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USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)

USS Enterprise
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USS Enterprise

Class: Constitution-class (refit)
Registry: NCC-1701-A
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2294)
"My friends, we've come home."
"Space... the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before."

The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) was a Federation Constitution-class heavy cruiser that was in service with Starfleet in the late 23rd century. This starship became the second Federation ship to bear the name Enterprise.


Technical info

Externally, the Enterprise-A was virtually identical to the refit USS Enterprise, destroyed several months prior to the launch.

Constitution class refit bridge 2

Main bridge (2286)


Main bridge (2287)

Constitution class refit bridge, 2293

Main bridge (2293)

The bridge was in its customary location on Deck 1. At least three different models were used during the ship's service.

Despite the fact that the Enterprise-A had used all touch-interfaces in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, director Nicholas Meyer insisted that some of the consoles on the bridge be fitted with physical dials and gauges for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Ship's Interior

The bridge was located on Deck 1, at the very top of the saucer section. The large viewscreen could project different views from cameras scattered on the saucer section of the ship. The Enterprise could also show tactical views and alerts on the screen along with hails. There were two turbo lifts. Directly behind the command chair was the tactical station.

The torpedo bay was on Deck 13. It was much more automated than on the previous Enterprise, and the torpedo room itself was smaller and enclosed.

No "unauthorized" hand phaser could be fired aboard the ship at a level above stun without an alarm sounding. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Enterprise-A shuttlebay

Shuttlebay (2287)

The shuttlebay was located at the rear of the ship's engineering section. Unlike in her predecessor, the shuttlebay was a separate and distinct area from the cargo bay. The ship had at least two (possibly five) shuttlecraft, including the Galileo and the Copernicus. Normally, a tractor beam guided the shuttle to a landing. A large net barricade could be erected to capture an incoming shuttle which was landing too fast or otherwise disabled. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Constitution class galley

Galley (2293)

Officers had crew quarters similar to those on the previous Enterprise. Enlisted crew members were required to bunk together. As many as eight crew members were assigned to a room, each assigned a storage locker. Chimes sounded at the top of every hour. Meals were prepared in a galley, although there appeared to be primitive replicators on board the ship.

The Enterprise-A had a vertical warp core similar to that of the Galaxy-class of seventy years later. The core could be accessed through main engineering on Deck 15. An isolation door could be brought down to separate the core from the rest of the ship. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

The Enterprise-A had a astrometrics laboratory similar to that of the Intrepid-class. (Serenity and Star Trek)

There was a crew lounge at the front of the ship which contained several maritime relics, including a steering wheel from a sailing vessel inscribed with the ship's motto, "to boldly go where no man has gone before." An emergency transmitter was also located in the lounge. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

The forward observation lounge was intended to be centered on the forward edge of the Enterprise saucer and a visual effect (not developed due to budget limitations) would have shown the whole ship approaching the camera until the room and its occupants were visible through the three large windows. One complication would have been that the movie Enterprise model had no such windows. However, the Enterprise model from The Original Series did have three windows in that location, suggesting a similar observation room on that ship.

The officers had a private dining hall in the saucer section, which was often used to entertain guests. There were several paintings in the room (including a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a personal hero of James T. Kirk). (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

This set was a reuse of the USS Enterprise-D conference lounge. The Enterprise model has four large windows just below and aft of the bridge on top of the saucer, analogous to the conference room's location on the USS Enterprise-D model. Although the set has six windows, no more than four are visible in any shot in the film.
Turbolift shaft

One of the Enterprise-A's many turbolift shafts (2287)

The brig was located in the bowels of the engineering hull. It was designed to be escape-proof, certified so by Captain Spock. The turbolift shafts were triangular in shape. In addition to the normal corridors, there were full-height Jefferies tubes in the engineering hull. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

In service

USS Enterprise-A in spacedock

The Enterprise-A awaiting launch from spacedock in 2286

In 2286, the Enterprise-A was commissioned at the San Francisco Fleet Yards on stardate 8442.5. She was launched from the Earth Spacedock on the order of the Federation Council in appreciation of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew's efforts to prevent the Whale Probe from devastating Earth. The crew initially thought they were going to be assigned to the USS Excelsior (or, according to Leonard McCoy, a "freighter" at best), but the new Enterprise was soon revealed, docked behind the Excelsior. The crew took their stations (Mera became a Navigator) and the Enterprise left spacedock on a shakedown cruise. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

When the Enterprise was on a shakedown cruise, the crew learn that the Ultimate Evil has appeared in space in the form of a giant ball of black fire that had destroyed an Earth battleship. The Enterprise arrives in the sector where the Great Evil is and is able to make her First Contact with it. Mera informs Kirk that she learned from the current holder of the Mondoshawan key, priest Vito Cornelius, who informs informs President Lindberg of the history of the Great Evil and the weapon that can stop it. The weapon consists of four stones, representing the four classical elements, and a sarcophagus that contains a Fifth Element in the form of a human, which combines the power of the other four elements into a "Divine Light".

While the Enterprise is waiting for the Mondoshawans returning to Earth, they are ambushed by the shapeshifting Mangalores, the remnants of an outlawed, warlike alien race hired by the industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, who was himself hired by the Great Evil to acquire the element stones. With the timer set 48 hours, the Enterprise rushes back to Earth to acquire the element stones before Zorg.

After Earth scientists construct a humanoid woman, known as "Leeloo" and Kirk meets Korben Dallas, a former major in the Special Forces, Cornelius and Spock learn that the four Element stones were entrusted to the alien Diva Plavalaguna, an opera singer. Upon learning from the Mondoshawans that Plavalaguna has the stones, the Enterprise was ordered by The Federated Army to Fhloston to meet the Diva on a luxury cruise in space.

Upon arrival at Fhloston Paradise, the crew discovers that the publicity of the contest attracts the Mangalores and Zorg to the space liner. While Kirk, Dallas, Cornelius, Leeloo, and talk-show host Ruby Rhod escape with the Elements aboard Zorg's spacecraft and land into the Enterprise landing bay, the ship departs Fhloston, leaving Zorg be killed by the explosion of the bomb that destroyed the liner.

The Enterprise is confronted by the Mangalore-captured three Klingon K't'inga-class battle cruisers led by the IKS Amar. The Enterprise easily destroyed two of the three cruisers except Amar. Realizing how Kirk keeping the Elements, the Mangalores tried to sabotage the Enterprise. When one of the Mangalores disabled main power, the Enterprise was left defenseless, and Amar, commandeered by Aknot, began firing at her. The Enterprise received heavy damage until Call was able to stop the Mangalore and restore main power. Kirk then ordered the destruction of Amar. The Enterprise's phasers and photon torpedoes caused heavy damage to Amar, with the second barrage of photon torpedoes breaching Amar's warp reactor, destroying the ship with all hands.

