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USS Enterprise

USS Enterprise

Class: Template:ShipClass
Registry: NCC-1701-C
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Destroyed (2344)

"...one ship could have stopped this war before it started."

- Jean-Luc Picard, 2366 ("Yesterday's Enterprise")

The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) was a Federation Template:ShipClass heavy cruiser that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century. This was the fourth Federation starship to be commissioned to bear the name Enterprise. In 2344, the Enterprise-C was under the command of Captain Rachel Garrett.

Final mission at Narendra III

Main article: Battle of Narendra III

In 2344, the Enterprise responded to a distress call from the Klingon outpost on Narendra III, which was under attack by the Romulan Star Empire. When the Enterprise arrived at the outpost, she was engaged by four Romulan warbirds.

Few details are known about the actual battle. What is known, however, is that the Enterprise was destroyed with the presumed loss of all hands. Starfleet would not commission another Enterprise until nearly two decades later in 2363.

It was later revealed by Sela that the Romulans took a number of the ship's crew prisoner. (TNG: "Redemption II")

In the aftermath of the battle, the Klingons were deeply impressed by the act of self-sacrifice by a Starfleet crew to protect a Klingon outpost, and the Enterprise-C's ultimate legacy was reinforcing the relations between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets, leading to a close alliance of peace. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

Creation of an alternate history

During the battle, a temporal rift was created due to the highly-energetic weapons discharges, and the severely damaged Enterprise drifted through, emerging in the year 2366. There, it discovered that the outpost at Narendra III had been completely destroyed, and a state of war existed between the Klingon Empire and the Federation. The Enterprise encountered her successor, the USS Enterprise-D. The Enterprise-C had suffered severe damage to her warp nacelles and external hull, with 125 crew members surviving, and the Enterprise-D assisted in repairs. Both crews eventually realized that the current timeline was a result of the Enterprise-C's absence from the battle, and determined that the Enterprise-C needed to return to their own time through the rift.

Entering the rift

The Enterprise-C enters the temporal rift

Lieutenant Natasha Yar, the Enterprise-D's tactical officer, learned from Guinan that, if the Enterprise-C was successful, in the new timeline that would be created she would die a meaningless death. Not comfortable with that idea, Yar requested and was granted a transfer to the Enterprise-C.

Both ships soon came under attack from the Klingons, and Captain Garrett was subsequently killed. The last surviving senior officer of the Enterprise-C, Lt. Richard Castillo, assumed command of the ship and, under the protection of the Enterprise-D, took her back into the rift to return to 2344 and the battle of Narendra III. This had the effect of realigning the timeline and ensuring future peace between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

Along with a number of other crewmembers, Lieutenant Yar was captured by the Romulans, and later gave birth to a half-Romulan daughter named Sela. (TNG: "Redemption II")

Later historical references

Enterprise legacy

Featured in a display (second from top) of all Federation ships named Enterprise prior to 2364

Sculptures of the Enterprise-C later adorned the walls of the observation lounges on both the USS Enterprise-D until 2368 and the USS Enterprise-E launched in 2372. (Star Trek: The Next Generation; Star Trek: First Contact; Star Trek Nemesis)

The sculpture in the Enterprise-D's observation lounge did not depict the final design of the Ambassador-class. The broken model seen in Star Trek: First Contact was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]

Commander William T. Riker's questions on Professor Berlinghoff Rasmussen's questionnaire dealt mostly with previous Starfleet ships, including innovations of the Enterprise-C. (TNG: "A Matter of Time")

According to the non-canon Lost Era novels – The Art of the Impossible and Well of Souls – the Enterprise-C was launched in 2332 with Garrett in command. The Star Trek: The Next Generation - Future's Past video game for Super Nintendo follows the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual in claiming the Enterprise-C was constructed at Earth Station McKinley.

Personnel

Apocrypha

  • In Star Trek Online, a plaque commemmorating the Enterprise-C can be seen inside certain fleet starbases. According to the plaque, she was launched in 2332.

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