A Federation survey ship was a starship utilized by the Federation for survey missions.

In 2236, the Federation survey ship SS Columbia crashed on Talos IV. The research scientists on board, led by Doctor Theodore Haskins, were employed by the American Continent Institute. (TOS: "The Cage")

In 2262, the Federation Merchant Service utilized class 4 stardrive vessels as survey ships, such as the SS Beagle with a crew of forty-seven. (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")

In 2266, Charles Evans destroyed the Antares, a Federation survey ship with a crew of twenty. (TOS: "Charlie X")

In 2268, Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise recommended to Starfleet to dispatch a survey vessel to Argus X due to its rich tritanium deposits. (TOS: "Obsession")

In 2269, the crew of six scientists of the Federation survey ship USS Ariel were captured by Lactrans. (TAS: "The Eye of the Beholder")

In 2369, a Federation survey ship was one of two ships that had departed Deep Space 9 on the day that Ibudan was murdered. (DS9: "A Man Alone")

The official website for the Star Trek movie states that the USS Kelvin, a Federation starship in 2233 with a crew of over eight hundred, was used primarily as a survey vessel. [1]

Types of Federation survey vesselsEdit