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USS Lexington
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USS Lexington

Class: Template:ShipClass
Registry: NCC-1709
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2268)

The USS Lexington (NCC-1709) was a Federation Template:ShipClass heavy cruiser that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-23rd century.


In 2267, the Lexington underwent a layover at Starbase 11. The ship's registry was on a chart indicating the repair status of several vessels. (TOS: "Court Martial")

In 2268, the Lexington, under the command of Commodore Robert Wesley, rendezvoused with the USS Enterprise at Starbase 6 to inform Captain James T. Kirk that the Enterprise was to participate in the M-5 computer war games. It was in these war games that the Lexington served as the flagship of the four-ship task force (USS Lexington, USS Excalibur, USS Hood, USS Potemkin) that was opposing the Enterprise.

Constitutions formation, remastered

The USS Lexington in battle formation

The simulation began with the Lexington and the Excalibur engaging the Enterprise near the Alpha Carinae system in an unscheduled battle to test the M-5's reaction to a surprise attack. After-action analysis, based on the quantity and quality of hits on the Lexington, indicated that the Enterprise, directed by the M-5, had been victorious.

Later, when the M-5 became unstable, the Lexington was hit multiple times by full-powered phasers from the Enterprise in the engineering section, damaging impulse engines and leaving her maneuverable only on warp drive. Fifty-three of her crew were killed.

When the Excalibur's entire crew was killed and she was left adrift by the M-5, Wesley requested and received permission to destroy the Enterprise with the remainder of his damaged ships. However, the M-5 was deactivated before this could be carried out. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

Lieutenant Watley was assigned to the Lexington prior to her transfer to the Enterprise in 2268. (DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")


Background information

Starbase11 chart

The registry NCC-1709, displayed on Commodore Stone's chart

Greg Jein's article The Case of Jonathan Doe Starship was the first work to assign the NCC-1709 registry number to this ship. The Star Trek Encyclopedia continued to keep the two connected. This connect would finally be made a reality in the remastered version of "The Ultimate Computer".

In the remastered version of "The Ultimate Computer", the Lexington's bridge viewscreen was larger and had rounded edges compared to that of the USS Enterprise.

The Lexington was named for the first battle of the American Revolution, and the series of United States Naval vessels named "Lexington". (Star Trek Encyclopedia 2nd ed., p. 264)

According to Star Fleet Technical Manual the registry of the Lexington was NCC-1703, with NCC-1709 given to the USS Valiant.

According to the reference work Ships of the Line (page 86), the Lexington went through the same refitting process as her sister ship, the Enterprise.

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