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USS James Fennimore Cooper
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Orders received by the USS James Fennimore Cooper in 2364.

Orders received by the USS James Fennimore Cooper in 2364.
Registry: NCC-4077
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2364)

The USS James Fennimore Cooper (NCC-4077) was a Federation starship that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century. In 2364, this starship was commanded by Benjamin Franklin Pierce.

In that year, prior to stardate 41044.2 , this starship had a stay at Starbase 55. During this stay, the Cooper received an order from Captain B.J. Hunnicutt of Starfleet Operational Support Services. According to this order, the ship's captain was to set a course heading of 223 mark 83 for galactic coordinates 002/3845. At these coordinates, the Cooper rendezvoused with the USS Discovery for a transfer of personnel. The captain was ordered to acknowledge this order on subspace com net security mode 45, code 100 alpha.

At the end of that year, Data read this order received by the Cooper and several others to investigate claims of a conspiracy among the highest members of Starfleet Command. (TNG: "Conspiracy")

The ship was never mentioned in dialog; this name came from a mission order. The stardate when this mission order was sent was illegible. Though not made clear, it was probable that the one captain and the commanders were picked up at the starbase for transfer to the Discovery.
This starship, and the mission order, were an homage by Michael Okuda to the TV Series M*A*S*H. This series was a dramady about the 4077th MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hosptial), a fictional surgical unit during the Korean War (1950-1953). Captain Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce was the main character. According to Pierce, his father’s favorite book was James Fenimore (with one "n") Cooper’s novel The Last of the Mohicans. Throughout most of the show's run, the character of Captain B.J. Hunnicutt was Pierce's best friend and tent-mate.

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