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USS Galaxy

Class: Galaxy-class
Registry: NCC-70637
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2379)

The USS Galaxy (NCC-70637) was a 24th century Federation Galaxy-class starship operated by Starfleet. She was the prototype of her class.

During the Dominion War, the Galaxy saw action in pivotal battles, including the First Battle of Chin'toka (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets") in 2374 and the Battle of Cardassia in 2375. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

In 2379, the ship was assigned to Star Fleet Battle Group Omega to engage the Reman Warbird Scimitar; however the Scimitar was destroyed by the USS Enterprise-E before the battle group saw action. (Star Trek Nemesis)

The Galaxy's appearance in "Tears of the Prophets" was confirmed by John Gross and Karen Sickles of Digital Muse in a 25 June 1998 post, by DS9 Visual Effects Supervisor David Stipes, on the newsgroup
According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, the Galaxy was launched from the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on Mars in 2356 and commissioned in 2357. The number assigned to the starship was seen briefly on a Type 7 shuttlecraft, the NCC-70367, in the episode "Identity Crisis". The episode predated the book.
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed, p. 163), as a prototype, the Galaxy had an NX registry prefix much like the USS Excelsior was originally given. However, when the ship made its first on-screen appearance it was given a commissioned NCC registry prefix. This was consistent with the USS Excelsior, whose NX prefix was replaced with an NCC refic when it transitioned from an experimental vessel to an operational one.

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