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|USS George Washington|
|Affiliation:|| United States of America|
|Status:||active (21st century)|
When Counselor Deanna Troi had a telepathic vision of a primitive Earth ship being destroyed, she browsed through the Enterprise computer's history files looking for vessels that could be the one she saw. When the search reached the supercarrier Washington, Troi announced that the image was the most similar to the ship in her vision that she had seen thus far. The comparison to Washington's size and mission profile allowed Data to extrapolate futher and, by cross-referencing with the names of the crew Troi remembered, Data determined that Troi's vision was of the Soviet Union aircraft carrier Sergei G. Gorshkov (which was of similar size and makeup as Washington). (TNG novel: Ghost Ship)
The Washington was based on a real ship that was not yet in service at the time of the book's writing in 1987. Author Diane Carey probably based this on timetables that the Navy predicted early in the ship's construction. Compared to reality, Carey was only off by four months when she wrote the dialogue the computer read back, indicating a January 1992 commission date, when the real Washington was commissioned early in July. Information in this article about the Washington's naming and real-life service dates is based on historical data, as only the ship's registry, name and launchdate were mentioned in the novel. In the novel, the ship is referenced as belonging to the Enterprise-class, despite the fact that the real-life vessel was Nimitz-class.