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USS Ajax
Class: Apollo-class
Registry: NCC-11574
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2368)

The USS Ajax (NCC-11574) was a Federation Apollo-class starship that was in service with Starfleet from the early to mid-24th century.

In 2327, the Ajax was under the command of Captain Narth. Ensign Cortan Zweller was first assigned to the Ajax following his graduation from Starfleet Academy. (TNG: "Tapestry")

Tachyon detection network activated
Display graphic depicting the Ajax serving in Picard's fleet (2368)

The Ajax was one of the ships that received Kosinski's experimental warp drive upgrades in 2364. The engineering staff reported a measurable increase in performance and engine efficiency following the upgrade. It was later suggested that these enhancements in performance may have been attributed to straightening out simple engine inefficiencies experienced by the older ship. (TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before")

The Ajax later conducted a deep space exploration mission in Sector 21834 in 2367. (TNG: "Brothers" display graphic)

In 2368, the Ajax was assigned to Captain Picard's fleet that blockaded the Klingon-Romulan border during the Klingon Civil War. It served as a focal point in the tachyon detection grid, as it was linked to thirteen other starships during the grid's initial deployment. (TNG: "Redemption II")


Background informationEdit

In the episode "Brothers", the Ajax was identified as an Excelsior-class starship with the registry of NCC-13554.

The class and registry were derived from an okudagram displayed in the observation lounge starting around TNG Season 4. This information appeared on the Starship mission status screen.

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, this ship was "named for two heroes from Greek mythology who fought in the Trojan War, Ajax of Salamis and Ajax of Locris."

Apocrypha Edit

The Stargazer novel Gauntlet suggests that Cortan Zweller was second officer of the Ajax by 2333.

According to an okudagram that appears in the Simon and Schuster PC Game Star Trek: Captain's Chair, the Ajax was on a deep space exploration mission to Sector 21396 in 2369.

The Star Fleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph featured a listing of a Saladin-class Ajax with the registry NCC-547 (it was of the Cochise-subclass).

In Star Trek: Legacy, Ajax appeared as a playable starship, designated as a scout.

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