- For other uses, see USS Malinche.
The USS Malinche (NCC-38997) was an Federation Excelsior-class exploration cruiser starship in service during the 24th century. By 2363, the Malinche was under the command of Captain George Sanders. (TNG novel: The Buried Age)
In mid 2373, the Malinche was assigned to patrol the Demilitarized Zone near the Gamma 7 Outpost. When Maquis leader Michael Eddington disabled the USS Defiant with a cascade virus, the Malinche towed that ship back to Deep Space 9, and assumed their mission to stop Eddington at Veloz Prime. However, they responded to a distress call en route, only to discover a Maquis booby trap. The disabled Malinche was then rescued by the Defiant, which eventually succeeded in apprehending Eddington. (DS9 episode: "For the Uniform")
On stardate 58199.3, during the Borg Invasion of 2381, the Malinche was to join the fleet led by the USS Venture defending the Andorian system, but their route allowed them to intercept the Borg in interstellar space. The Malinche was destroyed during its engagement with the six cubes. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)
- Captain George Sanders, commanding officer, 2363 to 2381
- Commander Toomajian, executive officer, until 2381