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The USS Lexington (alternately registered as NCC-1709, NCC-1703 or NCC-1704) was a Federation starship, a Constitution-class heavy cruiser in service to Starfleet in the late 23rd century. (TOS episode: "The Ultimate Computer")
One of the original batch of thirteen Constitution-class built, the Lexington was commissioned and launched on reference stardate 1/8912, having been authorized for construction on stardate 0965. (TOS reference: Star Fleet Technical Manual; FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual; ST video game: Starfleet Command)
- The TOS reference: Star Fleet Technical Manual referred to Lexington as a "class I" "mk-IX" ship with registry number of NCC-1703, which was perpetuated in Starfleet Command. Later FASA RPG publications identified it as "class XI" "mk I", with registry agreeing with canon at NCC-1709, while TOS - The Yesterday Saga novel: Yesterday's Son gave registry as NCC-1704.
In the late 2240s, the Lexington was under the command of Captain Korolev. The Lexington had shore leave at Risa, and her officers had regaled Elisa Corso with tales of their own academy experiences. She had been the only applicant accepted from Risa that year. Specialists from every department had run a spin on their departments' advantages, with Captain Korolev even letting her sit in the center seat. (TOS novel: Academy: Collision Course)
In the early 2250s, the Lexington, along with the USS Potemkin, were en route to join the USS Enterprise, the USS Excalibur, and the USS Hood to reinforce the fleet, due to the gathering crisis over the destruction of Starbase 18. TOS novel: The Children of Kings)
The Lexington completed two five-year missions (2248-2253 and 2253-2257), before Captain Mark Rousseau assumed command in 2258. Rousseau commanded the Lexington until 2264, when he retired from Starfleet, and allowed Commodore Robert Wesley to assume command. (TOS novel: The Better Man)
- The FASA continuity indicates that this Lexington remained missing, and eventually replaced with a new Enterprise-subclass Lexington with the same registry in the 2280s. However, the Lexington's appearance in subsequent episodes and media following this date could indicate that the Lexington was eventually recovered, possibly, explaining why she was undergoing repairs in TOS episode: "Court Martial".
In 2267, the Lexington was one of several starships undergoing repairs at Starbase 11. (TOS episode: "Court Martial"). A few months later, the Lexington rendezvoused with the USS Enterprise, so that they could transport Ambassador Robert Fox to Eminiar VII. (SCE novel: Foundations, Book Two)
In mid-2267, the Lexington led a fleet to Organia that included the USS Enterprise, USS Constitution, eight other unnamed Constitution-class starships, two Miranda-class starships, a few Icarus-class ships, and various cargo and support vessels. (TOS episode: "Errand of Mercy"; TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Sacrifices of War)
In late 2267, the Lexington was assigned a diplomatic mission with the Rithrim. Because of the possible language problems, the Enterprise's Lieutenant Nyota Uhura was temporarily assigned aboard. The Lexington succeeded in its mission with the Rithrim, and assisted the Enterprise in stopping raiders from attacking colonies in the Xaridian system. (TOS novel: The Disinherited)
In late 2267, the Lexington and the USS Excalibur came to the aid of the Enterprise, when she was left powerless after sling-shotting through a star when attempting to escape Adrik Thorsen and his allies. (ST novel: Federation)
Also in 2267, the Lexington encountered the ChR Revoth after crossing the Neutral Zone in order to rescue a ship in distress. Fortunately, Commodore Wesley was able to avoid combat, and both ships went on their way. (ST novella: The First Peer)
In 2268, the Lexington led war games against the Enterprise to assess the capabilities of the M-5 multitronic computer, along with the USS Excalibur, USS Hood, and the USS Potemkin. The war games became a real war when the M-5 went insane and started attacking the fleet with full weapons. The Enterprise crew was able to stop the computer, but not before the entire crew of the Excalibur was killed. Lexington herself was severely damaged, with 53 members of her crew dying in the attack. (TOS episode: "The Ultimate Computer")
Sometime prior to 2269, Commodore Wesley retired from Starfleet and accepted the governorship of Mantilles colony. (TAS episode & novelization: One of Our Planets is Missing) By the later part of 2269, Wesley had returned to Starfleet, and was once again in command of the Lexington when that vessel responded to a distress call from the USS Lovell in the Delta Triangle region. (SCE eBook: Where Time Stands Still)
In late 2269, the Lexington along with the USS Intrepid rendezvoused with the Enterprise delivering Ambassador Richard Jourdan and Secretary of Protocol Kim Li Wing of the Federation Council of Intercultural Affairs to open diplomatic affairs with the Patrian Republic. The Lexington later returned to pick up Ambassador Jourdan and Secretary Wing. (TOS novel: The Patrian Transgression)
As of 2270, the Lexington was assigned to Sector 90.4 to defend the planet Gateway and the Guardian of Forever located on the planet's surface. Shortly thereafter, the Lexington, with assistance from Captain Kirk and the Enterprise, fought off a Romulan attack on Gateway, led by Commander Tal. (TOS - The Yesterday Saga novel: Yesterday's Son)
Circa early 2282, the Lexington repelled a brutal force of Cuthkuran pirate vessels at Gamme Rhejia, the site of a Federation colony, forcing one of the attacking Cuthkuran fighter-craft to crashland on the planet. However, in direct violation of orders, Chief medical officer Doctor Abigail Wilson commandeered a shuttlecraft from the starship, and ventured planetside to treat any injured Cuthkuran survivors and save them from vengeful colonists, placing the Lexington herself at risk and forcing delay of pursuit of the remaining intruders. As a result, Dr. Wilson was forced to "retire" from Starfleet under charges of insubordination. (TOS comic: "Battle Stations!")
In 2285, the Lexington was a part of the Federation fleet led by the USS Christopher Pike to stop an invasion from the Mirror Universe, but greeted the USS Excelsior instead. The Lexington escorted the Excelsior to Spacedock. (TOS - The Mirror Universe Saga comic: "Homecoming...")
Sometime during the Lexington's service life, she was commanded by Captain William C. Perinal. During his command, the Lexington discovered the homeworld of the mysterious race known as "the Preservers". (TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 2")
The Lexington was refit to the Enterprise-subclass specifications, outfitted as a command cruiser (CC), by the 2280s decade. The ship was easily modifiable with additional technology to become the advanced command cruiser (CC+). (ST video game: Starfleet Command)
After being refitted, both the Lexington and the Enterprise were ordered by Starfleet Intelligence to rendezvous in an asteroid field near the Federation-Klingon border. (ST reference: Ships of the Line)
- Commanding Officer:
- Captain Korolev (2240s ?)
- Captain Mark Rousseau (2258-2264)
- Commodore Robert Wesley (2264-c.2268, c.2270)
- Captain William C. Perinal (unknown)
- Executive Officer:
- Chief Engineer:
- Lieutenant Commander Tivra Ivari (2260s)
- Chief Medical Officer:
- Lieutenant Baila (2260s)
- Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (2267)
- Ito (2267)
|Ships named Lexington|
|Federation, Starfleet||USS Lexington (NX-class) • USS Lexington (Constitution-class) • USS Lexington (Lexington-class) • USS Lexington (Excelsior-class) • USS Lexington (Proxima-class) • USS Lexington (Nebula-class) • USS Lexington (Steamrunner-class) • USS Lexington (Galaxy-class)|
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