|“||Serving on the Enterprise comes with its fair share of surprises.||„|
|— William T. Riker|
2380 ("Zenith, Part III")
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) was a Federation Sovereign-class starship in service with Starfleet. Launched in 2372 under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, it was the sixth Federation starship to bear the name Enterprise.
- Main article: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) personnel
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard – commanding officer
- Commander Martin Madden – executive officer
- Commander William T. Riker – executive officer^
- Commander Beverly Crusher – chief medical officer
- Commander Deanna Troi – counselor^
- Lieutenant Commander Worf – tactical officer, security chief
- Lieutenant Commander Miranda Kadohata – operations officer
- Lieutenant Commander Data† – operations officer^
- Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge – chief engineer
- Lieutenant Joanna Faur – flight control officer
- Lieutenant Dina Elfiki – science officer
- Lieutenant Hegol Den – counselor
Construction and launch
Captain Jean-Luc Picard assumed command shortly after the vessel's christening, just over a year following the destruction of her predecessor. Most of Picard's crew from the USS Enterprise-D were reassigned to the Enterprise-E.
Sometime between 2375 and 2380, the Enterprise underwent a major refit. Four additional aft-facing photon torpedo tubes were added, along with one more forward-facing tube: a twin launcher aft of the bridge, a single launcher above the aft hangar deck, and a single launcher at the forward base of the bridge terracing. The bridge was refitted with handrails and the consoles were improved across the port and starboard walls with more detailed displays. Additionally, new nacelle pylons were fitted at that time, slightly longer, broader and more sharply swept than the originals, and fitted with four additional phaser arrays.
While en route, the ship detected unusual positronic signals from the Kolarin system, discovering another Soong-type android, the prototype B-4. Shortly following, the Enterprise was ordered to Romulus for a meeting with the new Praetor, Shinzon, who wanted to initiate peace talks. Both the discovery of B-4 and the peace overtures turned out to be a ruse to capture Captain Picard and discover tactical positions of Starfleet vessels.
Once it became clear Shinzon was going to use his starship, the Scimitar, to destroy all life on Earth and wage war on the Federation, the Enterprise was to join Star Fleet Battle Group Omega and make a stand against Shinzon. Shinzon caught up to the Enterprise in the Bassen Rift, and in the ensuing confrontation, the vessel was severely damaged, including a major hull breach on the bridge, destroying the viewscreen and controls and disabling the warp core.
As a last resort, Picard ordered Counselor Deanna Troi to take control of the Enterprise and have it ram the Scimitar, causing the destruction of much of the saucer section's forward area. The collision disabled the Scimitar, but Shinzon, driven by vengeance, activated his deadly thalaron weapon and trained it on the Enterprise.
The weapon was overloaded and the Scimitar was destroyed due to interference from Commander Data, who sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise, Picard, and, indirectly, Earth.
Six weeks following the Battle of the Bassen Rift, the Enterprise was sent to explore the Denab system. Several new officers joined the Enterprise crew at this time, including: Commander Martin Madden, the new executive officer; Lt. Commander Miranda Kadohata, the new operations officer; Lieutenant Dina Elfiki, the Enterprise-E's first official science officer; and Lieutenant Joanna Faur, the new conn officer.
In her original configuration, the Enterprise-E was 685 meters long and had 24 decks. She was equipped with twelve phaser arrays and five torpedo tubes.
By 2380, the Enterprise-E had undergone at least one refit, including four additional phaser arrays and five additional torpedo tubes. The number of decks was also increased by five to a total of 29.
The Enterprise carried a newer design of shuttlecraft as well as numerous other forms of transportation including a warp-capable captain's yacht, the Cousteau, and a special multipurpose shuttlecraft, the Argo. The yacht was installed as a part of the saucer section, and detached upon deployment. Other auxiliary craft were launched from two shuttlebays; one at the aft end of the secondary hull, and another near the aft end of the primary hull.
- Star Trek: Final Voyages – "Zenith" (First appearance)
- Star Trek: Final Voyages – "Zenith, Part II"
- Star Trek: Final Voyages – "Zenith, Part III"
- Star Trek: Final Voyages – "Much A-Q About Nothing" (Upcoming content)
Notes and references
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek wiki
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