The USS Bitburg was a Federation starship which was destroyed in the Gamma Quadrant. The Bitburg was on a mission to find possible locations for future colonies when attacked. Only two crewmembers were recovered from an escape pod from the Bitburg. One of these was Lieutenant Paw (the first Cha'ouwian mentioned in the series) who knew Captain Jeffery Higdon (through it is later to be revealed as Paw's father, Kijo, in future stories) and reported that they had been attacked by the Jem'Hadar without provocation.
The Bitburg was named after a city in the Eiffel country in extreme western Germany, only 32 KM north of Trier, Germany and several miles east of the Duchy of Luxembourg. It is the location of a Starfleet installation in the 24th century and once was the home of an American Air Force Base in the mid to late 20th century.