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USS Thomas Paine
Class: New Orleans-class
Registry: NCC-65530
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2368)
Tachyon detection network repositioned, disrupted

Display graphic depicting the Thomas Paine serving in Picard's fleet (2368)

The USS Thomas Paine (NCC-65530) was a Federation New Orleans-class frigate that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century. During the early 2360s, it was commanded by Captain Rixx.

The Thomas Paine was one of the ships that met the USS Enterprise-D at planet Dytallix B when an alien intelligence attempted to take over Starfleet Command in 2364. (TNG: "Conspiracy")

According to a Starship mission status chart found in the Enterprise-D observation lounge, the Thomas Paine was on a diplomatic mission to Epsilon Ashanti III in 2367. (TNG: "Brothers")

In 2368, the Thomas Paine was assigned to Captain Jean-Luc Picard's fleet that blockaded the Klingon-Romulan border during the Klingon Civil War. The Thomas Paine was linked with the USS Ajax, USS Hood, USS Tian An Men, and USS Enterprise-D during the fleet's initial deployment of a tachyon detection grid along the border. Following the withdrawal of the USS Excalibur from the grid, the Thomas Paine was no longer linked with the Tian An Men. (TNG: "Redemption II")

The class and registry were derived from the Starship mission status okudagram displayed in the observation lounge starting around TNG Season 4. The Thomas Paine's registry would also appear in the okudagram featuring Picard's tachyon detection network in "Redemption II".
This vessel was named for the English pamphleteer Thomas Paine, whose writings contributed toward the intellectual basis for and/or justification for the American and French Revolutions, both of which he supported. (Star Trek Encyclopedia) Along with the John F. Kennedy, Niels Bohr and John Muir, it was one of the very few Starfleet ships carrying the full name of the person it honors.

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