Star Trek: Every Captain of the Enterprise
Here is every Captain of every Starship Enterprise across the variousStar Trekmovies and TV series. Beginning with Star Trek: The Original Series, the U.S.S. Enterprise has been at the very heart of the enduring sci-fi franchise created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966. Altogether, the Enterprise has been the focal point of three TV shows and all 13 Star Trek movies starring the crews of TOS and Star Trek: The Next Generation. A fourth series centering on the Enterprise,Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, will launch on CBS All-Access in 2021.
Of course, the two most famous Captains of the Enterprise are James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who shared the big screen together in 1994's Star Trek Generations. In 2001, the prequel series Enterprise (later renamed Star Trek: Enterprise) introduced Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), who commanded the original starship bearing the fabled name in the 22nd century, a hundred years before Kirk's legendary voyages. In 2009, J.J. Abrams successfully rebooted the Star Trek movies and cast Chris Pine as a younger James T. Kirk, who led the Enterprise in a trilogy of films set in the alternate Kelvin timeline, separate from Star Trek's Prime reality. But there have also been numerous other versions of the legendary starship seen throughout the franchise, bearing even more alphabetical designations than "bloody A, B, C, or D," in the words of Kirk's Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott (James Doohan).
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Star Trek has introduced other successful spinoffs set on different starships like Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Discovery, as well as the space station-based Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. But, in the eyes of many fans, it isn't truly Star Trek unless it's about the Enterprise. The men and women who have commanded the Enterprise rank among the greatest heroes in Star Trek, because they know that when you sit in that chair, you can make a difference.And so, here's every single known Captain from every TV show, movie, and alternate reality.
The 22nd Century - U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01
Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) - Star Trek: Enterprise's titular starship was the first United Earth starship that could travel at Warp 5. Captain Archer commanded it during its missions which created pivotal alliances that ultimately led to the founding of the United Federation of Planets, which Archer presided over in 2161.
The 23rd Century - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Captain Robert April - In the 23rd century, Robert April was the first Captain of the Constitution-class U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 deep space heavy cruiser. Christopher Pike was his First Officer during the starship's first five-year mission. Captain April appeared in Star Trek: The Animated Series where he was voiced by James Doohan.
Captain Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter/Sean Kinney/Anson Mount) - Pike became Captain of the Enterprise in 2250 until 2265. Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy/Ethan Peck) served as his Science Officer while Number One (Majel Barrett/Rebecca Romijn) was his First Officer. Pike was later promoted to Fleet Admiral. Captain Pike's voyages will be cataloged in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) - The most legendary Enterprise Captain of the 23rd century, Kirk's five-year mission was seen in Star Trek: The Original Series. Spock held the dual role of the Enterprise's First Officer and Science Officer. Kirk's Enterprise engaged in numerous pivotal missions that resulted in Kirk's promotion to Admiral at the end of his voyages.
Captain Willard Decker (Stephen Collins) - In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Will Decker was Captain of the retrofitted Starship Enterprise when Admiral Kirk demoted him to First Officer and took command on the mission to intercept V'Ger. Decker merged with V'Ger at the end of the film and was listed as "missing in action".
Captain Spock (Leonard Nimoy) - Spock was promoted to Captain and commanded the Enterprise, which was primarily used as a training vessel. In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Admiral Kirk once again assumed command when Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) stole the Genesis Device, which resulted in Spock's death.
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The 23rd Century - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A
Captain James T. Kirk - After stealing the Enterprise to resurrect Spock, and subsequently saving Earth from a space probe seeking to communicate with humpback whales in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Admiral Kirk was demoted to Captain and given command of a new Enterprise, designated NCC-1701-A. Kirk led this Enterprise in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, after which the Enterprise-A was decommissioned.
The 23rd Century - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-B
Captain John Harriman (Alan Ruck) - The Excelsior-class U.S.S. Enterprise-B was launched in 2293 under the command of Captain John Harriman. Their shakedown cruise is infamous for encountering the Nexus, which resulted in the presumed death of Captain Kirk, as seen in the prologue of Star Trek Generations.
The 24th Century - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C
Captain Rachel Garrett (Tricia O'Neill) - The Ambassador-class Enterprise-C made only one appearance, in the TNG episode "Yesterday's Enterprise". The Enterprise-C was meant to be destroyed at Narendra III while defending a Klingon outpost from a Romulan attack, but it fell through a time vortex that altered the timeline. Captain Garrett died before the Enterprise-C could return to its proper era and set the timeline right.
The 24th Century - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D
Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) -Star Trek: The Next Generation's Galaxy-class U.S.S. Enterprise-D was designated as the flagship of the United Federation of Planets. Under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the Enterprise-D's numerous missions involved multiple first contacts with new species, diplomatic and military engagements, and scientific pursuits. The Enterprise-D was destroyed at Veridian III in Star Trek Generations.
Acting Captain William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) - In "The Best of Both Worlds" two-parter, Captain Picard was abducted by the Borg and turned into Locutus. Commander William Riker became the Enterprise-D's Acting Captain and led the successful rescue of Picard and defeat of the Borg, after which Picard resumed his role as Captain of the Enterprise.
Captain Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox) - Perhaps the most despised Captain of the Enterprise, Edward Jellico was assigned to take over the Federation flagship when Picard went on a secret mission and was captured and tortured by the Cardassians in the "Chain of Command" two-parter. After alienating the crew and clashing with Riker, Jellico returned the Enterprise-D back to Picard once he was rescued.
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The 24th Century - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E
Captain Jean-Luc Picard - The Sovereign-class Enterprise-E was the most advanced starship in the Federation when it was assigned to Captain Picard prior to Star Trek: First Contact. Continuing as the Federation flagship, the Enterprise-E was the setting of three Star Trek: The Next Generation movies and the crew successfully faced the Borg, the Son'a, and the Remans led by Picard's clone, Shinzon (Tom Hardy).
Captain Worf (Michael Dorn) - In the canonical novel Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope, which provides the backstory to Star Trek: Picard, Jean-Luc gave up the Enterprise-E when he was promoted to Admiral and tasked with leading the Federation's rescue fleet to save the Romulan people when their star went supernova. At Picard's urging, his First Officer Worf became the new Captain of the Enterprise-E.
