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The USS Constitution (NCC-1700) was a Federation Constitution-class heavy cruiser in service to Starfleet in the 23rd century. When she was commissioned in 2245, Constitution was the prototype for a new class of heavy cruisers. Constitution had an illustrious service career. (Decipher RPG modules: Narrator's Guide, Starships)

Construction historyEdit

Construction began on the USS Constitution at the San Francisco Fleet Yards in November 2239, under the direction of Admiral William Jefferies. In 2242, while the Constitution was under construction, work began on the second vessel of the class, the unnamed NX-0002, which would later be destined to become the famous USS Enterprise. Because of the fast pace of technological development, the Constitution was significantly less advanced than the later vessel, which would eventually be assigned later naval construction contract 1701. (TOS novel: Final Frontier)

Construction was completed in 2244, and she began a series of shakedown cruises. The first voyage was a round trip between Earth and the planetoid Babel with a passenger list that included Starfleet cadets, flag officers, and members of the Federation Diplomatic Corps. (TOS - Who's Who in Star Trek comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 2")

Despite remaining on shakedown status, the Constitution prototype was instrumental in stopping the attempted theft of the NX-0002 vessel when Klingon agents boarded the unnamed construction project during a cadet cruise. (ST - Crew comic: "Shakedown")

A few weeks later, the Constitution was rushed to aid the USS Endeavour and the USS Yorkshire engaged in battle against Klingon vessels near Donatu V. The Constitution's enhanced warp drive and shields proved vital in the battle, and forced the Klingons back, creating a stalemate. As a result, the Constitution was turned into a floating hulk by the end of the battle. (TOS - Errand of Vengeance novels: Killing Blow, River of Blood; TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Seeds of Rage)

Service historyEdit

2240s–2250sEdit

In 2245, Starfleet assigned Fleet Captain Garth of Izar to the Constitution as her commanding officer. Under his command, the Constitution participated in the Axanar Rebellion. She performed the role of flagship during this time of crisis.

During the Four Years War, the Constitution and a pair of unnamed Larson-class destroyers were involved in the Battle of Lea, they were ambushed by a squad of D4Es from the 127th cruiser squadron in a vicious swarming attack. The Constitution was raked midships suffering severe damage and one of the Larsons exploded. The Klingons then moved on in search of more targets. The Captain of the Constitution instituted a Cochrane Deceleration Maneuver, saving the squadron. (FASA RPG module: The Four Years War)

In 2256, Commodore Darion Page assumed command of the Constitution. (Decipher RPG modules: Narrator's Guide, Starships)

By 2257, Captain Augenthaler had assumed command of the Constitution. Later that year, Lieutenant James T. Kirk was assigned to the Constitution following the disaster aboard the USS Farragut. Shortly after, on a mission to Sordinia IV, Kirk was forced to assumes command when Captain Augenthaler and the first officer were stranded on the planet following an attack by N'shaii satellites. Still fighting with grief, Kirk managed to overcome this and rallied the Constitution's crew to overcome the N'shaii threat. A few months later, Dr. Leonard McCoy came aboard the Constitution as assistant CMO. (TOS novels: Constitution, Enterprise)

In 2259, the Constitution remapped and resurveyed the surface of Capella IV and discovered rich, easily accessible veins of topaline located beneath the surface. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)

2260sEdit

In 2263, Commodore Robert Wesley assumed command of the Constitution. (ST video game: Starship Creator)

The Constitution docked at Starbase 11 for repairs in 2267. (TOS episode: "Court Martial")

In mid-2267 the Constitution along with the USS Enterprise, USS Lexington, eight other unnamed Constitution-class starships, two Miranda-class starships, a few Icarus-class starships and numerous cargo, fuel and support vessels proceeded to Organia to intercept the Klingon fleet. (TOS episode: "Errand of Mercy"; TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Sacrifices of War)

Constitution returned to Earth in late 2268 and was drydocked for heavy refitting. The USS Hood assumed her patrol duties. (TOS novel: Crisis on Centaurus)

The TOS novel: Cloak establishes that Captain Phil Waterston was commanding officer of the Constitution as of late 2268. It is uncertain when he took command, or when Wesley left Constitution for the USS Lexington, which he commanded in TOS episode: "The Ultimate Computer".

In 2269, under the command of Darion Page, Constitution was recorded as lost in service. (Decipher RPG module: Starships)

While the ship was recorded as lost, both The Wounded Sky and the Starfleet Command games list this ship as active in the two decades following. It is possible the vessel was recovered, although no such explanation exists in these sources.

