In 2365, Captain Al Smutko was the commanding officer of this ship. In that year, this ship was assigned a patrol mission of the Neutral Zone in Sector 130. The ship was named on the Starship Deploy Status chart in the Starbase 173 courtroom. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man", okudagram)
The Excalibur survived an attack by the Borg during a night shift sometime prior to late 2368. Several members of the crew, including Marika Wilkarah, were assimilated in the encounter. (VOY: "Survival Instinct")
In 2368, the Excalibur was undergoing a major refit and repair at Starbase 234. The ship was selected by Captain Jean-Luc Picard to serve in a Starfleet blockade of the Klingon-Romulan border during the Klingon Civil War. During that mission, Commander William T. Riker was the commanding officer, with Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge as his first officer. This was because the majority of the crew had been reassigned due to the extent of the refit. The ship's name and registry were named on the tachyon detection grid. (TNG: "Redemption II", okudagram)
|USS Enterprise-C • USS Excalibur • USS Horatio • USS Yamaguchi • USS Zhukov|
Background information Edit
The Excalibur was first mentioned in "The Measure Of A Man", where it had the registry NCC-21534.
The Excalibur was a reuse of the USS Enterprise-C studio model with the modifications introduced on the USS Zhukov.  New footage of the Excalibur was briefly seen as the fleet departed for the Klingon border, however, some stock footage from TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise" was also reused.
The Excalibur became the star of Peter David's Star Trek: New Frontier novel series and was later destroyed and replaced with a new Galaxy-class starship Excalibur. Captain Morgen, a former crewmate of Captain Picard's from his days on the USS Stargazer, was mentioned as having commanded the Excalibur for many years in Michael Jan Friedman's book Reunion. It was then commanded by Captain Morgan Korsmo just before the start of the New Frontier series. Korsmo was killed fighting the Borg, and was an old Academy classmate of Picard.