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Alternate Reality Enterprise Captains
The 22nd Century Mirror Universe - I.S.S. Enterprise NX-01
Captain Maximilian Forrest (Vaughn Armstrong) - In the Mirror Universe, the NX-01 I.S.S. Enterprise was commanded by Captain Forrest and Jonathan Archer was his First Officer. In the Star Trek: Enterprise "In a Mirror, Darkly" two-parter, Forrest engaged in a tug-of-war for control of the Enterprise to Archer until he was killed by Tholians. However, Archer took command of the U.S.S. Defiant, a 23rd-century Constitution-class starship from the Prime Universe.
The 23rd Century Mirror Universe - I.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Captain Christopher Pike - The I.S.S. Enterprise's original Captain was assassinated by James T. Kirk prior to the events of the TOS season 2 episode, "Mirror, Mirror".
Captain James T. Kirk - After he killed Pike, Captain Kirk maintained his control over the Enterprise thanks to a device called the Tantalus Field, which allowed him to vaporize his enemies remotely. Kirk was briefly switched with his Prime Universe counterpart, who posed as the Mirror Kirk until they were switched back to their proper realities.
Captain Spock - When the Mirror Kirk returned to the I.S.S. Enterprise, Spock relieved him of command, took the Tantalus Field, and also Kirk's mistress Marlena Moreau (Barbara Luna).
"All Good Things..." Timeline - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D
Admiral William T. Riker - In the future reality seen in TNG's series finale, "All Good Things...", the refurbished Enterprise-D (which had a third warp nacelle and could reach Warp 13) was the personal flagship of Admiral Riker.
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26th Century - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-J
Captain Dax - In the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Azati Prime", Captain Archer was brought to a potential 26th-century timeline where the Universe-class U.S.S. Enterprise-J was under the command of Captain Dax, a Trill who hosts the Dax symbiote that once joined with Jadzia (Terry Farrell) and Ezri (Nicole de Boer) from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Kelvin Timeline - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) - In the alternate Kevin timeline created by J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2009 reboot, Christopher Pike was Captain of the Enterprise, which was the Federation flagship, when Starfleet mobilized to save Vulcan from the time-traveling Romulan named Nero (Eric Bana).
Acting Captain Spock (Zachary Quinto) - After Pike was abducted by Nero, First Officer Spock became Acting Captain, which was challenged by cadet James T. Kirk, who later assumed command of the Enterprise as Acting Captain, leading to Nero's defeat.
Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) - As thanks for saving the Earth from Nero, Kirk was promoted to Captain and given command of the Enterprise. Kirk remained Captain in Star Trek Into Darkness and then launched a five-year mission of exploration.
Kelvin Timeline - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A
Captain James T. Kirk - Three years into their five-year mission, the Enterprise was destroyed by Krall (Idris Elba). After Kirk saved the Starbase U.S.S. Yorktown from Krall, he was given command of the newly-built Constitution-class U.S.S. Enterprise-A at the conclusion of Star Trek Beyond.
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Evolution of the Enterprise
Throughout history the name ‘Enterprise’ has been associated with legendary ships, spanning over 600 years.
HMS Enterprize (or HMS Enterprise) was a ship of the British Royal Navy. It was built as a French frigate, originally named L’Entreprize, and was seized by the British in 1705 and rechristened HMS Enterprise. The ship was wrecked in 1707. (Source Memory Beta)
The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was Earth’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, laid down in 1958, launched and christened in 1960, and commissioned in 1961, by the United States of America .
The Enterprise (OV-101) was a space shuttle commissioned by the United States of America’s NASA space agency in the year 1976, and was the first Earth space vehicle to bear the name Enterprise.
The USSEnterprise (XCV-330), previously the UESP Enterprise (7) and also the SS Enterprise, was the first spacecraft named Enterprise to be designated a starship. The UESP Enterprise was originally built as a Starliner, a manned interstellar probe, by the United Earth Space Probe Agency in the mid-to-late 21st century, as one of Earth’s earliest attempts at interstellar travel. (Source Memory Beta) Images of the ship are seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Enterprise episodes: “First Flight”, “Home”.
Enterprise (NX-01) was the first NX-class starship, launched by the United Earth Starfleet in 2151. The Enterprise was the first ship equipped with the experimental Warp 5 engine. Under the command of Jonathan Archer, the Enterprise played a pivotal role in setting up the groundwork for the creation of the United Federation of Planets.
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) was a Federation Constitution-class starship in service to Starfleet during the 23rd century. Launched in 2245 from the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth, The Enterprise was first commanded by Captain Robert April, then by Captain Christopher Pike. From 2264 to 2269, Captain James T Kirk was the third in command and the ship achieved legendary status during the five-year mission.
The Enterprise receives a massive refit in 2270, engaged V’Ger in 2273, and self-destructed over the Genesis Planet in 2285. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) the second Federation starship to bear the name. The Enterprise-A was a Constitution-class starship, which was launched in 2286 and was placed under the command of Captain James T Kirk. Captain Kirk commanded the Enterprise-A for seven years, and the ship’s final cruise before being decommissioned was highlighted by the protection the Khitomer conference as the Khitomer Accords were drafted. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) was a modified Federation Excelsior-class starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 23rd century. This was the third Federation starship to be commissioned to bear the name Enterprise. Launched in 2293 from a spacedock orbiting Earth, under the command of Captain John Harriman. The Enterprise’s maiden journey did not go according to plan. Honored guests aboard for the ship’s maiden voyage included Captains James T. Kirk, Montgomery Scott, and Commander Pavel Chekov, along with many journalists. (Star Trek Generations)
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) was a Federation Ambassador-class starship that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century. This was the fourth Federation starship to be commissioned to bear the name Enterprise. In 2344, the Enterprise-C was under the command of Captain Rachel Garrett. The Enterprise-C was lost and presumed destroyed near Narendra III, when responding to a distress call from the Klingon outpost. When the Enterprise arrived at the outpost, she was engaged by four Romulan Warbirds. (TNG “Yesterday’s Enterprise”)
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) was a Federation Galaxy-class starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. This was the fifth Federation starship to bear the name Enterprise. Launched in 2363 from Starfleet’s Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards orbiting Mars and placed under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. During her career, the Enterprise served as the Federation flagship. The Enterprise was destroyed during the Battle of Veridian III in 2371. (Star Trek Generations)
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. launched in 2372 from the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth and placed under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Under his command, the Enterprise was a participant in defeating the Borg in 2373 and disrupting the plans of the Son’a in 2375. (Star Trek First Contact, Star Trek Insurrection)
Following the Scimitar incident in 2379, the Enterprise returned to Earth where it underwent an extensive refit in one of the orbiting spacedocks for several weeks. (Star Trek Nemesis)
In a possible future, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J) was a Federation starship that was in service to Starfleet in the 26th century. The Enterprise led Federation forces in the Battle of Procyon V, the final battle in the war against the invading Sphere Builders. (ENT episode: “Azati Prime”) (Picture Source Doug Drexler)
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Series of fictional spacecraft
This article is about the Star Trek ship name. For the NASA design proposal, see IXS Enterprise. For the TV series, see Star Trek: Enterprise. For a list of ships named Enterprise, see USS Enterprise.
