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How did Khan know Kirk was on the Enterprise when Reliant attacked the Enterprise in "wrath of Khan"? Captain Terrel had never met Kirk and as far as anyone on the Reliant knew, Spock was captain of the Enterprise and Kirk was still assigned to Starfleet HQ, and it's unlikely anyone at HQ would have told the Reliant, given the sensitive nature of the Enterprise's orders. Even if Khan was eavesdropping on Kirk/Carol Marcus's teleview discussion, neither had mentioned Kirk being on the Enterprise. TySolpine (talk) 22:21, April 28, 2013 (UTC)

Khan (through Chekov) told Carol Marcus that they were taking Genesis on Kirk's orders. Naturally she would call him to ask why. It doesn't matter where Kirk was when she called him; being unable to talk back to her, he would go to her in a ship. Khan doesn't need to know he would be on the Enterprise specifically; he would have attacked whatever ship Kirk was on. 31dot (talk) 22:50, April 28, 2013 (UTC)
I would think that Starfleet would keep a record of where its personnel were located, and that this record was accessible to Starfleet personnel. I think the trick was to bring the Enterprise to the Reliant. And, finally, I don't believe that a training assignment is "sensitive". Throwback (talk) 02:20, April 29, 2013 (UTC)

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