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A skeleton crew features a minimal number of crewmen required for starship or space station operations, sometimes fewer. They are often formed during emergencies.

The D5 class variant was capable of operating with a skeleton crew of just four. (ENT: "Marauders")

The final version of the Xindi superweapon was designed to be operated by a skeleton crew. (ENT: "Azati Prime")

In 2268, the USS Enterprise needed a skeleton crew of twenty while using the M-5 computer. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

In 2287, Starfleet Command had the USS Enterprise-A go to Nimbus III, much to Captain Montgomery Scott's dismay as he remarked, "the ship's in pieces and we've got less than a skeleton crew aboard!" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

In 2368, Commander Data suggested a skeleton crew from the USS Enterprise-D could take the Kallisko to a starbase. (TNG: "Silicon Avatar")

In 2369 a skeleton crew operated the space station Deep Space 9 after a aphasia virus infected everyone except Quark and Odo. (DS9: "Babel")

The term was not spoken in the episode but is in the script of the episode.

In 2370, the Enterprise-D was left with only a skeleton crew under the command of Beverly Crusher while the rest of the crew were on the surface of a planet, searching for Data. (TNG: "Descent", "Descent, Part II")

A few weeks later, a skeleton crew was left to run Deep Space 9 during a plasma disruption that forced the evacuation of the station. (DS9: "Invasive Procedures")

After the Reckoning began on Deep Space 9 in late 2374, a skeleton crew remained aboard once the majority of the station's population had left. (DS9: "The Reckoning")

Several scripts described small numbers of crew seen working as "skeleton crews". These episodes include "Babel", "In the Hands of the Prophets", "The Collaborator", "The Visitor" and "The Assignment".

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