Enterprise or USS Enterprise (often referred to as the "Starship Enterprise") is the name of several fictional spacecraft, some of which are the main craft and setting for various television series and films in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. The most notable were Captain James T. Kirk's USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from the original 1960s television series, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard's USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Two spacecraft with the name Enterprise predate the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek's fictional timeline.
- Registry: USS Enterprise (XCV 330)
- Service: circa 2130s
- Captain: Unknown
This USS Enterprise (XCV 330) appears in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) among a series of illustrations depicting ships named Enterprise. It also appears as a model in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), together with models of the Wright Flyer, a V-2 rocket, a Bell X-1, a Vostok-3KA capsule, a Space Shuttle orbiter, and some Star Trek universe starships. A painting of this ship hangs on the wall of Earth's 602 Club in flashbacks that appeared in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "First Flight" (2003).
Non-canon sources give more details: The 1979 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology describes this "first interstellar liner" as a Declaration-class ship launched in 2123. Its length is given as 300 metres (980 ft), and it has a capacity of 100 crew and 850 passengers. The Star Trek Maps by New Eye Photography Editors, also published in 1979, listed this ship as a fusion driveprobe that was Earth's first attempt to explore another star system. The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, published in 1980, describes the ship as "the very first starship U.S.S. Enterprise".
United Earth Starfleet's Enterprise is the main setting of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005). Enterprise was the first Earth built starship capable of reaching Warp 5. The ship was commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer and played an instrumental role in the founding of several proto-Federation alliances. Enterprise had significant engagements with the Klingons, Suliban, Xindi and the Romulans and playing a central role in the "Temporal Cold War." It is also featured as a model in Star Trek Into Darkness.
The Original Series era
Three ships named USS Enterprise are featured in the original Star Trek television series and the first through seventhStar Trek films.
Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Service: 2245–2285 (40 years)
Captains:Robert April (James Doohan [voice]), Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter, Sean Kenney, Anson Mount), James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Willard Decker (Stephen Collins), Spock (Leonard Nimoy).
The Federation's first Enterprise is the main setting of the original Star Trek series (1966–1969) and Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–74). Having undergone an extensive rebuilding and refitting, Enterprise then appears in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) in which the starship is destroyed by its crew to escape capture by a Klingon Bird Of Prey. The bridge of the iconic vessel appears on the holodeck of the Enterprise-D in the TNG episode "Relics". The ship also appears in the Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", as well as in the closing montage of the final Enterprise episode "These Are the Voyages...". This version also appears briefly in the comedy film Airplane II: The Sequel.
Details of the ship's appearance differed prior to the time period of the original series, including a transparent dome ceiling for the bridge that appeared in the 1965 pilot episode "The Cage", as shown in a flashback to Captain Pike's command in "The Menagerie" (1966). A significantly redesigned version of Captain Pike's Enterprise appears in Star Trek: Discovery's second season, set several years after the events of "The Cage". The new design for the Enterprise, which more closely matches the aesthetic of Discovery, debuted in 2018 at the conclusion of the season 1 finale.
When the Enterprise was reintroduced in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the ship had just completed an extensive refit and redesign that included new slimmer warp nacelles, connected to the secondary hull by angled winglike struts. The updated design would be reused later for the Enterprise's replacement, an identical starship given the name Enterprise and registry number NCC-1701-A.
Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)
Service: 2286–2293 (7 years)
Captains:James T. Kirk (William Shatner)
This ship first appears at the conclusion of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and is the main setting in the subsequent Star Trek movies which use the original crew. The ship is ordered "decommissioned" at the end of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).Non-canon information concerning this ship includes paperwork included with the model kit, which indicated the ship was mothballed at the Memory Alpha ship museum, and the Shatnerverse novel The Ashes of Eden (1996), which depicted Enterprise-A's removal from the mothball fleet before being destroyed defending the planet Chal.
Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B)
Service: 2293–2329 (36 years)
Captains:John Harriman (Alan Ruck), Demora Sulu (portrayed in Generations by Jacqueline Kim)
The Enterprise-B was launched at the beginning of the film Star Trek Generations (1994). During the ship's maiden voyage, prior to it being properly fitted with essential systems, the crew encountered an energy ribbon known as the Nexus, through which James T. Kirk - captain of the two former Enterprise starships, NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A - was officially declared missing and presumed dead.
The design of the Enterprise-B is nearly identical to that of the USS Excelsior, which first appeared in the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. Differences between the Enterprise-B and the Excelsior include: flarings on the outside of the secondary hull, additional and larger impulse engines, and slight differences between the nacelles as well as the bridge modules. Non-canon information concerning the Enterprise-B includes several licensed Star Trek novels in which Demora Sulu, daughter of Hikaru Sulu, followed Harriman as captain. There are also licensed guides, such as the Haynes Enterprise Manual, in which a list of the ship's captains includes Demora Sulu, William George, and Thomas Johnson Jr.
The Next Generation era
Three ships named Enterprise are featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and four TNG-era films.
Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C)
Service: 2332–2344 (12 years)
Captains: Rachel Garrett (Tricia O'Neil)
This ship's first and only appearance is in the Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" (1990). It was destroyed attempting to defend the Klingon outpost Narendra III from Romulan attack. Survivors included Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby), whose alternate timeline version from "Yesterday's Enterprise" travels with the ship back in time to the battle over Narendra III. The actions of the Enterprise-C's crew became a catalyst for the alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.
Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Service: 2363–2371 (8 years)
Captains:Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox)
The main setting of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994). During Star Trek Generations, Enterprise was lost in 2371 after an attack by the Duras sisters' renegade Klingon Bird-of-Prey which caused extensive damage, leading to a warp core breach. Although the saucer section was safely separated before the breach, the shock wave from the exploding engineering hull threw it out of control, and caused it to crash-land beyond recovery on Veridian III. The ship also appears in the first Deep Space Nine episode "Emissary" and the final Enterprise episode "These Are the Voyages..."
Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
Captain:Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart)
The main setting for the films Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek Nemesis (2002). As a Sovereign class vessel, it was the most advanced vessel in Starfleet, and an active participant in the Battle of Sector 001 and the Dominion War.
Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Service: circa 2395
Captain: Full Admiral William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes)
In "All Good Things...", the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Enterprise-D was shown in an alternate future where it had not crashed during the events of Star Trek Generations, and instead had been made Admiral William T. Riker's personal flagship. A third warp nacelle allowed the ship to reach at least Warp 13, and the Enterprise-D had also been equipped with a spinal phaser lance, large phaser cannons on the saucer section, and cloaking ability, making it one of the most powerful starships seen in the Star Trek franchise.
Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J)
Service: 26th century
The "Azati Prime" episode of Star Trek: Enterprise involves time travel and features a scene in which Enterprise-J appears. Enterprise-J operates in a possible timeline during the 26th century. In this timeline, Enterprise-J participated in the Battle of Procyon V, a climactic battle in which the Federation successfully drove the invasive trans-dimensional beings known as the Sphere Builders back into their own realm. The ship's crew included a descendant of the Xindi scientist Degra.
Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F)
Captain: Va'Kel Shon
One version of USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) appears in the massively multiplayer online role-playing gameStar Trek Online. Its design is based on the entry submitted by Adam Ihle for the 2011 "Design the next Enterprise" contest, a joint venture between Cryptic Studios, CBS, and Intel, which ran shortly before the game went "free to play". Enterprise-F made its first appearance in the mission "Boldly They Rode", at the point where USS Enterprise-F appears to help the player defeat the Dominion fleet surrounding Deep Space Nine.
The Mirror Universe first appeared in the original series as an alternate reality where the militaristic Terran Empire exists in place of the regular universe's United Federation of Planets ("Mirror, Mirror"). A montage in the opening credits of the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" shows the Terran Empire logo in use by at least World War II, with licensed novels putting the divergence before Shakespeare, or even classic Greek literature.
Registry:ISS Enterprise (NX-01)
Captains: Maximilian Forrest (Vaughn Armstrong), Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula)
The Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" features a Mirror Universe version of NX-01 Enterprise. This ship is equipped with a cloaking device, deflector shields, a tractor beam, a prototype agony booth, and different exterior markings. It is commanded by Captain Maximilian Forrest, although for a brief time his first officer, Commander Jonathan Archer, takes command following a mutiny. This Enterprise is destroyed by the Tholians.
Registry: ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Captains: Christopher Pike, James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
A Mirror Universe Enterprise appears in the original Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror". The ship is equipped with an agony booth and the mirror in the captain's quarters conceals Captain Kirk's deadly Tantalus device. ISS Enterprise was originally the same shooting model as the regular Enterprise. The remastered version of "Mirror, Mirror" includes a CGI version of Enterprise with "ISS" markings on the hull and minor physical differences from USS Enterprise, such as a larger deflector dish, a taller bridge, and altered nacelle details. The ship was also shown orbiting the planet in the opposite direction (clockwise instead of counter-clockwise).
Reboot (Kelvin timeline) films
The 2009 Star Trek film takes place in a new reality created when the Romulan Nero traveled through time via an artificial black hole created by red matter.
Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Service: 2258–2263 (5 years)
Captains:Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)
The main setting for the films Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016). Enterprise is shown during its construction phase at the Riverside Shipyard in Iowa during the first film. A brief shot of the NCC-1701 is seen as the shuttlecraft carrying Kirk and the new recruits into space departs the shipyard later on in the movie. At the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, Enterprise started its five-year mission. The ship was later destroyed by Krall and his alien swarm attack during the events of Star Trek Beyond.
Measurements of this ship's length have ranged from 295 meters to 910 meters. In an article about the 2009 film's visual effects, Cinefex wrote, "The reconfigured ship was a larger vessel than previous manifestations – approximately 1,200 feet (370 m) long compared to the 947 foot (289 m) ship of the original series", and quoted Industrial Light & Magic art director Alex Jaeger discussing the design's growth in size during early production of the film: "Once we got the ship built and started putting it in environments it felt too small. The shuttle bay gave us a clear relative scale – shuttlecraft initially appeared much bigger than we had imagined – so we bumped up the Enterprise scale, which gave her a grander feel and allowed us to include more detail."
A special feature on starships in the Blu-ray (BD) version of the movie gives the length as 2,379 feet (725 m), which would be larger than the Next Generation D and E versions, making it the largest USS Enterprise in the franchise history (not counting the pre-Federation era Enterprise (XCV 330), seen only as a model). This would result in a height of 167m, and a beam of 339m.
Registry:USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)
Captains:James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)
Enterprise-A first appears at the end of Star Trek Beyond after the destruction of the original Enterprise when the crew resume their five-year mission.
Sean Hargreaves stated that he was given the brief to "beef up the neck and arms" on the Ryan Church design, but went further to give the ship echoes of Matt Jefferies' original design.
According to The Star Trek Encyclopedia, the registry number NCC-1701 was devised by Matt Jefferies, art director of the first Star Trek series, inspired by an old science fiction cover that Gene Roddenberry liked, with a starship flying through space. Jefferies, who was a pilot, based NCC on United States aircraft pre-1949 registration codes. In such pre-1949 usage, an "N" first letter refers to an aircraft registered in the United States. A "C" for a second letter refers to a civil aircraft. Jefferies added a second "C" because he thought it looked better.
The Franz JosephBlueprints, the book The Making of Star Trek, and a handful of Star Trek novels speculate that NCC is an initialism for "Naval Construction Contract".
In an interview with the BBC, Jefferies explained that NC is the designation for U.S. commercial aircraft and the Soviet Union's space program used the CCCP designation. He concluded that any major future space projects would likely be a combined international effort, thus he invented the combined designation NCC. The 1701 had two functions, it represented the first (01) ship of a 17th federation cruiser design, and that the digits were unlikely to be misread, unlike 6, 8, or 9.
In Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek pitch, the starship is described as a "United Space Ship", and in two episodes of The Original Series (TOS), Kirk refers to the "United Space Ship Enterprise".
Redesign for Star Trek: Planet of the Titans
In 1976, before Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Paramount had planned a Star Trek film to have been named Star Trek: Planet of the Titans. Early in the production, Ralph McQuarrie had been hired to redesign the Enterprise. The major feature of the redesign was to replace the cigar-shaped secondary hull with a larger, triangle-shaped "delta wing" section. McQuarrie's design was discarded in favor of keeping the general shape of the Enterprise intact for the redesign unveiled in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Three decades later, the McQuarrie design for the Enterprise was adopted as the basis for the design of the USS Discovery in Star Trek: Discovery, a 2017 series that takes place ten years earlier than the original Star Trek.
The captain's yacht is a large auxiliary starship built into the design of several Federation starship designs including the Galaxy-class and Sovereign-class. It was docked to the underside of the saucer section. On USS Enterprise-E, the name of the captain's yacht is the Cousteau. In 2375, the crew of USS Enterprise-E used the Cousteau to travel to the surface of the Ba'ku homeworld, in the film Star Trek: Insurrection.
Designer Andrew Probert came up with the concept of the captain's yacht while designing the USS Enterprise-D. Although it was never seen in use, it is labeled on the master systems display screen in main engineering, docked at the bottom of the saucer section almost directly opposite the main bridge. Probert suggested possible ways for the yacht to be used during the first season, including not showing the yacht but mentioning it in dialogue, but his ideas were rejected. The producers almost used the yacht in the episode "Samaritan Snare", but decided to use an "executive shuttlecraft" due to budgetary constraints. According to Patrick Stewart, the yacht would have been called the Calypso. Producer Ronald D. Moore noted in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual that real-life naval tradition would insist on calling such a craft the captain's gig, rather than the captain's yacht.
Rick Sternbach later designed similar craft for USS Voyager and USS Equinox, known as the aeroshuttle and the waverider, respectively. As on the Enterprise-D, however, these vessels were only depicted on technical schematics and never seen in operation or referred to in dialog.
Reception and influence
Gizmodo's Io9 blog ranked the original design of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) as the best version of the Enterprise, characterizing the original as still superior to 11 later versions of the Enterprise that had appeared in the Star Trek franchise. By contrast, in 2019, SyFy ranked the refit design of the Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A) as the franchise's best, ranking the original design as only the fourth best version of the starship.
Time described each iteration of the Enterprise as "a character in its own right". Over many decades, the starship has influenced real-life activities of NASA and the U.S. Navy:
Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has spoken highly of the influence and legacy of the original Enterprise on other fictional spaceships. Drawing a parallel to comparing athletes between eras, he said of spaceship design, "What matters is not what they look like now, but what they looked to others at the time that they prevailed... There is only one spaceship that's earlier than [the original Enterprise], and that's the flying saucer from The Day the Earth Stood Still. So, what matters here is, what did [the Enterprise] look like at the time it came out (1966) compared with anything that had been imagined before? And when you consider that, that is the most astonishing machine that has ever graced the screen." On the ship's influence upon scientists, Tyson wrote, "The Enterprise was the first ever spaceship represented in storytelling that was not designed to go from one place to another; [it was] only designed to explore. It was revolutionary in terms of what we would think space would, and should, be about."
NetDragon Websoft, a gaming and mobile Internet company in Fuzhou, China, based the architectural design of its headquarters building on the Next Generation-era Enterprise (primarily the Enterprise-E), under an official license from CBS.
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Of the two Enterprises that fell between the ships of the original series crew and the ships of "The Next Generation" crew, one heroically sacrificed itself to stop a war (we'll get to it in a minute). Then there's the B, which makes a cameo appearance in Generations, a not-great movie, captained by Ferris Bueller's best friend. The Enterprise-B isn't even the definitive ship of its class. It's a clone of the Excelsior, last seen under the command of Captain Sulu in The Undiscovered Country.
The ship of "Star Trek: Enterprise." It's fine.
7. NCC-1701-D ("Next Generation" series finale alternate universe Enterprise)
Bringing in elements from alternate timelines that exist solely within single episodes is a good way to fall down a rabbit hole. However: I reserve the right to talk about this ship and none of the others, because when tween me saw the Enterprise-D transformed into a three-nacelle cloaking-equipped war machine, a barely suppressed "hell yes" sprang from my heart.
I always thought the -A was a good-looking ship. It just doesn't have the track record to ascend any higher here. Following its introduction at the end of Star Trek IV, the ship spends Star Trek V the butt of running jokes about how the damn thing doesn't work yet. It's shot up and decommissioned by the conclusion of Star Trek VI. The Enterprise-A has to live down the list because it saved the galaxy only what, twice?
Enterprise-E stars in three movies, two of which aren't very good. That scene at the beginning of First Contact, though. Captain Picard defies orders and swoops in with his jagged new Sovereign-Class vessel to kick a little Borg ass and save the fleet. It tells you all you need to know about the swashbuckling version of Star Trek you're about to watch.
This ship is a one-shot hero. It appears only in "Yesterday's Enterprise," one of the best episodes of "The Next Generation" and most thoughtful uses of time travel in the series. Accidentally transported to Picard and Riker's era, the ship and her crew must choose to return to certain death in their rightful time, sacrificing themselves to protect a Klingon outpost and ignite the Klingon-Federation alliance that blooms a peace in the 24th century.
TNG will forever be my Trek show. I watched it live with my dad and rewatched the collection of episodes he recorded to VHS. I am a Picard man.
The ship, though. For all its neat features like the holodeck and the battle bridge, the Enterprise-D looks like a Mercury Sable station wagon on the outside and a mid-sized American city's convention center on the inside.
2. NCC-1701 (J.J. Abrams universe)
By the mid-2000s, the Ford Mustang had puttered through years of uninspiring 1980s and '90s design cues and needed a breath of fresh air. Then, in 2005, the fifth-generation Mustang roared onto the scene with a look that deliberately echoed the sexy 60s design, updated for the 21st century. The story is similar for the new NCC-1701 that debuted in 2009's Star Trek. Say what you want about the rebooted Trek movies of the 21st century, but J.J. Abrams succeeded in his mission to put the new crew in a hot-rodded version of the original Enterprise design. The computer blues on the bridge, the industrial feel of the engineering section—it works.
