The Ashanti was a Challenger class light cruiser serving in Starfleet during the 24th century.
By 2371 her CO was Commander Colli Jag'ell and was serving in the First Fleet.
That year she was at Starbase 39-Sierra while her CO participated in negotiation the release of Federation citizen Emerson Ames with command level officers of the Romulan Star Navy. ("Aiding & Abetting")
The vessel was on standby along with the USS Ashanti when Valer IV began arming itself in fear of a war with the Romulan Star Empire. ("Minutemen")
In late 2371 the ship was part of the task force to free the Psellus System from Romulan forces. ("Armistice Part II")