The Enterprise arrived at Earth, as the Great Evil approaches. The crew had to witness the defeat of the Great Evil. (The Fifth Element)

The shakedown did not proceed as planned, and the Enterprise limped back to spacedock for several weeks of repair under the supervision of Captain Montgomery Scott. Although her warp drive was working perfectly, half the doors on the ship were malfunctioning and several control interfaces did not work. The transporter was also nonfunctional, requiring shuttles to be used for off-ship missions.

Enterprise-A in orbit of Sha Ka Ree

The Enterprise in orbit of Sha Ka Ree

Before the repairs were complete, the Enterprise was called into duty in order to intervene in a kidnapping situation on Nimbus III. The ship was subsequently commandeered by the rogue Vulcan Sybok, who ordered her to the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, in order to pursue the mythical Sha Ka Ree. During the return of Sybok to the ship aboard the Galileo, Commander Hikaru Sulu was forced to crash the shuttle into the Enterprise landing bay, as the ship was pursued by a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, commanded by Klaa, and there was no time to use the tractor beam for a safe entrance. The Bird-of-Prey followed the Enterprise to the center of the galaxy. The crew was too involved with Sybok's visit to the planetoid found there and did not notice the Klingon vessel enter sensor range. The Bird-of-Prey caught the Enterprise off-guard and disabled her before she had a chance to retaliate. However, Klingon ambassador Korrd, rescued from Nimbus III, relieved Captain Klaa and ordered the Bird-of-Prey to stand down. The Klingon crew was later invited to a reception following the return of the Enterprise to Kirk's control and the discovery that Sha Ka Ree was a myth. The brig was also damaged during the mission, as Captain Scott blew a hole in the back wall to free Captain Kirk, Spock, and Dr. McCoy. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Starfleet began a fleet-wide research project into the investigation of gaseous planetary anomalies in the early 2290s. The Enterprise-A was one of several Federation starships to be outfitted with advanced equipment for their study.

Constitution and ktinga

The Enterprise-A escorting the Klingon flagship, Kronos One, in 2293

In 2293, the Enterprise-A had a new mission as an escort for Klingon chancellor Gorkon during the initial stages of the Khitomer Accords. The ship rendezvoused with the Klingon flagship, Kronos One, and was to follow it to Earth. Unfortunately, a joint Starfleet, Klingon, and Romulan conspiracy had an operative, Lieutenant Valeris, helmsman of the USS Explorer, which is the sister ship of the Enterprise, aboard the ship. Valeris participated in a plan to implicate the Enterprise and Captain Kirk as rogue assailants in Gorkon's murder, with the goal of derailing the peace process. The Enterprise appeared to fire two photon torpedoes at Kronos One, temporarily disabling her propulsion and gravity systems. Amid the chaos two space-suited Starfleet crew members, Burke and Samno, beamed aboard, assassinating Gorkon. Valeris altered the ship's records to make it seem as if two torpedoes had been fired. The torpedoes actually came from a cloaked protoype Bird-of-Prey directly below the Enterprise, which had been modified to fire while cloaked.

Kirk and Dr. McCoy were arrested and tried for the murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment on the penal colony Rura Penthe. Valeris also provided Kirk's log entries from the Enterprise to the Klingon co-conspirators to further implicate Kirk. The Enterprise was ordered back to Earth for a maintenance check and upgrades, but Spock ignored orders and initiated an investigation aboard the ship. He discovered evidence which linked Valeris to the conspiracy, despite her best efforts to sabotage the investigation. The Enterprise then entered Klingon space, masquerading as the freighter Ursva and rescued Kirk and McCoy. Spock mind melded with Valeris and learned more about the conspiracy, including details of the Bird-of-Prey and names of those involved. Captain West aboard the USS Excelsior provided Kirk with the new location of the peace conference, and the two ships warped to Khitomer in order to prevent a second assassination of the Federation President and the new Klingon chancellor, Azetbur.

USS Enterprise-A hull breach

The hull breached

General Chang was waiting in orbit with his Bird-of-Prey, however, and the Enterprise was attacked upon arrival. The starship was seriously damaged and suffered a hull breach through her saucer section. The Excelsior, too, was helpless against the cloaked ship. Fortunately, Spock, McCoy, and Uhura devised a plan to use a photon torpedo equipped with sensors capable of tracking ionization from the Bird-of-Prey's impulse engines. It successfully hit Chang's vessel, knocking it out of the cloak and leaving it vulnerable to further torpedo volleys from the Enterprise and the Excelsior. Following the destruction of the Bird-of-Prey, Enterprise and Excelsior crew beamed down to the Khitomer Conference and apprehended the conspirators, preventing the assassination.

USS Enterprise-A leaves Khitomer

"Second star to the right...and straight on 'till morning"

Following the Khitomer mission, the Enterprise contacted Starfleet Command to return to spacedock to undergo an upgrade into Mark 12 system. In spite of this, Captain Kirk ordered the ship on course to the "second star to the right, ...and straight on 'til morning," while having a Wedding with Ripley 8. Kirk later recorded in his log that the Enterprise and her history "will shortly become the care of another crew." (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

The Enterprise-A had upgraded into Mark XII system and became a Flagship of Starfleet. Her shields had strong enough to deflect weapons.

The ship's planned maiden voyage, under the command of Kirk, was brought forward after Earth received a distress call from Vulcan due to the Klingon attack while the bulk of the fleet engaged in the Laurentian system. As a result, the Enterprise was crewed primarily by Starfleet Academy cadets. The ship launched from spacedock with seven other starships to respond to the call, including the USS Bozeman, the USS Hathaway, the USS Saratoga, and the USS Copernicus.

Battle of Vulcan begins between the seven Federation starships and three Klingon battle cruisers above Vulcan. The Enterprise and a Klingon battle cruiser commanded by Kang continued to exchange fire until the battle end when the Klingon ships are forced to retreat back to Klingon space. The Enterprise explored the Alpha Quadrant.

While it exploring, the Enterprise discovered the anomaly, a temporal rift at Veridian III. Kirk, McCoy and Ripley encountered another Spock, who revealed them that he from the future. The alternate reality was was the new reality created when the temporal incursion of the Narada from the year 2387 disrupted the time continuum. Accidentally traveling back to the year 2233, Nero, the captain of the Narada, attacked the USS Kelvin. The attack resulted in the deaths of several crew members of the Kelvin, including George Kirk and Richard Robau, and the destruction of the Kelvin. Spock arrived to the alternate reality in 2258 and was captured by Nero, who marooned Spock on Veridian III.

