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USS Akagi (NCC-62158) was a 24th century Federation starship operated by Starfleet.

In 2368, Akagi was assigned to Captain Jean-Luc Picard's task force that blockaded the Klingon-Romulan border during the Klingon Civil War. During the deployment of Picard's tachyon detection grid, the Akagi was linked with USS Ajax and USS Hood.

During an attempt by Picard and Riker to lure the Romulans through the detection grid, Picard decided that USS Excalibur should withdraw from the formation with feigned engine troubles, forcing Akagi and Hornet to be re-positioned. In doing so, this would open up a small gap in the detection net for the Romulans to attempt to pass through. The ploy, however, failed when the Romulans disrupted the network near Hornet forcing it, and the rest of the fleet, to withdraw and regroup at Gamma Eridon. The location of the ship in the grid was labeled with the ship's name and registry. (TNG: "Redemption II")

In 2374, Akagi was assigned to the Ninth Fleet, operating in the Bajor sector theater. A week after Operation Return, the ship visited Deep Space 9 along with USS Exeter and USS Sutherland to be resupplied. (DS9: "You Are Cordially Invited")

The starship reported numerous casualties to Starfleet Command. The name of the reporting ship and its registry and the casualties were named on the "Personnel Status Update" chart in the Deep Space 9 wardroom. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight" okudagram)

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According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 4), this vessel was a Rigel-class starship.

Akagi was named for the Japanese carrier that served as the flagship of the Pearl Harbor strike force on 7 December 1941. Akagi held the somewhat dubious distinction of being the only Starfleet vessel whose namesake was (indirectly) destroyed by an Enterprise, sunk by dive bombers from the first aircraft carrier at Midway six months later. The American carrier USS Hornet was also heavily engaged in that action. "Redemption II" writer Ronald D. Moore thought it fitting that in Star Trek's future, USS Akagi would be serving alongside USS Hornet. (Star Trek Encyclopedia, 3rd ed., p. 4)

The inclusion of a Japanese carrier in Starfleet had already been a desire of Original Series Producer Robert Justman, when he annotated on a ship names list memo of 9 August 1967 as namesake suggestions for starships belonging to, what they at the time still called, the Starship-class, "I think there would be several other candidates, such as Saratoga and perhaps another English carrier, a French carrier, a Russian carrier and certainly a Japanese carrier". While there had been plenty of historical Japanese aircraft carriers to choose from at the time, the eventually chosen USS Kongo had in actuality been a World War I-II era Japanese battleship. (The Making of Star Trek, pp. 164-165) It was therefore Moore who had at long last fulfilled Justman's wish a quarter of a century later.

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