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SS Vico
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SS Vico

Class: Template:ShipClass
Registry: NAR-18834
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Wrecked (2368)

The SS Vico (NAR-18834) was a Federation Template:ShipClass research vessel that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century. This ship was on loan to a civilian agency, and was given a civilian registry. Vico operated out of Starbase 514. In 2368, the Vico explored an astronomical formation known as a black cluster.

While exploring the cluster's interior, the Vico began to encounter severe gravitational wavefronts, 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 wavefronts were amplified. This continued to occur until the Vico essentially destroyed itself with its own shields.

Two days later, when the Vico was located by the USS Enterprise-D, only one survivor, Timothy, was discovered aboard. (TNG: "Hero Worship")

The Vico was either named for Giambattista Vico, an Italian philosopher who was born in Naples in 1668 and died in 1744, or the Vico system, a Federation star system.
The Vico's nacelles were adorned with the Starfleet pennant, heavily implying that this ship was originally commissioned for Starfleet service before she was placed on loan to a civilian agency. This case mirrored what happened with the USS Raven which, also, bore the Starfleet pennant and the registry prefix NAR.
According to the call sheet, the scenes aboard the Vico were filmed on Friday 25 October 1991 on Paramount Stage 16.


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