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USS Enterprise
USS Enterprise E First Contact.jpg
The Enterprise-E in Star Trek: First Contact
First appearanceStar Trek: First Contact
Last appearanceStar Trek: Nemesis
Information
AffiliationUnited Federation of Planets
Starfleet
LaunchedOctober 30, 2372
Auxiliary vehiclesShuttlecraft
Captain's yacht
Argo
General characteristics
ClassSovereign
RegistryNCC-1701-E
Armaments16 Phaser arrays
10 Torpedo launchers
DefensesDeflector shields
PropulsionImpulse engines
Warp drive
RCS Thrusters
PowerWarp core
Mass3,205,000 metric tons
Length685.7 meters
Width250.6 meters
Height88.2 meters

The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E (or Enterprise-E, to distinguish it from prior and later starships with the same name) is a fictional starship in the Star Trek franchise. A Sovereign-class starship, it appears in the films Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis, where it serves as the primary setting. It is the sixth Federation starship to carry the name "Enterprise". The ship's captain during the 2370s and early 2380s was Jean-Luc Picard. He transferred to the Enterprise-E after the Enterprise-D was destroyed in The Next Generation spin-off movie Star Trek Generations.

Origin and design

Ronald D. Moore, the co-writer of Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact, has suggested that construction of the Enterprise-E began during the final season of The Next Generation (2370), and that the ship was renamed USS Enterprise, which would become the next flagship of the United Federation of Planets after the Enterprise-D had been destroyed.[1]

Depiction

The Enterprise-E, a Sovereign class starship, launched in 2372 from the San Francisco Fleet Yards under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and most of the key officers from the Enterprise-D.[2] According to the non-canon novel Ship of the Line, the originally planned name for the vessel was USS Honorius, and Montgomery Scott was part of the team of engineers that designed the Enterprise-E.[3]

In the film Star Trek: First Contact, the Enterprise participates in the Battle of Sector 001, destroying a Borg cube, and subsequently travels back in time to stop the Borg from interfering with Zefram Cochrane's first contact with the Vulcans.[2] The Borg hijack and almost assimilate the ship until Captain Picard and Data reclaim it. In Star Trek: Insurrection, the crew stops a Son'a attempt to forcibly relocate the Ba'ku people from their homeworld.[2] In Star Trek: Nemesis, the Enterprise is heavily damaged while stopping Shinzon from using a weapon of mass destruction to destroy all life on Earth.[4] The ship returns to spacedock to undergo extensive repairs.[4]

In the novels published by Pocket Books after Nemesis, the Enterprise-E remains under the command of Picard as of 2385 in the 2013 novel miniseries Star Trek: The Fall. Data was resurrected in the novels similarly to the comic miniseries Countdown, but he decided not to re-enter Starfleet.

A designer's blueprints show that the Enterprise has new phaser banks and torpedo launchers in Star Trek: Nemesis that were not present in Star Trek: Insurrection. It also shows the warp nacelles have been moved upwards and forward slightly.[5] Star Trek: Ships of the Line, written by Star Trek's technical consultant Michael Okuda, states that the Enterprise can travel at up to warp 9.995.[6]

Ship's officers

Reception

In 2018, Io9/Gizmodo ranked the fictional spacecraft design shown in the films First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis, the Enterprise-E, as the third best version of starship Enterprise of the Star Trek franchise.[7]

In 2019, SyFy ranked the fictional starship design, the NCC-1701-E Enterprise as the third best version of the starship in the Star Trek science fiction universe.[8]

References

  1. ^ Ronald D. Moore (February 17, 1998). "Answers". Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  2. ^ a b c Okuda, Michael; Okuda, Denise; Debbie Mirek (1999). The Star Trek Encyclopedia. Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-53609-5.
  3. ^ Carey, Diane (1997). Ship of the Line. New York, USA: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-00924-9.
  4. ^ a b "Star Trek Nemesis". ((cite episode)): Missing or empty |series= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/sovereign.htm ex-astris-scientia.org
  6. ^ Okuda, Michael; Clark, Margaret; Doug Drexler (November 2006). Star Trek: Ships of the Line. Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 1-4165-3243-9.
  7. ^ Whitbrook, James. "All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked". io9. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  8. ^ Brigden, Charlie (2019-01-21). "From one generation to the next: Ranking the Starships Enterprise". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2019-07-31.