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USS Enterprise-D dedication plaque

Captain Picard inspects the dedication plaque on the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D

A dedication plaque was a commemorative plate that was displayed on the bridge of most Starfleet vessels.

The plaque commonly displayed the name of the ship, as well as its class and shipyard of origin. Many later plaques also displayed the ship's official motto, plus a list of notable Starfleet officers involved in the assembly of the vessel.

In real life, the list of "officers" is actually a list of notable production staff members from the various television sets. "Admiral" Gene Roddenberry is commonly listed as the Starfleet Chief of Staff.

When a group of four Ferengi pirates led by Ulis boarded the NX-class starship Enterprise NX-01, Ulis removed the ship's dedication plaque and attempted to steal it. (ENT: "Acquisition")

Recovering Voyager plaque

Voyager's plaque in the rubble of the damaged bridge

After earlier being made to wait for quite some time by the Sheliak, Captain Picard took his time answering their hail, inspecting the ship's dedication plaque in 2366. (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command")

In 2368, after having their memories temporarily submerged, the senior staff of the USS Enterprise-D read the ship's dedication plaque to figure out the name of the ship. (TNG: "Conundrum")

When USS Voyager found the USS Equinox in 2376, Captain Janeway noted that the Equinox's plaque had fallen, and advised that they should hang it back up. Similarly, after days of battling with the Equinox after they betrayed the Voyager crew, Voyager's dedication plaque fell down. Janeway noted that, after years of battles, it had never fallen down before, and in a symbolic gesture, they put it back "where it belonged." (VOY: "Equinox", "Equinox, Part II")

Removing NX plaque

Ulis stealing the NX-class Enterprise's plaque

When the script of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Visitor" describes the state of the USS Defiant in the early 2400s, it notes that the "dedication plaque is probably gone... an exhibit in a museum somewhere."
In the non-canon Star Trek: Titan premier novel, Captain Riker has a tough time selecting a proper quote for the USS Titan's dedication plaque. (It has never been implied, one way or the other, if it is standard procedure for a ship's captain to choose the quote on their own ship's plaque.)

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