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The USS Thunderchild (NCC-63549) was an Akira-class heavy cruiser starship in service to the Federation Starfleet in the late 24th century. It was named for the fictional British warship, HMS Thunder Child, from H.G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds, and had an illustrious service career. (TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact; Decipher RPG modules: Starfleet Operations Manual, Starships; The Official Starships Collection Issue 12: "USS Thunderchild NCC-63549")
Fleet Admiral Taela Shanthi commanded it during its shakedown cruise. Early in the 2370s, the Thunderchild was commanded by Captain Bem Okala. (CCG set: Blaze of Glory; Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Player's Guide)
In 2373, the Thunderchild was commanded by Captain Evelyn Hoffman when it transfered Vice Admiral Marta Batanides to the USS Enterprise-E for a diplomatic mission to Chiaros IV. (TNG - Section 31 novel: Rogue)
In that year, the Thunderchild was a participant in the Battle of Sector 001. During this battle, the Thunderchild assisted in the destruction of the attacking Borg cube. (TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact)
In 2380, the Thunderchild, under the command of Captain Matsuda, attempted to intercept Grim Vargo's ship, the Pride, as it left Titan with Seven of Nine aboard. With some deft maneuvering and with the aid of a stolen cloaking device, the Pride was able to escape.
Some time later, the Thunderchild was able to apprehend the Pride and take Vargo into custody, but Seven of Nine had already departed on Vulcan. Following this, the Thunderchild intercepted the science vessel Einstein as it towed a large Borg cube to the Sol system. In the resulting battle, the Thunderchild and her crew were "absorbed" into the Borg Collective and only Vargo managed to escape. (TNG novel: Before Dishonor)
- Despite the ship's destruction, it appeared in 2409. This is likely due to temporal manipulation; the Supercube's incursion did not occur in the timeline of Star Trek Online.
In 2409, the ship was one of the first to arrive at Gamma Orionis sector block upon the Borg's return. Lena Kuzmina was the ship's first officer at this time, and witnessed her captain's capture and assimilation. The crew rescued him, but the ship was significantly damaged in the process. The captain resigned from Starfleet and most of the senior crew was reassigned. (STO mission: "Borg Invasion - Sirius Sector Block Defense")
- Fleet Admiral Taela Shanthi (shakedown cruise CO, c.2370)
- Captain Bem Okala (CO, c.2370)
- Captain Evelyn Hoffman (CO, c.2373)
- Captain Matsuda (CO, c.2380)
- Lindell (transporter chief, c.2380)
- Lena Kuzmina (First Officer, c. 2409)