Following completion of the USS 's first Enterprise five-year mission, Robert April addressed the United Federation of Planets Grand Assembly on the continued success of the Starship Program, and the need to continue the program to further science and exploration. April also announced that he was stepping down as captain of Enterprise and that Captain Christopher Pike (then currently commanding the USS ) was to assume command for the ship's second Yorktown (NCC-1704) five-year mission. ( novel: TOS )
Final Frontier While on leave on Earth, Christopher Pike met Janeese Carlisle and fell in love. Forced to leave her as she was entering Starfleet Academy, they maintained subspace contact over the next two and a half years. When the returned to Earth in Enterprise 2254, he learned she was in love with another man and was nearly driven to bitterness and disappointment. ( novel: TOS )
Vulcan's Glory Early in the year, James T. Kirk impressed his lecturers at the Starfleet Academy Lunar Station when he became the only student to pass the "bug-spot" event on his lunar carriage. ( novel: TOS )
The Galactic Whirlpool Also early in the year, Captain Garth of Izar won a major victory against the Klingon Empire at the Battle of Axanar. ( : " TOS Whom Gods Destroy"; novel: My Brother's Keeper )
Republic Kirk began a friendship with instructor Lieutenant Ben Finney that continued into their service together aboard the USS . While on a training mission aboard the Republic Republic, Kirk prevented a near-fatal explosion when the baffle plate was left open to the atomic matter piles. Kirk knew that Finney was responsible, and reported him to Captain Rollin Bannock. This action did not earn him any friends among his fellow cadets, and he earned a reputation of being a by-the-book snitch. ( novel: My Brother's Keeper )
Republic James T. Kirk spent several months aboard the USS as a trainee navigator, during the Republic Vulcanian Expedition, in which the Republic was one of several vessels that orbited Vulcan (planet) to showcase Starfleet to Vulcan nationals. ( novel: TOS )
Strangers from the Sky Kirk also participated in the Axanar Peace Mission with Captain Bannock and the USS , where they persuaded the Republic Axanarri to sign a peace treaty with the Federation and change the shape of the Federation-Klingon border. As a result of his participation, Kirk was awarded the Palm Leaf of Axanar. He was also granted a lieutenancy in recognition of his achievement. ( novel: My Brother's Keeper , ( Republic novel: TOS )
From the Depths Leonard McCoy led a massive inoculation program on planet Dramia II, where he saved a Dramian colonist, named Kol-tai, from a strain of the Saurian virus. Shortly after McCoy departed, Dramia II was struck by a plague which killed nearly all of the colonists. ( : " TAS Albatross")
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