that is Star Trek, the Bird-of-Prey flaps its wings with gusto but ultimately flies in the mid-range, making it a memorable yet not the top-tier starship in the franchise.