2270s–2280sEdit

In 2275, the Constitution was in service as a light cruiser, and greeted the USS Enterprise when the Enterprise came back from testing the inversion drive. (TOS novel: The Wounded Sky)

By the 2280s, this vessel had been refit from its previous light cruiser modification into the specifications of a heavy cruiser of the Enterprise-subclass. (TOS video game: Starfleet Command)

In 2293, a mural of the Constitution was on the wall of Starfleet Command. (TOS novel: The Ashes of Eden)

In 2364, a schematic of the Constitution was on Data’s computer. (TNG episode: "Datalore")

PersonnelEdit

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Medical staffEdit

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ConnectionsEdit

Ships named Constitution
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Terran Empire ISS Constitution (Constitution-class prototype) TerranEmpire
Early series of Constitution-class class I/class XI heavy cruiser starships
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various specifications AlexanderAsimovBraheConfederateEnterprise (Vardaine copy)Excalibur IIGloryIndomitableIsshasshteReuben JamesJeffersonJohn F. KennedyNautilusOlympus MonsOrtiseiPathfinderSurakTao FengTrojanVentureZimbabwe

see also: unnamed Constitution-class starshipsExeter-subclass: Exeter-CKirkExcalibur-subclass: ExcaliburTuckerVesper-subclass: VesperMontrealOakland

Terran Empire, Starfleet
(mirror universe)
ConstitutionCarnageConstellationBansheeDefiantEnterpriseExcalibur (23rd century)Excalibur (Excalibur-subclass)ExeterHoodKodosLexingtonNobunagaPotemkin TerranEmpire
23rd century subclasses: Bonhomme Richard-subclass (mk II) • Achernar-subclass (mk III) • Tikopai-subclass (mk IV) • Enterprise-subclasses (mk I-III refits)

24th and 25th century subclasses: Excalibur-subclassExeter-subclassVesper-subclass • other Constitution variants

Achernar-subclass (Constitution-class mk III class I/class XI cruiser/heavy cruiser starships)
Refit with mk III engines BismarkBonhomme RichardChallengerConstellationConstitutionDefiantEagleEl DoradoEndeavourEnterpriseEssexExcaliburExeterFarragutHoodHornetIntrepidKentKongoLexingtonPotemkinRepublicSaratogaValiant IIYamatoYorktown Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
Built to mk III specifications AchernarAkagiArk RoyalCaspanChikumaDiscoveryForrestalKagaKitty HawkLangleyLittorioMarseilleRadetskyRichelieuRivoliSantissima TrinidadSiriusTiconderogaVictory
Authorized for construction AhzdarAlam'akAlferazAlfrAndrocusAnnobonAstradBehr'akCzar'akEkinusElohimEsablEskiisGalinaGharGhondrHajjHiemdalHorokJassanJenshahnJupiterKarsKasimarKep SaluKestralKetoiMaatMazdaMengenMirazhMondoloyMongoNdeleOblikOomaruPaeganPariPelionePhardosPilarProcyonProximaQizanQual'atQuindarRigil KentaurusSalaynaSamaaraShaandraShahrSinuijiSolTajarhiTaliTemirTheloniiTholusTulanTutakaiXanthiiYaanZa'faranZaahmZindar
Enterprise-subclass (Constitution-class class XI/class XII cruiser/heavy cruiser starships)
Federation, Starfleet Ships of various specifications NCC-1335AchillesApolloBooneChristopher PikeExplorerFuriousHuntingtonIcarusIndependenceKelleghanKirishimaLucasMusashiRauerSalazarSomersTigressVengeanceheavy cruiser (CA): Constellation IIGoebenEximerOriskanyRepublicReshadijeRamillesConstitutionEnterpriseFarragut IIrear-fire heavy cruiser (CAR): YorktownExeterIntrepid IIValiant IIPotemkinMonitorHornetMerimacEndeavourDefianceadvanced heavy cruiser (CA+): ExcelsiorHoodWaspEl DoradoAriSaratogaToriKriegerPort MoresbyPharsallusHastingsArbelaheavy drone cruiser (CAD): AgincourtBallistaBarrReprisalVulturecommand cruiser (CC): EssexExcalibur IIKongoLafayetteLexingtonheavy command cruiser (CB): AlesiaAlfeldAusterlitzBasraCannaeCoral SeaGaugamelaGettysburgGolanGravelotteInchonIsandhlwanaKadeshKhe SonKurskPanjsherRocroiRossbachSuomussalmiTannenbergThermopolaePoltavaVincennesfire support cruiser (CFS): HighwaymanKnight ErrantPaladinRangeradvanced fire support cruiser (CFS+): BerserkerCavalierFencerSamuraitactical command cruiser (TCC): Enterprise-Agalactic survey cruiser: Achernar Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
Refit to mk I specification EnterpriseBismarkExcalibur IIYamatoChallengerValiant IIEssexBonhomme RichardPotemkinConstellation IIIntrepidCenturion (fm. Farragut II)LexingtonYorktownWaspForrestalRepublicAkagiRivoli Built to mk I specification ExeterDefiantHoodValley ForgeOriskanyRepublic IIHancockMinskYorktown
Refit to mk II specification EagleSantissima TrinidadMarseilleRadetsky Built to mk II specification ZuihoGraf ZeppelinSoryuHiryuKing George VPrince of WalesFranklinVictory IIScharnhorstGneisenauKaga IIKashimaFreidlandKonigsbergClemenceau
Refit to mk III specification KongoSaratogaEl DoradoTiconderogaKitty Hawk Built to mk III specification KearsargeBunker HillChikumaEmperadorUkraniaMarcelloFontanaJava
Terran Empire, Starfleet
(mirror universe)
ConstellationContemptibleDeceiverEnterprise (refit)Enterprise-AFarragutIntrepidNixonRelentless TerranEmpire

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