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The USS Rubicon (NCC-72936) was a Template:ShipClass runabout assigned to Deep Space 9. The Rubicon was a replacement for the USS Mekong, and commenced operations in late 2371. Commander Benjamin Sisko suggested the name for the new runabout. (DS9: "Family Business")
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")
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")
|USS Gander • USS Ganges • USS Mekong • USS Orinoco • USS Rio Grande • USS Rubicon • USS Shenandoah • USS Volga • USS Yangtzee Kiang • USS Yukon • NCC-73918 • Unnamed|
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 is the first dialogue reference to the fact that all the runabouts seen on Star Trek are named after Earth rivers.
Named for the Rubicon, the river in northern Italy. The Rubicon is most famous for marking the boundary between Italy and the rest of the Roman Empire during the early 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" is the phrase said to be uttered by Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon.