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VK Velikan
Expeditions from Sol System, 2123–2190 remastered.jpg

The VK Velikan listed on Picard's monitor

The VK Velikan listed on Picard's monitor
Class: DY-1200
Affiliation: United Earth
Status: Active (2160)

The VK Velikan was a DY-1200 class starship that was in service in the mid-22nd century.

In 2160, Captain Mike Volland was the commanding officer of this ship. In that year, the ship was launched from Earth on a mission of stellar chart mapping in the region of space between the sectors 184/02 and 185/38. (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder", okudagram)

The name of this ship was mentioned in a list of ships that were launched from Earth, with destinations in or near to the Ficus sector, between the years 2123 and 2190. This list was displayed on Jean-Luc Picard's desk monitor in his ready room aboard the USS Enterprise-D. A legible version of the okudagram first appeared in the reference book, Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Continuing Mission. The list became legible to viewers with the remastered episode.
Mike Volland replaced Gene Roddenberry for the remastered version.
"Velikan" was the Russian word for "Giant". In the book The Hunt for Red October, the primary Alfa-class attack sub was named V.K. Konovalov, in honor of Vladimir Konstantinovich Konovalov. This suggests that the use of "VK" was an homage to Tom Clancy. In the real world, Russians do not use prefixes on their ships, but an in-universe explanation could be that "VK" stands for Voenny Korabl, the romanization of Военный Корабль, Military Ship.

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