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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

Starbase11 chart

NCC-1700 among other ships listed on Stone's status chart

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 named this ship the USS Constitution, and stated that it was the prototype of the Constitution-class. Michael Okuda, author of the Encyclopedia, based his marrying of the registry to the name by taking his cue from Gregory Jein's influential 1973 article, "The Case of Jonathan Doe Starship". Star Trek studio model builder Jein in turn, had made an attempt in the article to "logically" couple the registry numbers as seen in "Court Martial" with the names listed in the 1968 reference book The Making of Star Trek, and bombarded the Constitution as the class vessel for a newer "MK IX sub-class", in order to make sense of the lower registry numbers. [1] The "MK IX" specifier was actually used, but unreadable on a graphic on a computer screen that Scotty was reading, showing a phaser bank diagram for the class in the second season episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" of Star Trek: The Original Series.

The name Constitution had already been established by the producers at the start of second season of the Original Series, when they composed a definitive fourteen ship list belonging to the Constitution-class, then still referred to as "Starship-class" by them, including the Constitution. D.C. Fontana's earlier "(...)famous fighting ships of the past(...)" annotation on her first memo proposal, not yet featuring the name, indicated that the producers had the 18th century American warship USS Constitution – one of the first six commissioned by the United States Navy – in mind when adding the name to the list, making her, like her fictional counterpart, a class sister of the historical USS Constellation. (The Making of Star Trek, pp. 164-165) But unlike the fictional USS Constellation, the Original Series has afforded no opportunity to actually feature the ship.

Constitution diagram

NCC-1700 diagram seen in Star Trek II and III

Diagrams seen on monitors of any Constitution-class ship created for the second and third outings of the Star Trek films, depict graphics derived from the Star Fleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph, who incidentally also coupled the registry number to the USS Constitution as the likewise MK IX class vessel, of the ship being labeled "NCC-1700". The complete original drawing (which was otherwise near indiscernible and/or illegible in its on-screen movie appearances) 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

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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