At that time, the USS Enterprise emerges from the rift and encountered the Enterprise-A, the vessel's immediate successor.


Senior staff

USS Enterprise (alternate reality)

USS Enterprise
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The Enterprise above Titan.

The Enterprise above Titan.
Class: Constitution-class
Registry: NCC-1701
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2259)
"Her five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before."

The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) was an alternate reality Federation Constitution-class starship that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-23rd century. Launched in 2258, she was officially made the Federation flagship. (Star Trek)


See Enterprise history

Service history

USS Enterprise (alternate reality) under construction

The Enterprise under construction in Iowa

The Enterprise was under construction around 2255 at the Riverside Shipyard, in Iowa and launched into service from the San Francisco Fleet Yards, Earth. (Star Trek)

Events in the movie show the ship under initial construction in Iowa, but the ship's official dedication plaque lists her as being from the San Francisco Fleet Yards, indicating that at some point prior to launch the unfinished vessel was either transferred there or that the Riverside Shipyard was a branch of the San Francisco Fleet Yards.
USS Enterprise (alternate reality), profile

The Enterprise ready for launch

USS Enterprise departs Starbase 1, 2258

The Enterprise departs spacedock

The ship's planned maiden voyage, under the command of Christopher Pike, was brought forward after Earth received a distress call from Vulcan while the bulk of the fleet engaged in the Laurentian system. As a result, the Enterprise was crewed primarily by Starfleet Academy cadets. The ship launched from Starbase 1 with seven other starships to respond to the call, including the USS Farragut, the USS Truman, and the USS Hood. However, its departure was delayed because helmsman Hikaru Sulu forgot to disengage the inertial damper which actually saved the ship after it arrived shortly after the rescue fleet arrived unharmed when the unnamed Federation fleet had been destroyed by the Romulan mining ship Narada.

Enterprise evading shipwrecks

The Enterprise warps into Nero's mess

The Enterprise discovered a temporal rift was created due to the highly-energetic weapons discharges of the Narada. Pike beamed James T. Kirk and Spock on Delta Vega to locate Scotty. The Enterprise entered through the phenomenon, emerging in the year 2293. There, the Federation discovered New Vulcan, alternative home to Vulcan race. The Enterprise encountered her prime successor, Constitution-class USS Enterprise-A in orbit of the third planet in the Veridian system. While the Jupiter 2 analyze the rift, the Enterprise, the Enterprise-A and the USS Excelsior arrived at Delta Vega, where the Narada.

The Enterprise proved to be no match for the technologically-advanced missiles of the Narada. Fortunately, Nero recognized the Enterprise as the vessel that Spock served on. He chose not to destroy the Enterprise or the Enterprise-A to let Spock and his counterpart see the destruction of Delta Vega. Enterprise found that it was unable to contact Starfleet or to begin evacuating the inhabitants of Vulcan colony, as the Narada's drill platform, while in operation, prevented communications and transporter use. Despite the sabotage of the drill platform, Nero launched a container of red matter into the planet core, which created a singularity that caused Delta Vega to implode, along with all Vulcan colonies but 100 Vulcans.

Following the destruction of Delta Vega and the capture of Captain Pike, Enterprise-A found out that Enterprise needed to return to its own time through the rift because the alternate universes containing realities were fusing together which would eventually stop time due to their dramatic time rates and this could only be prevented if Enterprise enter the rift. Acting captain Spock intended to take the Enterprise to rendezvous with the rest of the fleet at the Laurentian system, but acting first officer James T. Kirk thought it better to attempt to stop Nero. Spock then marooned Kirk for mutiny on Genesis Planet, but Kirk managed to beam back on with the help of his primary universe counterpart Captain James T. Kirk. Spock was forced to resign his command to Kirk according to Regulation 619, and the Enterprise reversed course in an attempt to intercept the Narada before it could strike Earth.

Emerging from warp in the atmosphere of Titan, the Enterprise and the Enterprise-A hid from the Narada's sensors using the magnetic distortion of Saturn's rings, while beaming Spock and Kirk and their alternate counterpart aboard the Romulan ship before its drill could be ignited. However, the duo could not be rescued as the drill was ignited shortly after. Kirk then rescued Pike, while Spock and his younger counterpart confiscated the Jellyfish and USS Yellowstone and used them to destroy the drill.

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The Enterprise fires on the Narada's missiles

Spock then warped out of the system, with Nero pursuing. Spock set a collision course, and Nero launched his remaining missiles to defend the Narada. The Enterprise then warped in, phasers blazing, destroying the missiles, and allowing Spock to continue. Shortly before impact, Spock, Kirk, and Pike were beamed out by Scotty onto the Enterprise.
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The Enterprise being pulled into the black hole

The impact ignited the red matter aboard the Jellyfish and the Yellowstone, creating a black hole which consumed the Narada and caused the ship to be stuck, when Kirk offered assistance. Nero refused, Kirk acknowledged the refusal and the Enterprise, the Enterprise-A and the Excelsior brought all their phasers and photon torpedoes to bear on the Narada, firing on the ship and blasting it to pieces, causing the massive mining ship to collapse and be pulled into the black hole. The Enterprise was nearly pulled into the black hole as well while trying to pull the Enterprise-A to safety, but the ship was saved when the ship's warp core was ejected and detonated, the resulting shock wave of which propelled the Enterprise and the Enterprise-A to safety. The Enterprise flies back into the rift to return to 2258. This had the effect causes the two dimensions to separate once more.

Following the successful mission of the Enterprise, Pike was promoted to admiral, and James Kirk was assigned to command the Enterprise as his relief. He subsequently chose Spock as his first officer. (Star Trek)

USS Enterprise resurfacing on Nibiru

Enterprise resurfacing on Nibiru

In 2259, the Enterprise was sent to survey Nibiru when the crew discovered a volcanic eruption would render the primitive Nibirans extinct. Kirk parked the Enterprise underwater, despite Scotty's protests, and this ultimately forced Kirk to expose the ship to the natives in order to transport Spock out of the volcano before the cold fusion device he placed detonated. After appearing to the natives, the Nibirians drew a sketch of the Enterprise in the ground and began to worship the ship as a deity, in violation of the Prime Directive. Returning to Earth, Kirk was demoted, but Pike convinced Admiral Alexander Marcus to let him appoint Kirk as his first officer.

