The Complete Guide to Star Trek's Constitution Class Starships
Did you know that the original Star Trek TV show had 79 episodes? Even more interesting, the Star Trek franchise consists of 12 different TV series, each featuring various ships.
If you're a Star Trek fan, then you may be wondering about the Constitution Class starships seen in the show and what some of the most iconic ships in its Starfleet were. This article covers the Constitution Classes first run of "United Space Ships".
Queen of the Fleet First Run of the Constitution Class Starships
The Constitution Class Starships first class consists of the USS Constellation NCC-1017, USS Constitution NCC-1700, USS Endeavour NCC-1895, and the famous USS Enterprise NCC-1701. Here's a brief breakdown of each ship.
USS Constellation NCC-1017
The Constellation NCC-1017 was launched in 2245. This was under Captain Matthew Decker's command. This ship was used to complete five missions, and, in 2263, when Decker was promoted to commodore, he stayed on as the ship's commander.
The Constellation NCC-1017's crew of 400 came into contact with various destroyed star systems on Stardate 4202.1 of the year 2267. The ship was known for its investigation into a heavy subspace interference later named the "Doomsday Machine"
USS Constitution NCC-1700
The Constitution NCC-1700 was classified as part of the Class I Heavy Cruiser Federation Starship class. Constitution ships were known as the premier frontline of Starfleet vessels and were primarily used in the second half of the 23rd century.
The Constitution NCC-1700 was among a fleet of ships designed for the sole purpose of long-duration excursions and patrol missions that required little outside support. Some best-known missions could operate on a five-year cycle.
USS Endeavour NCC-1895
Starfleet's 23rd-century Federation Constitution class ship was the USS Endeavour NCC-1895. In the year 2298, this ship embarked upon a deep space exploration mission. A Starship Mission Assignments chart named it on the USS Enterprise-A bridge.
Later in the year 2293, this ship was named one of the Sector 21166-8 ships in the command briefing for "Operation Retrieve."
USS Enterprise NCC-1701
The USS Enterprise NCC-1701 was part of the Federation Constitution-class starships in the 23rd century, operated by Starfleet. This was the first starship in the federation to feature the name "Enterprise." This ship's years of service were from 2245 to 2285, where it remained a training vessel until 2285 when it was destroyed over the Genesis planet.
For Star Trek ship ranking, the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 E was considered to be the most technologically advanced starship to date.
The USS Constellation
The USS Constellation class of ships range from the Essex NCC-1697 to the Defiant NCC-1764.
Let's take a look at the brief history of each ship..
USS Essex NCC-1697
The Essex NCC-1697 is part of Starfleet's Federation starships in the 23rd century. It was an unnamed ship that eventually had a layover in 2267 at Starbase 11.
A star chart indicated the ship's number and its repair status, and it was identified by its hull number.
USS Excalibur NCC-1664
The Excalibur NCC-1664 was used during the 23rd century as a Federation Constitution-class starship. It was commanded by Captain Harris in 2268.
The ship completed a series of fleet war games in 2268 where a total of four starships competed against the USS Enterprise. The Excaliber suffered significant damage and all hands were lost.
USS Exeter NCC-1706
The Exeter NCC-1706 was part of the Constitution class's initial batch of starships. It was ordered on stardate 0965 for Starfleet. It later earned a new registry number of NCC-1672.
USS Farragut NCC-1647
The Farragut NCC-1647 was a heavy cruiser and part of the Federation Constitution class in the 23rd century, servicing Starfleet.
It was initially used as early as 2247 and was under Captain Nechama Rabin's command.
USS Hood NCC-1703
The Hood NCC-1703, occasionally called the NCC-1707, was a heavy cruiser and part of the Federation Constitution class. It was used by Starfleet during the 23rd century. On stardate 1/9307, the ship was commissioned and launched. Its construction was authorized on 0965.
USS Hornet NCC-1868
Captain Leedson commanded The Hornet NCC-1868. They were sent to the USS Pompeii and the USS Enterprise to regain control of the USS Star Empire, which had been stolen.
During this battle, the Hornet was damaged and surrendered when the Pompeii was ultimately destroyed.
USS Intrepid NCC-1631
The Constitution class's initial batch included The Intrepid NCC-1631. It was authorized to be appropriated by Starfleet with a stardate of 0965.
Its original registry number was NCC-1708. The Vulcans built this ship to MK I, and she entered service eventually with a stardate of 1/8804.
USS Kongo NCC-1710
The USS Kongo NCC-1710 was part of the Constitution-class starship's first batch. These ships were authorized by the Starfleet appropriation and had a stardate of 0965.
This ship was later built to the specifications of Mark II.
USS Lexington NCC-1709
The Lexington NCC-1709 was a Federation starship in the 23rd century. This heavy cruiser was a Constitution class and used as part of Starfleet services. It had a layover in 2267 at Starbase 11, and the ship's registry was later charted as having had several vessels repaired.
USS Potemkin NCC-1657
The USS Potemkin NCC-1657 was also part of the Federations fleet of starships during the 23rd century. This heavy cruiser was part of the Constitution class with a registry number of NCC-1711.
This is according to the Star Fleet's Technical Manual. However, the ship is listed as NCC-1702 in the FASA RPG series.
USS Republic NCC-1371
The USS Republic NCC-1371 was a heavy cruiser and part of the Federation Constitution class commissioned to serve Starfleet. This was during the 23rd century.
The ship eventually served as a training vessel for the Starfleet Academy by the year 2251. Captain Rollin Bannock commanded it.
USS Valiant NCC-1623
The Valiant NCC-1623 is one of the most famous ships, with a legacy dating back to the 20th century. It was originally known as a killer submarine and battleship. However, once humanity progressed to the stars, the Valiant pushed forward and evolved.
USS Yorktown NCC-1717
The USS Yorktown NCC-1717 was a heavy cruiser with the Constitution class heavy cruiser. it was part of the Starfleet services and on active duty in the 23rd century's second half. Its original registry with the Star Fleet Technical Manual was NCC-1704.
USS Eagle NCC-956
The USS Eagle NCC-956 was a Constitution-class Federation starship and considered a Bonhomme Richard subclass. This heavy cruiser was part of the 23rd century and services Starfleet.
This ship was known for being illustrious and highly decorated and had a crew that consisted solely of Andorians.
USS Defiant NCC-1764
The last Federation Constitution-class starship was the USS Defiant NCC-1764. It was operated by Starfleet and was one of three ships that would be called "Defiant."
The Defiant was later named in honor of the HMA Defiant, a British warship. This took place at Tranquility Base on Luna.
Star Trek Constitution Class Starships
Now that you know more about the Star Trek Constitution Class starships, including the Constitution Class's first run of starships and the ships in the USS Constellation class, you can understand why each ship was equally important when in use. Although some ships were more advanced than others, each served a unique purpose in Star Trek's Starfleet.
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