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Federation Council on Exobiology
The USS Raven (NAR-32450) was a Federation Raven-type exploration vessel that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century. This ship was on loan to the Federation Council on Exobiology, and was given the NAR prefix. On her last mission, the Raven had three crewmembers: the exobiologists Magnus Hansen and Erin Hansen and their daughter, Annika Hansen.
During the 2350s, the Hansens took the Raven on a field mission to locate and study a rumored race of cybernetic beings from beyond the Romulan Neutral Zone known to the peoples of the Beta Quadrant as the Borg.
In the course of their mission, the Raven (under the alias Jefferies) visited Drexler outpost. In their time at the outpost, the Hansens didn't file a flight plan, and upon leaving, set a course for 234 mark 74. This was the last time that the Federation had contact with the starship. This information was recorded in the logs of Deep Space 4. It was later determined that after leaving the station, the Hansen family had disobeyed a direct order to return and had crossed into the Neutral Zone as part of their study into the Borg.
After tracking stray readings and sensor echoes for eight months, the Hansens were able to locate a Borg cube. The ship was pulled into a transwarp conduit while trailing the cube and was transported to the Delta Quadrant.
The Raven continued its exploration of the Borg for three years until 2356, when an ion storm damaged the vessel's multi-adaptive shielding. The shields went off-line for 13.2 seconds, and the Borg detected and pursued the Hansens. The Hansens and their daughter, Annika, were assimilated. The ship itself was also partially assimilated before crashing onto a moon in B'omar space. (VOY: "The Gift", "The Raven", "Dark Frontier")
The vessel's Borg components continued to emit a resonance frequency despite its damage. This resonance frequency drew Seven of Nine, who had once been Annika Hansen, to the vessel in 2374. Shortly afterward, the vessel was destroyed by B'omar forces. (VOY: "The Raven")
The USS Raven exists in the Activision FPS game Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force developed by Raven Software as a multiplayer map patterned after the floor plan of the Raven Software developer's studio in Wisconsin. The floor plan of Raven Software has appeared in several of the games they have developed, including Soldier of Fortune and Soldier of Fortune II/Double Helix.
The design of the Raven also appears in Star Trek: Armada II, as a colony ship.