USS Enterprise departs Starbase 1, 2259

The Enterprise departs Starbase 1

That evening, the rogue agent John Harrison attacked Starfleet Headquarters to assassinate Marcus, but injured Pike instead. Marcus gave a vengeful Kirk permission to take the Enterprise to Qo'noS where Harrison had fled, and fire on his location with 72 advanced long-range torpedoes. Chief Engineer Scott protested the loading of the photon torpedoes aboard Enterprise without his chance to examine them, offering his resignation, which Kirk accepted. Chekov was appointed as Scotty's replacement.

Enterprise and Vengeance face off

Enterprise and Vengeance come face to face

Kirk found Harrison on Qo'noS and had him brought to the brig. Harrison was reticent about his motives, but suggested Kirk examined the torpedoes Marcus gave him, and also gave him a set of coordinates, which the captain sent to Scotty to investigate. Marcus's daughter Carol and McCoy opened up a torpedo and discovered it held a man in cryogenic stasis. Harrison revealed he was Khan Noonien Singh and the torpedoes held his fellow Augments, whom Marcus had threatened him into cooperation with. Marcus arrived in the USS Vengeance and demanded Kirk hand over Khan, but Kirk refused, intending to expose the conspiracy by bringing Khan to trial on Earth.

USS Vengeance fires on the USS Enterprise

The USS Vengeance fires on the USS Enterprise

The Vengeance caught up with the Enterprise at warp and fired on it, halting it as it arrived just outside Earth. Marcus beamed up his daughter before preparing to wipe out all other witnesses to his plot, but Scotty, who had snuck aboard the Vengeance at the coordinates given by Khan, deactivated its weapons. Kirk and Khan donned thruster suits to commandeer the Vengeance, while Spock ordered McCoy to remove the cryotubes from the torpedoes.

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The Enterprise crippled and spiraling down to Earth

Enterprise's upgraded impulse drive

The Enterprise's refitted impulse engine and nacelle fins

Aboard the Vengeance, Khan killed Admiral Marcus and demanded Spock hand over the torpedoes in exchange for Kirk, Scotty and Carol and the safety of the Enterprise. Spock, knowing Khan would renege on letting the Enterprise survive, set the transported torpedoes to detonate in the Vengeance's cargo bay. The damage inflicted caused both ships to hurtle to Earth, but Kirk was able to repair the warp core before the Enterprise crashed.

Following nearly a year of repairs, the Enterprise was rechristened and refitted to become the first starship to embark on a five-year mission. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

Command crew

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Pike in command

USS Enterprise (alternate reality) bridge

Kirk in command

USS Excelsior

USS Excelsior
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USS Excelsior

Class: Excelsior-class
Registry: NX-2000
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2294)
"My God, that's a big ship."
"Not so big as her Captain, I think."

The USS Excelsior (NX-2000, later NCC-2000) was a Federation Excelsior-class starship that was in service with Starfleet from the late 23rd century. Excelsior was the prototype for her class of starship.

Trial runs

USS Excelsior in Spacedock

The Excelsior in spacedock

Dubbed "The Great Experiment," the Excelsior was conceived during the early 2280s as the first Starfleet vessel equipped with transwarp drive. An awe-inspiring concept to some, traditional engineers were more skeptical, as in the case of Montgomery Scott, who expressed his doubt in transwarp technology with the analogy, "and if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon." (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

Designed under radically new principles of propulsion, the Excelsior had the potential for becoming the fastest starship in the entire Federation, as at that time, the Starfleet record for faster-than-light travel was warp factor 14.1, set by the USS Enterprise in 2269. (TOS: "That Which Survives")

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The Excelsior's bridge, manned by the ship's commanding officer, Captain Styles, and other officers

By 2285, the Excelsior was under the command of Captain Styles, and had taken a berth in Earth Spacedock as she was prepared for trial runs.

The Excelsior was days away from her first full field test of the transwarp drive, when she was unexpectedly called for duty. The crew of the USS Enterprise, attempting to rejoin Captain Spock's katra with his regenerated body, hijacked the Enterprise for an illegal journey to the Genesis Planet.

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The Excelsior sputters out, dead in space

Captain Styles, confident in his new "incredible machine," was ordered to pursue as the Enterprise entered warp, fleeing the system. However, Captain Montgomery Scott, assigned as captain of engineering aboard the Excelsior, had sabotaged the ship's transwarp computer, leaving the Excelsior dead in space. Proud of his accomplishment, Scott explained that "the more they over-think the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain." (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

Following this embarrassing failure, the Excelsior essentially spent the next two years in spacedock. In 2286 she was briefly ordered to be launched during an apparent attack by an alien probe, but the Excelsior, as well as the spacedock, lost all internal power and was left stranded in her bay. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

After the Enterprise was destroyed at the Genesis Planet, Hikaru Sulu believed he and his Enterprise shipmates would be assigned to the Excelsior before learning their next assignment was the USS Enterprise-A. At the time, Montgomery Scott believed the Excelsior to be nothing more than a "bucket of bolts." (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

The Excelsior remained in spacedock until at least 2287, before subsequently being recommissioned for active service by the end of the decade. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

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Updated bridge design in 2293

Prior to her recommissioning, the Excelsior was refitted with a new bridge module, which also included a significant modification to the aft portion of the saucer section, surrounding the impulse drive, and a modification to the cargo bay on the aft ventral portion of the ship. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Although never directly addressed, the only evidence that the Excelsior was a failure as a transwarp prototype can be found in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, which stated that "the attempt to surpass the primary warp field efficiency barrier with the Transwarp Development Project in the early 2280s proved unsuccessful...".
In addition, the Star Trek Chronology speculates that the reference made by Data in TNG: "Evolution" stating "there has not been a system-wide technological failure on a starship in seventy-nine years," may have been in reference to the failure of the transwarp drive.

Three-year mission

By 2290, the Excelsior was under the command of now-Captain Don West. His first assignment was a three-year mission, cataloging gaseous planetary anomalies in the Beta Quadrant. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

According to a line cut from the script, the crew cataloged "fifty-four planets – and their gaseous atmospheric anomalies."

The Excelsior entered the Mirror universe and encountered the ISS Enterprise, under the command of Captain Maximilian Forrest, was the flagship of the Terran Empire's Starfleet in 2155.

