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A generic terminology for the small warp-capable Federation starships, used to go on short-range missions actually of the Danube class. The first runabout was put into service in 2367. The runabouts are twenty meters long and have both impulse and warp capabilities. The runabout can achieve a maximum warp speed of 4.7. With seating for four people, aft-section living accommo- dations,including bunks and food replicators, a two-person short-range transporter, the runabout is capable of more extended travel than a standard Federation  shuttlecraft or shuttle pod. The mid-section of the runabout was a detachable module, capable of  being replaced for different types of missions. 
The runabouts exterior shell is made from duranium composites. 
The Galaxy-class U.S.S. Enterprise under command by Jean Luc Picard off-loaded three runabouts to Deep Space Nine to begin with. 
Runabouts seen to date:
U.S.S. Ganges 
U.S.S. Orinoco 
U.S.S. RioGrande 
U.S.S. Yangtzee Kiang 
U.S.S. Mekong
U.S.S. Platte 
U.S.S. Shenandoa U.S.S. Yukon 
U.S.S. Rubicon 
U.S.S. Volga