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Dave Bailey

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Lieutenant Dave Bailey was a recently promoted 23rd century Starfleet officer who served as navigator aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk.

Bailey was on duty during a star mapping mission in 2266, when, on the third day, the Enterprise encountered a warning buoy, and later the First Federation flagship Fesarius. The tension of the encounter detracted from the gung-ho lieutenant's performance and might have ruined his career.

Initially relieved of duty for a near breakdown, he requested permission to return to duty even though the ship was apparently seconds from being destroyed, confirming Kirk's positive assessment of his character and fitness for bridge duty.

At the conclusion of the encounter, when Kirk put together a landing party to visit Balok's pilot vessel, he offered to take Bailey, to give him "a look at the unknown". When Balok commented how lonely he was, and suggested that even an alien would be welcome company, Kirk looked to Bailey, who eagerly volunteered. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

Bailey was played by Anthony Call. His given name, Dave, was not spoken on screen, but rather, appeared in the closing credits. In the original screenplay, Bailey was the communications officer, but when Nichelle Nichols was cast as Uhura, he became the navigator.

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