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This page details Robert April in the primary universe; for Robert April in the mirror universe see Robert April (mirror); for the Robert April in the alternate reality created by Nero's temporal incursion see Robert April (alternate reality).

Robert T. April was a Human male who served in Starfleet during the 23rd century. He was notably the first commanding officer of the USS Enterprise in the late 2240s. Prior to the Enterprise, he commanded the USS Tiberius, and later rose to positions as a Starfleet commodore, and Federation ambassador.

HistoryEdit

Early life and careerEdit

Robert T. April was born in Coventry, England on Earth on October 14, 2194. (TOS novel: Final Frontier)

Startrek.com gives April's birth year as 2195.

April entered Starfleet Academy. (EV comic: "Flesh of My Flesh")

As an ensign, he served aboard the USS Gates. Eventually he transferred to the USS Los Angeles where he served for three years. During his time in this post, April started to develop plans for what would eventually become the Constitution-class vessel. After the Los Angeles assignment, he was transferred to Starfleet Logistics where he recruited Lawrence Marvick and Richard Daystrom to assist him in developing his starship design. (ST reference: Federation: The First 150 Years)

At one point, April was made captain of the USS Tiberius. He commanded the Tiberius for three five-year missions. (EV comic: "Flesh of My Flesh")

Captain of the EnterpriseEdit

Robert April, young
Captain April.
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In 2242, Commodore Van Anling placed April in charge of construction of the Constitution-class, USS Enterprise, at the San Francisco Fleet Yards. (TAS novelization: The Counter-Clock Incident)

Six months into construction, April took the empty shell of the Enterprise on a secret mission to retrieve the lost colony vessel, SS Rosenberg, trapped in an ion storm. April handpicked a command crew he could trust, including his oldest friend George Samuel Kirk, Sr. and his future wife, Sarah Poole. While underway, sabotage threw the Enterprise into the Romulan Neutral Zone, and nearly sparked another war with the Romulans. With some assistance from a defecting Romulan, April and Kirk managed to defuse the situation and rescue the colonists. (TOS novel: Final Frontier)

In 2244, April married his long-time friend and vet, Sarah Poole, and she agreed to sign aboard the Enterprise as chief medical officer. (TOS - Enterprise Logs short story: "Though Hell Should Bar the Way")

On April 11, 2245, April was officially promoted to the rank of Captain and placed in charge of the Enterprise. (ST reference: Federation: The First 150 Years)

In July 2245, construction of the Enterprise was completed and she was launched on shakedown cruises by Federation President Samuel Solomon Qasr. The shakedowns were successful, and the Enterprise began her first five-year mission of exploration in 2246, with April in command. (TAS novelization: The Counter-Clock Incident, ST reference: Federation: The First 150 Years)

In October 2246, the Enterprise was assigned to deliver urgently needed food to the colony on Tarsus IV after a deadly mutagenic virus had attacked and destroyed the crops. Before entering the Tarsus system, the Enterprise was intercepted by the IKS Kut'luch, commanded by Commander Kor, who was under orders not to let in Federation vessels into the system.

April tried to explain to Kor that they were on a mission of mercy, but Kor attacked. April had no option but to fight back as the Enterprise took heavy damage. He had the Enterprise bring all her weapons to bear on the Kut'luch and overwhelmed its systems. With the Kut'luch disabled, April ordered the Enterprise to continue on to Tarsus IV, leaving Commander Kor dismayed that April never destroyed his ship.

Once the Enterprise arrived at Tarsus IV, April uncovered the horror that had taken place on the planet at the hands of Governor Kodos. Though he was relieved that young James T. Kirk had survived, he couldn't help but wonder if it could have been prevented had the Klingons not engaged him, and the Enterprise reached the colony sooner. (TOS - Enterprise Logs short story: "Though Hell Should Bar the Way")

Later Starfleet careerEdit

Admiral April
Admiral April.
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In 2251, following completion of the Enterprise's first five-year mission, April addressed the Federation Council on the continued success of the Starship Program, and the need to continue the program to further science and exploration. April also announced that he was stepping down as captain of the Enterprise and that Captain Christopher Pike, currently commanding the USS Yorktown, was to assume command for the second five-year mission. April personally escorted Pike to the Enterprise in spacedock to give his old ship's new captain a few words of advice for his adventures yet to come. (TOS novel: Final Frontier; EV comic: "Flesh of My Flesh")

