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- For other uses, see USS Lakota.
In 2372, the Lakota docked at Deep Space 9 in order to transport Captain Benjamin Sisko and Constable Odo to Earth to confer with Starfleet Command over security concerns regarding the Dominion. While the Lakota was orbiting Earth she received a brief refit and placed under the command of Erika Benteen. A few days later, when Earth's power-grid failed and Earth feared a Dominion invasion, the Lakota's transporters were used to place Starfleet troops on Earth. (DS9 episode: "Homefront")
When the grid failure was revealed to be part of a plot by Admiral James Leyton to declare martial law on Earth, Leyton ordered the Lakota to intercept the USS Defiant to stop it reaching Earth with vital evidence against Leyton. After a brief battle, the Lakota stood down and escorted the Defiant to Earth. Following the incident, Captain Benteen was removed from command and demoted. (DS9 episode: "Paradise Lost")
The Lakota was destroyed during the Dominion War. When Geordi La Forge, was looking to replace a cracked injector aboard the USS Enterprise-E, his friend Whis, chief engineer of the USS Nautilus, suggested contacting Ranzz from the USS Bartlet, as the secondary hull and at least one nacelle from the Lakota were reported to have still been intact and the Bartlet had recently collected a lot of debris in the area where the Lakota had been destroyed. Ranzz promised to ask his captain to return to the wreck to pick up the remaining injectors and send one to La Forge. (TNG novel: A Time to Hate)
In an alternate timeline created by Wesley Crusher in which the Maquis never existed, Chakotay did not resign his Starfleet commission and was serving as the first officer of the Lakota in 2373. (TNG short story: "Gods, Fate, and Fractals")
In the 25th century, the USS Lakota was still active by 2409 and commanded by Captain James Allen. In the same year, the ship met up with a Starfleet vessel in Romulan space to transfer over a captured Starfleet officer caught selling secrets to the Romulan Star Empire. Unbeknownst to the ship the prisoner was being transferred from, the defector was actually an agent of Section 31 to be inserted into the RSE as a deep cover operative, and the operation was meant to reinforce her cover story. (STO mission: "Under the Cover of Night")
- Vice Admiral James Leyton, commanding officer (prior to 2372)
- Captain Erika Benteen, commanding officer (2372)
- Captain James Allen, commanding officer (2409)
- Nidani Ledrah (prior to 2379)