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USS Yangtzee Kiang
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USS Yangtzee Kiang

Class: Danube-class
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Destroyed (2369)

The USS Yangtzee Kiang was a 24th century Federation Danube-class runabout operated by Starfleet. This ship was assigned to Deep Space 9.

One of the first three runabouts assigned to Deep Space 9, the Yangtzee Kiang was delivered to the station by the USS Enterprise-D shortly before stardate 46388. Following the disappearance of the USS Rio Grande into what would later be known as the Bajoran wormhole, the Yangtzee Kiang, commanded by Kira Nerys, pursued a Cardassian Galor-class cruiser under the command of Gul Dukat, who was attempting to open the phenomenon. The Yangtzee was unsuccessful, and was witness to the wormhole's temporary sealing shortly after. (DS9: "Emissary")

Not long after, the Yangtzee Kiang was used by Bajoran terrorist Tahna Los in an attempt to destroy the wormhole using a bilitrium-based explosive device. After rendezvousing with a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, his attempt was thwarted by Major Kira. (DS9: "Past Prologue")

Later that year, the Yangtzee Kiang took Kai Opaka through the wormhole to visit the Gamma Quadrant, where it crashed on a penal moon 0.35 light years from the Idran system terminus. The Yangtzee Kiang had received a mysterious subspace signal from an artificial satellite orbiting the moon and was fired upon in orbit. The vessel was unrecoverable. (DS9: "Battle Lines")

The Yangtzee Kiang was replaced at Deep Space 9 by the USS Orinoco. (DS9: "The Siege")

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, this ship's registry was NCC-72453. (citation needededit)
The crashed Yangtzee Kiang set that appeared in "Battle Lines" incorrectly depicted a Type 6 shuttlecraft nacelle.
The Yangtzee Kiang was named after Earth's Yangtze River in eastern China.

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