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USS Gander

Class: Danube-class
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Destroyed (2375)

The USS Gander was a 24th century Federation Danube-class runabout operated by Starfleet. This ship was assigned to Deep Space 9.

In 2375, the Gander was piloted by Lieutenant Ezri Dax in her search for Worf, who had been reported missing in action from the IKS Koraga near the Badlands. She directed the ship to where his escape pod's last known position likely was, and shut off engines to allow the plasma storms to drift the Gander to the same place the escape pod was. Her plan worked, although the ship took minor damage from the plasma field. She was able to lock a tractor beam on to the escape pod and transport Worf aboard.

On the return trip to Deep Space 9, the Gander was attacked by two Jem'Hadar attack ships near the Goralis system. Their engines damaged, they entered Goralis III's atmosphere, beaming down shortly before the Gander exploded in the night sky above them. (DS9: "Penumbra")

The original name of the runabout was actually Ganges, until the writers remembered that the USS Ganges had been destroyed back in "Armageddon Game". The line was dubbed in post-production, but still appears as Ganges in close-captioning. Even then, on the DVD subtitles, it was mistakenly spelled Ganda.
This ship was named after a river (Gander River) near the town of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. Gander was a major aviation waypoint before the jet age, as the island was the closest point in North America to Europe.

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