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Service history Edit
Prior to 2249, the Shenzhou was launched into service from the San Francisco Fleet Yards, Earth. Its motto was, "All existing things are really one." (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars")
Following that mission, it was dispatched to a binary star system on the outer edge of Federation space, to investigate damage to an interstellar relay. After encountering a Klingon vessel, and ultimately a fleet, the Shenzhou was the first ship to be attacked in the Battle of the Binary Stars. The ship suffered heavy damage, losing shields and impulse engines, leaving it drifting into the system's debris ring. Only the arrival of the USS Europa prevented the ship colliding with an asteroid. Following the conclusion of the battle, and the death of Captain Georgiou, the crew evacuated the mortally wounded ship, leaving it abandoned. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars")
The wrecked Shenzhou remained adrift for six months following the battle, at which point Voq and L'Rell boarded the ship in order to loot its dilithium processing unit with which to repair their own ship. Voq was later marooned aboard the Shenzhou by Kol and left to die, though Voq was rescued shortly afterwards by L'Rell. (DIS: "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry")
A drawing of the Shenzhou was among several starship drawings on display in the mess hall aboard the USS Discovery when Shenzhou survivor Michael Burnham visited that area shortly after her arrival. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")
Command crew Edit
- Commanding officer
- First officer
- Commander Michael Burnham (–2256)
- Chief medical officer
- Lieutenant Commander Nambue (2240s–2256)
- Operations officer
- Ensign Danby Connor (–2256)
- Science officer
- Lieutenant Commander Saru (2240s–2256)
- Communications officer
- Lieutenant Troy Januzzi (–2256)
- Helm officer
- Lieutenant Junior Grade Keyla Detmer (–2256)
- Tactical officer
- Lieutenant Junior Grade Kamran Gant (–2256)
See also: USS Shenzhou personnel
Background information Edit
Although it first appeared in "The Vulcan Hello", the Shenzhou's interior was shown in a chronologically earlier flashback sequence (in addition to later-set footage) in "Battle of the Binary Stars".
David Mack, who wrote the Pocket DIS novel Desperate Hours, developed the characters and even the names of a number of the Shenzhou background crew. He noted that: "Most of them I developed on my own, along with detailed character bios, backstories, quirks, interests, etc. Those were then submitted to the show via Kirsten Beyer for approval. Some, such as Gant, Detmer, and Jannuzzi [sic], ended up being used on the show. (A few, like Connor and Britch Weeton, were established by the show's writers.) Also, Kirsten tells me that the Shenzhou bridge crew actors were given my bios of their characters to provide a foundation for their performances."
The Shenzhou computer voice was provided by Tasia Valenza, who previously appeared in TNG: "Coming of Age" as T'Shanik. Valenza is the first actor from previous Trek installments to appear on Star Trek: Discovery.
The Pocket DIS novel Desperate Hours establishes Burnham's predecessor as first officer was Sonnisar ch'Theloh (β), who served in that role from 2251 to 2255 before accepting a post as commanding officer of the starship Tereshkova (β), the Shenzhou's second officer Itzel Garcia (β) joining ch'Theloh as his first officer. It also establishes that both the Shenzhou and the USS Enterprise fell under Admiral Anderson's jurisdiction.