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ISS Avenger
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ISS Avenger

Class: Template:ShipClass
Registry: NX-09
Owner: Terran Empire
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Destroyed (2155)
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ISS Avenger destroyed

ISS Avenger destroyed
File:ISS Avenger assignment patch.gif

The ISS Avenger (NX-09) was a Terran Template:ShipClass battle cruiser that was in service to Starfleet in the mid-22nd century. Avenger had fought for the Terran Empire in their war against rebels in the 2150s, and was one of several vessels destroyed by the starship Defiant during Jonathan Archer's power struggle for the throne of the Empire.


Avenger was constructed at Antares Ship Yards in the 22nd century. Like the ISS Enterprise, it was under the jurisdiction of Admiral Black.

Avenger was assigned to an assault fleet by early 2155. It was the same fleet that Enterprise was assigned to, and that the Defiant set a course to rendezvous with.

ISS Avenger and USS Defiant at warp

ISS Avenger with USS Defiant

In early 2155, Avenger was caught in an attack by rebels and suffered heavy damage and casualties, including the death of her captain, but was saved by the intervention of Jonathan Archer commanding the Defiant. In a plan devised by Archer, Admiral Black was executed and all alien crew members, except for Phlox, were transferred to Avenger. When Phlox sabotaged the Defiant with assistance from Soval, Avenger opened fire on the Defiant. When the sabotage was discovered, Commander Tucker stopped Phlox and reactivated the ship's systems. The Defiant targeted Avenger and destroyed it with all alien hands on board. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II")


There were at least four different species represented among the crew. This included Andorian, Orion, Terran and Vulcan members.


Background information

According to "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II" writer Mike Sussman, the name of the ISS Avenger was a homage to the Star Destroyer Avenger (the only Imperial warship given a name within the films themselves) from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. (Information provided by Mike Sussman)

The Latin text on the patch ("Audentes Fortuna Imperii") means "The bold [are] the fortune of the Empire". It is obviously based on "Audentes Fortuna Iuvat" ("Fortune favors the bold"), the motto of the Columbia NX-02 of our universe, switching just one word. The intended translation may have been "The Empire [is] Bold [and] Fortunate". But that translation is incorrect. Fortunately it can be translated, grammatically and semantically correct, as "The bold [are] the fortune of the Empire".

The registry number "NX-09" implies that the Empire had built at least nine NX-class vessels by that time.

Avenger was structurally similar to the NX-class ships, at least externally. Its bridge was similar in design to the previous ships of the class, along with its own launch bay. The ship, however, was only equipped with a single shuttlepod. Unlike Enterprise, the Avenger did not have a situation room, but instead had a wall with banks of computers.


In addition to the canon reference to this vessel, the video game Star Trek: Shattered Universe depicts a later ISS Avenger of the 2290s, appearing as a nemesis of the ISS Excelsior.

The Avenger NX-09 was also seen in the Star Trek: Legacy computer game as the name of one of the NX-class ships.

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