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The USS Surak was a Federation Oberth-class research vessel starship in the 23rd century, entering Starfleet service in 2248.


Over its career, the Surak was commanded by Robert Chapman, John Kousaki, and was eventually lost in 2286 while under the command of Captain Spock. (1st appeared in TOS comic: "Homecoming...")

Editors have noted that TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 2" accidentally portrayed the Surak as a Miranda-class vessel in an illustration and (along with USS Reliant) was called "Galaxy"-class in the text. The class name being associated with the Miranda-class vessels was apparently based on this class of vessels being mentioned in TOS novel: Dreadnought! and TOS novelization: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The history of the Surak was mentioned in Who's Who, including it being commissioned three years after the USS Enterprise.

The ship was destroyed in the 2280s when its crew were infected by a virulent plague that killed most of the crew except an Andorian officer and Spock. Slowly dying, Spock put the ship on a course for the sun in order to destroy the plague to prevent it from infecting others. However, before the ship plunged to its doom, the Andorian crewmember and Spock were rescued by the crew of the USS Excelsior who were unaware of the plague. (TOS - The Doomsday Bug! comic: "Death Ship!")


Oberth-class starships
various configurations Aamot* • AchillesAlacrityAldrinAndromedeArmstrongBantingBarracudaBikoBonestellBroadswordCarterCarverCavalierChaffeeCochraneCopernicusCortesDrakeFaradayFreedomFu PoGatoHawkingIntrepid IIJacequaiJonathan LevyKhartoumKhyberLagrangeLakeManateeMartynovMontgomeryMorayNarwhalOberthOsirisPegasus (2285)Pegasus (2358)Pegasus (Late 24th century)RamanRio BrancoSandhuskySeadragonShepherdSmallwood* • StingraySun Yat SenSurakSybilTinianTobiasTrosperTrumpTudorVicoYosemiteYung Sheng
(*simulated and/or fictional)
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Clarke-subclass Benjamin FranklinClarkeSalutaris (civilian medical vessel) Gagarin-subclass ChaffeeGagarinGrissom
Sagan-subclass CarsonCochraneCorbyCraterDaystromEinsteinFermiLowellMeadeMendeleyevSaganShoonedevSkoatarSurishianT'mireaTsiolkovskyV'Ryugenn

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