Later that year, newly-promoted Commodore April ensured, with the help of Admiral R. Mallory, that James T. Kirk was admitted into Starfleet Academy. (TOS novel: Best Destiny)

As a Commodore in Starfleet Command, April was able to keep an eye on his old ship. In 2253 he recommended Spock as Pike's new science officer, and later he selected Mia Colt (who had served under him on the Tiberius previously) as Pike's new Yeoman, after the death of Dermot Cusack. (EV comics: "Flesh of My Flesh", "Nor Iron Bars a Cage")

Later in 2254 the then Admiral April returned to the Enterprise to temporarily take command while Captain Pike conducted a mission on the planet Temazi; at this time the Enterprise engaged a pair of Klingon ships and April's command decisions resulted in damage to the Enterprise and injuries to Number One. (EV comics: "Thanatos", "Nemesis")

April's appearance in the last issues of Early Voyages as an Admiral is inconsistent with what was established in TAS, Pocket Books novels and earlier EV comics. However given the events of his appearance as an Admiral it is possible he was demoted for his actions.

Ambassador at largeEdit

After several years as a Starfleet Commodore, April retired from Starfleet, but still worked for the Federation as an ambassador-at-large. (FASA RPG[citation needed])

In 2269, Robert and Sarah boarded the Enterprise, commanded by Kirk, enroute to Babel. During the voyage, the Enterprise seemingly entered an antimatter universe where the crew began to get younger. While the Enterprise crew regressed to infants, April was in his prime and once again assumed command of the Enterprise. April discovered that it was an illusion created by telepathic beings who were testing the Federation and Klingons. (TAS novelization: The Counter-Clock Incident)

Starfleet service recordEdit

location assignment dates rank or rate assignment insignia rank insignia
USS Tiberius commanding officer until 2240s captain 2230s cmd capt
2250s conn captain sleeve
USS Enterprise 2243-2251 Enterprise cmd insignia
Starfleet Command flag officer from 2251 commodore Starfleet base insignia 2250s conn admiral sleeve
circa 2254 admiral
ambassador-at-large 2270 commodore Yel Comm 2266 2260s cmd green cdore

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ConnectionsEdit

Commanding officers of the ships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01) Archer NX01patch
Enterprise (NX-01) (alternate timelines) ArcherT'PolTuckerLorian
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) RasmussenAprilPikeVlasidovichKirkZarloDeckerSpock Enterprise cmd insignia
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701's predecessor) (alternate reality) AprilMarcus 2250s alt cmd badge
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (alternate reality) PikeSpockKirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (other alternate realities) KirkKirkPikeThelinSpockHoffmanMitchell
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Kirk Starfleet 2280s insignia
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) (alternate realities) Pike
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) HarrimanGeorgeSuluJohnson
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) GarrettCastillo
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) PicardRikerJellico Starfleet 2360s insignia
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) (alternate realities) PicardCrusherHallowayRiker
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) BatesonPicardRikerData Starfleet 2370s insignia
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) (alternate realities) PicardHallowayRikerDataJellicoCrusherWorf
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) (possible futures) PicardRikerDataShon STO alt cmd badge
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) ForrestArcher TerranEmpire
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) AprilFranzPikeKirkSpockDeckerRileySaavik
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (alternate reality) Spock
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Pavel Chekov
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Jean-Luc Picard
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) Jean-Luc Picard
Free Starship Enterprise Jean-Luc Picard
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) senior staff
commanding officers C. RasmussenR. AprilPikeD. VlasidovichJ.T. KirkZarloStylesDeckerSpock first officers G.S. KirkShundreshSimonNumber OneSpockSonakDeckerSulu Ufp-emblem
Enterprise cmd insignia Enterprise 2270s cmd insignia
second officers MohindasSpockG. MitchellScott chief medical officers S. AprilBoyceMcCoy
chief engineers BrownellKursleyFourrierPitcairnGraceBarryBurnsteinScott security chiefs TuvalHardinGiottoTomsonChekovMatlockRichardson
science officers AllinskyDaviesSpockSonakDecker communications officers Van FleetDabischGarrisonNanoUhura
helmsmen FloridaFerraraMohindasG. MitchellSulu navigators TylerKelsoChekovIliaDiFalco
see also: administrative personnelcommunications personnelengineering personnelmedical personnelpilots & flight control personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnelunnamed

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