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The IKS Pagh was a Klingon Bird-of-Prey that was in service with the Klingon Defense Force in the mid-24th century. The Pagh was armed with phasers and photon torpedoes. In 2365 it was commanded by Captain Kargan.
In that year, Commander Riker became the first Starfleet officer to ever serve aboard a Klingon ship when he became first officer of the Pagh as part of an Officer Exchange Program between the two governments. During Riker's tour, the Pagh was on undesignated maneuvers in the Pheben system.
While conducting their mission, a subatomic bacteria was found eating away at the tritanium plating in the hull of the ship. Kargan jumped to the conclusion that the USS Enterprise-D had planted them there in order to sabotage the ship. Riker's attempts to convince him otherwise failed, and he only managed to stop an attack on the Enterprise by getting Kargan beamed off the bridge to the Enterprise and taking command himself. Eventually, the Enterprise was able to remove the bacteria from the hull of the Pagh using a tunneling neutrino beam and the two vessels parted ways. (TNG: "A Matter Of Honor")
- See: IKS Pagh personnel
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The Pagh was the first Klingon Bird-of-Prey used on The Next Generation. While the movie Birds-of-Prey were small, scout-class ships, the TNG version was slightly larger, and called a cruiser (some of the same type of vessel seen on DS9 had a crew of over forty, as opposed to the dozen men staffed aboard the smaller variant). Similarly-sized and abled BOPs in TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise" were called K'vort-class battle cruisers.
In the "A Matter Of Honor", information on the vessel's type appeared briefly on an Okudagram. The class name was not legible. According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the Pagh was a K'Vort-class Bird-of-Prey. For the remastered box set of Season 2, the Pagh was classified as a B'rel-class Bird-of-Prey.
A graphic of the Pagh featured more Dirty Pair references in the form of Op Kei and Op Yuri.
In Keith R.A. DeCandido's Star Trek: IKS Gorkon series of novels, the Pagh was revealed to have been attacked by the Dominion during the war and crashed on a planet. This event was later depicted in Robert Greenberger's Tales of the Dominion War story "A Song Well Sung", which shows Klag fighting the Jem'Hadar after losing his arm in the crash.
It is perhaps interesting to note the similarity between the name of the Pagh and the Klingon word pagh, appearing in the phrase taH pagh taHbe (meaning "to be or not to be"). The word pagh was also the word for "zero" or "nothing."