|The disaster recorder from the SS Valiant|
The SS Valiant was an Earth starship that was in service in the mid-21st century. In 2065, the Valiant embarked on a mission of deep space exploration. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II", display graphic)
During the expedition, the Valiant encountered a magnetic space storm that overwhelmed her impulse engines and swept the vessel into the energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy. The galactic barrier caused severe damage to the Valiant, and the death of six crewmen. One of the crewmen affected by the barrier began to develop extremely powerful psychokinetic abilities, posing a threat to the ship. In an effort to stop this individual, who was growing more dangerous, the captain of the Valiant gave the order to destroy his own ship.
By 2265, the Valiant had been missing for two hundred years. The disaster recorder ejected from the Valiant just prior to its destruction was recovered by the starship USS Enterprise, as the Enterprise was preparing to probe outside the galaxy. Reviewing the data recovered from the memory banks of the recorder, the crew of the Enterprise discovered the final fate of the Valiant. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")
|Starships named Valiant|
|SS Valiant • USS Valiant • USS Valiant (NCC-74210) • USS Valiant (NCC-75418)|
Background information Edit
The year of launch and the type of mission for the SS Valiant were stated on a computer screen graphic in ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II". The episode VOY: "Friendship One" suggests however that the launch might have actually occurred a few years later. In the episode, the Friendship 1 probe launched in 2067, was said to have paved the way for all the manned missions sent out to contact other species.
Although the Valiant's call letters aren't established in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", they are said to be VAL 115 in the episode's script. The script also refers to the ship, interchangeably, as both the U.S.S. Valiant and the S.S. Valiant, but most commonly with the former of those prefixes. It is additionally described in the script as a galactic survey cruiser. 
The Valiant was again referred to as a galactic survey cruiser in Star Trek Maps (1980), which also gives the vessel the registry NCC-S1104. According to the same source, the ship exited the galaxy at a vertical upward angle slightly towards the galactic center and encountered the galactic barrier approximately 780 light years away from Earth. The same account of an upward trajectory was repeated in the Star Trek Star Charts (2002) (pg. 10). However, the point at which the ship encountered the barrier was depicted to be approximately two thousand light years away from Earth.
A model of the Valiant was built by Greg Jein for the first edition of the Star Trek Chronology (1993). On its hull the ship was named Valiant with no USS or SS. The model was also marked with the registry number ADC-11031 and the number 02 on the bridge module. wbm According to Doug Drexler, this model influenced the design of the SS Conestoga, a ship also launched in the 2060s, created for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Terra Nova". wbm