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USS Magellan
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2374)

The USS Magellan was a Federation starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. In the 2360s, the Magellan was under the command of Captain Conklin. (TNG: "Starship Mine")

In 2369, the Magellan stopped at the Remmler Array for a baryon sweep. During the ship's visit, the crew performed a talent show. (TNG: "Starship Mine")

In 2374, the Magellan was a part of the Starfleet attack force that fought in Operation Return. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

Background

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (2nd ed., p. 473), the Magellan was a Constellation-class star cruiser, with a registry of NCC-3069. According to USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual, the Magellan was a Galaxy-class sister ship of the USS Enterprise-D.

Galaxy wing

Galaxy Wing attacking a Cardassian destroyer

Dialogue and footage in "Sacrifice of Angels" also suggests the Magellan was in fact a Galaxy-class starship:

Sisko: "Ensign, have Galaxy Wings 91 and 93 engage those destroyers. All other ships, head for that opening. Anyone who makes it through doesn't stop until they reach Deep Space 9."
Elim Garak: "Congratulations, Captain. You wanted them angry. They're angry."
Sisko: "The Magellan and the Venture are supposed to be protecting our starboard flank. They're in too tight... tell fighter squadrons 6, 7 and 8 to..."

The subsequent shot was of two Galaxy-class ships attacking a Cardassian destroyer. It suggests that the Magellan was a Galaxy-class as the Venture has been previously established as one.

It was however also possible that the Magellan was either an Excelsior- or Miranda-class starship as prior to Garak's statement ships from these two classes were holding to the starboard side of the Defiant, with a Miranda-class ship holding close off the Defiant's starboard aft quarter.

The USS Magellan may have been named for Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

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