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The USS Challenger (NCC-71099) was a Federation Galaxy-class explorer in service to Starfleet in the late 24th century. She was commissioned in 2370. Her commanding officer was Captain Simm.

Service historyEdit

After the destruction of the USS Enterprise-D in 2371, the Challenger returned from a mission in the Gamma Quadrant to pick up her new first officer, Commander William T. Riker. Commander Riker invoked the official secrets regulation of stardate 7500, took command of the Challenger, and brought Doctor Julian Bashir, Commander Deanna Troi, and Captain James T. Kirk onboard.

He ordered the ship from Deep Space 9 to Starbase 804, where Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Doctor Beverly Crusher, and Ambassador Spock were recovered. The Challenger engaged the Romulan warbird Avatar of Tomed, acting as a decoy so that the USS Monitor could defeat it. The Avatar took heavy damage, but was able to escape using its Borg transwarp drive. Commander Riker's stay on the Challenger was short-lived: within a year he transferred to the USS Enterprise-E. (ST novel: The Return)

In 2377, the Challenger was part of a fleet which destroyed Borg Sphere 634. (VOY episode: "Endgame")

By 2383 the Challenger had been assigned to the Starfleet Corps of Engineers and had become a personal project of her Captain: Montgomery Scott. Late in that year it was assigned to investigate the mystery of the Intrepid and to restore the vessel to working order. It took on several mission specialists, including Geordi LaForge and Berlinghoff Rasmussen to accomplish this task. Rasumussen had other plans. He had made arrangements with the Ferengi Bok and the two arranged to take control over the Intrepid. While the Challenger engaged Bok's escorts, the Intrepid went to The Split Infinite in order to slingshot around it to the year 2162. The Challenger crew was able to rescue the captured Starfleet crewmembers from the ship before it was sent back in time; however, the Intrepid was destroyed due to manipulations caused by the Challenger's transporter. During an engagement at this time, Captain Scott was severely injured and deemed unfit for command. With her Executive Officer, Tyler Hunt, dead, Captain Scott recommended La Forge for the position; which Starfleet approved.

Under Captain La Forge, the Challenger was assigned to investigate the recently discovered phenomenon of Trans-slipstream - which had played a part in the destruction of the Intrepid. While studying the source of the anomaly, the Challenger intercepted a distress call from the Warbird IRW Stormcrow and rescued her crew following sabotage. Shortly after the rescue, however, the Challenger was intercepted by the same vessel which had caused the damage to the Stormcrow and was transported to NGC-4414 with severe damage. After a study of the area the Challenger found the derelict USS Hera in a nearby area and was drawn to it due to an immense gravitational field generated by the vessel. An away team was sent to the Hera which located a group of 47 survivors aboard; however, it was soon discovered, that the only way to return home would be to repair the damage to the region. With the assistance of the recently arrived IRW Tomalak's Fist, the crew of the Challenger sacrificed their ship in order to return home by using it to seal the rift and to create a Mobius strip. Captain Scott volunteered for the mission to the Challenger to repair the damage, stranding him on the derelict Challenger. It has been declared destroyed due to the collapsing static warp shell that was produced by the Challenger's engines to seal the rift. (TNG novel: Indistinguishable from Magic)

It was theorized by Ambassador Spock at the memorial service for Captain Scott that if anyone could have found a way to survive the collapsing warp shell it was Montgomery Scott.

In the early 25th century, the Challenger was given to Captain Geordi La Forge. (STO novel: The Needs of the Many)

Alternate timelineEdit

In an alternate timeline of 2390, the Challenger was commanded by Captain Geordi La Forge. Former USS Voyager crew members Chakotay and Harry Kim successfully restored the timeline despite the Challenger's orders to take them into custody. (VOY episode: "Timeless")

USS Challenger personnelEdit

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