In 2160, Captain Mike Volland was the commanding officer of this ship. In that year, the ship was launched from Earth on a mission of stellar chart mapping in the region of space between the sectors 184/02 and 185/38. (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder", okudagram)
|DY-100 class: SS Botany Bay|
|DY-245: SS Hatteras • DY-430: SS Urusei Yatsura|
|DY-500: SS Mariposa • HMS Lord Nelson (DY-500-B) • SS Hokule'a (DY-500-C)|
|DY-732: VK Yuri Gagarin • HMS New Zealand (DY-732 [N])|
|DY-950: DEV Eagle Valley • DY-1200: VK Velikan|
Background information Edit
The name of this ship was mentioned in a list of ships that were launched from Earth, with destinations in or near to the Ficus sector, between the years 2123 and 2190. This list was displayed on Jean-Luc Picard's desk monitor in his ready room aboard the USS Enterprise-D. A legible version of the okudagram first appeared in the reference book, Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Continuing Mission.
"Velikan" was the Russian word for "Giant". In the book The Hunt for Red October, the primary Alfa-class attack sub was named V.K. Konovalov, in honor of Vladimir Konstantinovich Konovalov. This suggests that the use of "VK" was an homage to Tom Clancy. In the real world, Russians do not use prefixes on their ships, but an in-universe explanation could be that "VK" stands for Voenny Korabl, the romanization of Военный Корабль, Military Ship.