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Launched in 2245, the original and illustrious starship U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 was built in the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth. The Constitution-class starship was previously captained by Robert April and Christopher Pike, before coming under the command of Captain James T. Kirk.
The ship arguably gained its status as the most famous space-exploration vessel in history due to its historic five-year mission from 2264-2269. During this mission, Enterprise encounted the Romulans for the first time since the Romulan-Earth conflict, engaged the robotic "Planet Killer" vessel, traveled back in time to 20th-Century Earth, and played host to Khan Noonien Singh, a product of late-20th Century genetic engineering who once fought in the Eugenics Wars.
Kirk's Enterprise had a crew of 430, 14 science labs, an observation deck, a massive lower deck which included main engineering, and a shuttle bay. The ship's armaments included forward phaser banks and photon torpedoes.
The starship underwent several refits, most notably in 2270, which involved an upgrade of most systems and the replacement of the bridge and warp-drivenacelles. This refit Enterprise was, first, commanded by Captain Williard Decker until the V'Ger incident forced a then-Admiral Kirk to assume command.
In 2285, Admiral Kirk assumed command from Captain Spock during a training mission when the Enterprise was diverted to investigate Regula 1. Ultimately, this divergence would result in Kirk's second encounter with Khan, and a brutal combat between Enterprise and the ship Khan hijacked, the Reliant. Captain Spock died on this mission.
Shortly before its decommissioning in 2285, Kirk took the Enterprise -- against orders -- to the Genesis Planet to rescue a rejuvinated Spock. It was also here that the vessel was destroyed by Kirk when threatened by Klingon capture.
USS Enterprise Evolution in Photos: The Many Faces of Star Trek's Favorite Starship
The Enterprise Throughout History
Starship USS Enterprise, serial number NCC-1701, of the United Federation of Planets, has captivated audiences since the debut of "Star Trek" on television in 1966. That fascination has continued to the present day, as the latest installment of the science-fiction franchise, "Star Trek Into Darkness," opens in the US on May 16, 2013. Here we take a look at ships bearing the name of Enterprise in many different incarnations.
USS Enterprise (Sailing Vessel)
The first of all US ships to bear the name of Enterprise was a Continental Navy sloop-of-war that served in the American Revolutionary War on Lake Champlain. Originally a British sloop named "George," it was captured by a small American force commanded by Colonel Benedict Arnold in 1775 and renamed. Later the US forces had to run the ship aground and destroy it in 1777 to avoid capture.
USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in Real Life
A long series of sea vessels were named Enterprise throughout history. The eighth US ship to bear the name was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The US Navy commissioned the giant vessel in 1962, which served until its deactivation in 2012. A new USS Enterprise (CVN-80) is scheduled to become operational in 2025. Regarding Star Trek, the naval warship may have inspired the name of the fictional starship. Also, in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," Uhura and Chekov visit the aircraft carrier Enterprise, though the filmmakers could not shoot aboard the actual ship.
Star Trek Crew Welcomes Real-Life Enterprise
In 1976, NASA's space shuttle Enterprise rolled out of the Palmdale manufacturing facilities, and was greeted by NASA officials and cast members from the original "Star Trek" television series. They are (L to R): NASA Administrator Dr. James D. Fletcher; DeForest Kelley, who portrayed Dr. "Bones" McCoy on the series; George Takei (Mr. Sulu); James Doohan (Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott); Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura); Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock); series creator Gene Roddenberry; an unnamed NASA official; and, Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Chekov).
Space Shuttle Enterprise
In real life, the prototype space shuttle was named Enterprise (OV-101) following a write-in campaign by Star Trek fans. The orbiter conducts a 1977 test flight in this photo.
The VSS Enterprise of Virgin Galactic
Another real-life craft, one of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo vehicles, bears the name VSS Enterprise. It glided over California's Mojave Air and Space Port during the first drop and glide test on Oct. 10, 2010. Eventually the company plans to take "space tourists" on commercial flights.
USS Enterprise (XCV 330)
The experimental craft represents the first Starship Enterprise, although it only appeared as a illustration in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." It again appeared in a painting during the Star Trek: Enterprise episode, "First Flight," thereby dating it prior to 2143 in the Star Trek timeline.
The United Earth Starfleet's Enterprise was an experimental prototype ship, commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer. It appeared as the titular vessel of the prequel television series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005). A mirror version of the ship, ISS Enterprise (NX-01), appeared in the episode "In a Mirror, Darkly."
The Original Starship Enterprise (NCC-1701)
This model of the fictional starship Enterprise was used in filming the weekly hourlong “Star Trek” TV series that aired September 1966 to June 1969. The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, now displays the iconic model.
ISS Enterprise in the Mirror Universe
This ship of the Terran Empire appeared in the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror," which involved a treacherous, violent mirror crew. The mirror ship appears almost identical to the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701).
USC Enterprise (NCC-1701) Animated
Star Trek: The Animated Series ran from 1973-1974, and featured a Starship Enterprise retaining the original TV show's design, though the producers altered certain interior features, such as a second turbolift accessing the bridge.
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- For the mirror universe counterpart, see ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701).
- For the Kelvin timelineEnterprise, see USS Enterprise
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) was a FederationConstitution-classstarship in service to Starfleet during the 23rd century. The vessel was commanded by seven captains, including Robert April, Christopher Pike, and the most famous of them all, James T. Kirk. When construction began on the Enterprise in 2242, the ship was designated NX-0002.
The Enterprise remained in service for forty years, engaging in numerous first contacts, military engagements, and time travel missions. She eventually gained everlasting fame during her five-year mission, under the command of Captain Kirk. Enterprise underwent a massive refit in 2270, engaged V'Ger in 2273, and self-destructed over the Genesis Planet in 2285. The Enterprise would go on to become one of the most famous Federation starships in history; so famous in fact that when Earth and Starfleet had been saved by Kirk and his crew in 2286, the Federation Council and President decided to thank them by recommissioning another Constitution-class starship, the USS Enterprise-A, and assigning them to it. The Enterprise would also be known as the Federation flagship through her service life.
