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USS Hood

USS Hood

Class: Constitution-class
Registry: NCC-1703
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2268)

The USS Hood (NCC-1703) was a Federation Constitution-class heavy cruiser that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-23rd century.

In 2267, the Hood underwent a layover at Starbase 11. The ship's registry was seen on a chart indicating the repair status of several vessels. (TOS: "Court Martial")

A year later, the Hood participated in the unsuccessful M-5 battle simulation. The unshielded Hood was severely damaged when she was fired upon by the computer-controlled USS Enterprise using full-powered weapons. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

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Background information Edit

Starbase11 chart

The registry NCC-1703, displayed on Commodore Stone's chart

The registry of the Hood was not confirmed until it was seen on the CGI model in the 2008 remastered version of "The Ultimate Computer". Prior to that it had been seen without context on a list of starships in "Court Martial". The registry was first connected with the starship in Greg Jein's influential article "The Case of Jonathan Doe Starship", and has been subsequently propagated in reference books such as the Star Trek Concordance and the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the latter co-authored by future TOS-remastered Visual Effects Producer Michael Okuda, who made use of the remastering opportunity to elevate Jein's until then conjectural ship's registry to canon.

The name of the ship had already been established by the producers at the start of second season of Star Trek: The Original Series, when they composed a list of fourteen ships belonging to the Constitution-class, still referred to as "Starship-class" by them at the time, including the Hood. The Hood was an original suggestion by D.C. Fontana, dropped, and then re-added to the final draft of the ship names list, prompted on by a remark Robert Justman made on an earlier memo, "I think there would be several other candidates, such as Saratoga and perhaps another English carrier, a French carrier, a Russian carrier and certainly a Japanese carrier." (The Making of Star Trek, p. 165) Though there were plenty of historical British aircraft carriers to choose from, the eventual name selected was that of the ill-fated World War II British battle cruiser HMS Hood.

According to the first two editions of the Encyclopedia the USS Hood, like its Excelsior-class successor, was named for British Admiral Sir Horace Hood, who fought and died in the Battle of Jutland during World War I, though that reference was dropped in the last edition of the Encyclopedia. The Star Trek Fact Files, part 86, stated that the Hood was named for 18th century British admiral Samuel Hood (incidentally a direct ancestor of Horace Hood) after whom the British battle cruiser was also named.

Apocrypha Edit

According to the non-canonical Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual, the Hood's registry was NCC-1707, the NCC-1703 registry assigned to the USS Lexington.

In the non-canon novelization of DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations", the Hood was mentioned to be commanded by a Captain Dodge and to have transferred some officers to the Enterprise for additional training. Spock theorized that Lieutenant "Brisko" may have transferred from the Hood.

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