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For the D5-class vessel of the 22nd century, please see IKS Bortas (D5 class).

The IKS Bortas was a Klingon Vor'cha-class attack cruiser that was in service with the Klingon Defense Force in the mid-24th century.

In 2366, the USS Enterprise-D was contacted by the Bortas when Captain Picard requested reinforcements prior to entering the Romulan Neutral Zone to investigate a potential Romulan military base on Nelvana III. (TNG: "The Defector")

The Bortas was later Gowron's flagship around and during the Klingon Civil War in 2367-68. It came to accompany the Enterprise as it arrived to Qo'noS for Gowron's ascension. Later, while Worf was on board, the ship took heavy damage during a surprise attack by ships loyal to the House of Duras at the beginning of the war, but drove off the attackers with assistance from the IKS Hegh'ta. (TNG: "Redemption")

In late 2369, Gowron traveled aboard the Bortas to rendezvous with the Enterprise-D when the latter ship was transporting the supposed reincarnation of Kahless the Unforgettable to Qo'noS. (TNG: "Rightful Heir")

In the Klingon language, bortaS means "revenge." According to the script for "Redemption", the pronunciation for this word was "bor-TAS". [1] An early draft of the script for "The Defector" mentioned the name Patakt, which later changed to Bortas by the time of the final airing of the episode.

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