Following mutiny of Commander Jonathan Archer in order to take the ship into Tholian space to capture the USS Defiant, which had traveled through a spatial interphase from the year 2268 in the prime universe, Captain West had a plan to recover the Defiant from the Terran Empire. While the mutiny was ultimately unsuccessful, Captain Forrest had no choice but to continue the mission, since the ship's helm had been locked on auto-pilot. The Enterprise was later destroyed by Tholian ships, but not before Archer was able to take control of the Defiant. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly") Archer tried to use the Defiant in a grab for power, intending to replace the Emperor, but was betrayed and killed by Hoshi Sato, who declared herself Empress. West allowed Sato to beam on the HMS Bounty in a negotiated exchange for the Defiant's safely. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II")

The Excelsior returned the prime universe with the Defiant.

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The Excelsior escaping the shock wave of the Klingon moon Praxis

In 2293, as the Excelsior was returning to Federation space following the successful conclusion of her mission, she was struck by a powerful subspace shock wave caused by the destruction of the Klingon moon, Praxis. Upon discovering the cause of the disaster, West immediately contacted the Klingon High Command to offer his ship's assistance. The Klingons, however, turned the offer down, requesting that West obey treaty stipulations and remain outside the Neutral Zone. Thereafter, West reported the incident to Starfleet Command. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

USS Excelsior and Kang's cruiser faceoff

The Excelsior encounters Kang's battle cruiser

Following the arrest of James T. Kirk and Leonard McCoy on charges of assassinating Klingon chancellor Gorkon, Captain West ordered an aborted raid into Klingon territory from Sector 21185 on an ill-advised rescue attempt. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; VOY: "Flashback")

West, who attempted to sneak the Excelsior into Klingon territory by traversing the Azure Nebula, was discovered by a Klingon battle cruiser commanded by Kang. While West explained that the Excelsior was on a survey mission, studying the nebula, and had gotten lost due to a malfunction in the navigation system, Kang offered to escort the Excelsior back to Federation space. As the Excelsior emerged, she fired a modulated positron beam that triggered a thermochemical reaction, and successfully disabled Kang's ship.

USS Excelsior and Enterprise firing on Chang

Firing photon torpedoes on Chang's Bird-of-Prey

The Excelsior then made a break for Qo'noS, but was almost immediately intercepted by three Klingon battle cruisers. The Excelsior and Klingon ships continued to exchange fire until the Excelsior was forced to retreat back to Federation space. (VOY: "Flashback")

The Excelsior was viewed as a potential participant in Operation Retrieve and would have worked alongside the USS Eagle and the USS Potemkin. According to the plans, the Excelsior would have provided protection along the Potemkin's starboard flank as the latter ship retrieved the two Starfleet officers. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Shortly thereafter, the Excelsior played a pivotal role in assisting the USS Enterprise-A in the battle at Khitomer against Chang's Bird-of-Prey, and in preventing the assassination of the Federation President at the Khitomer Conference. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; VOY: "Flashback")

The Excelsior becomes a second-in-command flagship of Starfleet.

Command crew

See also: USS Excelsior personnel

USS Vengeance

USS Vengeance
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USS Vengeance

Class: Dreadnought-class
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Section 31
Status: Destroyed (2259)
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A hangar aboard the Vengeance

A hangar aboard the Vengeance
"That's a hell of a ship you've got there."

The USS Vengeance was an unmarked Federation Dreadnought-class starship under the command of Admiral Alexander Marcus and in the service of Section 31 in 2259. It was launched from the Io Facility, a spacedock in orbit of the Jovian moon Io.

Service history

See also: Battle of Luna

The Vengeance was designed by Khan Noonien Singh for the purpose of preparing the Federation for war against the Klingon Empire and its other rivals and was built at a secret spacedock near Jupiter. After surrendering to Captain James T. Kirk on Qo'noS, Khan provided the coordinates for the Vengeance's location which Kirk then sent to Montgomery Scott to investigate. Soon afterwards, Scott was seen piloting a shuttlecraft into the spacedock where the Vengeance was moored.

Enterprise and Vengeance face off

The USS Vengeance confronts the USS Enterprise

Following the arrival of Kirk and Khan aboard the USS Enterprise, the Vengeance appeared in Klingon space and confronted the ship. Admiral Marcus, in command of the Vengeance, demanded that Kirk hand Khan over to him. Instead, Kirk ordered the Enterprise to warp to Earth so that Khan could stand trial as a war criminal, which would also expose the admiral's secret alliance with Khan.

USS Vengeance strafing the USS Enterprise

The USS Vengeance strafing the USS Enterprise

The Vengeance caught up to the Enterprise while at warp and fired upon it, severely disabling it near Luna. Scott, who had stowed away aboard the ship, temporarily deactivated the Vengeance's weaponry, just as Marcus prepared to finish off the Enterprise.

USS Vengeance detonating

The Vengeance detonating

Kirk and Khan donned thruster suits and flew over to attempt to commandeer the Vengeance. Following their arrival on the bridge, Khan killed Admiral Marcus and seized command of the ship, taking Kirk and his crew hostage. Acting captain Spock allowed Khan to transport the seventy-two advanced long-range torpedoes apparently containing Khan's fellow Augments to the Vengeance, in a negotiated exchange for the Enterprise's safety and the safe return of Kirk, Scott, and Carol Marcus. Khan returned the three hostages to the Enterprise but resumed firing on the ship as soon as they were transported aboard. Spock had anticipated Khan's betrayal and, having ordered McCoy to remove the cryotubes from the torpedoes, caused the torpedoes to detonate within the Vengeance's cargo bay. This crippled the ship and further enraged Khan, unaware that his people had been removed from the torpedoes.

Vengeance going down

Set destination: Starfleet Headquarters!

The Vengeance was caught in Earth's gravitational pull when Khan, believing his fellow Augments to be dead, directed the ship to crash into San Francisco as a massive act of retribution against his former Starfleet masters, narrowly missing an atmospheric impact with the Enterprise en route. The enormous ship cut through the city and obliterated landmarks such as the Alcatraz Penitentiary. Nearly a year later, Starfleet held a memorial service for the lives lost due to Khan's violent acts, including those killed when the Vengeance crashed. At this memorial, Kirk spoke out against what the ship represented and reminded the assembled audience that Starfleet had risked becoming as warlike as its enemies. (Star Trek Into Darkness)


See also: Unnamed USS Vengeance personnel

Technical data

Main article: Dreadnought-class

The Vengeance was specifically designed to be a combat vessel and was larger, faster, and more heavily armed with more advanced weaponry than other Federation ships. According to Khan, it was "twice the size and three times the speed".

A reference vessel for Khan's comparison is not given, but probably is meant to be the Enterprise.