Over the years, the Enterprise crew represented a wide diversity of races and cultures, including some non-humanoids and a variety of humanoid species, including Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, Tellarites, Lirin, Caitians, Betelgeusians, Kelyans, Zaranites, Saurians, Argelians, Rhaandarites, Sulamids, Triexians, Gallamites, Deltans, Tanians and even representatives of reclusive non-aligned cultures, such as a Klingon, Gorn and a Horta.
- See also: Enterprise history.
"Enterprise" has a long and illustrious Earth lineage, from the age of sail through to the Warp 5 engine. In 1705, the BritishRoyal Navy captured the French naval vessel l'Entreprise and renamed her HMS Enterprize, a name which was used in British and American navies through the 21st century.
In 1976, NASA launched a prototypespace shuttle named Enterprise (OV-101). Several other space vessels were named Enterprise, and then in 2151, the Earth Starfleet launched their first warp 5 capable starship, christened Enterprise (NX-01). Under the command of Captain Jonathan Archer, Enterprise became a force for exploration and was fundamental in the process that led to the founding of the United Federation of Planets in 2161.
- For a complete chronology of the Enterprise's activities in this period see: The Early Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701).
Under Captain April
Construction and shakedown
The Enterprise was the first Constitution class vessel to be authorized and construction began at Starfleet Division, San Francisco Fleet Yards, Earth on July 16, 2242. Originally proposed to be named the USS Constitution NCC 1700, due to numerous alterations in design and power it was redesignated NCC 1701. Overseeing the construction was CaptainRobert April, after being appointed by Commodorevan Anling, who worked closely with naval architect Lawrence Marvick, chief construction engineer Franz Joseph IV, and their team, which included Bernice Hart and Montgomery Scott. When construction began, the Enterprise had not yet been named, with the intention that the ship would be named upon completion. (TASnovelization: The Counter-Clock Incident; TOSnovels: Best Destiny, Final Frontier, Vulcan's Glory)
- In the EVcomic: "Flesh of My Flesh", April states that he took command of the ship shortly after the completion of construction at the Utopia Plantia Yards. In the TNGvideo game: Echoes from the Past, the commissioning date of the Enterprise is given as in 2245.
- The William ShatnerTOSnovel: Academy: Collision Course states that the vessel was capable of saucer separation.
Construction on the vessel proceeded well, and 2243 saw the introduction of the prototype duotronic computer system developed by Dr. Richard Daystrom. The introduction proved vital to the ship later the following year, when the half-complete ship was ordered on a top secret mission into the Romulan Neutral Zone to rescue the stricken Federation colony ship SS Rosenberg without attracting the Romulans' attention. Captain April, with the help of acting first officer, CommanderGeorge Samuel Kirk, Sr., managed to rescue the colonists, and make it back to Federation space with the help of t'Cael Zaniidor Kilyle, Field Primus of the Second Imperial Swarm, and commander of the Imperial SwarmbirdChR Raze. During this time, April chose the name Enterprise for the new ship, after being convinced to do so by George Kirk Sr. (TOSnovel: Final Frontier)
During a shakedown cruise under the command of AdmiralCharles Rasmussen, Klingon agents who had replaced various Starfleet Academycadets attempted to steal the Enterprise. The plan was defeated thanks to Rasmussen, who sacrificed his life to save the ship. (TOS - Crewcomic: "Shakedown")
Construction of the Enterprise was completed by early 2245, and the Enterprise was officially launched on July 4, 2245 by Federation PresidentSamuel Solomon Qasr, and attended by former President Jonathan Archer, who had been the commander of the United Earth ship Enterprise (NX-01) nearly a century earlier. Following the launch ceremony, the Enterprise began shakedown cruises under the command of Captain April. The shakedown cruises went well and the Enterprise was finally commissioned on January 3, 2246 and began its first five-year mission of exploration. (TASnovelization: The Counter-Clock Incident; ENTepisode: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II")
- In the STreference: Federation: The First 150 Years, the ship's launch date was April 11, 2245.
The first five-year mission
In October2246, the Enterprise was the first Federation ship to reach Tarsus IV with food and supplies for the famine-stricken colony; however, interference from the KlingonwarshipIKS Kut'luch meant that the Enterprise was too late to stop the execution of 4,000 colonists at the hands of Kodos the Executioner. (TOS - Enterprise Logsshort story: "Though Hell Should Bar the Way")
In 2249, the Enterprise welcomed back George Samuel Kirk Sr. and his 16-year-old son James T. Kirk, as the starship transported them to a newly discovered archaeological site on the planet Faramond. (TOSnovel: Best Destiny)
Under Captain Pike
The Enterprise returned from its first successful five-year mission in June 2251 (reference stardate1/9506), and Captain April was promoted to commodore. April recommended that Christopher Pike, who at that time commanded the USS Yorktown, would be a logical replacement. Pike assumed command and the Enterprise embarked on another five-year mission. (FASA RPGmodule: The Federation; TOSnovel: Vulcan's Glory; EVcomic: "Flesh of My Flesh")
Two years into Pike's command, just prior to beginning a long term survey of the Pathiad Nebulatae the Enterprise's science officer was struck down with a bout of virillian toxic fever. At the recommendation of Robert April, Pike enlisted the then Cadet Spock to fill the role giving him the rank of acting ensign. (EVcomic: "Flesh of My Flesh")
Spock's first few weeks on the Enterprise saw a rise in tensions among the crew as they reacted badly to his cold, logical, assessments of events, such as the recent hostage situation the Enterprise had been involved with at Reebi Station. The crew started to become more accepting to Spock following a mission to Magefferus-3 when he laid the foundation for bringing peace to the world by inspiring the inhabitants with his emotional control. (TOScomic: "Alien Spotlight: Vulcans")
In 2254 the Enterprise was diverted from its scheduled mission to the Marrat system to investigate some unusual activity. It soon found the culprit when it was attacked by a Ngultor ship which disabled many of the Enterprise's systems and knocked out the crew while it took it into tow to deliver to its mothership. Fortunately the crew were able to restore the Enterprise’s systems in time to break free and destroy the mothership before it consumed them. (EVcomic: "Flesh of My Flesh")
Following the Ngultor incident the Enterprise proceeded to the Marrat Nebula where it drove off an attack by a local brigand on Starbase 13. It then proceeded to investigate the Pharos siteworld, above which it battled the IKS Varchas in defence of the Federation project on the planet. Pike ended the battle by destroying the siteworld. (EVcomic: "The Fires of Pharos")
