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IKS Bortas
IKS Bortas in orbit of Qonos.jpg

IKS Bortas

Class: Vor'cha-class
Owner: Klingon Empire
Operator: Klingon Defense Force
Status: Active (2369)
See IKS Bortas (D5 class) for the D5 class vessel of the 22nd century.

The IKS Bortas was a Klingon Vor'cha-class attack cruiser that was in service with the Klingon Defense Force in the mid-24th century.

In 2366, the USS Enterprise-D was contacted by the Bortas when Captain Picard requested reinforcements prior to entering the Romulan Neutral Zone to investigate a potential Romulan military base on Nelvana III. (TNG: "The Defector")

The Bortas was later Gowron's flagship around and during the Klingon Civil War in 2367-68. It came to accompany the Enterprise as it arrived to Kronos for Gowron's ascension. Later, while Worf was on board, the ship took heavy damage during a surprise attack by ships loyal to the House of Duras at the beginning of the war, but drove off the attackers with assistance from the IKS Hegh'ta. (TNG: "Redemption")

In late 2369, Gowron traveled aboard the Bortas to rendezvous with the Enterprise-D when the latter ship was transporting the reincarnation of Kahless the Unforgettable to Qo'noS. (TNG: "Rightful Heir")

In the Klingon language, bortaS means "revenge." An early draft of the script for "The Defector" mentioned the name Patakt, which later changed to Bortas by the time of the final airing of the episode.

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