The Vengeance had been built to allow for a minimal crew and was largely automated. It was designed to be controlled by a single person if necessary. Its advanced phasers could be fired while the ship was at warp. The ship was also equipped with additional technologically-advanced features including better shielding, more advanced transporters, and enhanced warp capabilities. (Star Trek Into Darkness)


Dreadnought class weapon

One of the Vengeance's advanced torpedo launchers

The weapons systems of the Vengeance included an array of powerful advanced phasers and two massive swivel-mounted torpedo launchers that could be deployed from beneath the saucer section. The ship could also launch drones which were in turn capable of launching several photon torpedoes before reaching their target. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)

USS Enterprise
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USS Enterprise

Class: Sovereign-class
Registry: NCC-1701-E
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2379)
"...I tend to think of this ship as home."
– Jean-Luc Picard, 2063 (Star Trek: First Contact)
"Space... the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds... to seek out new life forms and new civilizations... to boldly go where no one has gone before."
– Jean-Luc Picard, 2379 (Star Trek Nemesis)

The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) was a Federation Sovereign-class starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. She was the sixth Federation starship to bear the name Enterprise.


Construction and launch

The Enterprise was launched in 2372, on stardate 49827.5 and was, at the time, the most advanced starship in the fleet. She was constructed at the San Francisco Fleet Yards orbiting Earth.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard assumed command shortly after the vessel's christening, just over a year following the destruction of her predecessor. Most of Picard's crew from the USS Enterprise-D were reassigned to the Enterprise-E. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Ronald D. Moore commented: "My working assumption was that the Enterprise-E had her keel laid sometime during TNG's last season and was probably going to be given another name. When the Enterprise-D was destroyed, that Sovereign-class ship was nearing completion and was then christened Enterprise." (AOL chat, 1998)

In service

After a year-long shakedown, the Enterprise was ordered to the Romulan Neutral Zone during the second Borg incursion. Starfleet was officially concerned about possible Romulan military action since many of the available ships had been diverted to fight the Borg, but in reality, Starfleet was worried about Picard's presence at the battle.

USS Enterprise-E engages Borg at 001

The Enterprise at the Battle of Sector 001.

Disobeying orders, Captain Picard returned to Earth, his decision proving instrumental in the Battle of Sector 001.

Defiant and Enterprise-E

The Enterprise passing the USS Defiant

The Borg cube was destroyed, but not before it launched a second vessel towards Earth. This ship created a temporal vortex and traveled back to the year 2063 in order to stop Zefram Cochrane from launching his historic Phoenix warpship and prevent the formation of the Federation by assimilating Earth itself.

The Enterprise, protected by the vortex, chased the Borg into the past and destroyed their ship, then sent an away team to help Cochrane repair the Phoenix.

However, the ship's sensors were damaged during the trip to the past, and unbeknownst to the crew, several Borg drones transported aboard the Enterprise before their ship exploded. They began to assimilate the ship's engineering section below Deck 11, including many crewmembers. They also attempted to build an interplexing beacon on the Enterprise deflector dish to contact the Borg Collective of that time period.

A three man team led by Captain Picard stopped the beacon from being completed by separating the deflector from the ship by disengaging the magnetic locks and then destroying it. Picard eventually realized that the fight was a lost cause, and ordered the evacuation of the ship and an auto-destruct to prevent the Borg from interfering with the Phoenix flight.

He eventually confronted the Borg Queen in main engineering, only to find, to his horror, that the Borg had "assimilated" Lieutenant Commander Data, who aborted the auto-destruct and used three quantum torpedoes to destroy the Phoenix - as Picard begged him not to, the android walked right past his captain as if he wasn't there. However, he had in fact deceived, not joined, the Borg; the torpedoes missed their "target", ending up hitting the USS Pasteur and Data, mockingly repeating the Borg mantra, used the contents of a ruptured plasma coolant tank (the Queen had been too busy taunting Picard to see him approach it) to liquefy the organic components of the Borg, destroying their temporary collective.

The Enterprise crew was successful in helping Cochrane make his flight and instigate First Contact with Vulcans. The ship then returned to 2373 where she was repaired and returned to service. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Seven of Nine made at least two references to the Enterprise and Borg involvement with Cochrane's flight in VOY: "Relativity" and in VOY: "Year of Hell" when she stated "The Borg were present during those events". The incident in "Relativity" was described as an example of a Pogo paradox.
Enterprise-E in Briar Patch

The Enterprise in the Briar Patch

With the Federation Diplomatic Corps negotiating an end to the Dominion War, the Enterprise was relegated to a diplomatic role, much to the dissatisfaction of Captain Picard. In 2375, the Enterprise was conducting a diplomatic mission with the Evora, a new Federation protectorate species, and was scheduled to resolve a dispute in the Goren system when her crew became embroiled in a plot by the Son'a, assisted by Starfleet Admiral Matthew Dougherty, to forcibly remove the Ba'ku from their isolated homeworld in the Briar Patch.

The Son'a (actually vengeful former Ba'ku, exiled from the planet after a failed coup a century prior) planned to harvest metaphasic radiation from the planet's ring system, and needed Starfleet cooperation to carry out the plan. Captain Picard felt the relocation of the Ba'ku was a severe violation of the Prime Directive and resigned his commission, leading a team of Enterprise crewmembers to the Ba'ku planet to prevent their capture and removal.


The Enterprise being pursued by a subspace tear in the Briar Patch

Commander William T. Riker was instructed to take the Enterprise and contact the Federation Council to alert them to the realities of the situation. It was a treacherous journey, since the Briar Patch interfered with external communications as well as the ship's impulse drive.

Two Son'a battle cruisers were sent by Ahdar Ru'afo to intercept the Enterprise before she left the Briar Patch, and severely damaged the ship in the process. The warp core was ejected in order to seal a dangerous tear in subspace created by the isolytic weaponry of the Son'a.

Riker was able to outsmart the Son'a by collecting metreon gas native to the Briar Patch then venting it behind the ship. When the Son'a used their weapons, the gas exploded, destroying one ship and severely damaging the other. This became known as the Riker Maneuver.

Riker convinced the Federation Council to reconsider the plan for the Ba'ku and Captain Picard was reinstated as the ship's commander. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

The Enterprise visited Earth for several days in 2376, around the time the Pathfinder Project made contact with the USS Voyager, and conducted a mission about seven light years from Earth the following year. According to Deanna Troi, it was an important mission. (VOY: "Pathfinder", "Life Line")

Sometime between 2375 and 2379 the Enterprise underwent a major refit. Four additional aft-facing photon torpedo tubes were added, along with one more forward-facing tube: a twin launcher aft of the bridge, a single launcher above the aft hangar deck, and a single launcher at the forward base of the bridge terracing. The bridge was refitted with handrails and the consoles were improved across the port and starboard walls with more detailed displays. Additionally, new nacelle pylons were fitted at that time, slightly longer, broader and more sharply swept than the originals, and fitted with four additional phaser arrays.

