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USS Gorkon
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USS Gorkon

Class: Excelsior-class
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2369)

The USS Gorkon was a 24th century Federation Excelsior-class starship operated by Starfleet.

In late 2369, the Gorkon was Admiral Alynna Nechayev's flagship for the armada she assembled for a possible renewed Borg invasion that year. (TNG: "Descent")

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 175), the registry for the Gorkon was NCC-40512.
The Gorkon was named for the Klingon chancellor Gorkon. (Encyclopedia, 3rd ed., p. 175) In early drafts of "Descent," this ship was named Valiant. It was Rick Berman who asked for a first-ever alien namesake for a Starfleet ship. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion)
If the Gorkon remained Nechayev's flagship following the Borg incursion, it was also possible that it was the ship later seen rendezvousing with the USS Enterprise-D in "Preemptive Strike", when Picard met with Nechayev to discuss possibly infiltrating the Maquis. However, the Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 471) identified the ship in "Preemptive Strike" as the USS Cairo.

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