The USS Gandhi was a 24th century Federation starship operated by Starfleet.
In 2369, the Gandhi was assigned to the Lagana sector on a terraforming mission. Thomas Riker was transferred to the Gandhi in that year following his rescue from Nervala IV. (TNG: "Second Chances")
Riker later began to express certain "political opinions" that supported the Maquis and their goals while serving aboard the Gandhi. He later deserted the ship to join them in 2371. (DS9: "Defiant")
Background information Edit
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, (3rd ed., p. 168) the Gandhi was "named for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), leader of the Indian nationalist movement, an influential philosopher who advocated nonviolent confrontation and civil disobendience as a means of fostering political changes on Earth." The Encyclopedia further elaborated that the Gandhi was an Ambassador-class ship, with the registry NCC-26632.
The Gandhi was stated as being a Galaxy-class starship in John Vornholt's Double Helix novel Quarantine.
According to the Star Trek Customizable Card Game series CCG: Necessary Evil card, Tamal was serving aboard the Gandhi as a technician and former petty officer. 
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