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USS Thunderchild
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USS Thunderchild

Class: Template:ShipClass
Registry: NCC-63549
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2373)

The USS Thunderchild (NCC-63549) was a Federation Template:ShipClass starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century.


In the year 2373, the Thunderchild was a member of the fleet that fought against the Borg in the Battle of Sector 001. (Star Trek: First Contact)


Background information

The name of the Thunderchild was taken from the second edition of the Star Trek Encyclopedia. One image of the Thunderchild sketched in the Encyclopedia mislabeled the ship's registry as "NCC-83549". The class of the ship according to the Encyclopedia was Akira.

Also according the Encyclopedia, the Thunderchild was named after a ship in the H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds. In Wells' novel, the HMS Thunder Child (two words, not one) diverted Martian fire away from transport ships evacuating civilians out of London. Tragically, HMS Thunder Child was destroyed, with all hands lost, but was able to destroy two of the Martian Tripods.


The Thunderchild was mentioned in the Pocket DS9 Millennium novel The Fall of Terok Nor, when it docked at Deep Space 9. In the Pocket TNG novel Rogue, part of the Section 31 series, the Thunderchild contacted the USS Enterprise-E.

The role-playing game supplements Starships (from Decipher) and The Price of Freedom (from Last Unicorn Games) both described the Thunderchild among the lists of Akira-class starships.

The Thunderchild made an appearance in the Peter David novel, Before Dishonor. It was the first vessel to make contact with a sentient Borg cube en route to assimilate Earth. The vessel became the victim of "absorption", the cube's method of assimilation, and was later destroyed by the planet killer. According to the novel, the captain of the ship at the time, as well as during the Battle of Sector 001, was named Matsuda.

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