The USS Galaxy (NCC-70637) was the prototype of the Federation Galaxy-class explorer starships in the late 24th century. The Galaxy was launched from the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards in 2356, and was commissioned in 2357.
The Galaxy was the first member of a highly-experimental new class, with design groundwork being laid down in the early 2340s. The first physical components of the USS Galaxy that were to be assembled as a basic spaceframe began being pieced together on 3 June, 2350 at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on Mars in the Sol star system. The Galaxy prototype was assigned the experimental starship registry number NX-70637, which would later be changed to NCC-70637 when the vessel entered active service. The Galaxy was constructed slowly, along with a sister ship, the USS Yamato, as experimental systems were tested. Even after commissioning, the Galaxy remained in the Sol system, testing components that would be improved in later ships of the class. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual; Decipher RPG module: Starships; TLE novel: The Buried Age)
For most of her history, the Galaxy found herself overshadowed by her more famous sister ship, the USS Enterprise-D. During the Dominion War, however, the Galaxy made a name for herself when she was involved in several engagements, including Operation Return (2374), the First Battle of Chin'toka (2374), and the Battle of Cardassia (2375). (DS9 episodes: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels", "Tears of the Prophets", "What You Leave Behind")
The ship remained as a test-bed vessel for improving system performance over the early part of her career. Improvements were constantly made, such as a 15% improvement in EPS conduit efficiency that was part of an effort spearheaded by a maintenance specialist, Ensign Nara. (ST video game: Starship Creator)
In 2379, the Galaxy was assigned to Starfleet Battle Group Omega, a battle group that was assigned to rendezvous with the USS Enterprise-E near the Bassen Rift, in an attempt to intercept Praetor Shinzon's Scimitar and stop its mission to annihilate Earth. Fortunately, the Enterprise was able to destroy the Scimitar before it entered Federation space. (TNG movie: Nemesis)
At some point in the later 24th century, the Galaxy was refit to the specifications of a Galaxy X-class heavy cruiser starship, with an added warp nacelle and central weapon battery, along with numerous other changes. (TNG video game: Birth of the Federation)
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|Galaxy X-class heavy cruiser starships|
|Federation, Starfleet||Agrippa • Arizona • Aurora • Belfast • Berwick • Brooklyn • Calypso • Columbia • Crusader • Devron • Emerald • Enterprise-D (alternate) • Galaxy • Glasgow • Gorizia • Huntington • Kitakami • Konigsberg • Kwon Do • Lee • Liepzig • Memphis • Montcalm • Nagara • Odyssey • Raleigh • Risa • Roanoke • Sendai • Taranto • Venezia • Venture • Victory • Yamato • Young|
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|Kirk • London • Stadi • Venture|