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The USS Pioneer was an Intrepid-class United Earth starship in Earth Starfleet service during the mid-22nd century. The ship became part of the Federation Starfleet under Captain Malcolm Reed.


In the year 2162, the Pioneer underwent major refits at San Francisco Navy Yards Orbital Facility, and newly promoted Captain Reed took command of the ship.

By February 2163, the Pioneer was dispatched to Hansen's Planet to investigate. First officer Travis Mayweather led an away team to the planet, to observe the native lifeforms. The locals became aggressive and attacked the away team. Due to the newly found dangers of the transporters, Captain Reed detonated a photonic torpedo in the planet's atmosphere to scare off the attackers.

A month later, the Pioneer returned to Earth, to be the testbed for Tobin Dax's experiments to solve the problems created by mixed technologies from Federation members. During a trial run for the warp drive, the the deflector shield interfered with the warp field, creating an unstable wormhole and throwing the disabled Pioneer on a collision course with a super-Jovian planet.

The Pioneer was rescued by intelligent Jovian whales that lived in the upper levels of the planet's atmosphere. Using their own bodies, the whales kept the ship from sinking into the depths of the gas giant and being crushed.

Dax's team and engineers on the Pioneer were able to use the data gathered while in the wormhole to design a much more robust warp field. This allowed Federation starships to use warp engines at full power, while deflector shields were engaged. Once the warp drive was repaired, the crew of the Pioneer were able to take their findings back to the Federation and the lessons learned were applied throughout Starfleet. (ENT novel: A Choice of Futures)

On October 2163, Pioneer picked up a distress call in the Kandari sector. A Lorillian freighter was attacked by a Klingon privateer ship, but by the time Pioneer arrived the Klingons left with the freighter's cargo and killed most of it's crew. However a group of engineers survived and were rescued. After rendering proper medical attention the survivors were droped off on a safe location.

In May, 2164, Pioneer visited Tau Ceti IV with hopes that the local Kaferians can be persuaded to join the Federation. Despite the crew's efforts, the Kaferians were only interested in trading.

Shortly after this, Admiral Jonathan Archer tasked Pioneer with the further exploration of the Rigel system while their admission into the Federation were being discussed on Babel Station. During a cultural exchange in the archives of Rigel V, the landing party was caught in the middle of a raid. Critical files were stolen, and the thiefs kidnapped Communications officer Bodor chim Grev and Ship's Historian Samuel Kirk.

Pioneer begun a system wide search. With the help of Captain T'Pol and the USS Endeavour they were able to uncover the plans of the First Families of Rigel and the Orion Syndicate to destabilize the Rigelian Trade Commission and keep the system out of the Federation. Pioneer managed to retrieve the stolen files and their crew members before permanent damage has been done, and Rigel was accepted into the Federation. (ENT novel: Tower of Babel)

Senior officersEdit

See USS Pioneer (NCC-63) personnel for a comprehensive list.



Intrepid-class starships
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