- For other uses, see Enterprise.
|Status:||lost (presumed destroyed) 2329|
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B), sometimes referred to as the Enterprise-B or NCC-1701-Beta, was a Federation Excelsior-class explorer in service to Starfleet in the late 23rd and early 24th centuries. She was launched in 2293 under the command of Captain John Harriman. She was later commanded by William George, Demora Sulu and Thomas Johnson Jr..
Over the course of the Enterprise-B's service, she was remembered as a key figure in exploring beyond the Gourami Sector, mapping over 142 star systems and making first contact with 17 different civilizations. (ST reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual) The Enterprise served as flagship of the Federation. (TLE novel: Serpents Among the Ruins) The Enterprise was also the first Federation starship Enterprise in 30 years that did not have Captain James T. Kirk in command of the vessel. (TNG movie: Generations)
The Enterprise was built at the Antares Ship Yards; the decision to model the ship after the failed experiment USS Excelsior was highly controversial. However, Starfleet decided to use it for both economic and technical reasons, as Excelsior classes had shown that they could withstand the test of time; indeed, they would still be in service nearly a century after first being developed. (ST reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)
By 2293 construction work on the Enterprise had been completed, with only a few components needing to be installed such as a tractor beam and the loading of photon torpedoes. Despite this, the Enterprise-B was launched from a drydock orbiting Earth on a maiden voyage with three honored guests aboard in the form of Captains James T. Kirk and Montgomery Scott and Commander Pavel Chekov, as well as a large number of journalists.
Although the maiden voyage was just meant to be a short trip out to Pluto and back again, the Enterprise received a distress call from two Federation transport ships who were bringing El-Aurian refugees back to Earth. Although not fully equipped, there were no other vessels in range, and Captain Harriman reluctantly gave the order to intercept them. Upon arrival, the Enterprise discovered that the transports had become trapped in an energy distortion called the Nexus, and the starship herself became ensnared in the distortion when moving into transporter range. Unfortunately, the Enterprise was too late to help the crew of one transport, the SS Robert Fox, as it exploded and was only able to rescue 47 people at of 150 aboard the SS Lakul, before it too was destroyed.
Trapped in the Nexus, Captain Scott devised a way to free the ship using a resonance burst from the deflector dish to simulate an antimatter explosion, after a plan to use torpedoes was discarded, as there weren't any on board. Captain Kirk went to deflector control in order to make the necessary modifications as the Enterprise's secondary hull was struck by an energy tendril. The Enterprise escaped with minor casualties and a major hull breach along sections 20 through 28 on decks 13 through 15. Kirk was believed killed in the breach, and the mission became notorious due to his loss. (TNG movie: Generations)
An inquiry that followed cleared Harriman of any blame, although several former members of Kirk's crew held him to account. (TOS novel: The Captain's Daughter) At some point by approximately 2294, Harriman would have a dedication plaque for Kirk installed in the area of the ship where he was at the time believed to be killed. (ST comic: "Spock: Reflections, Issue 1")
After obtaining a B'rel-class Klingon bird-of-prey, the Montgomery Scott of the future traveled back in time from 2370 to 2293 to transport Kirk off the Enterprise-B at the moment where he was believed lost, but the action caused an alternate timeline to form, erasing the Federation from history. The timeline was restored when Kirk was returned to the Nexus. (Star Trek novel: Engines of Destiny)
After the losses of its maiden voyage, the Enterprise was commanded by Captain William George for a deep space tour beyond the Gourami Sector that mapped 142 star systems, and made 17 first contacts. In the late 2290s Captain Harriman again assumed command of the Enterprise. (ST reference: USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual)
Captain Harriman remained in command of Enterprise until 2311, when the ship played a key role during the Tomed Incident. Following the incident, Harriman stepped down, and command was given to his first officer, Demora Sulu. (TLE novel: Serpents Among the Ruins)
- Note: The Starfleet Operations Manual stated that John Harriman's tenure as captain of the Enterprise lasted five years (2293 to 2298). the ST reference: USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual has apparently retconned the 2293–2298 tour to William George, with Harriman's second command running 2298–2311.
Sulu's first command of Enterprise lasted until 2315, when she took a leave of absence to care for her terminally-ill paternal grandmother. During this leave, Enterprise set off on a year-long exploration mission, which was wildly successful, and earned the new captain a promotion to Admiral. Sulu then returned to the ship, and remained in command for several years thereafter. (TLE short story: "Iron and Sacrifice")
The ship's last commander was Captain Thomas Johnson Jr. who took command in the early 2320s. The ship's assignment under Johnson was patrol of the Cardassian border. The ship was therefore able to render assistance to Bajoran refugees in 2328 when Cardassia annexed Bajor. The following year the ship was lost in deep space shortly after the crew contracted some unknown infection. (ST reference: USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual)
- Note: that FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual has a different account of the 1701-B's demise. According the RPG Sourcebook, on reference stardate 2/9208.12, the Enterprise-B engaged two hostile battleships, a Klingon L24-class and a Romulan Z1-class, in the Triangle sector, about five parsecs from the space of the Imperial Klingon States. Both vessels were defeated, but the Enterprise was also lost with critical battle damage. The upshot of the encounter was the end of IKS activity in the area, as the rebel government could not afford to lose any more capital ships after two large scale vessels were claimed by the Enterprise battle.
USS Enterprise-B personnelEdit
|Ships named Enterprise|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain||HMS Enterprize|
|United States of America||Enterprise • CV-6 • CVN-65 • OV-101|
|United Earth||Starliner 7 • XCV-330 • NX-01|
|United Federation of Planets||Declaration-class • NCC-1701 • NCC-1701-A • NCC-1701-B • NCC-1701-C • NCC-1701-D • NCC-1701-E|
|Terran Empire (mirror universe)||HMS Enterprize • NX-01 • NCC-1701 • NCC-1701-A • ICC-1701-D • NCC-1701-E|
|Galactic Commonwealth (mirror universe)||Free Starship Enterprise|
|Federation (alternate reality)||NCC-1701|
|Federation (alternate futures)||NCC-1701-F • NCC-1701-J • NCC-1701-∞|
|United Earth (alternate realities)||UESS Enterprise • ESS Enterprise|
|Federation (other alternate realities)||FSS Enterprise • USV Enterprise • US Enterprise • USS Enterprise-E|