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USS Adelphi
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2360s)

The USS Adelphi was a Federation starship that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century.

While under the command of Captain Darson, the Adelphi was assigned to a First Contact mission to the planet Ghorusda. The mission was centered around civilian specialist Tam Elbrun, an unusually talented Betazoid telepath, who joined the mission to facilitate contact with the culturally complex Ghorusdans. The situation was considered extremely delicate and volatile, and due to a misunderstanding, a conflict broke out.

In the incident, later known as the Ghorusda Disaster, forty-seven Adelphi crewmembers were killed, including Captain Darson, and two friends of Riker from his class at Starfleet Academy. Later, a Starfleet Board of inquiry blamed Darson for "carelessness" concerning Ghorusdan cultural taboos. (TNG: "Tin Man")

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the Adelphi is an Template:ShipClass heavy cruiser with a registry number of NCC-26849.
The Adelphi is named after Adelphi, Maryland, the home of one of the teleplay authors.
This ship has been mentioned in non-canon games sources. The role-playing game supplement Starships (from Decipher) describes the Adelphi among the list of Ambassador-class vessels.

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