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USS Rubicon

Class: Danube-class
Registry: NCC-72936
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2374)

The USS Rubicon (NCC-72936) was a 24th century Federation Danube-class runabout operated by Starfleet. This ship, a replacement for the USS Mekong, was assigned to Deep Space 9 in late 2371. Commander Benjamin Sisko suggested the name for the new runabout. (DS9: "Family Business")

USS Rubicon, crashed

The Rubicon, crashed on Bopak III

In early 2372, the Rubicon, carrying Doctor Julian Bashir and Chief Miles O'Brien, was forced down on Bopak III by a subspace magneton pulse. It was discovered that the pulse had been sent by a group of Jem'Hadar on the planet's surface, who were seeking help to combat withdrawal symptoms from their ketracel-white addiction. (DS9: "Hippocratic Oath")

Later that year, Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax asked Captain Sisko for his permission to send a science team to a trinary star system. Sisko told her they could take the Rubicon. (DS9: "Accession")

On stardate 51474.2, the Rubicon was used to investigate a rare subspace compression anomaly. Due to unexpected circumstances, the Rubicon, with a crew of three (Dax, O'Brien and Bashir), was forced to re-enter normal space by an alternate path, resulting in the vessel shrinking to a length of 6.5cm. It was later safely reverted to its original size after helping to thwart a Jem'Hadar takeover of the USS Defiant. (DS9: "One Little Ship")

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Background information Edit

After Sisko tells Kira Nerys to name the ship the Rubicon, Kira remarks that "at the rate we go through runabouts, it's a good thing Earth has a lot of rivers." This was the first dialogue reference to the fact that all the runabouts seen on Star Trek were named after Earth rivers.

Named for the Rubicon, the river in northern Italy. The Rubicon was most famous for marking the boundary between Cisalpine Gaul and the rest of Italy during the late Republic, which Julius Caesar crossed to invade Italy and commence the civil war with the Roman Senate. (Star Trek Encyclopedia 2nd ed., p. 422)

The Rubicon was introduced after the Mekong was abandoned in battle in "The Die is Cast". "The Die is Cast" was the phrase said to be uttered by Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon.

The studio model of the Rubicon was featured in the Christie's 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection, which sold from US$28,000 ($33,600 with premium). [1]

Apocrypha Edit

The Rubicon was used by Benjamin Sisko and Elim Garak to travel to Earth in the novel Hollow Men. The Rubicon was still in service in 2383, at the time of the Star Trek: Typhon Pact novel Raise the Dawn.

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