The Enterprise next visited Rigel VII to witness the planet's admission into the Federation. Unfortunately rogue elements began a coup and Enterprise personal were killed and injured. The Enterprise proceeded to Vega colony to make use of its advanced medical facilities. En route it answered a distress call from Talos IV and made first contact with the Talosians. Due to their ability to project illusions, Starfleet ships were forbidden to ever again visit the planet. Under General Order 7, such a visit was grounds for the only death penalty left in Starfleet. (EVcomics: "Our Dearest Blood", "Nor Iron Bars a Cage"; TOSepisodes: "The Cage", "The Menagerie"; WizKidsmodule: Attack Wing)
The Enterprise was next sent to investigate the disappearance of the USS Cortez at Darien 224. It soon found that the other starship had been commandeered by a faction from an isolated colony of Vulcans on the planetoid which attacked the Enterprise. Following the battle the damaged Enterprise suffered further stresses by flying into Darien's atmosphere to rescue Enterprise personnel before the planetoid was destroyed. (EVcomic: "Cloak and Dagger")
The Enterprise spent a week at Deep Space Station K-12 undergoing repairs. While there Pike took a shuttle to Earth after being informed his father was unwell. The message was a fake sent by the CommanderKaaj of the IKS Varchas, seeking revenge for his shaming in the Marrat nebula. Fortunately the Enterprise crew were able to uncover the scheme and drive off the Varchas before the Klingons were able to kill Pike. (EVcomic: "The Flat, Gold Forever")
The Enterprise next visited Neyda Prime and Liria before battling a Chakuun Ghostship which had attacked Jubal. The Enterprise limped home to Earth for repairs and then headed a task force to defend Federation colonies along the Tholian border from further Chakuun attacks. (EVcomics: "Immortal Wounds", "One of a Kind", "The Fallen")
The task force soon saw action in defence of Theta Kalyb where four of the other ships in the force were destroyed before the Chakuun retreated. The Enterprise and the only other surviving vessel, the USS Nelson, went to Starbase 45 to undergo repairs. (EVcomic: "The Fallen")
While the Enterprise was still in spacedock Robert April temporarily retook command while Pike was sent on a top secret mission to Temazi. The Enterprise was also sent to Temazi shortly after where it battled a pair of Klingon D7 class vessels in orbit. (EVcomics: "Futures", "Thanatos", "Nemesis")
During the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-57 the Enterprise was ordered to continue its five year mission and remain away from the front lines as Starfleet intended the ship and her crew to be a weapon of last resort. Being forced to remain away from the front lines took a toll on all of the ship's crew. (DSCepisode: "Brother")
In around April 2256, Enterprise was sent to investigate the disappearance of a number of civilian ships in the Pergamum Nebula. The objective was to survey the mostly unknown region for an entire year. When hostilities with the Klingon Empire escalated to a war, Enterprise was ordered to stay put. After a short confrontation with the Pirate ship Deathstrike, Enterprise began am expedition of the polar regions of the planet Susquatane. The planetary expedtion sites were attacked by then unknown enemies in the last days of 2256. All thirty members of the expedition where assumed dead by Enterpriseʼ crew. In actuality the thirty crewmembers were forcefully recruited by the Boundless: A warring fraction operating in the pergamum. In April 2257Enterprise got involved into a conflict between the boundless and the Rengru. During the attack, Enterpriseʼ crew was separated as a consequence of a saucer separation. While the saucer crashed upside down on a the icy planet Defoe, the engineering section under the command of Number One started to investigate the Rengru. After they successfully established contact with the Rangru, Enterprise was re-united around May 2257. After Enterprise diplomatically ended the conflict between the boundless and the rangru, she returned heavily damaged to Earth. (DSCnovel: The Enterprise War)
Shortly after the end of the war with the Klingons, the Enterprise suffered a catastrophic systems failure while on her way to investigate red bursts that had appeared throughout the galaxy. This systems failure forced Captain Pike to send out a priority one distress call. The USS Discovery responded to the distress call and rendezvoused with the Enterprise. (DSCepisodes: "Will You Take My Hand?", "Brother").
Captain Pike was named the temporary commanding officer of Discovery to investigate the red bursts while Starfleet made preparations to have Enterprise towed back to spacedock for repairs. (DSCepisode: "Brother")
In 2262, the Enterprise entered spacedock for an extensive refit, which completed two years later. (TOSnovel: Where Sea Meets Sky)
Kirk's five-year mission
- For a complete chronology of the Enterprise's activities in this period see: The Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (2264 to 2270).
In 2264, command of the Enterprise was passed on to James T. Kirk, the youngest captain at that time, when Pike was promoted to fleet captain and assigned overall control of Constitution-class starship operations. (TOSnovel: Enterprise: The First Adventure; FASA RPGmodule: The Federation) The Enterprise's first mission under Kirk wasn't a deep-space exploratory mission or a mission of importance, but to transport the Warp-Speed Classic Vaudeville Company around the Federation Phalanx to Starbase 13. Although Kirk was very reluctant to this first assignment, Admiral Kimitake Noguchi, though he needed the time to work out his command, and ordered him to do it or lose the Enterprise. The voyage was far from uneventful, however, after encountering the rebel KlingonBird-of-PreyQuundar, and encountering a generational vessel. (TOSnovel: Enterprise: The First Adventure)
- The USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual reference book gives 2263 as the year in which Kirk was given command of the ship.
Following several other adventures, the Enterprise was finally dispatched on a five-year mission, in which the ship's primary mission was to seek out and contact alienlifeforms. Beyond this primary mission, the Enterprise was also charged with defending Federation territory from aggression, aid member worlds in crisis, and provide support for scientific expeditions and colonies that were working in the Enterprise's patrol area. (TOSepisodes: "Balance of Terror", "The Cloud Minders", "Journey to Babel", "The Deadly Years", "The Man Trap")
Over the course of the five-year mission, the Enterprise visited many different planets and encountered representatives from dozens of different species. On many occasions the Enterprise made first contact with beings that hadn't been encountered by the Federation before, including stellar neighbors, voyagers from outside the Milky Way, and powerful non-corporeal entities.