USS Enterprise-E, aft

The Enterprise in 2379

In 2379, the Enterprise returned to Earth for the wedding of William T. Riker and Deanna Troi. She departed for Betazed, where another ceremony, a traditional Betazoid wedding, was scheduled.

While en route, the ship detected unusual positronic signals from the Kolarin system, discovering another Soong-type android, the prototype B-4. Shortly following, the Enterprise was ordered to Romulus for a meeting with the new Praetor, Shinzon, who wanted to initiate peace talks. Both the discovery of B-4 and the peace overtures turned out to be a ruse to capture Captain Picard and discover tactical positions of Starfleet vessels.

USS Enterprise-E and Scimitar following collision extraction

Enterprise faces and collides with the Scimitar

Once it became clear Shinzon was going to use his starship, the Scimitar, to destroy all life on Earth and wage war on the Federation, the Enterprise was to join Star Fleet Battle Group Omega and make a stand against Shinzon. Shinzon caught up to the Enterprise in the Bassen Rift, and in the ensuing confrontation, the vessel was severely damaged, including a major hull breach on the bridge, destroying the viewscreen and controls and disabling the warp core.

As a last resort, Picard ordered Counselor Deanna Troi to take control of the Enterprise and have it ram the Scimitar, causing the destruction of much of the saucer section's forward area. The collision disabled the Scimitar, but Shinzon, driven by vengeance, activated his deadly thalaron weapon and trained it on the Enterprise.

The weapon was overloaded and the Scimitar was destroyed due to interference from Commander Data, who sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise, Picard, and, indirectly, Earth.

USS Enterprise-E in drydock 2

Enterprise in drydock over Earth

Following the Scimitar incident, the Enterprise returned to Earth where it underwent an extensive refit in one of the orbiting spacedocks for several weeks. (Star Trek Nemesis)

A cut scene from the script for Star Trek Nemesis revealed that it was the starship USS Hemingway that towed the critically damaged Enterprise to Earth.
According to the Star Trek Nemesis script and a deleted scene, the Enterprise was to explore the Denab system following her refit. In this scene you can also see Commander Martin Madden, the new executive officer, his awkward first encounter with Picard (having, as a joke, been given laughably inaccurate advice by Riker) and a new captain's chair with something most Star Trek bridges have lacked: a seatbelt.

Technical information

In her original configuration, the Enterprise-E was 685 meters long and had 24 decks. She was equipped with twelve phaser arrays and five torpedo tubes.

Picard and crew depart

The main bridge of the Enterprise

By 2379, the Enterprise-E had undergone at least one refit, including four additional phaser arrays and five additional torpedo tubes. The number of decks was also increased by five to a total of 29. (Star Trek Nemesis)

Sections included deflector control, stellar cartography, hydroponics (on deck 11), and one sickbay ward. Main engineering and sickbay were on Deck 16. (Star Trek: First Contact)

The ship could be controlled by a manual steering column located on the bridge. (Star Trek: Insurrection) She was also the first Enterprise to be equipped with an Emergency Medical Hologram. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Ronald D. Moore commented that, as of First Contact, the Enterprise-E "definitely" had no children aboard. (AOL chat, 1998)
USS Enterprise-E shuttlebay

The Enterprise's forward shuttlebay

The Enterprise carried a newer design of shuttlecraft as well as numerous other forms of transportation including a warp-capable captain's yacht, the Cousteau, (Star Trek: Insurrection) and a special multipurpose shuttlecraft, the Argo. (Star Trek Nemesis) The yacht was installed as a part of the saucer section, and detached upon deployment. Other auxiliary craft were launched from two shuttlebays; one at the aft end of the secondary hull, and another near the aft end of the primary hull.

Crewmembers included those of the Human, Vulcan, Bajoran, Betazoid, Bolian, and Trill species, as well as a Klingon and an android. (Star Trek: Insurrection)


See: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) personnel

Command crew

USS Kelvin

USS Kelvin
USS Kelvin.jpg

USS Kelvin

Class: Kelvin-type
Registry: NCC-0514
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (prime reality) (2233)
Destroyed (alternate reality) (2233)
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Assignment patch

The USS Kelvin (NCC-0514) was a Federation Kelvin-type starship that was in service with Starfleet in the early 23rd century. In 2233, the Kelvin was under the command of Captain Richard Robau, while his first officer was Lieutenant Commander George Kirk.

On stardate 2233.04, the Kelvin was on a mission 75,000 kilometers from the Federation-Klingon border. George Kirk's wife, Winona, was also aboard the ship at that time, pregnant with their son, James T. Kirk.

Alternate reality

USS Kelvin engages the Narada

The Kelvin prepares to ram into the Narada

In 2233, the Kelvin encountered a black hole created in 2387 by the detonation of a red matter device, subsequently creating the alternate reality. As the Kelvin was observing the black hole, an unidentified vessel, the Narada, a 24th century Romulan mining vessel commanded by Captain Nero, emerged from the future. The Kelvin was then attacked by this vessel, leading to a battle during which Captain Robau was murdered, leaving George Kirk in command, and James T. Kirk was born. The engagement culminated in the Kelvin being evacuated by its crew – comprised of eight hundred people, including Winona Kirk and her newborn son, but with the notable exception of George Kirk, in addition to several other crewmembers who were killed during the Narada's attack – and the eventual destruction of the vessel. (Star Trek)


Christopher Pike wrote a dissertation on the ship and the actions of its final commanding officer, George Kirk.

In 2255, the Shipyard Bar in Riverside on Earth featured Kelvin-shaped salt-shakers. (Star Trek)

According to co-writer Roberto Orci: "Shortly after the heroic death of George Kirk, the Iowa shipyards were erected by Starfleet to honor and commemorate the sacrifice. Hence, the Kelvin salt shaker in the diner, etc...." [1]
USS Vengeance model

Desktop model of the USS Kelvin

In 2259, a replica of this starship was on display in the office of Admiral Alexander Marcus. The Kelvin Memorial Archive was also named for the ship. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

Command crew

See also: USS Kelvin personnel

Jellyfish (ship)



Affiliation: Vulcan Science Academy
United Federation of Planets
Status: Missing (2387)
Destroyed (2258)

The Jellyfish was a late-24th century starship commissioned by the Vulcan Science Academy for the transport of red matter. It was described as being "our fastest ship" and featured a rotating tail section.


