- For other uses, see Odyssey.
The USS Odyssey, seconds before her destruction.
It was the fourth scheduled Galaxy-class explorer scheduled for commissioning, after USS Galaxy, USS Yamato, and finally, the famous USS Enterprise-D. In 2363, Jean-Luc Picard was being considered for command of the Odyssey, which scheduled for launch in 2364. Had Captain Thomas Halloway (who was scheduled to take command of Enterprise-D) not retired, Jean-Luc Picard would have taken command of Odyssey. (TNG novel: The Buried Age)
A few months later, the Odyssey docked at Deep Space 9 to help establish a Bajoran farming colony on Bajor's second moon. While on the moon, the Bajoran terrorist Orta unearthed the second Malkus Artifact and began using the device to disintegrate his enemies. The Odyssey was recalled from a supply run to the New Bajor colony in the Gamma Quadrant, returning to the Bajoran system in time to help stop Orta's plans. (DS9 - The Brave and the Bold, Book One novella: The Second Artifact)
Following this incident, the Odyssey was assigned a patrol of the Demilitarized Zone. However, she was forced to return to DS9 when news reached the station that Commander Benjamin Sisko and Quark had been taken prisoner by the Jem'Hadar. After offloading all non-essential personnel onto DS9, the Odyssey entered the Gamma Quadrant, accompanied by three runabouts from DS9. The task force was engaged by the Jem'Hadar.