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See USS Ahwahnee for the Cheyenne-class vessel of the 24th century.
USS Ahwahnee
Registry: NCC-2048
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2293)

The USS Ahwahnee (NCC-2048) was a Federation starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 23rd century.

In 2293, the Ahwahnee conducted a deep space exploration mission near Klingon space. This ship was considered for additional support, along with the USS Emden and the USS Endeavour, for Colonel West's task force in Operation Retrieve, a military extraction intended to rescue James T. Kirk and Leonard McCoy from Rura Penthe. The mission was not mobilized, as the Federation president strictly forbade any such intervention for diplomatic reasons. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

This vessel and her registry were not referenced in dialog. Both appeared on screen in the background artwork for the plans to Operation Retrieve. In the artwork, the Ahwahnee was represented by the silhouette of a Constitution-class heavy cruiser.
The Star Trek Encyclopedia mistakenly claims that this starship was named after a Native American tribe. In actual fact, Ahwahnee was the Miwok tribe's name for the Yosemite Valley and was usually translated into English as, "valley that looks like a gaping mouth."
According to a ship list included in the plans, and not seen in the extended cut of the movie, the Ahwahnee was commanded by D. Tathwell, and the ship was located in Sector 21835. [1]

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