Jellyfish under construction

The Jellyfish being built

After the ship's commissioning in 2387, Ambassador Spock piloted the Jellyfish during his attempt to save the Milky Way Galaxy from destruction by a massive supernova before it destroyed the planet Romulus. Spock used the Jellyfish to inject red matter into the supernova, resulting in the creation of a black hole that absorbed the nova. While the plan succeeded, Spock was unfortunately too late to stop the nova from destroying Romulus.

As Spock was attempting to depart, he was intercepted by the Romulan mining vessel Narada, and both ships were pulled into the black hole. The Narada emerged from the tunnel through space-time in 2233 and was the catalyst for the alternate reality, whereas the Jellyfish exited the black hole twenty-five years later. Upon capture by Nero, the ship was stored inside the Narada. Emerging in the year 2293, Nero later ordered the use of the red matter aboard the seized ship to destroy the planet Delta Vega.

The ship was destroyed when the younger Commander Spock of the alternate reality was able to retrieve the ship and piloted it on a collision course with the Narada, igniting the red matter inside. Spock survived the collision and was beamed aboard the USS Enterprise at the last moment. (Star Trek)


The Jellyfish was outfitted with a chamber designed for the safe storage and transport of red matter, as well as a means of extracting the matter for the purposes of its mission. In addition, the ship featured four forward mounted torpedo launchers and a warp drive.

The ship was also equipped with the means to recognize its pilot, Ambassador Spock, via facial recognition and voiceprint analysis. As a result, it welcomed aboard Commander Spock and allowed him to pilot its controls. It was at this point that he realized who must have helped James T. Kirk return to the Enterprise after being marooned on Delta Vega - asked if he would be able to fly the craft, Spock told Kirk that he likely already had. (Star Trek)


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The Narada drilling into Vulcan (2258)

The Narada drilling into Vulcan (2258)
Class: Mining vessel
Affiliation: Romulan Star Empire, later renegade
Status: Missing (prime reality) (2387)
Disabled (alternate reality)(2233)
Destroyed (prime reality) (2293)

The Narada appears out of a black hole

The Narada appears out of a black hole
"At 23:00 hours last night, there was an attack; 47 Klingon warbirds destroyed by Romulans and it was reported that the Romulans were on one massive ship"

The Narada was a Romulan mining vessel that was in service in the late 24th century. In 2387, the Narada was commanded by Nero; his second-in-command was Ayel. It was transported back in time to 2233 through a black hole after the destruction of Romulus, where it created the alternate reality by destroying the USS Kelvin.


Following the destruction of Romulus by a supernova in 2387, Nero took the Narada to intercept Ambassador Spock, who was attempting to create an artificial black hole which would consume the star before it destroyed more worlds. Both the Narada and Spock's ship, the Jellyfish, went missing after they were pulled into the black hole.

Narada interior

Interior of the Narada

The Narada emerged from the black hole, 75,000 kilometers from the edge of Klingon space, in the year 2233, creating the alternate reality. There, the Narada encountered and attacked the USS Kelvin, easily overpowering the Federation starship. During the attack the Kelvin's commanding officer, Captain Richard Robau, was killed. Lieutenant George Kirk took command. With his ship heavily damaged and facing imminent annihilation by the Narada, Kirk gave the order to abandon ship. To save the lives of those evacuating in shuttles, Kirk rammed the Kelvin into the Narada. Although the Narada sustained enough damage to ensure the safety of the Kelvin evacuees, the Narada was still operational.

The scans the Kelvin took of the Narada's 24th century technology, that went with the survivors on the shuttles, were used by 23rd century Starfleet to reverse engineer the more "advanced" technology seen in the alternate reality, according to a post by Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci on Ain't It Cool News. [2] Director J.J. Abrams also said in an interview with MTV [3] that readings from the Narada "inspired ideas and technology that wouldn't have advanced otherwise."
A deleted scene from the film establishes that the Narada was crippled after it was rammed by the Kelvin. A convoy of Klingon warbirds eventually arrived and captured the ship and its crew. Twenty five years later, Nero and his crew escaped from their imprisonment on Rura Penthe, the Klingon prison planet, reclaimed the Narada, which was kept in orbit, and continued on their mission. [4]
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The Narada warps after the Jellyfish

Twenty five years later, the Narada was involved in an attack on a Klingon prison planet and the destruction of 47 Klingon warbirds. Shortly thereafter, the Jellyfish, with Spock aboard, emerged from the black hole and was immediately captured by the Narada. The Narada then left for Vulcan and drilled a hole into the planet, all the way to its core. When the Federation sent a small fleet to Vulcan to investigate the seismic disturbance, the Narada destroyed them shortly before the USS Enterprise arrived. The crew of the Enterprise successfully stopped the drill, but were unable to stop Nero from injecting red matter, taken from the Jellyfish, into the core of the planet, creating a black hole which quickly consumed Vulcan.

Narada destroyed

The Narada is consumed by a black hole

Following Vulcan's destruction, Nero interrogated the captured Pike using centaurian slugs, forcing the helpless captain to reveal Earth's planetary defense codes. Nero took the Narada to Earth and began drilling into that planet. However, the drilling rig was destroyed by that era's Spock using the Jellyfish, which he confiscated from the Narada. After drawing the Narada away from Earth, Spock rammed the Jellyfish into the Narada. The remaining red matter that was aboard the Jellyfish was ignited, creating a massive black hole which slowly began to crush the ship. Kirk offered to assist the crew of the Narada, but Nero refused. Kirk then had the Enterprise fire upon the Narada to ensure its destruction until the ship was pulled apart and ultimately devoured by the black hole. (Star Trek)

According to writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, Kirk orders the Enterprise to fire on the Narada as it is being pulled into the black hole at the end of the film to prevent the ship from possibly emerging elsewhere and causing more chaos and destruction. [5]


Technical data


Despite being only a mining vessel in its own time, the Narada possessed weaponry far more advanced than that of any ships it encountered in the 23rd century. The primary weapons seemed to be highly destructive missiles, each of which could break into several component projectiles. These projectiles were powerful enough to penetrate the standard shielding which starships of the time utilized. The Narada housed at least enough of these weapons to easily destroy entire fleets of ships; more than fifty vessels were destroyed over twenty-five years.

As a mining vessel, the Narada also had an immense drilling apparatus, which was a platform at the end of a lengthy boom seemingly hundreds of kilometers long. The drill emitted a powerful beam that could penetrate a planet's surface and continue all the way to its core. The high energy output from the beam itself also acted as a disruptor of sorts, causing localized interference in communications and transporter signals.

With the Jellyfish in its possession, the Narada could also deploy bombs loaded with incredibly destructive red matter.

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