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- For the Nebula-class starship, please see USS Bellerophon (NCC-62048).
The USS Bellerophon (NCC-74705) was a Federation Intrepid-class starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. Under the command of Admiral William Ross, the Bellerophon transported Federation delegates to Romulus for a conference on Dominion War issues in 2375. (DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges")
The Bellerophon sets were a reuse of the USS Voyager sets from Star Trek: Voyager. This resulted in the Bellerophon having a galley style counter in the mess hall instead of the two food service replicators, seen in "Caretaker", and captain's dining room, mentioned in "Phage".
The flyby of the Bellerophon after the Romulan interrogation scene actually shows the USS Voyager, as evidenced by its registry number: NCC-74656. This was apparently a reuse of one of the flybys of Voyager.
"Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" writer Ronald D. Moore named the Bellerophon after the HMS Bellerophon, a British warship which served as part of a fleet commanded by Lord Nelson in the early 19th century. This vessel was in turn named after the Greek mythological hero Bellerophon, who rode the winged horse, Pegasus. Coincidentally, the USS Pegasus featured in another episode written by Moore, namely TNG: "The Pegasus". (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
The Bellerophon was also the name of the starship that colonized planet Altair IV in the film Forbidden Planet. That film was said to be among Gene Roddenberry's inspirations for creating Star Trek. (Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry)
This is the only time that an Intrepid-class starship has ever been seen outside of Star Trek: Voyager.
According to production notes, the Bellerophon was commissioned in 2371.