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The USS Magellanic Clouds (sometimes referred to in short as USS Magellan) was a Federation starship, a so-called "galaxy ship" in service in the late 23rd century. As such a vessel, Starfleet's intended purpose of Magellan was to survive the limits of the Milky Way Galaxy and perform long term observation and exploration outside of the galaxy's borders. (TOS - Duty, Honor, Redemption novelizations: The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock)
Magellan was being readied for launch in 2270, under the command of a former USS Enterprise security chief, Commander Mandala Flynn. Several recent Starfleet Academy graduates were due to be assigned to her command, including Brian Silayna and Lieutenant Piper. (TOS - Fortunes of War novel: Dreadnought!)
By 2285, Flynn had been promoted to captain, with her mission underway. Rear Admiral James T. Kirk commented to Hikaru Sulu that if he had been a younger man at the outset of the galaxy ship program, he might have aspired for one of the vessels as well. By this point, Magellan had been joined by sister ships USS M-31 and USS Andromeda. It was widely reported that Magellan had arrived at the Andromeda Galaxy and observed a supernova there later in that year. (TOS - Duty, Honor, Redemption novelizations: The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock)
|Federation galaxy ships|
|Andromeda • M-31 • Magellanic Clouds|