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The USS Thomas Paine (NCC-65530) was a 24th century Federation New Orleans-class starship operated by Starfleet. In 2364, this frigate was commanded by Captain Rixx.

The Thomas Paine was one of the ships that met the USS Enterprise-D at planet Dytallix B when an alien intelligence attempted to take over Starfleet Command in 2364. (TNG: "Conspiracy")

In 2367, the Thomas Paine was on a diplomatic mission to Epsilon Ashanti III. The ship was named on the chart Starfleet Operations-Sectors 21166-23079 in the USS Enterprise-D bridge. (TNG: "Brothers" okudagram)

In 2368, the Thomas Paine joined Captain Picard's fleet that blockaded the Klingon-Romulan border during the Klingon Civil War. The ship was one of twenty-three assembled for the fleet and was one of the seventeen chosen for the tachyon network. Identified by its name and registry number, the ship's position in the network was monitored from the Enterprise-D.

When the network was disrupted by a high-energy burst released by the Romulans, the net was no longer effective in a radius of ten million kilometers around the USS Sutherland. Subsequently, Picard ordered the fleet to proceed to Gamma Eridon at maximum warp, where the fleet would attempt to reestablish the net before the Romulans got there. (TNG: "Redemption II", okudagram)

In 2369, the Thomas Paine was on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan. The ship was named on the chart Starfleet Operations-Sectors 21538-23079 in the Enterprise-D observation lounge. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I", okudagram)

The class and registry were derived from the chart in "Brothers". The Thomas Paine's registry would also appear in the okudagram depicting Picard's tachyon detection network in "Redemption II".
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 508), the "Thomas Paine was named for the American patriot and writer." Benjamin Sisko quoted him in DS9: "Call to Arms".

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