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USS Yangtzee Kiang
USS Yangtzee Kiang on launch pad.jpg

USS Yangtzee Kiang

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

The USS Yangtzee Kiang was a Federation Danube-class runabout that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century, attached 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.
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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