During her time at Starfleet Academy, Uhura specialized in xenolinguistics with tracking toward a communications officer. Commander Spock served as one of Cadet Uhura's instructors and judged her performance to be consistently exemplary.
In 2255, while at the bar near the Riverside Shipyard in Iowa, Uhura met an inebriated Jim Kirk, who began flirting with her. Although annoyed by Kirk's advances, Uhura was surprised that Kirk knew what was involved in the study of xenolinguistics. This exchange led to a bar fight as four male cadets were displeased at the attention Kirk was giving Uhura.
Uhura became romantically involved with Spock at some point before 2258.
In 2258, Uhura was able to detect and translate a message from within Klingon territory indicating that a fleet of 47 Klingon vessels around the Klingon prison planet were engaged and destroyed by an unknown Romulan ship. She returned home early that night, interrupting her roommate, at the time an Orion cadet named Gaila, and Kirk, whom she was less than pleased at seeing. Uhura was present as communications officer during Kirk's third re-take of the Kobayashi Maru test scenario the following day, along with Leonard McCoy. Both were also at the subsequent hearing on Kirk's actions, during which the attack on Vulcan began.
Spock was in charge of the starship deployment assignments for the cadets of Uhura's graduating class, and had initially assigned Lieutenant Uhura to the USS Farragut, in spite of Uhura's stated desire to serve aboard the USS Enterprise, the new flagship, in order to avoid any appearance of favoritism. Uhura confronted him about this choice, noting that she was more than qualified to serve aboard the Enterprise and that it was unfair to deny her an opportunity she would have gained had they not been romantically involved. Spock relented and assigned her to the Enterprise.
Aboard the Enterprise, Captain Christopher Pike promoted Uhura to communications officer because Lieutenant Hawkins, the ship's prior communications officer, was not certain that he could distinguish transmissions in Romulan from transmissions in Vulcan. Uhura, by contrast, was fluent in all three Romulan dialects.
After Vulcan's destruction, Uhura privately comforted Spock. Before Kirk and Spock beamed to Nero's ship, Spock shared a tender goodbye kiss with Uhura, calling her by her first name, and revealing their relationship in the presence of Kirk and Montgomery Scott. Kirk, who had repeatedly attempted to learn Uhura's first name to no avail throughout the years, asked Spock if "Nyota" was her first name. Spock responded "I have no comment on the matter." (Star Trek)
Although keeping her distance, she has come to respect Kirk as captain of the Enterprise.
"For a moment I thought you were just a dumb hick who only had sex with farm animals."
"Well, not only."
- - Nyota Uhura and James Kirk
"An alternate reality?"
"Precisely. Whatever our lives might have been, if the time continuum was disrupted, our destinies have changed."
- - Nyota Uhura and Spock
"I sure hope you know what you're doing...Captain."
"So do I."
- - Nyota Uhura and James Kirk after he takes the Captain's chair
|Communications officers of the starships Enterprise|
|USS Enterprise:||Alden • Farrell • Garison • Hadley • Lisa • M'Ress • Palmer • Uhura|
|ISS Enterprise NX-01:||Sato|
|ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701):||Uhura|
|USS Enterprise (alternate reality):||Hawkins • Uhura|