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USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)

USS Enterprise
USS Enterprise-A quarter.jpg

USS Enterprise

Class: Constitution-class (refit)
Registry: NCC-1701-A
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2294)
"My friends, we've come home."

The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) was a Federation Constitution-class heavy cruiser that was in service with Starfleet in the late 23rd century. This starship became the second Federation ship to bear the name Enterprise.

History

Technical info

Externally, the Enterprise-A was virtually identical to the refit USS Enterprise, destroyed several months prior to the launch.

Constitution class refit bridge 2

Main bridge (2286)

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Main bridge (2287)

Constitution class refit bridge, 2293

Main bridge (2293)

The bridge was in its customary location on Deck 1. At least three different models were used during the ship's service.

Despite the fact that the Enterprise-A had used all touch-interfaces in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, director Nicholas Meyer insisted that some of the consoles on the bridge be fitted with physical dials and gauges for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Ship's Interior

The bridge was located on Deck 1, at the very top of the saucer section. The large viewscreen could project different views from cameras scattered on the saucer section of the ship. The Enterprise could also show tactical views and alerts on the screen along with hails. There were two turbo lifts.

The torpedo bay was on Deck 13. It was much more automated than on the previous Enterprise, and the torpedo room itself was smaller and enclosed.

No "unauthorized" hand phaser could be fired aboard the ship at a level above stun without an alarm sounding. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Enterprise-A shuttlebay

Shuttlebay (2287)

The shuttlebay was located at the rear of the ship's engineering section. Unlike in her predecessor, the shuttlebay was a separate and distinct area from the cargo bay. The ship had at least two (possibly five) shuttlecraft, including the Galileo and the Copernicus. Normally, a tractor beam guided the shuttle to a landing. A large net barricade could be erected to capture an incoming shuttle which was landing too fast or otherwise disabled. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Constitution class galley

Galley (2293)

Officers had crew quarters similar to those on the previous Enterprise. Enlisted crew members were required to bunk together. As many as eight crew members were assigned to a room, each assigned a storage locker. Chimes sounded at the top of every hour. Meals were prepared in a galley, although there appeared to be primitive replicators on board the ship.

The Enterprise-A had a vertical warp core similar to that of the Galaxy-class of seventy years later. The core could be accessed through main engineering on Deck 15. An isolation door could be brought down to separate the core from the rest of the ship. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

There was a crew lounge at the front of the ship which contained several maritime relics, including a steering wheel from a sailing vessel inscribed with the ship's motto, "to boldly go where no man has gone before." An emergency transmitter was also located in the lounge. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

The forward observation lounge was intended to be centered on the forward edge of the Enterprise saucer and a visual effect (not developed due to budget limitations) would have shown the whole ship approaching the camera until the room and its occupants were visible through the three large windows. One complication would have been that the movie Enterprise model had no such windows. However, the Enterprise model from The Original Series did have three windows in that location, suggesting a similar observation room on that ship.

The officers had a private dining hall in the saucer section, which was often used to entertain guests. There were several paintings in the room (including a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a personal hero of James T. Kirk). (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

This set was a reuse of the USS Enterprise-D conference lounge. The Enterprise model has four large windows just below and aft of the bridge on top of the saucer, analogous to the conference room's location on the USS Enterprise-D model. Although the set has six windows, no more than four are visible in any shot in the film.
Turbolift shaft

One of the Enterprise-A's many turbolift shafts (2287)

The brig was located in the bowels of the engineering hull. It was designed to be escape-proof, certified so by Captain Spock. The turbolift shafts were triangular in shape. In addition to the normal corridors, there were full-height Jefferies tubes in the engineering hull. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

In service

USS Enterprise-A in spacedock

The Enterprise-A awaiting launch from spacedock in 2286

In 2286, the Enterprise-A was commissioned at the San Francisco Fleet Yards on stardate 8442.5. She was launched from the Earth Spacedock on the order of the Federation Council in appreciation of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew's efforts to prevent the Whale Probe from devastating Earth. The crew initially thought they were going to be assigned to the USS Excelsior (or, according to Leonard McCoy, a "freighter" at best), but the new Enterprise was soon revealed, docked behind the Excelsior. The crew took their stations (Mera became a Navigator) and the Enterprise left spacedock on a shakedown cruise. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

When the Enterprise was on a shakedown cruise, the crew learn that the Ultimate Evil has appeared in space in the form of a giant ball of black fire.

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