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NCC-1700
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Class: Constitution-class
Registry: NCC-1700
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2267)

NCC-1700 was the registry of a Constitution-class Federation heavy cruiser that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-23rd century. (TOS: "Court Martial"; TNG: "Datalore")

In 2267, NCC-1700 was listed as one of several vessels undergoing repair. Commodore Stone referred to this chart when the USS Enterprise arrived at Starbase 11 following an encounter with an ion storm. (TOS: "Court Martial")

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Background information Edit

Starbase11 chart
NCC-1700 among other ships listed on Stone's status chart
Constitution diagram
NCC-1700 diagram seen in Star Trek II and III

This starship has never been named in the Star Trek canon. The registry number was first seen in "Court Martial" and was associated with a Constitution-class vessel via a schematic in "Datalore". The Star Trek Encyclopedia names this ship the USS Constitution, and states that it was the prototype of the Constitution-class. The Making of Star Trek listed the Constitution as one of fourteen starship names established by the production staff in 1968, but did not identify it by class or registry. Michael Okuda, author of the Encyclopedia, based his marrying of the registry to the name on a 1973 article, The Case of Jonathan Doe Starship, written by studio model builder for Star Trek, Gregory Jein. In the article, Jein had made an attempt to "logically" couple the registry numbers as seen in "Court Martial" with the names in The Making of Star Trek.

Diagrams seen on monitors of any Constitution-class ship created for the films depict drawings by Franz Joseph, taken from his Star Fleet Technical Manual, of the ship being labeled "NCC-1700". The complete original drawing (unseen and/or illegible on-screen) in the Star Fleet Technical Manual bears the label "Constitution class" in the accompanying text.

Subtle differences between the depictions of NCC-1700 in the Franz Joseph drawings used, and that of NCC-1701 in "The Enterprise Incident" lead to the conclusion that there exist some minor design differences between the two ships. The TOS Enterprise had different dimensions than the Franz Joseph Constitution, as Joseph's drawing had bulkier nacelles and different curves on the saucer and primary hull. Joseph's depiction of the Constitution also featured external phaser mounts and other technical details the original Enterprise model lacked.

Apocrypha Edit

This vessel has also been mentioned in several licensed publications. The depictions of the ship vary as those sources were created separately from the filmed version.

Other sources have listed additional starships that have borne this name:

USS Constitution (22nd century)
Torpedoed by the Tarn (Pocket TNG: The Forgotten War)
USS Constitution (NCC-2025)
Excelsior-class (Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)
USS Constitution (Galaxy-class)
USS Constitution (NCC-41869)
In an alternate reality, commanded by Captain Robert Picard (Pocket TNG: Forever Dark)

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