- For other uses, see USS Rubicon.
The USS Rubicon (NCC-72936) was a Starfleet Danube-class runabout in service in the 2370s and assigned to Deep Space 9 in 2371. (DS9 episode: "Family Business", Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual)
The Rubicon was among the first five Danube class runabouts to enter service, along with the USS Rio Grande, the USS Mekong, the USS Orinoco and the USS Yangtzee Kiang. (DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual)
The runabout arrived at the station soon after the loss of the Mekong at the Battle of the Omarion Nebula. Commander Benjamin Sisko had Chief Miles O'Brien name the ship the Rubicon after the river in Italy. (DS9 episode: "Family Business")
Early in 2372, Julian Bashir and Miles O'Brien used the Rubicon to conduct a biological survey of Merik III in the Gamma Quadrant. On their way back to Deep Space 9, they detected the warp core of Goran'agar's ship on Bopak III. The Rubicon was damaged by an anomaly in the planet's atmosphere and crashed in a jungle of the world. After attempting unsuccessfully to cure the Jem'Hadar of their addiction to ketracel-white, Bashir and O'Brien were allowed to leave with the Rubicon. (DS9 episode: "Hippocratic Oath")
In 2374, the Rubicon was selected to take part in a scientific mission with the USS Defiant which Starfleet hoped would help them to be able to artificially create transwarp corridors in the future. The runabout was shrunk by a subspace compression anomaly while the Defiant kept a tractor beam locked onto it. However, the Defiant was attacked by a Jem'Hadar fighter and the Rubicon was pulled into the anomaly when the tractor beam failed. The Rubicon was essential in liberating the Defiant from the Dominion, with it being able to fly around the interior of the ship. (DS9 episode: "One Little Ship")
Several weeks later, Captain Sisko and Elim Garak used the Rubicon to travel to Starbase 375 to board a transport bound for Earth, where the pair attended a Federation Alliance conference on the war. (DS9 novel: Hollow Men)
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