The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C was the 4th Starfleet starship to carry the name Enterprise. She was commissioned in 2332. With a crew compliment of about 1000 enlisted personnel and 300 officers with Captain Rachel Garrett in command.
Part of the "Heavy Cruiser Ambassador" class of Starfleet ships the Enterprise C was 1720 feet long with 33 decks and was intermediate in size between the Excelsior-class and the Galaxy-class. She was 283.006 meters [928 feet 6 inches] wide, 101.955 meters [334 feet 6 inches] high and had a mass of 3,710,000 metric tons. In addition, the ship had three engineering levels.
The Enterprise C was armed with both phaser banks and photon torpedoes with coverage to both fore and aft firing arcs plus a phaser emitter was also located on the secondary hull close to the deflector dish.
The main bridge was located on top of the primary hull with only seating for the Captain located at the center of the bridge. In front of and to the right of the captain was the ops station, with the helm station to the left. The consoles were similar to that used on the bridges of Excelsior- and Galaxy-class starships. At the very front of the bridge was a large viewscreen, with a freestanding console located directly below. Against the back walls of the bridge were consoles for the tactical, engineering, and science positions. Additional displays flanked the aft consoles. The bridge was accessed through two doors, located on the forward halves of the port and starboard walls.
In 2344, the Enterprise C responded to a distress call from the Klingon outpost on Narendra III, which was under attack by the Romulan Star Empire. When the Enterprise arrived at the outpost, she was engaged by four Romulan warbirds. The ship suffered major damage to her warp nacelles and external hull, with 125 crew members surviving.
During the battle, a temporal rift was created. The ship entered it and, almost instantly, emerged from it, emerging in the year 2366 (exactly 22 years, three months and four days later), and encountered her successor, the Galaxy-class USS Enterprise-D. The crew discovered that the outpost at Narendra III had been completely destroyed, and a state of war existed between the Klingon Empire and the Federation. Both crews eventually realized that the current timeline was a result of the Enterprise-C's absence from the battle, and determined that the Enterprise-C needed to return to their own time through the rift.
While the Enterprise-D assisted in repairs, both ships soon came under attack from the Klingons, and Captain Garrett was subsequently killed.
The last surviving senior officer of the Enterprise-C, Lt. Richard Castillo, assumed command of the ship and, under the protection of the Enterprise-D, took her back into the rift to return to 2344.
The Enterprise-C returned at the same time it left its own timeline. It engaged the Romulans in a fierce battle and was eventually destroyed. In the aftermath of the battle, the Klingons were deeply impressed by the act of self-sacrifice by a Starfleet crew to protect a Klingon outpost, and the Enterprise C's ultimate legacy was reinforcing the relations between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets, leading to a close alliance of peace.
Starfleet would not commission another Enterprise,the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D until nearly two decades later in 2363.