While exploring the cluster's interior, the Vico began to encounter severe gravitational wave fronts, and in order to compensate, the Vico increased shield strength. Unknown at the time, the cluster contained a phenomenon that reflected the ship's shield output, so the more the Vico increased its shield strength, the more the wave fronts were amplified. This continued to occur until the Vico essentially destroyed itself with its own shields.
Two days after the starbase lost contact with the vessel, the USS Enterprise-D investigated the disappearance of the Vico. The wrecked ship was located by the USS Enterprise-D, with only one survivor, Timothy, aboard. (TNG: "Hero Worship")
The warp nacelles and dorsal surface of the engineering hull of the Vico bore Starfleet-like pennants. According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 458), as the Vico had a SS designation and it did not have a NCC registry prefix, the authors assumed it was not a Starfleet ship.
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